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PostHeaderIcon Top 5 Ice Cream Sandwich Stops in Sacramento

It’s hot out there!  Want to quench your palate with one of America’s favorite old-fashion desserts?  Long after the first push cart in New York City where the very first ice cream sandwich vendor would sell you a simple sandwich consisting of two chocolate wafers with a vanilla ice cream center was bought for 1 penny….ice cream sandwiches are becoming a staple on dessert menus in the local Sacramento dining scene this summer.  Here is Local Roots Food Tours foodie take on our top 5 must stops to indulge in creative ice cream sandwiches in our culinary city.

1.  Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates  1801 L Street, Sacramento, CA

A chocolate shop that sells homemade macaron ice cream sandwiches is a treat like none-other!  Ginger and her team offer three delicious flavors in their handmade Parisian Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches: Pistachio, Lemon, or Salty Caramel.  The best part of the sandwich is the ice cream in the center of these delicious macarons.  All of their ice creams are hand-crafted in micro-batches using organic milk and local dairy.  Mmm, mmm, good!

If you are like us and ice-cream is a STAPLE during these dog days of summer,  mark your calendars for Ginger Elizabeth’s Ice Cream Socials.   They have a few socials still remaining for the summer time fun:

Saturday, August 11   Featuring: Warm Olallieberry Cobbler spooned over Sweet Cream Frozen Custard topped with Chantilly Cream. Featuring organic Olallieberries hand-picked in the Sierra Nevada Foothills by Ginger and Tom.
Saturday, September 8 Featuring: Saffron Ice Cream, Macerated Farm Peaches and Whipped Raspberry Custard layered between a Cream Puff and dusted with Powdered Sugar.

Saturday, October, 13 Featuring: Pumpkin Ice Cream, Brown Butter Ice Cream, Warm Monkey Bread Pieces, Sticky Raisin Sauce, topped with Crème Fraîche

2.  The Red Rabbit Kitchen 2718 J Street, Sacramento, CA

Who would think inside this cool, mist-driven, eclectic restaurant would be one amazing hand-crafted ice cream sandwich on a dessert menu?  We would!  Depending on what the chef is feeling for the week, The Red Rabbit Kitchen delivers an ice-cream sandwich that will take any lucky rabbit’s foot and make magic happen!  Continue reading!

PostHeaderIcon Explore The He(Art) of Chocolate!

Local Roots Food Tours Takes Your Palate on a Chocolate Tour!
by Bethany Woy

Chocolate is not what it used to be to a foodie. No more Hersey’s bar or Nestle treat. Chocolate has become a science. A sought after delicacy that is becoming all the rave. Instead of wine tastings, people are now hosting chocolate tasting parties. Buckle up, hold on and be prepared to get a little drunk with cocoa euphoria!

Our 1st chocolate stop will be at a local Sacramento Chocolate Shop:

Ginger Elizabeth
1801 L Street- Suite 60, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 706-1738

Ginger Elizabeth is a well-known dessert spot here in Sacramento. However, many people do not know realize the experience and accomplishment Ginger Elizabeth herself has achieved in her short life.
Ginger has been a chocolatier and pastry chef who has been working with chocolate professionally for over 10 years. She studied pastry arts at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and graduated with honors. After graduation she began her work with world famous pastry chef En-Ming Hsu in Chicago. After moving back to California she honed her skills and began her own business and created her own retail store in Midtown Sacramento.
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PostHeaderIcon Hot Drinks in the City! Local Roots Food Tours Guides the Way!

Hot Child in the City?  Nah, it’s too Cold.  How about Hot Drinks in the City? by Bethany Woy

Rum Toddy in Sacramento Image You’ve been shopping all day, crossing off your Christmas list and your hands, feet and body are freezing. What better way to warm your spirits then indulging in a hot drink? Below I’ve listed a few wonderful places to stop in, warm your soul and enjoy the holiday season.

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PostHeaderIcon Tips on Successful Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

In honor of July and it being National Ice Cream Month we thought we would share some tips and recipes for homemade ice cream sandwiches!  Cool, refreshing and hits the sweet tooth smack down!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 8 ounces dark cocoa powder or Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 12 ounces pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 3/4 cups chocolate syrup (recommended: Hershey’s)
  • 3 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 gallon ice cream, preferred flavor, softened

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Line 2 (12 by 14-inch) sheet pans with parchment or buttered waxed paper.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and sift onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper. Set aside.

In an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, beat eggs for 1 minute. Add sour cream and chocolate syrup and mix to combine. With mixer on low speed, gradually add the dry ingredients until incorporated. Add melted butter and mix until fully incorporated.

Spread batter evenly onto the 2 sheet pans. Bake cakes for 10 to 12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cakes cool completely.

Using a serrated knife, cut off the top crust from the cakes. Freeze the cakes for 5 minutes.

Spread softened ice cream onto 1 cake. Place second cake on top. Freeze until hardened. Cut into 3-inch squares when ready to serve.

TRIED AND TRUE TIPS:

#1 You should start with hot, barely baked cookies, fresh out of the oven.  Bake the cookies for about 14 minutes or until just set. Let them cool for 3-4 minutes; they should still be quite hot but firmed up.  Use an ice cream scoop to portion the dough evenly—uniform cookies make prettier sandwiches.

#2 Then take your ice cream out of the freezer. It should still be hard.   Ideally, you want your ice cream to be around -5°F, or as cold as possible.

#3 Scoop or shave your ice cream in long strips — not in big round balls. You want chunky thin blocks or strips. Lay them on the cookie, top with another hot cookie and eat immediately.

#4   Be creative: Pair plain sugar cookies with an unusual ice cream flavor, or put vanilla ice cream between two different types of cookies.

#5   Sweeten up: Spread a thin layer of caramel, butterscotch or chocolate sauce on a cookie before sandwiching with ice cream

#6   Roll with it: Garnish the sandwiches by coating the sides with chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips or toasted coconut.

If you are running out of time and still wanting to treat yourself to a homemade ice cream sandwich look no more if you are downtown Sacramento!

Stop by Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates for her famous Parisian Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches:
Pistachio, Lemon, or Salty Caramel

ICE CREAM SOCIAL FUN  @ Ginger’s! Saturday, August 13th
Raw Milk Ice Cream, Salty Marcona Almond Sherbet, Whipped Saint-André, Local Plum Compote, Caramelized Pie Crust, Chantilly Cream

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