Last Tuesday was a special holiday in my book. It was National Ice Cream Sandwich day. Being the ice cream sandwich fanatic that I am, I vowed to observe it appropriately. Luckily, Three Tarts was celebrating in style with an ice cream sandwich social.
I mentioned my fondness for these cake-based ice cream sandwiches in my first Three Tarts review. Rather than on cookies, the ice cream is sandwiched between very thin layers of cake. The result are little squares of heaven.
The folks at Three Tarts come up with the most delicious and unique flavor combinations for the sandwiches. For the event, the flavors offered were
– carrot cake with cream cheese walnut ice cream
– lavender ice cream with candied honey on lemon cake
– rum raisin ice cream on orange chiffon cake
– coconut ice cream on chocolate cake
– cookies n’ cream on chocolate cake
– cardamom apricot ice cream on pistachio cake
We chose the first two. The carrot cake was sweet and dotted with shreds of chewy carrot. The cream cheese ice cream was definitely the dominant component, with a tangy cream cheese flavor that intensified as it melted on your tongue. The walnuts add an extra dose of richness and are the final flavor you taste after all of the ice cream melts in your mouth. I was sure the carrot cake would be my favorite as I adore carrot cake, but the lavender and lemon actually ended up stealing the show. I was a little hesitant about lavender since I often find it too perfumey in food. It ended up being a mild lavender flavor that was complemented beautifully by the tart lemon and floral honey. The mix of lemon and lavender made for a delightfully refreshing cake and ice cream combination.
In honor of the special occasion, author Laura B. Weiss was in attendance signing copies of her book, Ice Cream: A Global History.
After finishing our ice cream sandwiches, we had fun walking around the shop and discovering all the little gems and knick knacks on the shelves, including these gorgeous dried orange mosaic brownies and blondies. If you’re in New York any time during the warmer months, I highly encourage you to stop by Three Tarts for an ice cream sandwich or any of their other artful confections.
164 9th Ave
New York, NY