Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches [Review and Contest]

Even though we are winding our way through August, it’s never the wrong time for ice cream. As a kid, I remember some families just having ice cream in the summer. We had ice cream year-round, and in the summer we had homemade ice cream! We had an old White Mountain crank ice cream maker that brought everybody in the neighborhood to our yard. Anybody who cranked would get some ice cream. That ice cream maker made school easier for me, too. When we had to give instructional speeches (horrifying!), it was the ice cream maker to the rescue. Neighbor kids would borrow it for their speech years, too.

We still enjoy ice cream, and homemade is still the best. When the publisher offered me a review copy of Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches, I jumped on it.  This nifty little book from Kris Holochek Peters focuses on the sandwich aspect… and sandwiches are near and dear to my heart, too. Although the book is on the slim side, it’s packed with variety. To start, Kris uses three ice cream bases throughout (soy, cashew, and coconut), which take on the creative flavors wonderfully. I know I’ve said it before, but I always go for the most basic recipe first. If you can do a good vanilla ice cream, my guess is you can do a good flavored ice cream. The Vanilla Soy Ice cream is paired with Classic Chocolate Cookies, and that’s where I started. I made these when it was hot earlier this summer and the melty photos weren’t very appetizing. The photo below is from the book, but I’ll bet mine (the simplest ones in the middle) tasted just as amazing as they look here. The chocolate cookies were soft and almost brownie-like, while the ice cream was sweetened just right.

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches  From Vegan Ice Cream Sandwiches Courtesy of Ulysses Press/Judi Swinks Photography

Next up was the Spiced Nut Ice Cream. I added peaches to this batch, which was a splurge because all the peaches in NE Ohio froze this year. Our peaches are now coming from the South and are a bit pricy. But as peach has always been my favorite, I had to give it a go. This recipe has a cashew-base  and was rich and felt very high fat, in a great way. We liked the ice cream so much, that it didn’t make it into sandwiches. Had it stuck around long enough, it would have been sandwiched between the Oat Crumble Cookies.

The book starts with a brief section on the basics, including ingredients and tools, then opens up to the recipes. The recipes range from traditional  to curious (Mouthful O’Midwest) to must makes (Root Beer Float Sandwiches and Tiramisu Sandwiches), all of which look tempting. The book is versatile, if you decide you have a preference for a certain base, stick to it and just adapt the flavoring components. The opportunities to mix and match the cookies and ice creams seems endless, too.

The bottom line: This is a fun and flavorful book.

The publisher has generously offered a book to one lucky reader. US shipping only.

Update: The winner is Aimee from New Hampshire! Thanks to all for entering. (Rafflecopter removed.)

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  1. Posted August 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Love the unusual flavors vs vanilla; ginger peach, rum pecan, any fruit types!

  2. Anne Snider
    Posted August 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    We have an ice cream maker so this book would be of Great use! Love using various vegan ingredients such as Ah!Laska Chocolate Syrup, any sauces from the Date Lady, and Sprinkelz confetti. Of course the use of store bought non-dairy ice cream is used as well. :)

  3. Posted August 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t even know this book was out! I’d love some good cookie recipes for ice cream sandwiches.

  4. Posted August 10, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been craving ice cream sandwiches! Such a fun book. Thanks for offering the giveaway :)

  5. bitt
    Posted August 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Vegan ice cream is the best! It’s tasty and you don’t get a bellyache or hurt any animals. :-)

  6. Posted August 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Yum! I’m loving the almond milk based ice creams right now, they’re still creamy and rich, without being too rich like some of the coconut ice creams can be

  7. Ali
    Posted August 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Loving mint chocolate ice cream this summer!

  8. Terri Cole
    Posted August 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    What a fun concept for a book! Usually I just make banana “ice cream” so this would give me a chance to branch out. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Lydia Claire
    Posted August 11, 2014 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I love vegan ice-cream, too much! I can’t keep it in the house, it has to be a special treat.

  10. Corrine
    Posted August 11, 2014 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    One of these days I’m going to get an ice cream maker so we can make our own at home. =)

  11. Beth
    Posted August 11, 2014 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Thanks for doing the giveaway! I love that she used different ice cream bases for different flavors, and the Spiced Nut Ice Cream with peaches (they’re my favorite too :)) and Oat Crumble Cookies sound amazing! :)

  12. AImee
    Posted August 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    how have I missed this book? i love ice cream sandwiches.

  13. Posted August 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    I’m just getting into making homemade ice cream. I must learn to make root beer float and tiramisu ice cream! :)

  14. Posted August 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Ice cream sandwiches are my favorite frozen treat. I’m sad that tofutti cuties aren’t as available anymore, at least around here.

  15. Laura P
    Posted August 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I adore ice cream sandwiches!

  16. Julie Dougherty
    Posted August 27, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Love to try some fresh peppermint with vegan chocolate chips. My favorite

  17. Joshua
    Posted August 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Excited for some great base recipes, I’m looking to make my own vegan green tea with red bean ice cream.

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