Kirbie's Cravings

The Baked Bear

For the month of August, The Baked Bear’s special is an ice cream donut sandwich, which I had to go try out.

The Baked Bear, which opened last year, specializes in custom ice cream sandwiches. It’s our favorite place to get cookie and brownie ice cream sandwiches in San Diego, with so many flavor combinations to choose from and the huge amount of ice cream they pack into each sandwich. I always find myself having trouble finishing an entire one.

Doughnuts and ice cream are two of my favorite things and I’ve been on a mission to find a place that offers a good donut ice cream sandwich. I’m surprised doughnut shops don’t offer it, especially in the summer.

The donuts are on the small side, about the size of a Krispy Kreme filled donut. After they scoop on the ice cream, they place it into the waffle iron for a very quick turn, heating up the donut slightly but without compromising the ice cream. Because the donut ice cream sandwich is inserted into the waffle maker, they don’t pack the ice cream as high as with their ice cream cookie sandwiches, which is a little disappointing.

Glazed Donut with Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

This actually had a good ratio of ice cream to donut. I did feel like the combination was a little too sweet for me, especially with the glaze on the donut. If you really like ice cream donut sandwiches, this is a worth a try, though I prefer their ice cream cookie sandwiches best.

I was actually really craving one of their cookie sandwiches during this visit, but we had dinner plans soon, so we settled for sharing the donut sandwich. Next time!

You can read about my initial visit, shortly after the grand opening, here. (Keep in mind though, that they actually pack even more ice cream into their sandwiches now then when they first opened!)

The Baked Bear
4516 Mission Blvd Ste C
San Diego CA

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10 comments on “The Baked Bear”

  1. Wow, that looks scrumptious! I will have to venture back down to Baked bear and try this. Yum!

  2. Gosh, that donut ice cream sandwich looks supersweet/cavity inducing! I don’t think I could handle that! ha ha!  I guess if you want more ice cream, it’s better to stick with the cookie ice cream sandwich then. 

    • hehe, it was pretty sweet. I feel like there must be a way to combine these two without it being overly sweet, but I’m not quite sure how.

  3. I didn’t love it the first time I went but once I found a good combo of cookies and ice cream I liked it was quite good. The cookies and ice cream by themselves aren’t the best but when you put them together in a sandwich it sort of hides all manner of sins 🙂

  4. I had no idea this place existed. It’s going straight to the top of the “places to try” list!

  5. I have never heard of an ice cream donut sandwich! How is that possible haha?! It does look like it would be super sweet though, and I can imagine my teeth screaming at me in protest but I like that the donut is heated slightly first. Looks like something you’d definitely want to share. 

    • There’s this place in OC that does it, Afters Ice Cream, and it’s really popular. I actually went this weekend but I didn’t really like it. The donut was better at Baked Bear, but super sweet because of the glaze. There must be a way to get it to balance right so it’s not all too sweet.

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