Legend has it that the ice cream sandwich was invented in 1899 by a pushcart peddler on New York City’s Lower East Side. It consisted of a layer of vanilla ice cream pressed between two small, thin graham wafers.
Oh, for the good old days.
They’re history at Baskin-Robbins, which has launched a 21st century ice cream sandwich bomb.
“Choose your cookies. Choose your ice cream. Choose your toppings. Mix and match for more fun. Win-win!” says the company.
But a win at what cost?
OK, let’s say you choose three dark chocolate chunk cookies, two scoops of vanilla ice cream, and sprinkles.
Presto! You’ve picked close to half a day’s calories (880), more than a day’s saturated fat (25 grams), 16 ½ teaspoons of (mostly added) sugar, and a pile of white flour.
Yummy. You might as well strap a pint and a half of Breyers Chocolate Ice Cream around your waist. Same amount of calories.
Of course, the sandwich is portable, so you can work off its calories while you chew! Except it’s gonna melt long before you walk briskly for the three hours it will take to work off the extra calories.
So, if you find yourself at a Baskin-Robbins with your kids or grand-kids, win the day with a kid-size scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt in a cake cone.
Discretion is the better part of valor.
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