Nilla Wafers + Banana + Vanilla Ice cream
Add 'em all together and what do you get? Banana Pudding! Cold, bite-sized banana pudding.
Seriously, it's astonishing how this little guy replicates the flavors of the traditional, ice cream-free dish. It gets bonus points for being pretty pantry-friendly and just the right size for an afternoon snack.
Ginger Snaps + Pumpkin Butter + Vanilla Ice Cream
First of all, Ginger Snaps are underrated. Their flavor is pretty potent for boxed cookies, and they're crunchy without being crumbly.
Pumpkin butter was a natural add-on because it usually contains complimentary spices such as cinnamon. With all those warming autumnal spices going on, the sandwich needs nothing more than vanilla ice cream to add a creamy counterpoint.
Petit Écolier Dark Chocolate Cookies + Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino Ice Cream
This genius combination was the work of SE intern Gracie Dulik. She writes, "These classic cookies may be small in size, but their sturdy structure works surprisingly well as a vehicle for ice cream (it's a bonus that the two-biters mean automatic portion-control, unless of course you opt for multiple). We turned the chocolate sides outward so the wafers could absorb some of the ice cream's melty-ness. The dark chocolate plays nicely with the bitterness of the coffee, making this a not-too-sweet dessert probably best suited for adults. Our advice: Only put a small amount of ice cream between the cookies to avoid too much post-bite oozing."
Pepperidge Farm Oatmeal Cookies + Ben and Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream
"Things got a little meta when we decided to pair some chewy oatmeal raisin cookies with Ben & Jerry’s new Oatmeal Cookie Chunk Ice Cream. The results, of course, were delicious. Pepperidge Farm cookies benefit from a spicy dose of ginger and cinnamon, which contrasts nicely with the creamy sweetness of the ice cream scoop. Oatmeal fans, like our own Erin Zimmer, will jump for joy."—SE Intern Sam Levison
Pepperidge Farm Oatmeal Cookies + Ben and Jerry's Cinnamon Buns Ice Cream
Intern Sam was onto something with the Pepperidge Farm Soft Baked Oatmeal Raisin Cookies—their texture is the perfect balance of chew and heft to act as bookends to an ice cream sandwich.
I personally chose to stuff them with Ben and Jerry's Cinnamon Buns Ice Cream, which is caramel ice cream with cinnamon bun dough and a cinnamon streusel swirl. The intense cinnamon flavor really brings out the spices in the cookies, and when you get a piece of dough and a raisin in the same bite, it's kind of like eating a French raisin-custard pastry (which are my favorite).
Butter Waffles + Ben & Jerry’s Crème Brulee
"A tribute to Little Miss Sunshine, this sandwich squishes a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s Crème Brulee ice cream between two Destrooper waffle cookies. Though the ice cream redefines sweet, it’s a great partner for the stroopwafels, which are essentially flat waffle cones with a bit more sugar added. Though cones may be better ice cream containers, waffle cookies have definitely proven their worth."—Sam Levison
Klondike Ice Cream Sandwich + Creamy Peanut Butter
I'm sure that Klondike probably makes their own pre-assembled version of this, but I promise you it won't be as good. This isn't a KIondike Bar with peanut butter flavored ice cream, it's a Klondike Bar with actual creamy salty peanut butter. (And even if they were to use real PB, I think peanut butter needs to be at room temperature to really be at its best). The ice cream sandwich is super easy to split, and the soft vanilla ice cream melds seamlessly with the peanut butter. When all held together by those thin, cakey cocoa cookies, it's basically a childhood dream come true.
White Chocolate Macadamia Tahoe Cookies + Haagen Dazs Coconut Macaroon Ice Cream
"This ice cream was one of the best things we have tasted all summer. The smooth coconut with plenty of chunks of chewy macaroon would be an ideal dessert just on its own, but paired with the cookie it made for a well-rounded, Hawaiian-inspired sandwich. The cookies aren't too big, but they still make for a hefty treat when filled with the luscious dairy. Tahoes tend to be a little dry but vastly improve when the ice cream melts into the cookie crevices. Overall a good combination, and we strongly advise grabbing a pint of this limited edition ice cream to have in your freezer this summer before it disappears from stores."—Gracie Dulik