It’s miserably hot out there, but thankfully August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. So beat the heat by hopping in your car and driving down that rocky road to get some of the coolest sammies in Dallas.
They’re fresh. They’re French. They might be the fanciest ice cream sandwiches you’ve ever eaten. JOY Macarons has a rotating menu of five or six flavors of “sammies” made with oversized macarons and their homemade ice cream. Some flavors never change, such as the Vietnamese cinnamon and vanilla bean, and they’ll always have a sorbet. But other than that, the flavors are swapped out when the batch runs dry. “It’s a nice way to keep our creative juices flowing,” says kitchen manager, Kaitlin Cox. “The macarons are about 3 to 4 inches in diameter and the ice cream is 1.5 to 2 inches thick,” she says.
Hours: vary on location
Glazed Donut Works
Glazed Donut Works is the late-night stop for your ice cream sandwich fix. Pick a glazed or Saigon cinnamon sugar doughnut and they’ll fill it with vanilla bean bourbon from Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream in Plano. This easy-to-carry sandwich isn’t the only thing you can order, though. Owner Darren Cameron says the shop is focused on specialty doughnuts and they typically have 12 seasonally rotating flavors daily.
Location: 2644 Elm Street
Hours: Thursday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Public School 214
Check out this Uptown restaurant for their giant, shareable Nutella cookie sandwich. The gastro pub spreads Nutella onto two massive chocolate chunk cookies then sandwiches them around three scoops of Blue Bunny vanilla bean ice cream. To top it off, they garnish the entire thing with powdered sugar and bacon-pecan brittle.
Location: 3700 McKinney Avenue, #148
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Milk and Cream
Milk and Cream owner Man Ho uses homemade doughnuts to make his ice cream sandwiches. Pick either a plain or glazed doughnut and they’ll cut it in half, fill it with your choice of one of 16 flavors of frozen cream, add your favorite topping, and then warm the whole thing slightly (without melting the ice cream). Try the lavender bean ice cream with Fruity Pebbles or cinnamon ice cream with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which people say is “like eating a churro,” Ho says. The treat is super social media friendly, so once you order, you’ll probably want to Instagram.
Location: 5420 Ross Avenue, Suite 160
Hours: Sunday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from noon to midnight
At Pokey O’s, they “just like to spread happiness with [their] ice cream sandwiches,” says owner, Kathy Oszustowicz. The 11-year-old shop, named after her dog, offers 16 different flavors of Blue Bell ice cream and 12 different types of cookies, such as maple pecan, coconut chocolate chip, and oatmeal cinnamon raisin walnut. While the combinations of cookie and ice cream are seemingly endless, Oszustowicz says the “chocolate fudge nut brownie cookie with mint chocolate chip ice cream is just heaven.” If you’re not feeling a sandwich, try the ice cream cookie cake or an ice cream taco.
Location: 3034 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75205
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
Stop by this food truck for an ice cream sandwich that will leave you dazed. All of the ice cream and cookies are made by Coolhaus with hormone-free dairy and local ingredients. Pick and choose from cookies like cocoa pebbles, coconut almond chip, and peanut butter Captain Crunch. Ice cream options include baked apple, blueberry sweet corn, and campfire s’mores. Go nuts.
Location: Klyde Warren Park and Dallas Farmers Market
Hours: Vary on location, check out their schedule here.
Grif’s Sammie Shop
If you think the sandwiches at Grif’s Sammie Shop taste familiar, you’re right. Owner Griffin Gurley uses the same family recipes as his cousin’s shop, Sweet Sammies, in Fort Worth. Mix and match any of the 11 types of cookies, such as oatmeal toffee, and peanut butter chocolate trip, with one of the 12 Blue Bell ice cream flavors, like as Dutch chocolate, and pecan pralines n’ cream. Everything is baked daily at this family-business. Don’t want a sandwich? Get a brownie bowl or some edible cookie dough.
Location: 190 E. Stacy Road, Suite 1408
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
Cold Beer Company
Head out to Deep Ellum for an ice cream sandwich that will melt in your mouth as you melt in the Texas heat. Cold Beer Company’s “Eskimo pie” is made with oatmeal raisin cookies and Henry’s Homemade vanilla bean ice cream. Kick back on their dog-friendly patio with your sandwich, and one of their many beers.
Location: 3600 Main Street
Hours: Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday through Sunday from noon to 2 a.m.