Cookies and Scream
A favourite of vegans everywhere, Cookies and Scream is a dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, low fat, low cholesterol bakery in Camden market. Surprisingly, in light of these many restrictions, their selection of shakes, cookies, cakes, brownies, and other baked goods are completely delicious. The standout treat at this family-run, multi award-winning bakery has got to be the ice cream cookie sandwiches, which come with a filling of either vanilla ice cream or vanilla creamy frosting. Beginning life in 2010 on a stall in the market, Cookies and Scream have now opened a permanent cookie bar in the Dingwalls gallery area of the market, thanks to a huge demand.
The Market Hall, Camden Lock Place, London NW1 8AF, +44 7778 691519
These roaming purveyors of the ice cream cookie sandwich take the business of ice cream very seriously. All theirs is pasteurised, aged and churned on site at their little Battersea kitchen, using milk from The Estate Dairy, a sustainable dairy collective that produces un-homogenized whole milk from a herd of pasture-fed Lancashire cows. No wonder, really, that Blu Top were finalists in the 2015 Young British Foodies Awards (impressively, they only hit the streets for the first time in May of that year). Blu Top are a part of the Kerb street food collective and can be found every day in the West Yard of Camden Market, as well as at lunchtime pop-ups around the city — King’s Cross on Thursdays, West India Quay Fridays and Druid Street on Saturdays. Five flavours from the ‘Classic’ selection are available each week (although, if you ask us, Matcha Green Tea, Peanut Butter and Jam, and Sour Cream and Blueberry all seem a bit special to be classic) alongside one special flavour — ‘white coffee ice cream packed full of glazed donut gravel pieces’ anyone?
Milo & Hectors
Another roaming ice cream sandwich specialist, Milo & Hector’s reckon they were the UK’s first ice cream sandwich truck, offering delicious handmade ice cream in London since 2014. In addition to their tasty goods, these guys have some serious cutesy factor going for them, with a fleet made up of a summery, umbrella-covered tricycle and a beautiful, vintage 1965 Piaggio van apparently bought impulsively off eBay back in 2014. Head over to Brockley Market every Saturday or Maltby Street Market on Sundays to mix and match from Milo & Hector’s choice of crumbly cookies, creamy ice cream and fun toppings — chocolate chip, cherry swirl and toasted Hobnob crumble, perhaps? They also do office deliveries. Just sayin’.
This Chicago-style sandwich chain first pitched up in the UK last year, opening a branch in Westfield Stratford — the first of many, if everything goes to plan. But Potbelly don’t just do a mean savoury sandwich, they’re also known to do an excellent ice cream cookie one. The gooey cookies from this place come in Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Brownie, or you can choose a classic Sugar Cookie, and the entire store is Halal friendly.
The Street, Westfield Stratford City, London, E20 1EJ, +44 20 8555 8272
One of London’s most eclectic and much-loved ice cream parlours, Ruby Violet makes all of its dairy ice cream on site and by hand, using fresh, seasonal fruit. The Tuffnel Park parlour is an absolute institution in North London, and mixes an odd range of styles, aesthetically speaking — colourful and garish, with a dab of Victorian charm in honour of the owner’s grandmother, Ruby Violet. The store added a kiosk in King’s Cross to its roster this year, causing a great deal of excitement and proving as popular as the Tuffnel Park location with its infamous queues. Ruby Violet are known for playful, unusual flavours — Seville Orange Marmalade Ripple, Horseradish, and Liquorice with Blackcurrant Ripple are among the odder choices available at the moment —and you can build your own cookie sandwich to order.
Chin Chin Labs
It’s back to Camden for our final instalment, suggesting that North London is basically the main stomping ground for the ice cream cookie crowd. Chin Chin Labs don’t offer much of a selection compared to some of their peers (chocolate, vanilla, and one special, which can get fairly daring), but the excitement comes from the ice cream’s innovative manufacture — it’s frozen to order right in front of you using liquid nitrogen-generated steam. Ran by husband and wife team Ahrash and Nyisha, Chin Chin is Europe’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour; the pair having served ice cream cookie sandwiches for six years — far before the current trend. Their nitrogen-frozen ice cream is apparently healthier than the regular fare, and they do a vegan-friendly option to boot. Ahrash reckons tourists from around the world make a pilgrimage to Camden when they hit London, eager to try their Legendary Brownwich — two brownie cookies stuffed with ice cream. Time for all you locals to get in on it, then.
49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF, UK, +44 7885 604284