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Saltine Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Ice Cream Sandwiches Offer Simple Salty-Sweet Satisfaction

What I'm about to say is going to sound a little crazy, but you're going to have to just trust me on this one. When I was a little kid, my uncle took me to an ice cream factory that made the most amazing ice cream sandwiches. There was a layer of rich, creamy vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two crisp Saltine-style crackers. That's right, Saltines. Before you knock it, you must absolutely give it a try — the crackers' saltiness perfectly balances the sweet flavor of ice cream while providing ample crunch. I personally think they taste best when they're fresh from the freezer and firm, but they're pretty good when the ice cream is oozing out of the sides, too.

In order to indulge in this satisfyingly salty-sweet Summer treat, all you have to do is pick up a high-quality ice cream (I suggest vanilla, strawberry, or caramel) and a box of Saltine crackers.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Saltine Ice Cream Sandwiches

Saltine Ice Cream Sandwiches

Notes

This recipe can easily be scaled up or down. Plan for a sleeve of Saltines per quart of ice cream to account for breakage.

Saltine Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients

1 quart of vanilla, strawberry, or caramel ice cream
1 sleeve of Saltines

Directions

  1. Line a quarter-sheet pan or similarly sized dish with plastic wrap. Allow the ice cream to soften until spreadable.
  2. Working quickly, scoop the ice cream out onto the lined pan, and spread it in a 1/2 inch thick layer using an offset spatula, squaring off the edges as much as possible. Tightly cover the pan with plastic wrap, and freeze until firm.
  3. Open the sleeve of Saltines, and pull out 28 whole, unbroken crackers. Line an airtight container large enough to accommodate about 14 ice cream sandwiches with parchment paper, cutting a second piece of parchment to the same size.
  4. Using the plastic wrap as a sling, transport the ice cream to a cutting board set in a rimmed sheet pan that's large enough to accommodate it. Discard the plastic wrap. Using a Saltine as a template, cut the ice cream into a grid of Saltine-sized squares. Save ice cream scraps for another use. Put the ice cream back in the freezer to firm it up.
  5. Working one sandwich at a time, slide a very thin spatula under a square of ice cream, and sandwich it between two crackers, lightly pressing the crackers together to adhere the ice cream to them. Add it to the airtight container. Repeat until the ice cream begins to get soft, then transfer the ice cream and ice cream sandwiches back to the freezer until they're firm again. Repeat until all ice cream sandwiches are made, layering the second piece of parchment between any stacked ice cream sandwiches so they don't stick to each other.
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AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
Since I love saltines with bleu cheese and fig jam, I'm sure this would be just as awesome. My friends almost fell over when I served saltines, but as you said "don't knock it till you try it"!
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
Since I love to crumble saltines onto my ice cream sundae, this sounds like a more elegant way to serve it!
iloveturbo iloveturbo 8 years
sounds yummy.
mizlynz mizlynz 8 years
After seeing everyone's comments, I want to try this!
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
i LOOOVE vanilla or chocolate frosting and ritz crackers. weird, but the buttery salty flavor combined with smooth and sweet is heaven.
Dannie037 Dannie037 8 years
i tried it and loved it, thanks for posting!
cammei cammei 8 years
Yummy, I'm going to try it with pistachio. What a great alternative to buying ice cream sandwiches.
Misalady Misalady 8 years
Yummy!
sugarbecky sugarbecky 8 years
Sounds perfect for this 100 degree weather!!
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
Interesting ... I may have to try this ... especially with everyone raving about it.
Hawii-x Hawii-x 8 years
That Looks Fiine =]
athenac athenac 8 years
I was a little adamant about it, but I gave it a shot. The salt of the crackers and the sweetness of the ice cream really do compliment each other. I will definitely be eating this again!
LalaLovesBebe LalaLovesBebe 8 years
lol..looks so yummy~ ima vanilla freakkk..this is awesome
Atiyah Atiyah 8 years
I love the taste of vanilla ice cream and ruffle potato chips. HMMM GOOD.
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 8 years
I did, and it's great! Thanks for the suggestion :)
Food Food 8 years
vapid - oooh! your mom sounds like a smart lady! bidds - that sounds intriguing, next time you make it take a pic for us! bfly - popcorn as an ice cream topping!? i bet that's great! everyone else - you tried this yet??
vapidintuition vapidintuition 8 years
My mom used to do this, only she'd freeze them until they were rock solid and then dip them in chocolate magic shell so they had a nice chocolate coating on them. Really good with tillamook strawberry ice cream.
bidds626 bidds626 8 years
i make a saltine-sweet as well! i take saltines and bake them with brown sugar over the top. sprinkle chocolate chips while they're still hot and they melt in..freeze and they're the perfect treat!
sophlb sophlb 8 years
This sounds SO good. I was going to make myself some s'mores tonight but I might be changing my plans...
ryanmcnitt ryanmcnitt 8 years
this sounds like a no-brainer, why hadnt i thought of it sooner? thanks for the idea, im totally making these for my next dinner party, simple and im sure they are delicious!!!!
jason jason 8 years
salty and sweet is the best - like salted pretzels and slurpees.
tati33 tati33 8 years
sounds interesting...may just have to try it ;)
JBlondie JBlondie 8 years
This sounds sooooooo yummy! I might have to make some when I get home tonight! It will be perfect for our almost 100 degree weather here!
Seraphim Seraphim 8 years
this sounds awesome!!!!!!! i love food experimenting especially with sweets! :)
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 8 years
The moment I read the title, I was thinking the worst. So I decided to just try it. And, while it may look and sound odd, it doesn't taste half bad! I actually really liked it - Thanks Yum for the suggestion!!
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