Ice cream sandwiches may have been your favourite summertime dessert as a kid, but these days, the sweet treat is all grown up. From all-vegan versions to cookies pressing together ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, and a whole lot of other fresh, local, and creative takes in between (pun intended), Vancouver’s got ice cream sandwiches on lock.
Here are nine places that make must-try ice cream sandwiches in Vancouver right now.
Oh, Mister…it’s hard to resist getting a cup or cone of this liquid nitrogen ice cream, but their ice cream sandwiches are also divine. Oreo cookie crust presses their fresh, creamy ice cream in flavours like Creme Brulee, or try something like their newer strawberry mint and dark chocolate ice cream sandwich.
Address: 1141 Mainland Street, Vancouver
This all-natural, gluten-free ice cream sandwich purveyor has a a solar powered truck and a shiny pink tricycle for special occasions and events, along with a brand new parlour in Little Mountain. Innocent offers drool-worthy sandwiches with names like the Canadian (oatmeal cookies, maple walnut ice cream), the Fairytale (white chocolate chip cookie, raspberry white chocolate ice cream), the Kong (chocolate cookie, banana ice cream), and the Cherry Bomb (double chocolate cookies, wild cherry gelato), to name a few. PS all the cookies are gluten-free.
Address: 4895 Main Street, Vancouver
There are ice cream sandwiches, and then there’s BETA5. Keep it more conventional and see what’s on offer during their Ice Cream Socials, or keep an eye out for their insanely cool “test” items, like when they made an ice cream sandwich that looked like a cheeseburger. (!!!)
Address: 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
Look for ice cream sandwiches at East Van’s Rooster’s in flavour combos like Cookie Cream in a Chocolate Chip Cookie or Vanilla White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl in a Butter Waffle Cookie. Plus they make donut ice cream sandwiches, too. Yum!
Address: 1039 East Broadway, Vancouver
This Kits chocolate shop has recently started making colourful ice cream sandwiches, just in time for summer. You may have spied their rainbow-hued goodies during the Khatsalano fest; now you can head into their store and get your ice cream and cookie fix here.
Address: 1620 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver
Home to the mother of all macaron ice cream sandwiches is this cute West End cafe. If one of their ice cream sandwiches doesn’t fill you up, consider also indulging in their fun parfaits or baked goodies.
Address: 1504 Robson Street, Vancouver
You might love getting your 720 Sweets swirled in a cup, or even in a fish-shaped pastry, but you can also get all of their signature ice cream flavours like milk’ee, classic, matcha, and vanilla pressed in sandwich form.
With housemade ice cream and cookies, the ice cream sandwiches at Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar on Main Street are a match made in heaven. In the summertime, get them two for $9 on Saturdays.
Address: 1007 Main Street, Vancouver
Probably now considered the veteran of the Vancouver hand-made ice cream treats scene, Brown Paper Packages is still among the best. You’ll find their treats at Pazzo Chow.
Address: Pazzo Chow – 620 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Say Hello to the non-dairy goodness of Say Hello Sweets ice cream, paired with cookies. Find them on the Say Hello Sweets truck, or at Friendly Snack Bar (2408 Main Street) in the freezer.
With files from Hanna McLean