You didn’t think I’ve forgotten about dessert for the 4th of July, did you? To go along with the Mini Sloppy Joes from my last post, I made Mini Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Sandwiches. Yup, I’ve got a mini food fest going on.
Inspired by San Francisco’s It’s-It, I made a vegan version of their iconic ice cream sandwich – a scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two old-fashioned oatmeal cookies and then dipped in dark chocolate.
I remembered when I first tried It’s-It shortly after I moved to the Bay Area for work. It’s like a deluxe version of a typical ice cream sandwich.
For the cookie part, I went with the oatmeal raisin recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, but left out the raisins. For the ice cream, I went with Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Vanilla Island. Both cookie and ice cream are good on their own and so good together. Even before the dip into chocolate.
Oh, the chocolate. I had a bit of a problem with the melted chocolate being very thick and not at all like how you see on food shows with the chocolate just flowing easily all over.
Apparently, you’re not supposed to use chocolate chips for dipping. There’s special chocolate coating products that have oil or something that helps with the melting and flowing. So instead of dipping, I ended up slathering on the chocolate. It’s not very smooth-looking (let’s just say they’re “rustic”) but the taste is all there.
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