With countless artisanal, small-batch ice cream shops popping up in Los Angeles, there’s no shortage of unique and interesting flavors around town. Ice cream sandwiches are simple and nostalgic, with several dessert places in LA building their own versions. Here, find gems from the traditional to the creative, featuring ice cream sandwiches made with macarons, cakes, churros, and cookies to satisfy every sweet tooth.Read More
10 Irresistible Ice Cream Sandwiches to Try in Los Angeles
For all the sugar fiends out there
1. Diddy Riese
Diddy Riese has been an ice cream sandwich institution for over 20 years and its made-from-scratch cookies and low prices are a great combination. Ice cream sandwiches cost just $2, with a dozen fresh cookies priced at $4.50. Located near UCLA, be prepared to wait in line and bring cash, as they don’t accept credit cards.
2. Afters Ice Cream
Pasadena, CA 91106
Afters, the originator of the milky bun is known for its donut ice cream sandwich. It’s like an ice cream-stuffed donut that’s been hot pressed, resulting in a simultaneous hot and cold bite. Try the popular cookie monster flavor with blue ice cream and chunks of Oreos wedged between a glazed or non-glazed donut.
3. The Coolhaus Shop
Known for its sometimes wacky flavors, Coolhaus is a solid option for the adventurous ice cream seeker. With options like fried chicken and waffles ice cream or the boozy Lucky Charms spiked with Jameson, choose two cookies and seal the deal.
4. Churro Borough
For those who enjoy churros and ice cream, Churro Borough couples them both in this sandwich. With a scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two warm churro disks, there’s a smooth and crunchy texture in each bite. Flavors include the Spanish latte with organic espresso and condensed milk ice cream. And for a vegan option, try the horchata sherbet for an extra cinnamon punch.
5. McConnell's Fine Ice Creams
For another traditional ice cream sandwich, is another solid option. Instead of offering a large variety of cookies, the chocolate chip is the main star, paired up nicely with any of the rich flavors here.
6. B Sweet Dessert Bar
After enjoying one of Sawtelle’s restaurants, head over to B Sweet for dessert. The bread puddings are popular, but try the halo ice cream sandwich for a similar take on the Afters milky bun. Here, the donut ice cream sandwich with ube ice cream is the best pick.
7. Jamz Creamery
What’s better than cake and ice cream? An ice cream sandwich stacked with cake, of course. Jamz Creamery, an ice cream parlor in Inglewood boasts chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, and lemon cake options to sandwich into any ice cream. Try the jazz with red velvet cake, with a choice of ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate syrup.
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Haven’t had a chance to have carnival food this summer? Burbank’s Quenelle’s offers funnel cake ice cream sandwiches on Wednesdays and Sundays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Its artisanal ice cream flavors include circus animal, raspberry cream, and Thai tea. And for those feeling adventurous, check out the hot Cheetos flavor.
9. Snow Monster
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Situated in Koreatown’s Chapman Market, Snow Monster is a highly Instagrammable dessert spot. Pass the “eat dessert, be a monster” sign and get in line. With cold drinks like honey milk tea and Thai ice tea offering options to wrap cotton candy around your drink, go for the ice cream sandwich. Featuring selections like the fruity pebbles macaron or the churro macaron, pick ice cream flavors like browned butter and toffee or matcha green tea.
Although parking is a bit of a hassle, Milk usually has a line out the door. With its variety of dessert options, Milk’s macaron ice cream sandwich is a popular choice. Try the red velvet macaron, half dipped in white chocolate and filled with vanilla icing ice cream, or the grasshopper half dipped in chocolate with mint ice cream.