Of all of the sandwiches I’ve made so far I think this one is my best. For those of you unaware KFC has a sandwich called the “Double Down“. Instead of using bread for buns KFC chose two chicken patties, in the middle you get special sauce, two slices of cheese, and bacon. Before the Double Down came into existence it was something people would joke about being able to get at a fast food place, now you can. I have yet to have one but the idea is pure genius.
The idea was so good that it made me want to adapt it to a fancy ice cream sandwich, so I did. My idea was to have two slabs of ice cream with some ingredients in the middle, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. I needed a way to get the ice cream in nice retangles. Multiple people told me to just cut the ice cream container into sections to get the pieces I wanted, the problem is I can only find Ben & Jerry’s in pints. So what did I do? I used Ziploc bags!
The idea is to use a sandwich sized bag and fill it with the ice cream of your choice and mold it to the size rectangle you want. The sandwich bags are not the same dimensions that I was looking for so I didn’t fill the whole bag. Construction is below:
For this sandwich I used Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra and Mud Pie, both very good. This was my first time eating Mud Pie, I highly recommend it.
When putting the ice cream into the bags I highly recommend that the ice cream is in a softer state, I put mine in the bags right after bringing it home from the grocery store so it was real soft but not soupy. The Karamel Sutra was a bit harder to work with because it has a giant center of caramel.
Next I put the slabs of ice cream in the freezer between two ice packs. The ice packs are probably optional, but if you have them I would use them. I let these sit in the fridge for a few days because I wanted the ice cream to be real solid and prevent it from melting right away. With Ben & Jerry’s ice cream it is impossible to actually get it to become completely solid, they use a lot of cream in their ice cream, which is also why their ice cream is so much better than most other brands.
So for my ice cream “Double Down” I needed something to substitute for bacon, and something to use as a “special sauce”. I chose a blueberry muffin pop tart and Reese’s Magic Shell. When I was ready to make the sandwich I put some of the Magic Shell onto the pop tart.
Then I ate the delicious sandwich with my hands, for the most part. I started to eat it with my hands like I would any other sandwich but that quickly proved to be extremely cold. My hands started to get so cold they burned. I had to rinse them under warm water then continue to eat the rest of the sandwich the fancy way, with a fork and knife.
Conclusion: The hardest part of this sandwich was figuring out how to make it. Overall the process of making it isn’t too time consuming, but you do need to let the ice cream sit in the freezer for a while in order to get it solid enough to eat without becoming a giant puddle of ice cream too fast.
When it comes to the taste you’d be hard pressed to make something more delicious than this sandwich. The Mud Pie and Karamel Sutra ice creams blended together very well, you could clearly taste both, and it was delicious. The Reese’s Magic Shell added a very nice flavor, but nothing overpowering. The biggest surprise of this sandwich was how much more delicious the pop tart made it. When you first bite into the sandwich you can’t taste the pop tart at all, but after you keep it in your mouth and chew it for a bit the taste really comes through and makes this sandwich truly amazing. My brother and my friend were here to witness this and they each had a bit of it and we all agreed, the pop tart really made this thing shine.
NOW GO FORTH AND MAKE ONE!