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Forgive me, for I have sinned ...

ipsedixit Apr 21, 2009 03:27 PM

I have to get something off my chest; otherwise, I may get ostracized by the Chowhound community.

It's been crazy hot where I am (crazy hot as in record breaking temps) and I needed something to restore the sanity in my life.

I wanted an Its-It Ice Cream Sandwich but couldn't find any.

So I made myself a Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich.

Took one Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tart, one big scoop of Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, and topped it with another Chocolate Fudge Pop-Tart.

Sure, it was a sugar and preservative bomb, but it was so damn good. Cold and sweet, and that gooey chocolate fudge center provided just the right nice contrast to the crunch of the Pop-Tart pastry shell and creamy texture of the ice cream.

This beats out an Its-It any day of the year. Heck, if they sold these at ballparks I would stay the entire 9 innings ...

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  1. billieboy RE: ipsedixit Apr 21, 2009 03:48 PM

    Say three Hail Alice Waters and your sins will be absolved, my son.

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      adamshoe RE: billieboy Apr 21, 2009 04:01 PM

      And ten Our Pollan's followed by a full recitation of the Kingsolver. Get thee behind me Paula Deen!!! adam

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        KaimukiMan RE: adamshoe Apr 21, 2009 04:38 PM

        sorry, for that to work the repentance must be full and without reservation. see you in purgatory, im gonna go make some now.

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      adamshoe RE: ipsedixit Apr 21, 2009 03:56 PM

      You must be where I am, too. 88 in Oakland, but w/ the haze and humidity (!) it feels like Brooklyn in August!! Your creation sounds delightfully disgusting. If I had only read this a half hour ago, before I went shopping, guess what would have been in my cart? I can't believe you consumed 2 entire PT's plus ice cream by yourself. I'd have cut it in half and shared (Not!!) If you wanted to be "healthy", I bet the strawberry or raspberry PT's would be good w/ some plain old vanilla ice cream, too. Thanks for the inspiration to fight the perspiration! What are you making for dinner in this heat, or was the calorie bomb the equivalent of dinner? ;) Stay cool ipsed.... adam

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        shaogo RE: adamshoe Apr 21, 2009 04:06 PM

        All is forgiven if you did this while suffering heat stroke.

        The first thing I thought when I saw this was "what, they didn't *toast* the pop tarts first and just eat the thing out of a bowl?"

        So we both need forgiveness, I guess.

        1. re: adamshoe
          ipsedixit RE: adamshoe Apr 21, 2009 10:22 PM


          That was my healthy meal of the day. Vanilla milkshake and Filet-O-Fish (2 of them) ... from the bastion of healthy eating -- McDonald's.

        2. cayjohan RE: ipsedixit Apr 21, 2009 09:44 PM

          Eat, ipse, for jeebus' sake! All you need to ask yourself is "was it delicious?" Clearly was. Absolved, as is the consensus.

          But now you have to refine this beast that led you astray. Can you find the Reduced Fat Blueberry Pop-Tarts and do something with those? Maybe a tour de force with the Brown Sugar Cinnamon PTarts and...?

          When one sins, one must justify it by sharing the sin. Dare you.


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            ipsedixit RE: cayjohan Apr 21, 2009 10:21 PM

            Heh, heh.

            The chocolate fudge Pop Tarts were actually made of whole grain and contained 20% DV of fiber, and had "only" 5 grams of fat per serving.

            So, there you go. Delicious and healthy.


            1. re: ipsedixit
              rudysmom RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 04:24 AM

              you are my hero. seriously. not only for creating the monster, but for admitting it.
              i don't know why the Pop-Tart people haven't thought of this already.

              1. re: rudysmom
                rockycat RE: rudysmom Apr 22, 2009 06:14 AM

                They have. I saw this in an ad this past weekend and thought, "OMG, who would put something like that into their body, let alone advertise it?" I guess we know the answer. Now, if you'll excuse me, I think there's a box of Pop-Tarts, um I mean high fiber cereal, calling my name. Yeah, that's the ticket.

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                  ktb615 RE: rockycat Apr 22, 2009 07:54 AM

                  I saw it too. Made me really want to go buy some Pop Tarts and ice cream, hehe.

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                    lynnlato RE: ktb615 Apr 22, 2009 01:50 PM

                    I saw it too. Except it said to take chocolate mint chip pop tarts and freeze them - once frozen, enjoy. I haven't tried it and won't (health reasons) but it does sound kind of tasty, I have to say. Maybe I'll let the kids indulge.

                  2. re: rockycat
                    ipsedixit RE: rockycat Apr 22, 2009 03:50 PM

                    I'm pretty devious when I get hungry, but even I can't take credit for coming up with a "Pop-Tarts ice cream sandwich".

                    Sometimes commericals ARE a wonderful thing ...

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              MattInNJ RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 07:23 AM

              Sinner! Lucky for you Matt is offereing a 33% discount on all indulgences! Secure your spot in heaven today! I take cash, money orders, dry aged beef and 18 year old single malt!

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                turqmut RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 09:08 AM

                Cut circles in the poptarts with a cookie cutter, stack them with the ice cream, drizzle with chocolate and you'd have yourself a trend. (And also awesome little edge pieces that you'd hate to waste.)

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                  cayjohan RE: turqmut Apr 22, 2009 01:31 PM

                  The edge pieces are the best. Shhh...you didn't hear me say that.

                  Dammit, I haven't had a Pop Tart in about 12 years, but I'm starting to get the itch. Is there a 12 step program for nostalgic foods?


                  1. re: cayjohan
                    bakinggirl RE: cayjohan Apr 22, 2009 01:45 PM

                    Is there something in the water? I had a Pop-Tart today for the first time in years...the frosting was better than I remembered it!

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                      cayjohan RE: bakinggirl Apr 22, 2009 01:54 PM

                      It's ipse's fault.


                  2. re: turqmut
                    Kelli2006 RE: turqmut Apr 22, 2009 08:22 PM

                    The edges can be toasted and ground and used to roll the ice cream in them for added crunch.

                  3. billieboy RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 02:04 PM

                    What the hell is a Pop-Tart...Do you mean Britney Spears???

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                      CoryKatherine RE: billieboy Apr 22, 2009 09:14 PM

                      what is a poptart? this is like the people who don't know kraft mac-and-cheese. your childhood was either way better or way more sad than mine, I can't really decide..


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                      Shahrizzle RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 02:16 PM

                      You're my hero.
                      Enough said.

                      And as a sidenote, most 7-11s I've been to has Its-It in the little ice cream case with the sliding windows.

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                        jeffandnat RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 02:29 PM

                        Wait until the celebrity chef's read this thread. New desert menu item at Spago: $20 gourmet ice cream sandwich. The Hollywood set will be lining up to get one!

                        1. Paulustrious RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 03:26 PM

                          In Scotland, that bastion of healthy food, they would probably coat it in sweet batter and deep fry it.

                          1. Boccone Dolce RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 03:44 PM

                            OhmyGod- It's-It!! I tried to describe them to my husband, who then demanded I try to recreate it with 2 frozen oatmeal cookies, chocolate sauce and ice cream but no.... it just isn't an It's-It and will never taste right.

                            I can't believe the PopTart made you happier than an It's-It.

                            I demand a throw down!!
                            What about 2 Krispy Kreme's?
                            2 Whoopie Pies?
                            2 Drake's Cakes?

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                              ipsedixit RE: Boccone Dolce Apr 22, 2009 03:53 PM

                              Krispy Kreme, eh?

                              I've actually wondered why donuts and ice creams weren't a more popular combo.

                              For what it's worth, I've often paired churros with frozen yogurt. Just use the churros to scoop up the ice cream and forget about the need for a spoon. Works, and tastes, fabulous.

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                                LindaWhit RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 04:45 PM

                                Oh. My. God. Churros dipped into a deep, dark chocolate sauce and then some ice cream. You are seriously BRILLIANT, ipse!

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                                  ipsedixit RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2009 04:47 PM

                                  This is what I do, and my source of inspiration.

                                  Go to Costco. Buy Churro. Buy frozen yogurt (with your choice of sauce). Eat said yogurt with warm churro. Heaven.

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                                    LindaWhit RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 04:52 PM

                                    Alas, I don't have a Costco membership - just BJ's Wholesale Club. (Costco has CHURROS? I might have to *get* a membership! LOL)

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                                      TampaAurora RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2009 07:43 PM

                                      My SO goes to Costco for toilet paper, hot dogs and churros.

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                                        Kate is always hungry RE: LindaWhit Apr 22, 2009 09:28 PM

                                        No membership card needed for Costco snacks. Just walk right up to the window with your money.

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                                          LindaWhit RE: Kate is always hungry Apr 23, 2009 06:03 AM

                                          Ohhhhhh....it's in the little food court thingie! Got it!

                                          And I guess I'll stick with my approximately twice-monthly churros at a Spanish restaurant I frequent. The drive for me to Costco is further than the restaurant. :-)

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                                        mcsheridan RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 07:47 PM

                                        Churros? Costco has Churros? All of them? Not just isolated locations?

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                                          ipsedixit RE: mcsheridan Apr 22, 2009 09:50 PM

                                          Just about every Costco has a food court where they sell all sorts of things, incl. pizzas (whole or by the slice), hot dogs, prepared salads, chicken bakes, and of course the above-mentioned churros and frozen yogurt.

                                          The best of the bunch at the foodcourt, however, might be the Vanilla Ice Cream bars. Super deluxe vanilla ice cream that's as thick and rich as hot molten lava, covered in smooth coating of milk chocolate -- all served conveniently on a stick. Just $1.50. Beats a Ben & Jerry's cone any day -- both on price and taste.

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                                            KevinB RE: ipsedixit Apr 26, 2009 01:51 AM

                                            For $1.99 in Canada, the big hot dog with a bottomless soft drink is one of the best fast food values around! Love 'em or hate 'em, Costco does some things very well.

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                                          JeetJet RE: ipsedixit Apr 26, 2009 01:00 AM

                                          This is a long term problem with you. Do you recall the great OZ asking you “If you cut the ends off a churro, could you use it as a 'boba straw' to drink your banana malt?” That was two years ago in reply to your posting about stopping at Costco for churros to have with your ice cream at your next stop. Then, three years ago it was Churros with Vanilla and Pineapple Frozen Yogurt. With this posting, your latest confession, you have sinned three times my child. Three times you have violated the Supreme Chow law of not posting “OFF TOPIC.” All three confessions should have been posted on Home Cooking.

                                          For your three sins of posting off topic you are to rent the movie “Fatso” staring Dom DeLuise and watch it three times paying close attention to the lines, ““That’s nothing. Have you ever sucked the jelly out of a jelly donut and then filled it with chocolate-swirl ice cream?” Consider that recipe on a hot day.

                                          Ice Cream and Churro

                                          Costco Churros + Fosselman's Frozen Yogurt = HEAVEN!

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                                            ipsedixit RE: JeetJet Apr 26, 2009 01:40 AM

                                            Will there be a special room for me in Purgatory?

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                                              JeetJet RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2009 03:39 AM

                                              You are not really a sinner. Creating a sinfully good food item does not make YOU a sinner. It just, like you said, puts you in heaven and once you make it to heaven you are there to stay. Actually, you just might be a Saint -- a Sugar Saint. Now, "Get the honey.".

                                    2. re: Boccone Dolce
                                      lynnlato RE: Boccone Dolce Apr 22, 2009 05:43 PM

                                      How about two Nutella Pilsbury crescent rolls ice cream sandwich???? Ah-ha!

                                    3. mcsheridan RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 05:55 PM

                                      Well, I'll be damned! (Not literally.) I was going to start a similar thread tonight...

                                      "Bless me Chowhounds, for I have sinned."

                                      I forgive you, and give you wicked plus points for Chowhound ingenuity.

                                      Now, my confession: Knowing full well what I was doing, and with indolence aforethought, I hit the Arby's drive-thru and bought what they have the nerve to call a Reuben Sandwich.

                                      I know, I know...I've posted on the Purist thread about Reubens and should know better than to order a chain substitute for the genuine article. (See reference above to indolence.)

                                      Technically, it contained all the requisite ingredients but, as you might expect, quality, execution and flavors were all somewhat lacking.

                                      Soft, warm, marble rye, someone's idea of corned beef, cheese lacking character, dressing with no bite, and the mildest sauerkraut you could ever imagine.

                                      I'll go stand in the corner now...

                                      PS: Perhaps we should have a monthly confessional thread? ;)

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                                        cayjohan RE: mcsheridan Apr 22, 2009 08:52 PM

                                        mcsheridan, your corner is going to be pretty full waiting for the confessional.

                                        But - I'm curious. Whom would we nominate as the confessor?


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                                          mcsheridan RE: cayjohan Apr 23, 2009 06:13 PM

                                          I open the floor for nominations: my first one is jfood. :)

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                                            cayjohan RE: mcsheridan Apr 23, 2009 06:46 PM

                                            Oh, but Sam Fujisaka WITH jfood would make interesting co-confessors. Absolved on either end of the question!


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                                              mcsheridan RE: cayjohan Apr 23, 2009 06:53 PM

                                              Sort of the Siskel & Ebert team?

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                                                cayjohan RE: mcsheridan Apr 23, 2009 07:11 PM

                                                Okay! Water through my nose! Dammit!

                                                <breathing> The question remains: which is Siskel and which is Ebert? (alive or not alive doesn't play here...)


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                                                  billieboy RE: cayjohan Apr 23, 2009 07:21 PM

                                                  I know Sam is alive. Not sure about jfood though.

                                                  1. re: cayjohan
                                                    mcsheridan RE: cayjohan Apr 23, 2009 07:36 PM

                                                    What's more important: who gives the easy penances. <snark, snark>

                                                  2. re: mcsheridan
                                                    Caitlin McGrath RE: mcsheridan Apr 24, 2009 06:54 PM

                                                    Or Statler and Waldorf?

                                              2. re: cayjohan
                                                BeaN RE: cayjohan Apr 23, 2009 07:56 PM

                                                Sam Fujisaka, of course.

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                                              Kelli2006 RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 08:20 PM

                                              I'm going to try this, maybe with a bit of whipped cream and hot fudge on the top after a weekend bike ride.

                                              1. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 08:21 PM

                                                IMHO you have not sinned, you are very ingenious! Quick question was the frosting side on the outside or the sandwich or facing in?

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                                                1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
                                                  ipsedixit RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Apr 22, 2009 09:47 PM

                                                  Outside -- allows for better traction between POP-TART and ice-cream.

                                                  I feared that with the icing facing inward, there would be too much slippage.

                                                2. CoryKatherine RE: ipsedixit Apr 22, 2009 09:11 PM

                                                  GOD I WISH I HAD NEVER OPENED THIS THREAD.
                                                  what are you people doing to me? here I am, innocently trying to live a healthy, organic, processed-food-free lifestyle... and you have to go reminding me of all my favorite fantasy foods, and better than I ever did them... poptart icecream sandwich... effing genius... wtf. I can't even remember why I eat the way I do.

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                                                  1. re: CoryKatherine
                                                    cayjohan RE: CoryKatherine Apr 22, 2009 09:51 PM

                                                    <grin> See above: It's ipse's fault!


                                                    BTW, I feel your pain.

                                                  2. GodfatherofLunch RE: ipsedixit Apr 24, 2009 04:39 PM

                                                    I love the line in the movie Fatso about jelly donuts " Did you ever suck the jelly out of one and fill it with chocolate ice cream? No, wait, I got something better. You ever suck the jelly out of a donut and put a peanut-butter cup ..."
                                                    gotta admit it sounds great.

                                                    1. jfood RE: ipsedixit Apr 24, 2009 04:43 PM

                                                      Yes you sinned. You should have warmed the top pop-tart first.

                                                      1. Boccone Dolce RE: ipsedixit Apr 25, 2009 06:35 AM

                                                        Dear SuperbadnaughtyIpsedixit,
                                                        My wife recently purchased Pop Tarts because they were on 'sale'. She never buys me stuff like that. I'm lucky to get something that's not whole wheat once in forever. THEN she says that I'm not allowed to have any- she's saving them for company? I wonder about that when I saw her typing furiously on this thread and hiding the ice cream from me.

                                                        Mr Dolce

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                                                          Sal Vanilla RE: ipsedixit Apr 25, 2009 07:37 AM

                                                          What a great freaking idea.

                                                          1. kchurchill5 RE: ipsedixit Apr 27, 2009 04:01 AM

                                                            Chocolate and Ice Cream does has some dairy right?? So it can't be all bad.

                                                            I use thin mint girl scout cookies and then make my own ice cream ... well sort of. I use store bought and then add cream de menth liquor and pistachios to the ice cream and re freeze and then stuff 2 cookies like sandwiches. I make them every year when I get the cookies, I love it. Like little bites of sandwiches.

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                                                              kimmer1850 RE: kchurchill5 Apr 27, 2009 02:09 PM

                                                              I think I love you!!!

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                                                                Ali RE: kchurchill5 Apr 27, 2009 02:24 PM

                                                                I bought several boxes of thin mints this year (seriously, like 5 boxes just for me). I think I'm going to have to try this ... except that creme de menthe.

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