After extolling the joys of all things Portland, I heard from Lisa, who makes lovely ice cream sandwiches for Ruby Jewel treats. But unlike Portland's famous tamarind whisky sours and bacon maple doughnuts, Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwiches are available in L.A. at several Whole Foods markets (you can also order them online). I picked up two at the Pasadena location, Lemon cookie with Honey Lavender ice cream, and Dark chocolate cookie with Fresh Mint ice cream. I love how the delicate cookie didn't overpower the ice cream like some sandwiches with giant, dense oatmeal cookies. The light cookie provided a pleasant lemony counterpoint to the creamy, subtly lavender-perfumed ice cream. Matt termed that one a "ladies flavor" and grabbed the chocolate mint variety, immediately proclaiming "This ice cream sandwich rocks my world." There's also peanut butter ice cream with double chocolate cookies and cinnamon chocolate cookie with espresso ice cream. Ruby Jewel uses locally-sourced Oregon mint, lavender, honey and milk, plus, Lisa has offered a visit to where they're made next time I'm in Portland. Yum!
PRODUCT RATING: 5 spoons
(out of a possible 5)