Ice Cream Sandwich Battle: Sweet Republic vs. Churn
What sweet does a pastry chef crave in her non-sweet surround off-hours? Ice cream! Better yet, ice cream sandwiches. Housemade ice cream on freshly baked cookies is the ultimate summertime treat. There are a few ice cream mavens churning up the cold, creamy goods in the Valley, this battle between Sweet Republic and Churn was a tough one. The requirements were housemade ice cream on housemade cookies.
Rachel Miller Ice cream sandwich from Churn. Rachel Miller Ice cream sandwich from Sweet Republic.
The Setup: Sweet Republic is well-known for its small-batch artisan ice cream made with local, all-natural ingredients. The funky modern design of the shop puts an updated twist on the old-time ice cream parlor. Pick up housemade marshmallows, sea salt caramels, or bacon brittle by the bag-full.
The Good: With a plethora of sophisticated and interesting flavors, your ice cream sandwich can take a unique turn, slathering on one of Sweet Republics funky fun flavors like honey blue cheese or Earl Grey tea between your cookies. We chose the peanut butter chip ice cream with slow-churned peanuts from Virginia and flakes of chocolate, and placed it between chocolate chip cookies. Super-creamy, rich with peanut butter flavor and hints of chocolate flakes, makes for an incredibly well-balanced ice cream.
The Bad: There were only two cookie choices, and the slightly thicker cookies were more expensive for our sandwich. We opted for the cheaper version, seeing as our sandwich was already ringing up at $4.85. The chocolate chip cookie was too crunchy and very thin, and we were hoping for a big fat chewy cookie to complement the peanut butter chip ice cream. Wrapped in a piece of parchment paper and placed on a paper plate, the ice cream sandwich looked a little sad, and small.