Forget Batman and Robin. The most dynamic duo in this universe is ice cream and cookies. Ice cream sandwiches are one of those treats that continues to evolve—the culinary combinations are endless—so you never outgrow the flavor. Here’s where to get your fix of the best ice cream sandwiches from NYC to LA and everywhere in between.
City Cakes | 251 W. 18th, NYC
You’ve probably seen mouth-watering pics of City Cakes’ masterpieces on your Instagram feed. We assure you the ice cream sandwiches here look even better in person. As for the taste? Delish. Try the red velvet cookies filled with Fior De Latte Gelato.
Captain Cookie and the Milk Man | 200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC
You don’t have to chase the favorite food truck to get your ice cream sandwich fix. This mobile bakery and dairy bar also has a standalone location in the heart of DC. Satisfy your sweet tooth by ordering something off the menu, or design your own sandwich (think chocolate chip on one side, snickerdoodle on the other, with local ice cream in the middle. . .mmmm). Or, if you ask nicely, you can get a milkshake with crumbled cookies blended in.
Little Man Ice Cream | 2620 16th St., Denver
Few things are more enjoyable on a hot Denver day than sitting on the deck of Little Man Ice Cream eating an ice cream sammie made with chocolate chip cookies and salted Oreo ice cream. This popular scoopery also offers a variety of ice cream flavors (even vegan!) served up sundae style or in handmade waffle cones.
Smitten Ice Cream | 432 Octavia St. #1A, San Francisco
The name says it all. You’ll be Smitten with the smooth ice cream churned-to-order with organic milk and other fresh, local ingredients, then frozen with liquid nitrogen right before your eyes. While a waffle cone technically doesn’t qualify as a sandwich, we think it’s close enough. Try a seasonal flavor with spicy caramel sauce or strawberry prosecco wine sauce for a grown-up twist on a childhood classic.
Diddy Riese | 926 Broxton Ave., LA
Is it possible to buy anything for $2 in Los Angeles? At Diddy Riese it is. A custom-made ice cream sandwich or costs just two bucks, as does a cookie sundae. It’s cash only here, which helps keep prices low. Stop in for a late-night snack like white chocolate macadamia nut cookies wrapped around a scoop of espresso chip ice cream, and take home a box of cookies for breakfast the next morning.
Do you have favorites that aren’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below.