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OK, I confess, I like ice cream sandwiches

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 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 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 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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        1. re: cayjohan
          suzigirl Jun 19, 2012 01:51 PM

          That's the ones.

          1. re: suzigirl
            cayjohan 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.

          2. re: cayjohan
            sbp 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.

            1. re: sbp
              cayjohan 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!


              1. re: cayjohan
                sbp 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.

                1. re: sbp
                  cayjohan 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!

                  1. re: cayjohan
                    sbp 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 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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            1. re: twyst
              angelsmom Jun 19, 2012 02:27 PM

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

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                Savour Jun 19, 2012 03:29 PM

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

                1. re: twyst
                  ladooShoppe 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 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 Jun 19, 2012 03:32 PM

                    I have made them and they are GREAT

                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                      KSlink Jun 19, 2012 08:52 PM

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

                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                        Emme 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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