Ice Cream Sandwiches

By Eric Twardzik

Good news: The days of shrink-wrapped ice cream sandwich packages pulled from a 7-Eleven freezer are behind us. Today there’s a batch of local independents trapping ice cream between everything from homemade chocolate cookies to cake donuts to pressed cereal.

Donut Ice Cream Sandwich - Blackbird Donuts

Blackbird Doughnuts, now boasting outposts in the South End, Harvard Square, Brighton, Beacon Hill, Newton Centre, and Fenway, leans into its titular treat to create ice cream sandwiches. Select a donut flavor of your choosing, such as Strawberry Honey or Salted Caramel Pretzel, and they’ll slice it open and fill it with vanilla, chocolate, or swirl soft serve.

At cult Union Square spot Gracie’s Ice Creamchallenge your perception of the ice cream sandwich by ordering this iteration. Gracie’s does away with cookies entirely, instead pressing vanilla ice cream between sheets of Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles. The experience is melty, crunchy, and almost like eating an ice cream panini.

Exterior of FoMu

Local purveyor of plant-based ice cream Fomu—which has locations in the South End, Fenway, Jamaica Plain, and Allston—builds ice cream sandwiches with dairy-free chocolate chip cookies baked in-house. Whether you partake in dairy or not, you’ll find it hard to resist one of the sandwiches stuffed with dark chocolate-studded fresh mint. And don’t worry if you didn’t leave room—grab one from the freezer for later.

The first rule of a good ice cream sandwich is that you never want the cookies to be as cold as the ice cream. This immutable law is well understood by Porter Square’s Honeycomb Creamery, which bakes its own chocolate chip cookies so that they’re fresh, soft, and never frozen. The filling is up to you, so you can play it safe with Malted Vanilla or get experimental with Honey Lavender.


Bow Market’s resident macaron purveyor Maca is the only place you’ll find a “pink unicorn” ice cream sandwich. Said more plainly: It’s a macaron decorated to resemble an almost too-cute mythical beast, filled with “unicorn poop”—ice cream made with Fruity Pebbles and macaron shells—prepared by none other than Gracie’s Ice Cream.

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