When it comes to writing fast food reviews, there's no greater joy than having any preconceived, negative notions proven completely wrong. That's exactly what happened when I tried the Snickerdoodle ice cream sandwich ($1.49) at Carl's Jr.
I'm here to tell you that it's good. Really good. Initially, I thought the use of Snickerdoodle cookies was ill-advised (bad Snickerdoodles can be flavorless and/or overly sandy), but I couldn't have been more wrong. This ice cream sandwich may look a little boring, but flavor-wise, it's awesome. That's because the combination of the ice cream and the crumbly cookie (which is coated with a generous dusting of cinnamon-sugar on both sides) makes this bargain treat taste a lot like fried ice cream (truly one of the most delicious desserts in the universe).
It's not the perfect dessert. The ice cream itself doesn't have a strong vanilla flavor, and eating it gets a little messy since, past the first few bites, the ice cream ploops out the sides a bit. But for a fast food restaurant, it's solid (and much better than the Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich).
I finished mine in under two minutes, so there was no real worry of ice cream meltage. If you're a fan of fried ice cream or churros, my bet is you will too.
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax
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