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Forgive me, for I have sinned ...

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

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    1. re: billieboy

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

      1. re: adamshoe

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

    2. 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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      1. re: adamshoe

        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


          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. 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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          1. re: cayjohan

            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

              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

                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.

                1. re: rockycat

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

                  1. re: ktb615

                    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

                    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 ...

            2. 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!

              1. 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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                1. re: turqmut

                  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

                    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!

                  2. re: turqmut

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

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

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                    1. re: billieboy

                      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..


                    2. 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.

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

                          1. 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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                            1. re: Boccone Dolce

                              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.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  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.

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

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

                                        1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                          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. :-)

                                      2. re: ipsedixit

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

                                        1. re: mcsheridan

                                          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.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            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.

                                        2. re: ipsedixit

                                          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!

                                          1. re: JeetJet

                                            Will there be a special room for me in Purgatory?

                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              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

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

                                    3. 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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                                      1. re: mcsheridan

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

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


                                        1. re: cayjohan

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

                                          1. re: mcsheridan

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


                                              1. re: mcsheridan

                                                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...)


                                                1. re: cayjohan

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

                                                  1. re: cayjohan

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

                                            1. 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. 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

                                                  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. 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

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


                                                    BTW, I feel your pain.

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

                                                      1. 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

                                                        1. What a great freaking idea.

                                                          1. 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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                                                              1. re: kchurchill5

                                                                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.