Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

The Waffle Bus's menu proffers many, many enticing options that would easily satisfy my brinner cravings on any given day. Only one thing is missing: waffle ice cream sandwiches. They have burgers in between waffles. And smoked salmon and dill cream cheese. Also Nutella and bananas. Clearly, there's no objection to the waffle/filling/waffle sandwich structure. Just please, Waffle Bus, add ice cream (preferably mint chocolate chip) to that list of sammie fillings. Maybe you've considered it? Well, stop waffling, and go for it. Har.

In the meantime, I will construct my own waffle ice cream sandwiches at home. And you can too if you are similarly longing for that magical combination of ice cream and breakfast carbohydrates. Granted, some restaurants offer a scoop of vanilla on a Belgian waffle, but that dish in no way compares to the sumptuous striation that is waffle on top of ice cream on top of waffle (with possibly some toppings in between.) More tips on homemade waffle ice cream sandwiches next:

Assembling your own waffle ice cream sandwich can be as easy (or, some would argue, as vulgar) as buying toasting frozen waffles and adding store-bought ice cream. If reading the following sentence made you frown like the Dowager Countess during a disorganized dinner service, then you probably want to embrace the polar opposite method: make your own ice cream and cook homemade batter in your high-tech waffle press.

Frequent readers of this blog know that while I aspire to be the type of person who makes things from scratch, laziness and impatience often get the best of me. My husband, on the other hand, is all about delayed gratification, especially when it comes to cheese.

Because I have a better track record making waffles at home than I have making ice cream, I like to make the former from scratch and buy the latter at the store. As for flavor pairings, here are my recommendations:

Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich Combinations

  • Buttermilk Waffles + Neapolitan Ice Cream + Butterscotch
  • Blueberry Waffles + Lemon Ice Cream (or Häagen-Dazs Limoncello Gelato) + White Chocolate Shavings
  • Chocolate Waffles + Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Pumpkin Waffles + Butter Pecan Ice Cream
  • Eggnog Waffles + Peppermint Ice Cream (for the holidays)

Got another killer combination idea? Tell me in the comments!

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Joanna O'Leary