Guests will love making custom ice cream cookies at your ice cream sandwich bar. The perfect party treat for a warm summer day.
Summer is here and that mens it is time for outdoor barbecues, patriotic parties, and all manner of neighborhood gatherings. I love getting my family and friends together this time of year. And one of my favorite things to do is put together an ice cream sandwich bar.
The Ice Cream
Provide a variety of flavors of ice cream. The basic such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry are always a good idea. I like throwing in one other fun flavor of ice cream such as Blue Moon Ice Cream or Mint Chocolate Chip. It is also nice to have a non dairy option available such as sorbet or coconut base ice cream.
Offer a selection of at least four cookies. I like to have a selection of four different flavors and also make the cookies different sizes, a large and a smaller size. Those who want to try a variety of flavor combos can go with the smaller cookies.
This is the fun part. Provide a selection of toppings that guests can roll their ice cream sandwich in. Some of my favorites are:
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Mini M & M’s
- Crushed Oreo cookie
- Mini chocolate chips
- Mini ]marshmallows
- Crushed peanuts
- Toffee Bits
Tips for Putting Together An Ice Cream Bar
- Pre Scoop the ice cream. This makes things easier and the line move faster. Scoop the ice cream onto a baking sheet and then freeze until you are ready to serve. Plan on 1 qt. of ice cream for every 6 guests.
- Offer a selection of cones and bowls for those guests who don’t feel like an ice cream sandwich.
- To keep the ice cream frozen, I put the scoops into bowls and then set the bowls into containers full of ice. Depending on your temperature, you might need to use dry ice to keep the ice cream from melting too quickly.
I think the process of making the ice cream sandwiches is almost as fun as eating them!
But eating them is definitely the best. Be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand as they can be a bit messy!