Once the weather starts to warm up, like clockwork, I start craving ice cream on a regular basis. I can't explain it...it is just how it is.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out that a brand new ice cream sandwich shop recently opened up their very first location at the Jersey Shore.

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Now these guys know what they are doing because they have locations across the country in California, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Missouri, Maryland, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas and now, NEW JERSEY!

Introducing....The Baked Bear that just opened up at Pier Village in Long Branch on May 22nd.

I was lucky enough to get in touch with the owners, Elly and Tyler Hess, of The Baked Bear who explained the inspiration for this business and their personal favorite menu items so you know what are considered "MUST TRY'S!"

"Tyler and I both have fond memories of getting ice cream with our friends and families while vacationing at the beach.  Not only do we expect our customers to fall in love with the product, but each cookie sandwich that we make is made personal to the person ordering because you can mix and match cookies, ice cream, and toppings!" said co-owner Elly Hess.

 

“Just the heavenly aroma alone will keep our customers coming back," co-owner Elly Hess added. “Fresh baked cookies all day, every day. Plus, the absolute best ice cream ever. Who can resist?”

No, we cannot resist.

Here is their unique and delicious premise:

Step 1: Pick from 12-scratch-baked cookie and brownie flavors for the "bread" of your ice cream sandwich!

Your choices are: chocolate chip, cookies & cream, funfetti, gooey butter cake, M&M, red velvet, sea salt peanut butter chocolate, snickerdoodle, vegan/gluten free chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut and the cookie of the month.

Step 2: Choose from 13 super premium ice cream flavors for the middle of your ice cream sandwich!

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Your choices are: bear batter, butter brittle cake, dark chocolate, cookie dough, cookies & cream, espresso bean, mint chip, old fashioned vanilla, salted caramel fudge, vegan chocolate chip, toasted s'mores and brownie dough swirl.

Step 3: Choose your toppings that can put on top of or can be mixed into your ice cream sandwich!

Your choices are: hot caramel, hot fudge, Nutella, whipped cream, almonds, brownie bits, fruity pebbles, heath bar bits, mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, Oreo crumbs or sprinkles

Step 4: This step is AMAZING. You can have your ice cream sandwich hot pressed so your cookie and toppings are ooey gooey! Ice cream sandwich panini was the first thing this step made me think of.

"Tyler's favorite cookie sandwich is Gooey Butter Cake Cookies with Blackberry Crumble Ice Cream.  I love a Cookies & Cream cookie with a Brownie, and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.  The unexpected twist is getting the whole thing warmed up in our hot press!  It's just enough to soften up the cookies as you are ready to enjoy them without melting the ice cream," explained Elly.

 

There are also a few other things they offer: Ice cream scoops & pints, cookies, brownies and a hot fudge sundae.

They also have a Bear Bowl: warm chocolate chip cookie or brownie bowl with any scoop of ice cream.

I KNOW!!!!

For more information, take a look at their website. You won't be sorry.

Thank you to The Baked Bear for giving us an an exclusive sneak peek inside their new location. Let's take a look:

An Exclusive Sneak Peek At The New Ice Cream Sandwich Shop At Pier Village!

This dessert joined JUST opened their doors and are ready with your favorite Summertime treats!

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