Sandwich Mondays

Sandwich Monday: Donut Ice Cream Sandwich

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Groundbreaking foods are often answers to questions no one was asking. Like: What if at the end of pizza, there was more pizza inside the crust? Or: What if yogurt was spelled with a "g" instead of a "y"? This week: what if ice cream sandwiches were made with donuts? The folks at Dirty Betty's in Chicago asked this question and we ate the answer.

Robert: Yes! Bagel ice cream sandwiches!

Ian: They're donuts.

Robert: Oh.

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Eva: The human jaw really needs to evolve to meet the tallness of the modern sandwich. We're hindered by our old-fashioned anatomy.

Peter: According to classical Darwinian theory, we will evolve larger jaws only if being able to eat these sandwiches in one bite allows us to better survive till reproduction. Or if women start to find men who can swallow entire sandwiches hot.

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Ian: In the Great Depression, my great-grandmother once made a sandwich out of two buttons from a coat and a sprig of poison ivy. We use donuts for bread.

Eva: Right, parents during the Great Depression dreamed of a better life for their kids. Much, much shorter, but better.

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Ian: I do wonder how in the search for the perfect thing to hold ice cream with, they settled on a food with holes in it.

Mike: The alternative would be to use two ice cream cones as the bread in this sandwich, but they're so pointy.

Eva: You could seal it up easily with some batter and a deep fryer. Problem solved, other problem created!

[The verdict: donuts are good. Ice cream is good. But it turns out donuts are not the perfect delivery system for ice cream. Too big, too many holes. Probably best to eat the donuts as a main course and have the ice cream for dessert. Or vice versa.]

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