Last Saturday we had perfect ice cream weather. But why settle for a scoop or cup when you can get hand-made ice cream sandwiches at C.R.E.A.M.?

Just a few blocks from UC-Berkeley, C.R.E.A.M. (“Cookies Rule Everything Around Me”) attracts students and ice cream lovers to its tiny corner shop, where they dispense ice cream sandwiches for just $2 each made to your preferences. You pick the cookie and the ice cream and it’s put together right in front of you.

There are about 10 different cookies, from chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin, and twice as many ice cream flavors. But if for some crazy reason you don’t want an ice cream sandwich (wrong), you can order by the scoop in a plain old cup or cone.

After standing in line for a scant 17 minutes (the couple behind me gave up saying “it’s just ice cream” … so wrong), I decided on a snickerdoodle sandwiching the matcha green tea. Because the ice cream sandwich is made right then and there, the ice cream is soft and not frozen like typical ice cream sandwiches. This means you have to eat it fast. But that’s not a problem when they’re so good like this.

My matcha green tea was rich with the tea flavor, but then it was eventually taken over by the sweetness of the snickerdoodle, which I totally didn’t mind because I’m a fan of a good snickerdoodle. A FAN.

I already have my next sandwich combination in mind. (Can you say “white chocolate macadamia nut cookie and salted caramel”? Oh yeah.)

C.R.E.A.M., 2399 Telegraph Ave. (at Channing), Berkeley. PH: 510.649.1000. Open from noon every day. www.creamnation.com

Fudge and other cookies without ice cream

The servers have a system down, with the packages ready to slip in an ice cream sandwich straight from the freezer.

Ice cream sandwiches made to order

You can always expect a line at the corner of Telegraph and Channing in Berkeley.

My matcha green tea in snickerdoodle sandwich. It lasted two minutes.

The choices can make it hard to decide quickly

7 Responses to When a Cookie Met Ice C.R.E.A.M.

  1. Sandy says:

    Oh Ben, you totally know my love of ice cream!!! I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this place– I’m definitely going to visit next time I’m in the east bay 🙂

    • Ben Ben says:

      Yes, you have to go! P.s. They’re setting up franchises. I’m sooo tempted! Maybe we should go into business together and open up a CREAM franchise!

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    Love the acronym! Too cute. And I can definitely see the appeal of a softer ice cream filling. Great texture!

  3. Row says:

    Ice cream sandwich… heavy on the ice cream. So, so awesome. 🙂

  4. arlene says:

    Cash only. Cookies from Otis Spunkmeyer; ice cream from Double Rainbow.