Mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches

Well, this is my first post on the new site (which aside from the URL shift should hopefully look the same as the old) and what better celebratory food than an age old classic dessert and snack, the ice cream sandwich. This one was made using chocolate brownie cookies and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I have to admit that once again I’m posting about a delicious treat that my darling wife S made for me, instead of something that I cooked up on my own. Quite simply, she’s not only the better cook but she’s also able to spend more time than me in the kitchen these days. Which means, while I’d love to put on my apron, sharpen my knives, and pour through our 270+ cookbooks in search of something to prepare, most often (especially on the weekdays) I’m simply the happy recipient of some wonderful kitchen magic that S has pulled off during the day.

S knows that I love mint chocolate chip ice cream. I used to live off the Breyer’s version when I was in college. Over the years, we’ve tried making it many times, using both mint syrup as well as fresh mint. None have worked well. Recently though, one of our local Japanese supermarkets (Isetan) had a Hokkaido fair—the Japanese supermarkets here have a tendency to host regular Prefecture-centered fairs. At the fair, we picked up some beautiful peppermint oil, which, once we tasted, knew it was the secret ingredient we had been missing.

From Alice Medrich’s wonderful book Bittersweet, we also learnt the best way to make chocolate chunks for use in ice cream. If you just use normal chips or chunks, the chocolate is often too hard and tasteless. By melting it first and then refreezing it, the chunks develop a melt-in-your-mouth feel that is perfect for frozen confections.



About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his three kids!