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OK, I confess, I like ice cream sandwiches

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travelerjjm Jun 19, 2012 01:36 PM

All the recipes I have are for great cookies with ice cream in-between. I want to make those thin generic chocolate wafers the commercial ICS companies use. I know I can do "better", but I want *those*. I will use quality ingredients, of course, but I like the taste and texture. How do I do that?

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    KSlink RE: travelerjjm Jun 19, 2012 01:40 PM

    I don't know but I'm right behind you, I want those soft chocolate wafers too!!!

    1. suzigirl RE: travelerjjm Jun 19, 2012 01:47 PM

      They are actually crisp when they are made. They soften from the moisture in the ice cream. Try the chocolate wafers they use for chocolate pie crust.

      1. cayjohan RE: travelerjjm Jun 19, 2012 01:48 PM

        Nabisco "Famous Chocolate Wafers" might get you close. This recipe http://www.nabiscoworld.com/recipes/r... for a "refrigerator roll" using whipped cream and the wafers might be hackable using a good ice cream, softened. The Famous Wafers are the closest I've found to the flavor of the chocolate-cakey goodness in an ice cream sandwich's outer parts.

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          suzigirl RE: cayjohan Jun 19, 2012 01:51 PM

          That's the ones.

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            cayjohan RE: suzigirl Jun 19, 2012 01:55 PM

            Yep, and the whipped cream is soooo good that I don't even know if I'd even bother trying it with ice cream, myself. Last time I made it, I threw a little sugar, some orange zest, and a bit of orange extract into the whipped cream mix. A very delicious riff on an ice cream sandwich if one floats in the orange+chocolate boat.

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            sbp RE: cayjohan Jun 19, 2012 02:00 PM

            Yeah, I use these for a simply chocolate mousse cake. Make mousse, dip wafer in. Put in pan. (I use a springform). Just keep going until the pan is full, refrigerate. Killer chocolatey.

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              cayjohan RE: sbp Jun 19, 2012 02:49 PM

              That sounds wonderful...what a great idea. I'm guessing it might work just swell with other varieties of mousse-ish-ness - any learning curve to be aware of? I've had my eye on a pear mousse recipe, and this sounds like a great way to deploy it!

              Thanks!
              Cay

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                sbp RE: cayjohan Jun 20, 2012 05:53 PM

                No, it's really simple. I keep the mousse in a big bowl, and just slosh the wafer till it's good and coated, then start stacking in the springform. After a day, the wafers really soak up the mousse. It's VERY dense, though (almost like a death by chocolate cake), so you can fill half a pan and then use a straight mousse for a top layer.

                Make sure to run a wet knife around the edge before unmolding.

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                  cayjohan RE: sbp Jun 22, 2012 11:12 AM

                  Thank you so...great idea on the mousse layer on top! I'll be deploying this for my Hub's birthday in a couple of weeks. Told him about it, and the game was afoot.

                  Now I just wish those dang Famous Chocolate Wafers weren't so incomprehensibly spendy, as I could see this as a great go-to for summer party desserts. The cookies are almost five bucks for the nine oz (I think?) sleeve around here!

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                    sbp RE: cayjohan Jun 22, 2012 12:23 PM

                    Yes, that's the dirty little secret. They ARE overpriced. In a pinch, you can use Oreos.

          3. twyst RE: travelerjjm Jun 19, 2012 01:59 PM

            Im right there with you, I love ice cream sandwiches.

            Furthermore, I dont like the more expensive brands, the cheapo store brand ones are the best ones IMHO.

            Ill go hide in the corner in shame now.

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              angelsmom RE: twyst Jun 19, 2012 02:27 PM

              Make room for me in the corner too.....love those soft cookies.

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                Savour RE: twyst Jun 19, 2012 03:29 PM

                I even like the crappy fluffy ice cream with the soft chocolate wafers.

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                  ladooShoppe RE: twyst Jun 22, 2012 08:12 AM

                  Agree, the el-cheapo ice cream sandwiches are the best kind. I buy the 2-4 in the yellow box that just says "ice cream sandwiches" on it. The ice cream has sort of a frosting consistency. Mmm, I love those. I remember sneaking a box into the freezer when I lived with my parents. Later that day I found my dad eating one in the garage.

                2. Caitlin McGrath RE: travelerjjm Jun 19, 2012 03:22 PM

                  I haven't made these myself, but another hound reported that they worked well. Anyway, here's the recipe you're looking for: http://smittenkitchen.com/2012/04/cla...

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                    magiesmom RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 19, 2012 03:32 PM

                    I have made them and they are GREAT

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                      KSlink RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 19, 2012 08:52 PM

                      Bless your ever lovin' little heart, you are making a life long dream come true!

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                        Emme RE: Caitlin McGrath Jun 21, 2012 08:29 PM

                        the ones i make are really similar... only i use a little 300 g cake flour, 100 g cocoa powder
                        for the sugar, i use 150 g granulated and 50 g dark brown
                        i use 1 1/2 tbsp of vanilla

                        i'm sure SK's are good too.

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