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An ice cream sandwich from EHChocolatier in Cambridge.
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Where to Eat Ice Cream Sandwiches Around Boston

And other frozen treats, from gelato-filled cannoli to ice cream Frito pies

There’s something nostalgic about the classic ice cream sandwich — a rectangle of mediocre vanilla ice cream between two soggy chocolate(-ish) wafers that leave residue on your fingers — but there are much better versions to be found. A number of Boston-area ice cream shops, food trucks, and restaurants take ice cream sandwiches to the next level, packing scoops of funky flavors of ice cream between freshly baked cookies that put those weird chocolate wafers to shame.

Here’s a guide to some of the best local destinations for ice cream sandwiches, whether you’re a fan of the traditional cookie-and-ice-cream combo or are seeking something a little more French, with delicate macarons on the outside. There’s also a section below for some off-the-wall ice cream-stuffed novelties that aren’t quite ice cream sandwiches but fill that same craving.


Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Pretty traditional: cookies on the outside, ice cream on the inside

Two cookie ice cream sandwiches sit side by side in a white paper container. One has a pinkish red ice cream in it, while the other has a white ice cream with crumbled Oreos in it.
Ice cream sandwiches from Frozen Hoagies.
Frozen Hoagies

The Bittersweet Shoppe on Newbury
257 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston

Billing itself as an “old fashioned soda fountain,” the Bittersweet Shoppe serves everything from picnic-ready takeout boxes, Belgian waffles, and fried dough to cream sodas, ice cream sodas, and milkshakes. There are a handful of ice cream sandwiches available, such as the orange creamsicle (brown sugar cookies with orange vanilla ice cream swirled with orange zest) and the fat banana (peanut butter cookies with banana ice cream).

Cookie Monstah
76 Burlington Mall Rd., Burlington; 75 Newbury St., Danvers; 505 Paradise Rd., Swampscott; 1257 Highland Ave., Needham; mobile locations around Boston

What started as a food truck has become a mini Boston-area empire of cookie shops, with founder Missy Gale baking cookies in flavors like M&M sugar, s’mores, snickerdoodle, and vegan chocolate chip. Customers can choose two cookies (the same or different) and one of a long list of Richardson’s ice cream flavors, such as blueberry pie, milky way, death by chocolate, and more.

Fomu
481 Cambridge St., Allston, Boston; 617 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, Boston; 655 Tremont St., South End, Boston; 140 Brookline Ave., Fenway, Boston

This local group of ice cream shops is fully vegan: Enjoy dairy-free chocolate or vanilla ice cream sandwiched between Fomu’s own salted chocolate chip cookies (which are gluten-free as well as vegan).

Frozen Hoagies
534 Main St., Winchester

The reason for Frozen Hoagies’s existence — as the name suggests — is ice cream sandwiches. (Ice cream and cookies on their own, as well as frappes, are also available, though.) Customers can choose any two cookies and ice cream from a long list of flavors; ice cream options include salted caramel, chai, and Mexican chocolate chip, while cookies include red velvet, fudge brownie, and candy shop. There are vegan options available for both cookies and ice cream. Keep an eye on social media for updates on Frozen Hoagies’s roving food truck. (Note that the Somerville storefront, which was located near Tufts, has closed permanently.)

The Ice Creamsmith
2295 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, Boston

Over four decades old, this Lower Mills mainstay will sandwich a scoop of ice cream between a choice of chocolate wafers or the store’s own cookies (chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin). The shop’s core lineup of ice cream flavors includes some old-timey treats like maple walnut and frozen pudding. Ice cream “pizzas” are also available; see details below.

Insomnia Cookies
65 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge; 61 Bromfield St., downtown Boston; 708 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square, Boston

This national chain, which thrives in college towns, is known for its late-night cookie delivery; local outposts are open until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., depending on the day. Ice cream sandwiches are available for delivery (unassembled), featuring one or two scoops of ice cream (flavors include rocky road, cake batter, moose tracks, and more) sandwiched between cookies — either the same or two different ones. Cookie options include chocolate peanut butter cup, s’mores, and more.

J.P. Licks
17 locations around the Boston area

The local chain sells its “lixwiches” — vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies — by the four-pack or on their own. Watch for specials, too, like mint Irish lace ice cream with chocolate chunk cookies or infused white coffee ice cream with triple chocolate chip cookies.

Parish Cafe
361 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston

This Back Bay restaurant is mainly known for its sandwich menu, which features sandwiches created by local chefs from other restaurants. Appropriately enough, there’s an ice cream sandwich for dessert: a simple combination of vanilla ice cream, warm chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate sauce.

Top Shelf Cookies
516 Gallivan Blvd., Dorchester, Boston

The Dorchester storefront is new, but Top Shelf has been baking and selling cookies around Boston since 2014, featuring very Boston-y flavors like the Bruins-inspired black and golds (dark chocolate with peanut butter chips) and the Sam Adams-infused Boston lager chocolate chip. Ice cream sandwich specials pop up on social media from time to time, like this “cocoverdose” cookie sandwich with black raspberry ice cream from Dorchester’s own Ice Creamsmith (see above).


Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sure, macarons are technically cookies, but these delicate creations deserve a section of their own

Three macarons are in a vertical stack (one green, one white, one pink), and one large chocolate macaron stands on its end next to them. All the macarons are isolated on a gray background.
Amorino’s extra-large gelato-stuffed macaron, the “macaron grandioso,” comes in raspberry, vanilla, pistachio, or chocolate.
Amorino

Amorino
50 JFK St., Harvard Square, Cambridge; 249 Newbury St., Back Bay, Boston

The France-based gelato shop chain has locations all around the world, including these two in Massachusetts. Customers can choose among a variety of macaron flavors, stuffed with a matching gelato or sorbet flavor. (Mango, cheesecake, coffee, and more are on the list.) New for 2021, there’s an extra-large line of gelato-stuffed macarons in chocolate, vanilla, pistachio, and raspberry.

Double Chin
86 Harrison Ave., Chinatown

This Chinatown spot is the place for over-the-top treats late at night, like the ice cream- macaron-, and candy-stuffed cube toast (see below for more on that); ramen-crusted fried chicken; scallion pancake sandwiches; and more. There are macaron ice cream sandwiches, too, with a choice of ice cream filling.

Maca
1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville

Located at Bow Market, this adorable macaron shop offers a macaron ice cream sandwich collaboration with Gracie’s Ice Cream (which is located down the street): “unicorn poop” ice cream (Fruity Pebbles cereal milk ice cream with crushed up macarons and rainbow sprinkles) sandwiched between two large unicorn-shaped macaron shells.


Non-Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownies and doughnuts can be sandwiches, too

Blackbird Doughnuts
492 Tremont St., South End, Boston; 20 Kilmarnock St., Fenway, Boston; 100 Holton St., Bay 4, Brighton, Boston; 175 Cambridge St., West End/Beacon Hill, Boston; 55F Union St., Newton (The location at 11 Holyoke St., Harvard Square, Cambridge is expected to reopen in September 2021)

Choose any doughnut from the menu (classics include chocolate old fashioned and vanilla glaze, while monthly specials might include flavors like creamsicle or sweet tea). The Blackbird team will sandwich in your choice of vanilla or chocolate soft serve. (See section below for an ice cream doughnut taco from Blackbird.) Important Blackbird Doughnuts ice cream notes: Cones are only available at the South End location, but ice cream sandwiches are available at all locations — as is the option to add ice cream cubes to coffee.

EHChocolatier
145 Huron Ave., Cambridge

This top-notch local chocolate shop added ice cream sandwiches to the mix in summer 2021, featuring its own small-batch ice cream in flavors like raspberry vanilla swirl and peppermint stick cream. The outside is made from thin chocolate brownie cakes. Pair a sandwich with the newly expanded iced hot chocolate drink menu; there’s an iced chai hot chocolate, for example, featuring Boston Chai Party chai.


Not Exactly Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tacos, cannoli, and other ice cream-filled treats worth trying

Closeup photo of a hand holding a choco taco made by an independent ice cream shop
A choco taco from Honeycomb Creamery in Cambridge.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Blackbird Doughnuts
492 Tremont St., South End, Boston; 20 Kilmarnock St., Fenway, Boston; 100 Holton St., Bay 4, Brighton, Boston; 175 Cambridge St., West End/Beacon Hill, Boston; 55F Union St., Newton (The location at 11 Holyoke St., Harvard Square, Cambridge is expected to reopen in September 2021)

In addition to Blackbird’s standard doughnut ice cream sandwiches (see above), there’s also the “choco tac-dough,” featuring a doughnut “taco” shell filled with vanilla ice cream and topped with chocolate and rainbow sprinkles.

Double Chin
86 Harrison Ave., Chinatown

In addition to macaron ice cream sandwiches (see above), Double Chin has a few other treats for late-night ice cream cravings. There are several versions of the over-the-top cube toast available, where a cube...of toast...is stuffed with various combinations of ice cream, candy, cereal, mochi, and other ingredients. There are also “doughnut bombs,” where a doughnut is injected with a filling and topped with ice cream. There’s one filled with custard and topped with strawberry ice cream and a berry syringe, for example.

Earnest Drinks at Gracie’s Ice Cream
399 Binney St., Kendall Square, Cambridge

The second Gracie’s Ice Cream location, which includes a cafe called Earnest Drinks, serves a more robust menu than the small original location in Somerville — there’s dinner and boozy drinks in addition to an expanded ice cream lineup. There are a couple options that might satisfy an ice cream sandwich craving: an ice cream Frito pie (a customer’s ice cream of choice served in an open bag of Fritos) and several flavors of nine-inch ice cream-filled pies (topped with Oreo and fudge by default, but other options are available).

Gelato & Chill at Time Out Market Boston
401 Park Dr., Fenway, Boston; 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill; 92 Derby St., Hingham

This trio of local gelato shops stuffs cannoli shells imported from Sicily with ricotta, chocolate, or stracciatella gelato, garnishing it with crushed pistachios, hazelnuts, or chocolate chips.

Honeycomb Creamery
1702 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

This Cambridge ice cream shop celebrates Taco Tuesdays with rotating flavors of ice cream tacos; preorder online. The late July 2021 featured taco, for example, is blueberry crumb: a taco shell-shaped vanilla waffle cone filled with malted vanilla ice cream, blueberry jam, and a crumb topping.

The Ice Creamsmith
2295 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, Boston

In addition to its traditional ice cream sandwiches (see above), this decades-old Lower Mills shop sells ice cream “pizza” — a 10-inch brownie crust topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate cookie crunch, M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and chocolate syrup. (Customers can put in a special order for other toppings and flavors.)

Taiyaki NYC
119 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston

This New York-based chain stuffs cute fish-shaped doughy ice cream cones with colorful soft serve, sprinkles, and toppings such as golden unicorn horns. It’s the kind of place that feels built for the Instagram era, but it’s not all fluff: These photogenic treats taste great, too.

Two hands hold up two fish-shaped soft serve cones. The soft serve is pale green with rainbow sprinkles and golden unicorn horns and ears.
Taiyaki NYC’s unicorn ice cream comes.
Taiyaki NYC

See Also

Additional Eater Boston maps and guides tailored to ice cream lovers

Amorino (Back Bay)

249 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116 Visit Website

Double Chin

86 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111

Parish Cafe and Bar (Back Bay)

361 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 617 247 4777 Visit Website

Honeycomb Creamery

1702 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02138 (617) 714-3983 Visit Website

The Ice Creamsmith

2295 Dorchester Avenue, , MA 02124 (617) 296-8567 Visit Website

Blackbird Doughnuts

175 Cambridge Street, , MA 02114 Visit Website

Earnest Drinks at Gracie's Ice Cream

399 Binney Street, , MA 02142 (617) 631-9113 Visit Website

Frozen Hoagies

534 Main St., Winchester, MA 01890 Visit Website

Amorino (Harvard Square)

50 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138 Visit Website

Taiyaki NYC - Boston

119 Seaport Boulevard, , MA 02210 (617) 531-3514 Visit Website

Insomnia Cookies

930 Spring Street Northwest, , GA 30309 (404) 649-0167 Visit Website
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