Along with being food lovers, avid cooks, and culinary adventurers, we’re all opportunists here at The Daily Meal — we’re constantly looking for ways to make the best out of what’s in season, and we always try to take advantage of what’s at hand in the easiest and most delicious way possible. What’s more, we’d never say no to any cravings we have, and instead try to satisfy every single one.
That’s why we love ice cream sandwiches so much. A beacon of our past, reminding us of when we’d anxiously wait in the front yard for the ice cream truck, an ice cream sandwich is the perfect example of how one can take full advantage in the culinary world. You don’t just get to enjoy ice cream for dessert, but you enjoy a cookie, too, and even better, they’re sandwiched together, satisfying not one but three different summertime cravings.
As the weather warms and ice cream becomes a popular treat, we look forward to capitalizing on our love of cookies and sandwiches in conjunction with the cold dessert. Along with eating lots of ice cream sandwiches, we plan to perfect our own version at home by exploring all of the different ways there are to make them, starting with the ice cream and finishing with the cookies used for the sandwich.
To become masters of our ice cream sandwiches this summer, we spoke with Tessa Arias, professionally trained chef and creator of the food blog Handle the Heat. As the author of Cookies & Cream: Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich, Arias knows the ins and outs of making ice cream sandwiches, and she shares some of her findings with us to help us become experts as well.
Arias considers the ice cream sandwich from start to finish, and she guides us through making the perfect custards for our homemade ice cream, how to make an ice cream with the best texture, and all of the different ways to make our cookies perfect for sandwiching. Whether you choose to make every piece of your sandwich from scratch or use store-bought shortcuts, Arias’ tips will help you create the perfect ice cream sandwich. Oh, and then there's the recipes. Whether it's a Classic Ice Cream Sandwich or original creations like a Lemon-Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwich, Arias' creativity and knowledge of making ice cream sandwiches will inspire you to get started.
So seize the day and start softening your ice cream, because it’s time to make some ice cream sandwiches.
Anne Dolce is the Cook editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce