In the world of foodies and bloggers, there has been an ice cream sandwich throw down brought on by a bunch of “Idiots” from the team at You Idiot http://idiotsbeingidiots.blogspot.com/ which is a blog about life in Toga town. They challenged local restaurants in Saratoga to come up with their best version of an ice cream sandwich. The contenders are as follows: The Wine Bar - Strawberry Basil Ice Cream w/ Chocolate Balsamic Cookie. 28 Tables - Lucky Charms Ice Cream Sandwich. Comfort Kitchen - House-made vanilla bean ice cream between two house-made pizelles, chocolate ganache, salted caramel peanuts. Wheatfields - Coconut Macaroon and Amaretto Gelato.
When a fellow blogger at FUSSYlittleBLOG http://fussylittleblog.com/ heard this was going down, he challenged the Idiots by saying that Albany had the best ice cream sandwiches and he really heated things up in this cool competition by adding four restaurants from the Albany area. Here is what the Capital is throwing down with:
The City Beer Hall- Cinnamon raisin cookie from All Good Bakers filled with apple cider donut ice cream from Bowman Orchards
Creo- Blood orange and fennel ice cream with a pistachio cookie dipped in dark chocolate Kahlua
New World Bistro- Valdeon-fig ice cream, pine nut cookie and choc-PX sherry-fig sauce
All Good Bakers- Brandywine semifreddo with brown butter and cinnamon basil cookie.
When I heard this was going down, I made sure to find out the details as quickly as possible so I could get my hands on these incredible concoctions. I headed up to Saratoga and made my way around to try these frozen treats and let me just say that this throw down is best idea ever! People will vote for their favorite ice cream sandwich and the 2 winners from Saratoga will go against the 2 winners from Albany for the ultimate idiotic fussy little contest. After sampling the 12866 versions, I am voting for Comfort Kitchen and Wheatfields. First off, the sandwiches were huge, which in the eyes of a sugar addict like myself, is a critical part. The Comfort Kitchen version was incredible with the addition of the salted caramel peanuts. I also LOVED the homemade ice cream and pizelles - nice touch.
The Wheatfields version was excellent because it was unexpected. The combo of the coconut and amaretto was perfect!
28 Tables put up a good fight but I thought they could have used a better and richer ice cream and they were a little small.
Honestly, I wouldn’t turn any of these down and actually, I may need to head back up for another round because I am hooked! If you want to participate, visit the local restaurants mentioned above. Then comment or email the team at You Idiot to cast your vote for the Saratoga restaurants or comment/email the FUSSYlittleBLOG to cast your Albany votes.
If I were going to come up with the ultimate ice cream sandwich, I would use a chocolate chip cookie on one side and a peanut butter cookie on the other. Sandwich some chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream in between then roll it in crushed up peanut and pretzel pieces. Any of these restaurants want to make me one? I challenge you :)
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