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Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches: Genius Dessert Spotted at Carl's Jr.

Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches: Genius Dessert Spotted at Carl's Jr.

Could the fast-food chain potentially be testing out this latest mashup?

Carl's Jr. may have tested an ice cream burger last year (really, an ice cream sandwich made to look like a burger), but it looks like the fast-food chain is upping its frozen desserts offerings.

A photo of a "Hand-Scooped Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich" has emerged on the Internet, circling through food blogs as everyone freaks about the possibility that this stoner-friendly sandwich could soon be available nationwide.

Food Beast reports that the sandwich first popped up on Instagram on April 20, appropriately, with news that a Newport Beach, Calif., Carl's Jr. outpost is testing the dessert.

The advertisement says that each sandwich is $1.49, and the concept is definitely in line with past ice cream sandwiches (Oreo and chocolate chip cookie sandwiches, to be exact). Whether or not this product will expand to more outposts has yet to be seen.


Ding Dong, the Dessert of Your Dreams is Here, at Carl’s Jr.

Now available at Carl's Jr., the Hostess(R) Ding Dong(R) Ice Cream Sandwich stars America's favorite chocolaty snack cake, split in two and sandwiched around hand-scooped, premium vanilla ice cream. (Photo: Carl's Jr.)

Now available at Carl's Jr., the Hostess(R) Ding Dong(R) Ice Cream Sandwich stars America's favorite chocolaty snack cake, split in two and sandwiched around hand-scooped, premium vanilla ice cream. (Photo: Carl's Jr.)

CARPINTERIA, Calif.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Hot on the heels of the Most American Thickburger debut, today Carl’s Jr. introduces a most American new dessert creation to match that’s equal parts delicious and nostalgic. Now available, the Hostess ® Ding Dong ® Ice Cream Sandwich stars America’s favorite chocolaty snack cake, split in two and sandwiched around hand-scooped, premium vanilla ice cream.

“Carl’s Jr. is unique in that we use premium, hard-packed vanilla ice cream to make our Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes and Malts, which also gives us the opportunity to make some pretty awesome Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Sandwiches,” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer of Carl’s Jr. “Since starting with Oreo Cookie a few years ago to, most recently, the Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich, we’ve introduced some pretty imaginative creations using the real vanilla ice cream that we scoop out of tubs by hand, and it’s pretty fun to dream up new ones that no one has thought of before. After looking at many other options, Hostess’ iconic Ding Dongs, with their chocolate-coated, cream-filled cakes, made the most delicious ‘carrier’ for our latest ice cream sandwich. We make our Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwiches inside the restaurants every day, with premium vanilla ice cream that we hand-scoop from the tub, just like you’d get at an ice cream shop. The result is a creamy, cool new spin on a classic American treat, and the perfect way to top off a Most American Thickburger in the hot summer months ahead.”

“The Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich is a delicious and innovative collaboration between two of America’s favorite brands, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Carl’s Jr. to create this perfect summer dessert,” said Ellen Copaken, Senior Director of Marketing at Hostess Brands, LLC. “It’s a wonderful example of how Hostess treats, while delicious on their own, can be used to make an entirely new and unique creation.”

The Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich is available for $1.49. Prices may vary by location.


Will Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches be the Next Fast-Food Craze?

According to Foodbeast, a Newport Beach, CA, location of Carl's Jr. is testing the new ice cream sandwich. The treat consists of a scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two strawberry Pop-Tarts. An image of a sign for the product boasts that the dessert is "hand-scooped."

This new menu item is definitely in line with previous Carl's Jr. dessert additions, like the Oreo cookie ice cream sandwich. That dessert was also "hand-scooped" vanilla ice cream, but it came in between two extra-large Oreo cookies.

So far there's no word on whether or not this latest creation will make it past the testing phase. Unlike the oversized Oreo ice cream sandwiches, this is definitely something that Pop-Tart fans could make at home without needing to venture to their nearest Carl's Jr. locations.

Would you eat an ice cream sandwich made with strawberry Pop-Tarts? Do you think the new item will become popular?

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This Week In Food News: April 22 through April 26, 2013

A Chinese cook is under arrest after one person died and 20 were sickened because of his fatal mistake. The cook reportedly mistook pesticide for spices when preparing food in China's Inner Mongolia region, according to The Huffington Post.

If you thought Virgin Atlantic's ice cubes crafted in the shape of Richard Branson's head were outrageous, just wait until you hear about the airline's latest promotion. Richard Branson has now decided that he wants to help Virgin passengers, "get lucky."

A Korean jetliner was greeted by the FBI after a passenger allegedly assaulted one of the flight crew because he wasn't happy with his ramen.

The Food Network and the Cooking Channel announced their latest shows for 2013 this week. In addition to some new cook-off reality shows featuring the likes of Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, and Rachael Ray, the networks have inadvertently announced that the doughnut has officially become the new cupcake.

He's back in the ring. Anthony Bourdain is firing back at FOX News after they accused the star of CNN's new show, Parts Unknown, of being hired to "boost ratings" and described him as a "potty-mouthed chef."

Pizza-loving video gamers rejoice! Xbox 360 players no longer have to leave their consoles to order food. All they have to do is download the new "Create Your Pizza App" courtesy of Pizza Hut.

In the wake of last week's harrowing events, residents of Boston and other U.S. cities have showed their gratitude to those who worked tirelessly around the clock to keep people safe and informed.

You may have thought the milk market had seen it all &mdash cow's milk, goat's milk, sheep's milk, hemp milk, rice milk, almond milk, and more &mdash but another variety could hit shelves in the near future. What could be the latest product in the American dairy world? Camel's milk.

Does this sound familiar? You pull into a McDonald's to order some grub to eat on the go, but once you have the fries in hand, you desperately search for a place to put them so they won't spill over as you grab and munch. Worry no more. McDonald's Japan just rolled out a specially designed French-fry cup holder that snaps into your car's drink holder and will even fit on your bike.

Following Taco Bell's Doritos Locos lead, many chains want to partner with other popular brands and food items. The latest is Carl's Jr., which is testing Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches.


Just a Day in the Life

Today at church, Sian was sitting next to me when a man leaned forward from the row behind us and said to her, "Has anyone told you that you look just like the girl in Hunger Games?" Actually, she gets told that a lot. It was even worse before she cut her hair. I don't think there's anything wrong with being compared to Jennifer Lawrence, but Sian does get tired of it. Boo hoo.

After church, I instructed everyone to keep their Sunday clothes on because Husband had signed us up for Tithing Settlement in the afternoon. In the meantime, we tidied up a bit, as the main floor was still in some disarray after our holiday get-together and a sleepover that Joseph had with a friend. After Tithing Settlement (which is when you declare whether or not you are a full tithe payer and receive a statement of your tithes and offerings for personal and tax purposes), we came back home and knelt in family prayer for one of my nieces, who is struggling right now.

Husband and I drove Sian back to school today after an early dinner. It was so nice to have her here for Thanksgiving, and she got to spend some quality time with some of her best friends from the neighborhood. The next time we see her will be for Christmas break, after which she will be living at home again. She has decided to serve an LDS mission, so she will be taking a leave of absence from college and then working to pay for the mission while waiting to turn 19. I find myself getting a little worried about where she will end up serving. Will she be safe? How far away will she be? What adventures will she have? Did my parents wonder the same things when my brother and I were sending in our papers way back in 1992?

On the way to her school, we tried to help her with an upcoming Linguistics assignment. She and her team have to develop a new language, and one of Sian's contributions is to create a history for the fantasy civilization they have dreamed up. This is Husband's particular strength, as he spends a lot of time world-building for the novels he writes. We spent over an hour determining how the first people arrived on an imaginary volcanic island, what their societal structure is, and what events triggered changes in their language.

After we'd dropped Sian off at her dorm, Husband and I turned around and began the lengthy drive home. For a while, we talked about Sian's book idea, which is so good that Husband has wished she would tell him she isn't interested in writing it and let him have it. We also talked about a book Husband just read that is written by a woman who believes that independent reading is the key to helping children love to learn and has her elementary students read 40 books a year. Her students love it because they get to choose their own books, recommend books to classmates, and they don't have to write tedious book reports or analyses after reading. Husband really likes that idea, but wondered how to implement something like that, given that he has to move his classroom every nine weeks or so and cannot, therefore, maintain a large in-class library. Later in the drive, I spent a lot of time daydreaming about a house I've designed in my head, finessing the details and figuring out how to make it work on either a flat piece of land or a steeply sloped lot.

When we got home, Sophia had completed her dishes duty, and the kitchen was sparkling. The kids have put up the Christmas tree and hung some lights on the bush out front. Very festive.

As a side note, Husband told me that he allows his students to play chess after they have finished their work. They love to play chess, and I think it's a great game for stretching your mind and developing strategic thinking skills. He did have to break up a chess gambling ring, however, that was instituted by an entrepreneurial girl in his class. You have to admire her ingenuity, even if it's completely inappropriate.


Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches: Genius Dessert Spotted at Carl's Jr. - Recipes

Carl's Jr.'s Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich features vanilla ice cream between two halves of a Strawberry Pop-Tart pastry.

In case, you're not inclined to make one at home, you can pick them up at Carl's for $1.69 a piece (price in Los Angeles area).

If you've never had a Pop-Tart before, regardless of flavor, each one features a layer of sweet filling inside of a crumbly toaster pastry and usually with some frosting. The Strawberry version is filled with a very sweet thick strawberry jam. The crust reminds me a bit of the texture of a graham cracker but with less flavor.

The vanilla ice cream hits a nice balance it's not so cold that it's hard but not too soft that it's melting all over. They really do keep it at an ideal temperature. Unfortunately, while the ice cream is cool and creamy, its flavor is largely overshadowed by the Pop-Tart's sweet strawberry notes. So much so that it felt like I was just eating a cold Pop-Tart.

Between the frosting and the filling, plus the ice cream, the Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich gets pretty sweet too much for my liking.

Overall, Carl's Jr.'s combination of Strawberry Pop-Tart and vanilla ice cream just wasn't working for me. They were more like oil and water than peanut butter and jelly. Unlike oil and water, it's easy enough to eat, but not that enjoyable.

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich (109g)
Calories - 320 (Calories from Fat - 100)
Fat - 11g (Saturated Fat 5g)
Sodium - 210mg
Carbs - 51g (Sugar 27g)
Protein - 4g


REVIEW: Carl’s Jr. Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich

Implementing the mechanics of a sandwich to hold ice cream in your grubby hands and shoving it into your body at the rate of an intravenous drip is something like harnessing sugary fusion.

This makes the ice cream sandwich something of a king in the category of “desserts inspired by other foods.” Personally, it ranks above the Choco Taco, the Pizookie, Twizzlers (dessert spaghetti), and the churro (dessert hot dog). Carl’s Jr. has trotted out the Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich for a try and it proves to be a pleasant if not slightly sticky experience.

What’s interesting is that straight up ice cream is sort of a rarity in fast food. There are shakes and soft serve and Frostys and Blizzards (oh my), but as far as a straight up scoop, I’m hard pressed to think of that many options. Carl’s Jr. had that Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich I never tried. Baskin-Robbins and Carvel are only for freaks on first dates that need a place to walk to and families with unbearable children. This ice cream sandwich itches that scratch of a dense, slightly-chewy scoop of frozen goodness.

The Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich is smaller than you might think. Two Hostess Ding Dongs—actual size Ding Dongs, which are tiny—flank a relatively thick scoop of vanilla ice cream. The entire affair could probably squeeze inside a tennis ball. Then Serena Williams could serve them right into my mouth at 100 mph! Mmm, vanilla, chocolate and… sprinkles? Nope, those are broken teeth.

Ding Dongs, for those previously unacquainted, are chocolate cake pucks enveloped in a thin layer of chocolate. They do a gracious job of housing the ice cream, though the chocolate is a bit sticky. Maybe that’s something that’s insurmountable. We could have had unsticky chocolate by now but haters protested pink slime and the stuff that goes in yoga mats. Those were my favorite foods. Wednesday night is pot roast night and Thursday night was yoga mat and pink slime night. The hardened chocolate on the Ding Dong also offers a slight textural diversity to the sandwich, which is delightfully squishy on the whole.

The ice cream is fairly regular. It’s inoffensive and tastes a little bit like a typical supermarket variety. The vanilla flavor is minor and dissipates quickly—this is not Carl’s Jr. staging an ice cream revolution. The dense ice cream pairs well with the (also pretty dense) chocolate cake, yet both together are so sweet that, about halfway through, there is a bit of sugar fatigue. However, I believe this happens with most ice cream things anyway, and speaks to the benefit of the smaller size of the product. There also isn’t much interplay between the flavors—the Ding Dongs are just there to get the ice cream in yo’ mouf.

The construction is a bit awkward, as the Ding Dongs are smaller than the scoop of ice cream. It took a bit of maneuvering to finish the sandwich without getting ice cream everywhere, especially when applying a small amount of pressure while eating it causes the ice cream to spill out a bit. It’s not a too bad of an inconvenience, though, and it’s worth it, like taking a girl taller than you to prom.

The Ding Dong ice cream sandwich is a nice changeup from the soupy shakes and air-filled soft serve cones on the fast food market. It’s not that different from any other ice cream sandwich that you might find in the frozen food aisle, but even a mediocre king is still a king.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 sandwich – 290 calories, 140 calories from fat, 15 grams of fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 25 grams of cholesterol, 190 milligrams of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of fiber, 25 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.)

Item: Carl’s Jr. Hostess Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich
Purchased Price: $1.89
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Carl’s Jr.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Actual ice cream fix. Pleasant all-around experience.
Cons: Ice cream is fairly regular. Ding Dongs seems supplementary, not integral to product. Still sticky.


Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches: Genius Dessert Spotted at Carl's Jr. - Recipes

Apparently, there was so much buzz surrounding Carl's Jr.'s test of a strawberry Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich back in April that they decided to release it nationally.

In case you haven't tried breaking a Pop-Tart in half and putting a scoop of ice cream between the halves (or just don't have the inclination), you can now try the new Hand-Scooped Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich at any Carl's Jr. location.

As you may have already inferred, the Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich features hand-scooped vanilla ice cream between two halves of a Strawberry Pop-Tart pastry.

You can expect to pay $1.49 per ice cream sandwich (may vary).

Carl's Jr. is also offering a limited-time deal where you can get a free Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich with the purchase of a Super Bacon Cheeseburger combo at participating Carl’s Jr. restaurants.

On a related note, you can now get 12 strips of bacon (instead of the normal 6 strips) on the Super Bacon Cheeseburger by asking to "make it epic" (as in Meal Time) for an additional charge (at participating locations charge will vary but at least one account pegged it at $1).

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich (109g)
Calories - 320 (Calories from Fat - 100)
Fat - 11g (Saturated Fat 5g)
Sodium - 210mg
Carbs - 51g (Sugar 27g)
Protein - 4g


Sandwich Monday: The Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich

Artisan health food giant Carl's Jr. is currently testing a new summer menu item: the Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich. The timing couldn't be better, as it'll help you gain that final pesky 75 pounds before hitting the beach.

We don't have access to a Carl's Jr. here in Chicago, but luckily, we were able to re-create the sandwich using items procured from our office vending machine. We went with frosted strawberry Pop-Tarts and vanilla ice cream.

It's always Christmas at WWDTM. NPR hide caption

It's always Christmas at WWDTM.

Robert: When I was a kid, my parents gave me one of these for breakfast every morning until they lost custody.

Mike: This is part of a balanced breakfast, as long as we're balancing breakfast on a three-tiered chocolate cake.

Miles: This is perfect for a family on the go, so long as no one's actually going anywhere.

Eva: I'm just happy someone's finally invented a way for me to eat both Pop-Tarts in the package at once.

It's best to eat these standing up over some sort of catchment device. NPR hide caption

Miles: It's nice Michelle Obama took the time to personally slap this out of my mouth.

Peter: How about a sandwich made with two strawberry Pop-Tarts, and the filling is the program from your own funeral?

Miles: Do you think strawberries can sue for libel for being mentioned in the description?

Robert: I think even tarts are offended by this one.

The sandwich turned Robert into an ice cream vampire. NPR hide caption

The sandwich turned Robert into an ice cream vampire.

Peter: It's really weird, but when I went to wipe my mouth, all my teeth ended up on the napkin.

Mike: It's a shame they didn't have this sandwich in the '60s. It's fun to imagine Audrey Hepburn staring in Breakfast at Haagen-Dazs.

Eva: No wonder she wore so much black.

After Robert got to it. NPR hide caption

[Verdict: Good, if you have a big enough mouth to eat it all in one bite, since the combination of hot toasted Pop-Tarts and ice cream melts into dessert soup almost immediately.]

[Suggested wine pairings: Yoo-Hoo Chocolate Drink, Kool-Aid Bursts, simple syrup.]

Sandwich Monday is a satirical feature from the humorists at Wait Wait . Don't Tell Me.


Carl’s Jr. Proves Dreams Really Do Come True, Introducing New Hand-Scooped Strawberry Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwich

The new Strawberry Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwich, available at Carl's Jr., features hand-scooped premium vanilla ice cream sandwiched between a halved Strawberry Pop-Tart pastry. (Photo: Business Wire)

The new Strawberry Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwich, available at Carl's Jr., features hand-scooped premium vanilla ice cream sandwiched between a halved Strawberry Pop-Tart pastry. (Photo: Business Wire)

CARPINTERIA, Calif.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Sometimes awesome things are made more awesome by adding ice cream. Enter the new Hand-Scooped Strawberry Pop-Tarts ® Ice Cream Sandwich from Carl’s Jr. ® Originally tested in April in a few Southern California Carl’s Jr. locations, the dessert item went viral with fan buzz on Twitter and Facebook, and went mainstream on local news and late night TV. Due to this popular demand, Carl’s Jr. proudly announces the Strawberry Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwich is available tomorrow at all Carl’s Jr. locations.

Made by hand in-restaurant, the Strawberry Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwich from Carl’s Jr. features hand-scooped, premium vanilla ice cream centered between a halved Strawberry Pop-Tart pastry.

“It’s very rare when a new menu item that is being tested in a small number of restaurants goes viral to the degree this one did, but that’s exactly what happened with the new Hand-Scooped Strawberry Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwich,” said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer of Carl’s Jr. “The idea of it just seemed to capture people’s imaginations and it’s one of those things that just brings a smile to everyone’s face when they hear about it, if not a downright swoon in some cases. So, really, we had no choice but to make it available for all Carl’s Jr. customers to enjoy.”

A sampling of the comments heard in the first weeks of product testing include:

  • “Is Carl’s Jr. reading my dream journal?” Jimmy Kimmel, April 22, 2013, monologue
  • “Behold the Hand-Scooped Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich”Eater
  • “Gaze upon the glory.”Huffington Post
  • “Please let this be true!”Food Riot
  • “OMG-is-this-really-happening-sounds-too-good-don’t-tease-me…”Los Angeles Times
  • “Finally someone realized that a Pop-Tart sandwich is the perfect delivery method for food.”BuzzFeed
  • “This could be the best $1.49 you spend all summer.”HiConsumption
  • “It’s just fun.”On Second Scoop

For a limited time, guests can receive a free Strawberry Pop-Tarts Ice Cream Sandwich with the purchase of a Super Bacon Cheeseburger combo at participating Carl’s Jr. restaurants. The dessert treat may also be ordered separately for $1.49. Prices may vary by location.


Carl's Jr. Snickerdoodles the Ice Cream Sandwich

January 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARPINTERIA, Calif. &ndash Snickerdoodle. A funny word, a crazy good cookie. Some say the word "snickerdoodle" originally derived from the German word "schneckennudeln" &ndash a kind of pastry. Whatever its past, its immediate future lies in hand-scooped vanilla ice cream &ndash and on the Carl's Jr.® dessert menu. Featuring a scoop of premium vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two soft and delicious sugar and cinnamon-sprinkled snickerdoodle cookies, the Hand-Scooped Snickerdoodle Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich launches today at participating Carl's Jr. locations.

"Unlike almost every other hamburger chain in the country, Carl's Jr. brings in hard-packed tubs of ice cream to make its Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes and Malts&trade, but that also allows us to be able to make some amazing Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Sandwich creations," said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer of Carl's Jr. "From the Oreo Cookie to the Chocolate Chip Cookie to the internet sensation Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches, our Menu Development team has had a lot of fun trying new sweet treat combinations. After sampling many new potential candidates, including some, frankly, rather bizarre ones, we all fell in love with the taste of snickerdoodle cookies and ice cream. The sweetness of the soft, sugar and cinnamon dusted cookies pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the vanilla ice cream. It's an ice cream sandwich that's as yummy to eat as it is fun to say."

For a limited time, guests can receive a free Hand-Scooped Snickerdoodle Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich with the purchase of any Philly Cheesesteak Burger combo at participating Carl's Jr. restaurants. The dessert treat may also be ordered separately for $1.49. Prices may vary by location.


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