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Dec 11, 2011 05:55 PM

Chipwich - is this available in LA???

i need to find chipwiches in the LA area-- not any other kind of ice cream cookie sandwich but the real deal chipwich! anyone know where they may sell it? I don't recall ever seeing it and need to get some for a friend b/c he's never tried them, just the other ones. I always thought the chipwich was the superior choc chip sandwich cookie ice cream. thanks!

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  1. on no, is this true?
    Chipwiches date back to 1981 when LaMotta invented the Chipwich and began a guerilla marketing campaign, in which he trained and enlisted 100 street cart vendors (mostly students) to sell the Chipwich on the streets of New York City. The campaign established Chipwich as a successful brand. CoolBrands, the country's second-largest ice cream distributor, bought the Chipwich brand in 2002, and sold it in 2007 to Dreyer's division of Nestlé who has stopped production of the original Chipwich because it competed with its own chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich.

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    1. re: Clyde

      Nothing like those original Chipwiches. That first summer, I was working in Manhattan and I used to get a Chipwich for lunch. Not after lunch, FOR lunch. They were big. Interesting to read the history, and it's a shame they're not available anymore, but even if they were, I doubt they'd still be as good as we remember.

      1. re: lad1818

        you're probably right regarding the quality. i always loved those mini chocolate chips on the edges. these were a childhood favorite. basically i have a friend whose birthday is coming up and he's never had the original chipwich, just what he calls flying saucers. i wanted to find him a box for a bday present.

        1. re: Clyde

          If he's talking flying saucers, I imagine he's referring to Carvel. They're a totally different thing.

          Nice of you to want to introduce him to the Chipwich.

      2. re: Clyde

        Awww ... I haven't thought about Chipwiches in over 15 years, and just seeing this thread title got me craving one. Only to be sadly disappointed by the thread contents. I googled around a bit and found something even more sad: the dated site, with quotes like this: "In 2003, we will expand distribution of Chipwich for the first time to supermarkets across the U.S., with new flavors including Mint Chocolate Chip, with delicious dark chocolate cookies."

        Still seeking Jello Pudding Pops, which supposedly came *back* on shelves in recent years. But I've never spotted on in LA anywhere.

        1. re: QualityMart

          there was a short window where the jello pudding pops were available in LA. i'd get them at the ralphs on la brea & third. i haven't been back to that ralphs in years and i haven't seen them since. one thing i also miss was way back before frozen yogurt was popular my grandmother had yogurt pops in her freezer. they weren't sweet and tasted exactly like yogurt. i remember them well b/c i think i felt sort of like why is this trying to pass as an ice cream pop when it tastes just like strawberry yogurt! now i think i'd love them.

        2. re: Clyde

          Your chipwich sounds like the "It's It" ice cream/cookie sandwich here on the west coast

          1. re: mucho gordo

            i just looked up what an It's It icre cream cookie sandwich was and the chipwich didn't have the chocolate coating.

            1. re: Clyde

              That's interesting because I don't remember It's It having a chocolate coating; just a plain oatmeal or chocolate chip cookie. It has been many years since I've had it so, it may have changed.

              1. re: mucho gordo

                i googled it, and saw some with chocolate coating. i like the idea of oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich. that's cool. i guess i'll stick with the nestles one as it's easy to find and should do the trick. still, i'm kinda bummed about the chipwich. another childhood food memory out of reach.

                1. re: Clyde

                  I hear ya about childhood memories, Clyde

              2. re: Clyde

                According to the Itsit website they make a person called "Chips It" a sandwich of Chocolate Chip cookies and vanilla ice cream with no chocolate coating.


                Its It is a Bay Area company (you can actually "will call" products at their Burlingame office in the Bay Area).

                They list the following stores in Socal (all products may not be available at each store. It looks like the 626 number may be a local distributor).
                Southern California:
                AMCOM: (626) 330-3479
                Food 4 Less
                Smart & Final
                Stater Brothers
                Gelsons Market

            2. re: Clyde

              I don't know if I believe the wiki. I recall (I probably should believe my own memory less :-) that Chipwiches were sold to Klondike, who kept calling them chipwiches for a while.

              Then they just were Klondike chocolate chip cookie sadwhiches without the Chipwich name, Like I said, could be wrong, but Chipwiches were my favorite from back east too.

              1. re: gr8pimpin

                do you think there could very well be a klondike type chipwich that is still in existance?!?!

                  1. re: Clyde

                    This is the only Klondike version I have seen of late - The Mrs. Fields. Not rolled in chocolate chips so IMHO it's just ok.

                    1. re: gr8pimpin

                      i saw those at the grocery store today. they look so boring! they need to be rolled in mini chips! sigh.

            3. Same thing happened to me when Kellogg's bought Mother's Cookies a few years back and discounted my favorite Flaky Flix cookies sticks. I still miss those.

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              1. re: wienermobile

                I LOVED those cookies too! but i always knew the keebler fudge cookie version of it growing up and it was my favorite cookie. as an adult i can't buy them b/c i have no self control. my SO introduced me to mothers version and it was awesome! on a side note; i saw it's its at ralphs today. they look good! i'm going to have to try them.

                1. re: Clyde

                  The "it's it" ice cream sandwiches, sold at Ralphs and Gelsons, are yummy.

                  Chipwich was bought by Eskimo Pie so we should start seeing them around everywhere.

                  Sugar Fix, in Pasadena, makes great Chocolate Chip Cookies and they'll make ice cream sandwiches with any of their cookies.

                  1. re: HaroldandMaude

                    Good call. Diddy Riese Cookies does too.

                    Diddy Riese Cookies
                    926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                  2. re: Clyde

                    I've never had Chipwhich but wouldn't the TJ's ice cream sandwiches with the chocolate chips be similar? These

                    I also used to love Flaky Flix. Wish they'd come back.

                    1. re: bad nono

                      Yes, i've thought of those, they are the closest and i think i may have had them once before. the problem is that i find that trader joes may not properly store their frozen goods b/c so many times i've bought ice cream or other frozen treats and they've melted and re-froze again. you can totally see by the weird shape of the ice cream as well as the taste, the consistency is weird.

                      1. re: Clyde

                        I usually try to avoid nostalgia on Chowhound, but you guys brought back the summer of 1981 for me. I was working in Lower Manhattan near Wall St. and used to buy Chipwiches all the time. Lord knows how many calories I was eating, if I'd been sensible I would have eaten for lunch instead of after. In my memory they are fabulous!

                        The It's It is a good ice cream sandwich, made in the Bay Area, but it doesn't have cookie outsides

                      2. re: bad nono

                        Whoah, the pic on the TJ's box looks reeeally similar to Chipwiches. That's the only one I've seen besides Chipwich with the chocolate chips on the outside. Will definitely have to try, hopefully avoiding the melting problems seen by Clyde.

                  3. Hey everyone. Regarding the chipwich, well I was at the Rosebowl over the weekend and we parked so far and by the time we walked halfway there we decided to stop off at an ice cream truck. Turns out that Blue Bunny sells "Chips Galore!" and it looks just like the chipwich! I had just munched on some cheesy popcorn so i didn't go for an ice cream treat. on a side note, since when is blue ices NOT blue raspberry, but bubblegum flavor? gross. lesson learned.

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                    1. re: Clyde

                      I've tried the Blue Bunny Chips Galore and, as a former NYC Chipwich lover, I can say that they're pretty darned close. Maybe a bit smaller than my memories of the original chipwich.

                      1. re: JeMange

                        Awesome! Thanks for letting me know.