[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

It was the rare birthday party I went to growing up that didn't feature a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake. I can still envision those white-and-pink boxes at the skating rink, or bowling alley, or playground. But they were strictly reserved for special occasions. A whole cake was just too much for any other time. (Plenty of parents would give in to begging for an ice cream cake on your birthday, but for an everyday dessert? Forget it.)

So I can't imagine how excited I'd have been to have Cake Bites when I was a kid. They're pretty much exact replicas of the classic Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake flavors, but in single-serving form.*


There are Double Chocolate, Praline Caramel, and Vanilla Blondie, sure; all of them as sweet as you'd predict, with somewhat waxy frosting. But it's the Chocolate Mint that was always king of the birthday party, and I've got to say it's still the best. The ice cream is smooth and minty, the chocolate cake base a little spongy and not too sweet, and even if the chocolate coating's a little stiff, the whole bite delivers a pretty enjoyable chocolate-mint flavor. I'm sure that's largely nostalgia talking, but I have to admit I enjoyed it.

*Food for thought: Do you tag ice cream cake "ice cream" or "cake"?

About the author: Carey Jones is the Editor of Serious Eats New York and co-editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. Follow her on Twitter (@careyjones).


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