Last month, Gut Check -- and novelty frozen-dessert lovers worldwide -- mourned the passing of Richard LaMotta
, the man who invented the Chipwich
. As noted then, the original Chipwich is no longer available. It was purchased by Nestlé, which retired it in favor of its own Chipwich-like product.
I love Chipwiches, true or faux, but I can't remember when I last had one, so when I saw the chocolate-chip cookie ice cream sandwich on the dessert menu at Mojo Tapas Restaurant & Bar
(3117 South Grand Boulevard; 314-865-0500), I knew I had to order it.
As you can see in the photo, the sandwich is served already divided into four wedges. A bit precious, maybe, as is the leaf of basil, but convenient for sharing. In the center of the plate is warmed chocolate sauce for dipping.
This is a tasty Chipwich wannabe. True to the original, the ice cream is more about form than flavor, a generically sweet slab of commercial vanilla. [Update:
I belatedly note that Mojo's version did not roll the edges of the ice cream in additional chocolate chips.] The cookies are soft and loaded with thick, slightly bittersweet chips. The sauce adds a deeper chocolate flavor, but true Chipwich fans won't need it.
At $4, Mojo's Chipwich facsimile might be a bit more than you used to fork over to the guy driving the ice-cream truck. Really, though, can you put a price on nostalgia?