Nothing says “summer” quite like an ice cream sandwich. These iconic treats are readily available in the grocery store, and they’re on sale week after week. The only problem is that the ingredient lists are lengthy and full of chemicals.
If you’re a fan of ice cream sandwiches and real food, you are in luck! Homemade ice cream sandwiches are easy to make, they taste far superior to the store-bought version, and they’re less expensive. What more could you ask for?
For the Ice Cream
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
For the Sandwich Base
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- Combine the ice cream ingredients in a large bowl. Once they're well-combined, transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and mix according to the manufacturer’s directions. I use the ice cream attachment that goes with my Kitchen Aid mixer. After churning the ice cream, place it in the freezer to solidify it. (Note: You'll only need about 2/3 of this ice cream for the sandwiches. You can store the rest in the freezer in an air-tight container or snack on it as you're working.)
- To make the chocolate sandwich base, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease 2 8x8 inch pans. Place a piece of parchment paper in each pan.
- Combine the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine well.
- Transfer the mixture onto the parchment paper and spread it evenly.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the sandwich base is set and the edges are pulling away from the sides a bit.
- Cool completely on a wire rack.
- To assemble, soften the ice cream slightly so that you can spread it. Don’t let it get runny.
- Place one of the sandwich bases (top side down) on a piece of plastic wrap and spread 2/3 of the ice cream evenly on it. You can save the rest of the ice cream in the freezer for another time.
- Put the other sandwich base on top of the ice cream (top side up) and wrap the whole thing with plastic wrap.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours to let it solidify. Remove from the freezer and cut it in half. Then, cut each section into 6 sandwiches for a total of 12 sandwiches. Enjoy immediately or wrap the sandwiches individually and return them to the freezer.
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Price Breakdown
Besides the delicious taste, the best thing about these gourmet-quality ice cream sandwiches is the price. The cost of the ice cream is $3.02 and the cost of the sandwich base is $2.74, for a total of $5.76. The recipe makes 12 ice cream sandwiches, for a total cost of $.48 per sandwich. I couldn’t find any real food ice cream sandwiches to compare this to, but Julie’s Organic ice cream sandwiches, which are healthier than most, retail for $.83 per sandwich. And Julie’s sandwiches contain palm oil, caramel color, and soy lecithin. Do yourself a favor and try this recipe – you won’t be disappointed!
Here’s my recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free ice cream sandwiches for an allergy-friendly alternative.