All I can say is: It’s about time!
Mid-last year, Ian Carandang, the genius behind Sebastian’s Ice Cream Studio , asked me to create a chocolate chip cookie that in his words should be “… flat yet sturdy and chewy.” Always keenly aware of the constant churnings of his ever-creative mind and food desires, Ian had dreams of resurrecting Coney Island’s Eskimo Roll. Thus, the need for a cookie that met his flat/sturdy/chewy specifications. I chronicled my experiments in creating the said cookie, and rejoiced with Ian when he deemed one of the samples perfect.
But then weeks passed by, and then months. Then months became a year. I was conscious of the other ice cream sandwiches that were hitting the market, such as the one from Brothers Burger which was so lousy I didn’t even bother featuring it on the website. When it comes to novelty, timing is of the essence. Then Penny Brown came about, and man, those things were so good that I cranked up my pester power and bugged Ian to “Hurry up already and get the damn ice cream sandwiches out!”
Now they’re here and it’s Oh joy, oh joy, oh happy days!
Like almost everything Ian makes, his ice cream sandwiches are christened with that sense of whimsy he’s become known for. He calls his ice cream sandwiches Chilly Burgers, which quite frankly, is what they are. A giant pair of chocolate chip cookies (flat, sturdy, and chewy!) ensconce an inch-thick disc of ice cream. Depending upon the variant, the “burger” is then rolled in a variety of “roll-ins” like chocolate chips and/or nuts.
Those who like a good food challenge and who aren’t daunted by size, can opt to bite into this mother of a “burger.” Others, like me, who suddenly become quite refined and ahem, genteel, in the presence of other people, can slice the sandwich in half. This affords a good cross-section view of this hallowed food on which I rest my gaze upon for a minute or two. Hey, I created the recipe for these cookies — allow me my moment. (wink)
The cookie comes with some rough (food grade parchment?) paper you can use to grip the sandwich before biting into it. Teeth hit (flat, sturdy, and chewy!) cookie, and then one’s first bite is carried away by handcrafted ice cream that’s the epitome of creaminess. The cool chill reverberates through the mouth and at the back of the throat. It’s a pleasurable brrr! Once in the mouth, it’s a medley of soft, chewy, and crunchy that tapers off until the first swallow. So good is this sandwich that I can hardly wait to swallow already so that I can have another bite. Even if I hadn’t created the recipe for this cookie, I’d still be singing its praises.
Ian is quick to acknowledge Coney Island’s Eskimo Roll as the inspiration for his latest creative output and his mind is already short-circuiting with all the Chilly Burger possibilities. “The initial cookie is just chocolate chip with vanilla and chocolate but I plan to explore all sorts of flavor combinations with different cookies, ice cream, roll-ins, etc.,” he states, his eyes aglow. He rhapsodizes about dark chocolate cookies filled with white chocolate ice cream rolled in crushed Oreos or vanilla cookies filled with butter ice cream rolled in shredded coconut. I can’t stop drooling. And yes, neither will you.
Sebastian’s Ice Cream Studio Chilly Burgers
Available initially at the Podium branch
4/L Podium Mall, Ortigas
*Vanilla with chocolate chips and nuts
*Vanilla with rainbow sprinkles
*Chocolate with chocolate chips and nuts
*Chocolate with nuts
Other Sebastian’s Ice Cream Studio branch
Alabang Town Center
1/F New Entertainment Center (near the Cinemas)