The ice cream sandwich never totally disappeared from the ice cream and dessert scene. Vanilla ice cream between a chocolate cakey wafer is a classic American childhood summer treat.
It was good, but not that exciting. We grew up and the novelty wore off. But the ice cream sandwich has changed. There has been a lot of innovation since we were kids.
A few months ago, I tried Stop & Shop‘s Limoncello Ice Cream Sandwiches and became rather obsessed with them. They are so good! But they are around for a limited time only. Sadly, I couldn’t find them the last time that I looked.
Ciao Bella makes Gelato Squares in flavors like Key Lime Graham and Sea Salt Caramel. The ice cream sandwich has grown up and matured. A cold, creamy treat for those of us who have not seen our teen years in a while. Actually, some teens and younger might like these too.
Pictured above is S’mores. Which I ate right after photographing. Because it was melting. I couldn’t be wasteful could I?! 😋
I also bought the Cookies ‘n Cream, but haven’t tried them yet. Looking forward to it! July is National Ice Cream Month and we are now in the heart of summer. I’m looking forward to trying out more variations of the ice cream sandwich. It’s in the food blogger job description — that I just made up!
Today is also National Ice Cream Day, so you can get going on your summer ice cream consumption too!
At the event, I was able to sample a CoffeeBar and (full disclosure) was given some to go. They are pretty good!
For those of you who don’t have time to drink your coffee in the morning, but still want the caffeine, you might just want to try one.
Johnny Fayad is a co-founder of the company that he started with Ali Kothari when they were freshman business students. They wasted no time!
So let’s learn a little bit more about Johnny in the 13th interview in the series, You Pick Six.
What is a favorite dessert?
Trader Joe’s chocolate lava cakes with vanilla bean ice cream! Super quick and super delicious.
What is a favorite snack?
Pita bread with tomatoes and some veggies dipped in my mom’s iconic hummus with a little olive oil on top.
What is a favorite quote?
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– Dr. Seuss
What is the best meal you ever had and where was it?
Whenever my cousin comes to Boston for work, he’ll typically spoil me with a really nice dinner. One of the best ones was at a sushi restaurant called Oishii in the South End where we had so many amazing dishes from squid ink pasta to different preparations of uni. So good.
How did food become an important part of your life?
Food has always been a huge part of my life. Starting with my mom who is a macrobiotic chef and all she does is cook, so we were raised where delicious food was the norm and rarely went out to eat. My love for food definitely grew as I started serving at a sushi restaurant in high school and a seafood restaurant in my first couple years of college. More recently, after starting New Grounds Food, I’ve been able to see and experience all of the work that goes into bringing food to life, which has given me a deeper appreciation for the food in our lives.
Yesterday I didn’t have time to make my lunch and I needed something quick.
I got a chicken and shrimp teriyaki bowl with rice noodles. It was really good. Although, I only planned to eat half, I ate the whole thing! The portion is quite large and you get a lot of chicken and shrimp for your money. It’s not mostly noodles.
There could have been a little bit more sauce, but that’s just my preference. I definitely recommend them, so catch them when you can!
One of my most popular blog posts is on the legality of buying cherry pie with ice cream on a Sunday in Kansas. By the way it is legal. You most certainly can do this. Because it would be ludicrous if you couldn’t right?
Just as ludicrous would be if it were illegal to have potlucks at home in Arizona. Crazy right? Well, this is actually true. At least for now.
Currently it’s illegal to have a potluck at home in Arizona. Although you can legally have a potluck at work.
Recent legislation (H.B. 2341) created an exemption in the law, so that potlucks in Arizona homes will soon be taking place within the bounds of the law. However, the effective date for the new law isn’t until August 6, 2016, according to the Arizona State Legislature’s website.
So if you want to live on the edge of the law, try having a potluck before then. Or not. I don’t encourage breaking any laws here!
But it does seem unlikely that they would enforce such a law. Maybe to be safe, you can plan your home potluck in Arizona for close to midnight on August 5th. 😀
*Updated* It’s 8/6/2016. So if you’re in Arizona, potlucks are now legal. Start planning your
next I mean first one!