Ice Cream Sandwich Battle: Sweet Republic vs. Churn

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Rachel Miller
Ice cream sandwich from 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.

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In This Corner: Sweet Republic

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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.

Location Info

Sweet Republic

9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Churn

5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

either way you look at it, support your local economy, skip the Ben & Jerry's or Bryers and visit either of these places. (not discounting Churn or anything, but i recall a article about Sweet Republic giving free ice cream to first responders and have gone way, way out of my way to give them patronage because of that, and i am not even a big ice cream fan)

Concerned_Food_Fan
Concerned_Food_Fan

Sweet Republic's ice cream is pretty meh.  No idea why it gets so much publicity..


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Try the peanut butter and jelly ice cream at Churn - yummmmmm.

Jeff Moriarty
Jeff Moriarty

Hold up, hold up... this is like pitting unicorns against rainbows. You can't have a loser here!

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