San Diego’s beloved ice cream sandwich shop, The Baked Bear, just opened up in Scottsdale. It's the first location outside of California, so naturally you can understand we're just a wee bit excited (translation: it's a big deal.) Back when it opened on May 28, more than 200 ice cream lovers (not kidding) lined up outside to get their hands on one of the famous customizable sandwiches they'd heard so much about.
Well, we tried some of these baked-daily cookie sandwiches and guess what: picking a favorite is pretty damn impossible. There are countless combinations you could dream up, from chocolate ice cream wedged between two halves of a donut, to birthday cake cookies stuffed with birthday cake ice cream and rolled in sprinkles or Fruity Pebbles. Then there's 12 flavors of ice cream (plus a chocolate chip soy option), 10 types of made-from-scratch cookies, brownies, donuts, brownie or cookie bowls, cones, AND eight different types of toppings, including hot fudge and caramel. Seriously, we couldn't decide on the best one. Any thoughts?
Mint ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies is ALWAYS a solid choice.
Hot-pressed birthday cake ice cream sandwich
This waffle iron-like device is used to heat up your cookie of choice. Don't worry, 15 seconds under hot-pressed heat won’t melt the ice cream; it'll just make the cookies ooey-gooey good. (FYI: that's really good.)
Red velvet cookie sandwich
You can’t go wrong with two warm red velvet cookies and classic vanilla ice cream.
Bear batter ice cream brownie sandwich
Why get just one scoop when you can have two? That blue stuff there, that’s the bear batter. It’s loaded with brownie chunks, which makes it the perfect center in between two brownies. Because you can never have enough chocolate…
Ahhh, the bear bowl. No, it's not a sandwich, but holy hell, it's drenched in warm chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream! And get this: the best part (other than what we just described) is actually waiting at the bottom. The bowl is lined with -- brace yourself -- a soft brownie.
Cheesecake ice cream sandwich
Helllllllo, beautiful! Two hot-pressed birthday cake cookies sandwich some delicious strawberry cheesecake ice cream. And those colorful things on the outside? Good God, they're Fruity Pebbles.
Chocolate chip cookie sandwich
Chocolate chip ice cream wedged between two chocolate cookies -- classic!
Chocolate chip cookie and brownie ice cream sandwich