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Best Ice Cream Sandwich New York 2013 - Melt Bakery

Melt Bakery

132 Orchard St.

New York, NY 10002

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The first time we stopped by the Lower East Side outpost of Melt Bakery, we asked the guy behind the counter to name his favorite ice cream sandwich. "I don't pick favorites," he said slowly. "But if I could only send one of my kids to college, well . . ." and then he nodded toward the Morticia. After countless return trips, we agree: The Morticia invokes in us rabid fits of craving (usually at inconvenient times, like the middle of the night). Two dense, sugar-speckled, dark chocolate cookies frame a thick layer of malted rum ice cream that tastes not so much of alcohol as chocolate malt. That taste plays well with the bittersweet richness of the cookie, the creamy texture ideally matched by the crackly texture of that sugar. If we could fill our freezers with hundreds of these, we would do it.

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