Churro, waffle, and macaron ice cream sandwiches take comfort food to new (sugar) highs

Eye-catching hybrid desserts have year-round appeal, but a slate of creative ice cream sandwiches is stealing the show during hot summer months. In addition to fueling young people’s Glutton Goals, these frozen treats offer social currency for those who are #eatingfortheinsta.


The tapas bar at Mario Batali’s La Sirena in NYC created a special summer treat for those looking to go south of the border with their dessert: a churro ice cream sandwich. The $8 creations were dreamed up by executive pastry chef Thea Habjanic and come in two standard flavors—coffee/dulce de leche with cacao nibs or mango sorbetto and vanilla gelato with sea salt—both packed between a pair of cinnamon-sprinkled churros. A rotating third flavor is also available, and customers can order a “flight” of the churro sandwiches to sample them all.


Small batch creamery Mikey Likes It in NYC has been captivating ice cream seekers with its red velvet waffle ice cream sandwich, the Mac Daddy. Customers have their choice of waffle flavors (red velvet, chocolate, etc.) and a rotating menu of throwback-inspired ice cream flavors to choose from with names like Foxy Brown (mocha, crushed chocolate wafer cookies and a sea salt caramel swirl), Pink Floyd (double strawberry and cheesecake), Southern Hospitality (butter pecan with praline pecans and chunks of pecan pie), and Parliamint Funkadelic (mint with crushed Oreo cookies).


LA’s MILK brought its famous macaron ice cream sandwiches to the east coast this summer at a pop-up shop in NYC’s Nolita neighborhood. For four days in June, New Yorkers could munch on the made-from-scratch take on the Parisian treat in flavors like Grasshopper, Coffee Toffee, and more. The giant $6 ice cream sandwiches could also be topped with colorful, nostalgic cereal like Fruit Loops and Fruity Pebbles, making them particularly Instagram-friendly. The pop-up was created to celebrate the launch of MILK's pints and new nationwide shipping service.