Dateline: February 24, 2012 . . . As I’m leaving Rohnert Park’s 9 Islands Bakery with a purchase of premium salt cod in hand, the window rolls down on a ill-kept car inching slowly through the parking lot. Then a man’s voice asks, “Is that the new ice cream sandwich bakery?” Now, that’s a combination of words, ice cream + sandwich + bakery, not readily understood by me, making me blink for a few seconds to comprehend. Soon I replied that 9 Islands was not the place. A hand reached out to show me a card with the address of said ice cream sandwich bakery and I pointed him in the right direction. While I had my suspicions that this could be a clever covert marketing operation, naturally I had to trail behind to see this shop for myself.
I discovered a small storefront, formerly a frozen yogurt shop, with a display of baked goods and an ice cream freezer case in front and the smell of baking wafting from behind. Named Poppacakes after a childhood nickname, this was its second “official” day in business following a few weeks of a soft opening.
Cookies for ice cream sandwiches, plus sweet potato pie, cakes, brownies and other goodies, are baked in-house. Ice cream is from local producer, Clover. Ice cream sandwiches are assembled to order with the customer’s choice of cookie and ice cream flavors. I asked if anyone has tried using a different flavor for top and bottom. “Yes, it’s been done”, was the answer. Then I inquired, “Can I get two different ice cream flavors?” That was new and possible, so for me, molasses top and lemon sugar cookie bottom sandwiching burgundy cherry and espresso chip ice cream. I dubbed it the Four-Way. Here’s what it looked like.
Or check out the photo of my ice cream sandwich from behind the counter on PoppaCakes blog.
One ice cream sandwich is $2.50, or at the time, three for $6. Crazy low pricing, and I expressed my concern that they’d go broke selling such big portions for so little money. The sandwich was actually too big to fit inside the to-go box. I had to ask for a spoon to eat it, as it would be impossible to squash that thing into my mouth. The cookies are the chewy, softish texture rendered by vegetable shortening, but this texture makes them ideal for ice cream sandwiches vs. more crisp and brittle varieties. Not the type of cookie I would choose for eating alone, but in combination with the ice cream, a terrific afternoon snack.
392 City Center Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
And for making ice cream sandwiches at home, here’s a tip.
Edited to add: Just looked at PoppaCakes twitter feed, https://twitter.com/#!/PoppaCakes , and the avatar is the photo of the four-way ice cream sandwich.
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