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Sorry I missed posting this on August 2, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, but better late than never. Squatch's is a social enterprise supporting the Sozo Student Center. It's a coffeehouse that also specializes in ice cream sandwiches. These combine house-baked cookies with Petaluma's Mariposa Creamery ice creams and candy around the rim. While custom combinations are available, I bought the pre-made, frozen solid ice cream sandwiches from the standard menu to survive the transport time to my home freezer. After that first successful transfer in an ice chest, I've been back for more, calling ahead for the combos I want to be assembled and frozen hard for pick-up later in the day.
The cookies are really good. Four kinds are made: peanut butter, sugar, chocolate chip and chocolate-chocolate chip. Besides being huge and sturdy, they're thick and chewy with crisp edges, textures that so well in frozen format. Mariposa ice cream is in the dense and creamy Tocumbo-style, that I've enjoyed from its original start in Napa as Michoacan ten years ago. Now Mariposa offers a wider range of flavors. https://www.chowhound.com/post/michoa...
My favorite so far has been the Peach Pie putting together sugar cookies, peach ice cream and crunchy graham cracker bits around the edge that evoke a flavor memory of pie crust. The Caramel Wendigo with chocolate chip cookies and salted caramel ice cream plus crushed peanuts and the Minty Grassman combining chocolate chocolate chip cookies with mint chip ice cream and more chocolate chips on the edges are also great combos. The one that did fall out for me though was the Peanut Butter Yowie with peanut butter cookies, peanut butter pretzel ice cream and chunks of frozen Reese's peanut butter cups embedded in the middle and around the rim. Just too much candy to consume in one sitting and not enough ice cream. I have noticed a marked difference in the amount of ice cream filling between different sandwiches, almost so much that the sandwich is nearly impossible to bite into or less than half the amount. So keep your fingers crossed that you score a generous one.
I've also tried the Orange JuJu, a take on Orange Julius. A blender drink of orange juice, vanilla ice cream and crushed ice, it's pleasant enough but did not hit the heights.
The student staff and their adult supervisors are eager to please and so friendly. With a winning product, this is an easy business to support. Some day I'll need to drop by in the morning to order an affogato. And if you need another reason to visit this neck of the woods, Squatch's shares the parking lot with University Market, a franchisee of Krispy Krunchy Chicken.
Squatch's Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwiches and Coffee Shop
1451 Southwest Blvd. Suite 111
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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