Where to Find Boston's Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

By Eric Twardzik
07/21/2021
FoMu

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. For a cool treat, check out the best ice cream sandwiches around Boston.

Donut Ice Cream Sandwich - Blackbird Donuts

Blackbird Doughnuts, now boasting six outposts around Boston, uses its title treat to create Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches. Select a donut flavor of your choosing, such as Strawberry Honey or Salted Caramel Pretzel, and Blackbird will slice it open and fill it with vanilla, chocolate, or a twist of soft serve ice cream.

Expand your perception of the ice cream sandwich by ordering the iteration from Gracie’s Ice Cream. The Somerville maker has a cult following for tasty mashups like Salty Oreo ice cream in a famous Fluff cone. It also has a second location, Earnest Drinks, near Kendall Square. Doing away with cookies entirely in their sweet sandwich, the Gracie’s folks press vanilla ice cream between marshmallow-bound sheets of Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles. The experience, typically available at both shops, is melty, crunchy, and almost like eating an ice cream panini.

Exterior of FoMu

At four Boston locations of FoMu, the plant-based purveyor combines coconut-based ice cream and vegan-friendly Chocolate Chip cookies baked in-house. Whether you partake in dairy or not, you’ll find it hard to resist one of these sweet sandwiches stuffed with a dark chocolate-studded Fresh Mint, or Sweet Lavender flavor. Order one up instead of your typical cup or cone, or grab a wrapped ice cream sandwich from the freezer for later.

The immutable law of a good ice cream sandwich—that your cookies are never to be as cold as the ice cream—is well understood by Porter Square’s Honeycomb Creamery. House-baked Chocolate Chip cookies are fresh, soft, and never frozen, and available daily to pair your preferred flavor. Stay hungry for house specials, too, or else you’ll miss rotating treats like Coffee ice cream with Chocolate Sugar Cookies and a gooey Whiskey Caramel filling.

Maca

Bow Market’s resident macaron bakery Maca is the only place you’ll find a Unicorn Poop ice cream sandwich. Said more plainly: It’s a crispy-chewy macaron decorated to resemble an almost too-cute mythical beast, filled with pastel, rainbow-sprinkled ice cream made with Fruity Pebbles and crushed-up macaron cookies (prepared by none other than the mashup masters at Gracie’s Ice Cream).

Top Shelf Cookies

For years, Top Shelf Cookies has been a pop-up regular, sharing stacks of snacks like Boston Lager Chocolate Chip and Black and Gold (a dark cocoa cookie studded with peanut butter chips) at SoWa markets and other local events. Since opening a storefront in 2020 in Dorchester, these local treats are fresher than ever—and you can order any two of them as a sandwich with Dot-made vanilla from The Ice Creamsmith. (Or in a cookie frappe!) There’s also a rotating ice cream sandwich special, like chocolatey cookies with black raspberry ice cream.

Like the signature Focaccia and pastas like Saffron Spaghetti and a farm egg-filled Raviolo Carbonara, desserts are handmade with pleasure at Fox & the Knife. Often featuring house-made gelato, this summer’s dessert menu must-have is a Vanilla Gelato Sandwich on Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. It’s the right size for one person, but when it’s paired on the patio with a post-dinner flight of Amari, we’d consider splitting one.

Updated by Jacqueline Cain

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