Just in time for summer, San Diego has a new ice cream shop. Located steps from the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, The Baked Bear is doing things a little differently. Instead of stopping at scoops and sundaes (both of which are readily available), the shop is serving up Humboldt Creamery ice cream sandwiched between fresh baked cookies, fudgy Ghirardelli brownies, or warm, Belgian-style waffles.
Co-Owner Shane Stanger says he's purposely trying to keep his price points low to appeal to the college crowd, but anyone can appreciate an affordable treat. Everything on the menu is under $5, with the exception of a dozen cookies ($8). Cookie ice cream sandwiches are $2.95; waffle or brownie sandwiches are just $1 more. Want a cookie all by itself? That'll be 75 cents.
When it comes to customizing your ideal ice cream sandwich, there's really no end to the possibilities. You can mix and match cookies, or even combine two different items like a brownie on the bottom and a waffle on top. I didn't try nearly all the options for cookies (eight, including a gluten-free chocolate chip), or all of the different ice cream flavors (a dozen), but I can vouch for the time-honored combination of a brownie with mint chocolate ice cream, and encourage you to make at least one of your cookie selections the red velvet.
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The Baked Bear