The Best Ice Cream Sandwiches in Boston
Ice cream sandwiches are always a summer favorite. As a kid, those soft, chocolatey wafers holding together melting vanilla ice cream was the best treat on a hot day. Now, restaurants, ice cream shops, and bakeries are transforming these simple sweets into irresistible gourmet desserts.
From cocoa wafers and malted vanilla ice cream by a James Beard Award-winning chef, to ice cream-filled doughnuts in Fenway, these are 14 one-of-a-kind ice cream sandwiches around Boston.
Blackbird Doughnuts is changing the game with their doughnut ice cream sandwich. Choose any doughnut from the menu, and chocolate, vanilla, or twist soft serve. Every sandwich is custom made, so you can mix and match all you want. Try a vanilla bean doughnut with chocolate ice cream and sprinkles, or a cinnamon roll doughnut with vanilla.
492 Tremont St., South End, 617-482-9000, 20 Kilmarnock St., Fenway, Boston, 857-263-8389, blackbirddoughnuts.com.
Chill on Park
This spacious café and ice cream parlor in Dorchester offers 32 different flavors, all of which are locally sourced. Try one between two chocolate chip cookies.
142 Park St., Dorchester, 617-297–5401, chillonpark.com.
This American-style family restaurant has a lengthy list of house-made ice cream flavors and sundae toppings—or, try the signature whoopie pie ice cream sandwich, made with homemade strawberry ice cream infused with strawberry purée.
11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, Kendall Square, 617-945-7030, commonwealthcambridge.com.
Surely you’ve seen the Cookie Monstah truck parked near the Common or around Dewey Square: Boston native Missy Gale has been selling her family’s cookie recipes out of her food truck all over town. If you have yet to try one her homemade cookie sandwiches, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day—on August 2—might be the time to do so. You can find the Cookie Monstah truck at Dewey Square and the Greenway Carousel on Wednesday.
Dewey Square, Greenway Carousel, Boston, thecookiemonstah.com.
No one should have to skip dessert because of allergies or food intolerances. Thankfully, FoMu is here with plant-based, gluten-free, soy-free, non-dairy, and lactose free ice cream and baked good—that also happen to be delicious. The coconut-based ice cream flavors are so creamy you’ll wonder how they’re vegan.
655 Tremont St., Boston, 617-982-7955, and other locations, fomuicecream.com.
Frozen Hoagies have been helping you get your ice cream sandwich fix since 2011. This food truck can be found all over Boston and uses homemade cookies and ice cream to create a classic sandwich. On National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, find the Frozen Hoagies truck in front of the China Trade Building and at the Charlestown Navy Yard, or stop by their storefront in Somerville.
864 Broadway, Somerville, and mobile locations, frozenhoagies.com.
Gracie’s Ice Cream
This cozy ice cream shop in Somerville makes all their ice cream in-house and has over 50 flavors in rotation, including frequent new batches. On occasion, Gracie’s offers their sweet cream, black raspberry chip, or salty whiskey ice creams sandwiched between two Coco Pebble Rice Krispie treats—follow them on social media for the heads’ up.
22 Union Sq., Somerville, 617-764-5294, graciesicecre.am.
Owners Rory Hanlon and Kristen Rummel make all of their ice cream completely from scratch using local and in-season ingredients to customize their flavors. At the shop, you can build your own ice cream sandwich and choose from flavors such as honey lavender, cold brew coffee, basil goat cheese, and more.
1702 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-714-3983, honeycombcreamery.com.
Delivery until 3 a.m. makes these warm and gooey cookies pretty irresistible. You can choose from a variety of ice cream flavors, such as campfire s’mores and peanut butter cup, and any of their cookies to create a perfect cookiewich.
This Boston-based chain has expanded to 13 locations all within a 15-mile radius to their original storefront in—you guessed it—J.P. Ice cream sandwiches are fairly new to the menu—these “Lixwiches” feature fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream, or a monthly special—today, you’ll find chocolate ice cream sandwiched between two M&M cookies.
659 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-6740, and other locations, http://jplicks.com/all_locations.html.
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
James Beard Award-winning chef Tony Maws redefines an ice cream sandwich at his industrial-style restaurant in Somerville: It has two house-made cocoa wafers and malted vanilla ice cream, and it’s topped with chocolate covered pretzels and drizzled with homemade caramel sauce. There’s no such thing as “no room for dessert” when the desserts are this good.
The Kirkland Tap & Trotter. 425 Washington St., Somerville, 617-497-5511, kirklandtapandtrotter.com.
This new South End spot might be known for cocktails, but Lion’s Tail is no slouch when it comes to dessert. Homemade French vanilla ice cream, ganache, and oversized chocolate chip cookies form this giant sandwich.
Lion’s Tail, 354 Harrison Ave., Boston, 857-239-9276, lionstailboston.com.
The Parlor Ice Cream Co.
This pop-up ice cream shop has a regular Allston gig this summer featuring pastry chef and owner Jacqueline Dole’s locally crafted novelties. This Wednesday, be sure to try one of Parlor’s homemade ice cream sandwiches.
The Parlor Ice Cream Co., Continuum, Wednesdays, August 2-30, 5-8 p.m., 219 Western Ave., Allston, and other pop-ups, parlorboston.co.
This family-owned favorite has been around for 27 years, making more than 35 rotating flavors in-store. Their ice cream sandwiches feature two freshly made cookies and a constantly changing ice cream flavor.
Toscanini’s, 899 Main St., Cambridge, 617-491-5877, tosci.com.