“You Can’t Buy Happiness, But You Can Buy Cookies and Ice Cream.” —The Cookiebar
There are few summertime treats that evoke warm childhood memories quite like the Ice Cream Sandwich. When we think of that sweet indulgence, the first image that pops into our minds is the kind we’d get from the ice cream man in the neighborhood: creamy, vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate, cakey, oblong wafers. Who could imagine anything better on a hot August day? But today’s version of the ice cream sandwich takes your taste buds to bold, new places. Combinations like oatmeal cookies and salted caramel ice cream or red velvet macarons with ice cream to match: these sammies are game changers in the delicious arena.
For National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2!), we’ve made our favorite picks—from South to North—for the best Ice Cream Sandwich shops in the state. This could make your summer the most delectable ever. Enjoy.
1. The Baked Bear
4516 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
The Baked Bear serves up classic cookie and ice cream combinations that quench that mid-summer craving like nothing else. Try the Red Velvet cookie with Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream, or maybe the Cookie Dough sandwiched between a Snicker Doodle cookie—you really can’t go wrong with the choices at this fantastic San Diego ice cream joint. Bonus: they even offer a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. Ice Cream Sandwich Price: $3.25
2. Diddy Riese
926 Broxton Ave.
Westwood, CA 90024
There’s a major reason that Diddy Riese has a line outside its door as long as the Grammy’s Red Carpet—their ice cream sandwiches are seriously “that” good. And the price (maybe the most reasonable in LA) is even better—$1.75 for any cookie/ice cream combination you want. The cookies are fresh baked every day and come in deliciously reliable flavors like Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cinnamon and Oatmeal Raisin. When you pair those cookies with your favorite Dreyers ice cream flavor…you have simple, honest-to-goodness yumminess (and a line around the block). Ice Cream Sandwich Price: $1.75
8588 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(Alt. Shopfront: 59 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105)
The award for most ingenious ice cream sandwich combinations definitely goes to Coolhaus. Strawberry Mojito Sorbet, Fried Chicken & Waffles (yes, that’s ice cream) and Nutella with Almonds are just a few of the vast (and unusual) ice cream flavors available. And cookie options? Oooh boy, they range from the omg-so-good Peanut Butter Captain Crunch to the Potato Chip & Butterscotch variety. Vegans are also included in the fun with selections like the Dark Chocolate Sorbet ice cream and vegan Ginger Molasses cookie. Average Ice Cream Sandwich Price: $5
7290 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Milk is one of those gems that has it all: pastries, milk shakes, sandwiches—and ice cream sandwiches. Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches, to be exact. And they are a delectable must-try when you’re in L.A.’s Fairfax area. The macarons are light and wonderfully chewy, the ice cream is perfectly creamy and the flavors… well try the Thai Tea Macaron, the Salted Caramel Macaron or the Banana Dulce Leche Macaron and you’ll be speechless, too. Ice Cream Sandwich Price: $5.00
2399 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(Alt. Locations in Palo Alto, Davis, Walnut Creek, San Jose and San Mateo with three more coming soon!)
With six locations and three more on the way, it’s obvious that Cream definitely knows how to make an addictive ice cream sandwich. The ice cream is delicious, but it’s the addition of their soft, warm, melt-in-your-mouth cookies that take these treats over the top. Cookie choices include White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Butter Sugar and the fabulous Turtle—and ice cream options run from Very Berry Strawberry to the delectable Salted Caramel. There are also vegan options, including soy vanilla and soy mint chip ice creams and several vegan cookies, as well. Average Ice Cream Sandwich Price: $2.99
1606 Webster St.
Alameda, CA 94501
The raves just keep coming for the Cookiebar’s ice cream sandwiches—and once you try one of them, you’ll totally understand why. Ice cream flavors like Cotton Candy, Chocolate Malted Krunch and (the new) Avocado are decadent on their own, but when you add Cookiebar’s chewy, warm, perfect cookies—you have something seriously special. Cookie flavor options include: Chocolate Chip, Snicker Doodles, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and more. Average Ice Cream Sandwich Price: $3.50
7. Cako Creamery
211 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(Alt. Locations in: SF Westfield/Japantown/Metreon & San Jose: Valley Fair Mall/Oakridge Mall
Parlez vous yummy? Cako Creamery’s gives the all-American ice cream sandwich their own Parisian twist with their fresh-baked, oversized macarons. With combinations like the Pistachio macaron and super soft Thai Tea ice cream or Chocolate macaron with Caramel ice cream, there is zero chance of disappointment.
Are you an ice cream sandwich connossieur? Tell us about your favorite spot for ice cream sammies!