6 Amazing Ice Cream Sandwich Ideas You Have to Try

Ice cream sandwiches have come a long way from those plain chocolate cookie and vanilla ice cream treats so many of us enjoyed as kids. Simple cookies have been replaced with everything from salty crackers to baked goods to fresh fruit.

And the ice cream options? Even more incredible!

I'm so excited to have teamed up with Walmart this month to put together this epic ice cream sandwich guide for you featuring six fun ice cream sandwich ideas. From kinda fancy dinner party-ready treats to ones the kids will love, there is something here for everyone.

The Everything Summer Salad (Watermelon, Corn & Cucumber Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette)


I call this my Everything Summer Salad, because it's a mix of some of my favorites of the season. Juicy watermelon, crisp cucumber and radishes, sweet corn, and ripe avocados. Served with diced cilantro and a handful of fresh cheese, it hits all the perfect summer flavor notes.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad with Chicken and Crispy Bacon "Croutons"

I was at lunch with an old friend when I spotted the dish that inspired this salad recipe. It was on the appetizer menu and listed as a Warm Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad. My friend was talking and I was pretending to listen, but in my brain I was just like YES YES YES!

DIY Puerto Rican Sofrito

Sofrito is a staple in every Puerto Rican household. Essentially a pureed mix of herbs, spices, and aromatics, it serves as the base of most classic Puerto Rican recipes.

It's also an amazing shortcut, saving you tons of time in prep and clean-up throughout the week. It only takes about 30 minutes to prep, and then will last you for weeks or months. When you're ready to cook, just toss a few spoonfuls of the mixture in your hot pan and let it sizzle--no need to chop onions, garlic, etc.

Growing up, my family regularly traveled to Puerto Rico to visit relatives. These were the days before strict regulations about what could be packed in your carry-on luggage, and many homesick Puerto Ricans would take advantage of the opportunity to stock up on favorite ingredients and foods.

On one flight home, a man sitting a few rows in front of us yelped and jumped up, his head and shoulders covered in oily liquid. The woman next to him was equally distraught, moaning loudly that the jar of sofrito her grandmother made her must have broken and spilled out of the overhead compartment.

Other passengers seemed to agree that her situation was worse than that of the sauce-covered man; after all, a shower is easily had, but a jar of abuela's homemade sofrito is priceless!

DIY Puerto Rican Adobo

Just about every type of cuisine has a signature spice blend they can call their own. For Puerto Ricans, it's adobo--a balanced mix of herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, and cumin. While store-bought versions are easily found in many well-stocked markets around the country, they're usually loaded with MSG, excessive amounts of sodium, and other unnecessary additives.

Skillet Braised Pork Chops with Spicy Chipotle Berry Sauce

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Ever since that fabulous all-pork dinner party I attended a couple weeks ago with Chef Jose Garces, I've been eager to start playing around with a few creative pork recipes of my own. I hope you guys love pork as much as I do, because I have several coming up over the coming months featuring the variety of cuts from Smithfield's line of Fresh Pork.

We're starting off with a dinnertime favorite--pork chops!

Quenepas

I think I was nine the year I went to Puerto Rico with my dad for his friend's son's christening. My mom and brother stayed home for reasons I can't remember, so for a couple weeks it was just the two of us, exploring the island and eating.

Like me, my father likes to snack and feast, and thinks about his next meal midway through the current one. He gladly handed dollar bills out the car window to panhandlers on the highway selling plantain chips and bags of cucas--these hard round cookies about the size of my palm that tasted of ginger and shortening (with a hint of exhaust). They're the kind of cookies you gnaw on instead of chew, and I could gnaw through a bag for the better part of an afternoon while driving across the island.

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