Ice Cream Novelty
My boyfriend was recently dreaming of an ice cream novelty from his youth. He doesn't remember the exact name but we searched the web for variations of it with no luck.
The novelty in question was called something like freezee burrger or maybe chilly burger. It was ice cream sandwiched between two oatmeal cookies. Possibly covered by chocolate.
He grew up in NC - Raleigh and Greensboro areas and would have been begging his mom for money for this in the late 70's.
Anyone have any idea what he's talking about?
I found this in another post...
Yes, it was called a Cool-A-Coo! Two oatmeal cookies with vanilla ice cream and coated with chocolate. They were my favorites in college and when I lived in LA. I just searched this site and this is the one and only reference.
Cool-A-Coos were awesome, much better than the San Francisco version which is still available, the It's It. Coos were bigger and tastier and more pristine. We had direct comparisons every year in college when we drove up to the annual USC game in the Bay Area against Cal or Stanford. My friends and I would sample It's It and laugh at how inferior they were to the great Cool-A-Coo.
Coos were sold in grocery stores in boxes of 3. I'd load up my freezer. They were also sold individually at convenience stores like 7-11 and Arco gas stations. They were best known at Dodger games. I first discovered them at USC basketball games at the Sports Arena, when Ricky the smiling vendor would throw them to you and never miss.
Unfortunately, and unbelievably, Cool-A-Coo went out of business a few years ago.
I live by one of the plants that made Cool-A-Coos... and I was explaining to my son all about how good they were. He wanted to try them but I knew they went out of business and he is so bummed. Oddly enough, it looks like someone lives there now. ( on the top floor, with a medium size chandelier hanging from the ceiling that can be spotted from the street.) I read somewhere that they another company took over the brand and now sells Cool-A-coos by the name Mr. Cool. I have not been able to verify this, yet.
We have something in Australia that sounds similar called a Giant Sandwich. So good when the need strikes :)
I grew up in SC...it sounds like what we used to get at the gas station called a "creamee burger"..forgive if the spelling is wrong. It was a oatmeal cookie sandwich with neopolitan ice cream in the middle and a chocolate covering on the outside. The wrapper was either orange or red and print in white believe. Not sure if they are still made but thanks for the trip down memory lane.
found this link too
The delicious treat that your boyfriend speaks of is a Creamee Burger. It originally came in a red box with the words "Creamee Burger" written in white letters but later was sold in a wrapper with the same color scheme. It was in fact napolitian ice cream sandwiched between 2 oatmeal cookies and the entire thing was dipped in chocolate. Anyone that had the privilledge of tasting this wonderous treat is hoping for its return. There are forums where people remember this treat but not the name. I think the last time I had one was in the early 90's from a mom & pop store in my neighborhood in AlABAMA. I've searched the net and cant even find a picture of it. My hope is that its brought back and whomever decides to ressurect our treat finds and use the original formula.
I make my own oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwiches. Recipe below.
Oatmeal Cookie Crust
-3 eggs beaten
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup butter
-1 cup packed brown sugar
-2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
-2 teaspoons baking soda
-2 1/2 cups rolled oats - NOT “Quick” style oats
Preheat oven to 350 F
In a large bowl cream the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix well after each one. In another bowl sift together the flour, and baking soda, stir into creamed mixture. Then stir in rolled oats and let sit 15 minutes so the oats will absorb some of the lquid better and make a more cohesive dough.
Get two cookie sheets with lips and butter, put parchemant paper in the bottom and butter again. The parchment will make sure you get your entire cookie out in one piece.
Press the cookie dough into a thin but solid layer into the pans.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, this depends on the kind of pans you use, just keep and eye on them. Remove from oven and run a knife along the edges to make sure the cookie isn’t sticking there. After 5 minutes put a cooling rack over the cookies and flip over so the cookie is now on the rack to finish cooling.
Once cooled put back into pan and put into freezer overnight– the pan will keep it from breaking.
Buy or make HIGH quality ice cream. When I buy the ice cream I use Hagandaas, a lessor quality ice cream will be too soft, squish out the sides of the sandwich, and be very messy to eat.
This will take at least two pints of Hagandaas. You must work quickly here to assemble sandwich. Cut cartons off of the ice cream with scissors and place on plate. Wash hands very well and get a cookie out of the freezer and lay bottom side down on cutting board. Slice ice cream into 1-ince slices and cover cookie surface smooshing to fill in gaps and make and even ¾ inch layer. Put other frozen cookie on top with bottom facing up and gently but firmly press into place until ice cream starts coming out sides.
Put this back into the cookie sheet and into the freezer overnight. The next day take the giant ice cream sandwich out of the freezer and cut into bar shapes. Any sooner and it will be a mess. I individually wrap each piece in waxed paper and keep them in a large ziplock in the freezer to use as we want them. They do keep very, very well this way.
Note: You want the bottom sides of the cookies on the outsides of the sandwich. If you do it the other way the hard frozen cookies will easily break.
Well you all can stop wishing. It looks like the Cool-a-Coo never died. The original proprietor, Leo Politis is still alive and kicking at 86. In fact he still makes the original ice cream sandwiches at a location in El Monte, CA now called a Mr. Cool. If you're ever in the LA area the place is called the El Monte Dairy and is located at 2440 Strozier Ave. South El Monte.