Are Ice Cream Sandwiches Gluten Free? (& Where To Buy Them)

Last Updated on April 26, 2022

Today, we’re going to be answering the question: are ice cream sandwiches gluten free? And taking a look at the best gluten-free brands, and where to buy them. I’m not personally a big fan of sandwiches usually, but there is one kind of sandwich that I absolutely love: an ice cream sandwich. But are they gluten-free? Let’s take a closer look.

What Is An Ice Cream Sandwich?

I’m sure you’re already familiar with what an ice cream sandwich is, but if you’re not sure, it’s a frozen dessert. It consists of ice cream in the middle, sandwiched between either two pieces of wafer, biscuit, or cookie. They can come in a range of different flavors, but the usual flavors are chocolate and vanilla.

What Is An Ice Cream Sandwich

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Ingredients In An Ice Cream Sandwich

Ingredients in an ice cream sandwich can differ depending on the brand and flavor you’re purchasing. However, if we take a look at one of the most popular brands, Klondike – their vanilla and chocolate sandwiches contain the following ingredients:

  • non-fat milk
  • bleached wheat flour
  • sugar
  • cream
  • corn syrup
  • whey
  • palm oil
  • caramel color
  • dextrose
  • soy lecithin
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cocoa
  • modified corn starch
  • natural and artificial flavors

Nutritional Information In An Ice Cream Sandwich

You may be wondering what the nutritional value is when it comes to ice cream sandwiches. The typical nutritional value for one ice cream sandwich is:

  • Calories: 166
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrate: 26g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Sugar: 13g

Are Ice Cream Sandwiches Gluten Free?

Unfortunately, ice cream sandwiches are not typically gluten-free. While the ice cream within the sandwich is usually gluten-free, the sandwich itself will more than likely contain gluten. This is because the “sandwich” part of this dessert is usually made from cookies, biscuits, or wafers – all of which contain gluten. But don’t lose all hope – there are plenty of gluten-free options available if you’re craving an ice cream sandwich.

Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches Brands

If you’re looking for a gluten-free ice cream sandwich that you can purchase from a store – look no further. Here’s a round-up of some of the best picks.


If you’re looking for a range of delicious flavors, I would highly recommend Rebel. They have very little sugar, are keto-friendly, and are also low carb – meaning they’re suitable for a selection of dietary lifestyles. Rebel offers the following gluten-free flavors:

  • triple chocolate sandwich
  • chocolate chip vanilla sandwich
  • double chocolate mint sandwich
  • double peanut butter sandwich

You can find their full range of products here.

Other Brands

While Rebel is one of the most accessible options, you may want to also try one of the following:

  • Jolly Llama – these ice cream sandwiches are not just gluten-free, but also dairy-free too. Comes in vanilla or mint chocolate chip flavor
  • Trader Joe’s – their Brownie Crisp Coffee ice cream sandwiches do not contain any gluten ingredients; however, they are not labeled or certified gluten-free

Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring has the most incredible gluten-free ice cream sandwich recipe. Let’s take a look.

The ingredients you’ll need are:

for the wafer:

  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose GF flour
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of shortening
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla

for the ice cream:

  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 packet of unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Once you have gathered your ingredients, you can find out how to make these delicious ice cream sandwiches here. This recipe comes highly recommended within the gluten-free community and it’s also a great way to trial new flavor combinations if you want to.

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I hope this article has helped to answer the question: are ice cream sandwiches gluten-free? And also gives you a better idea of the best places to buy them and the top brands that are on offer to those following a gluten-free lifestyle. In recent years, gluten-free foods such as ice cream sandwiches are far easier to buy than they once were – luckily for us!

Do you know of any other gluten-free ice cream sandwich brands? Or do you have your own recipe? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!


What is an Ice Cream Sandwich Made of?

An ice cream sandwich is typically made using ice cream as the filling, and the sandwich being either cookies, biscuits or wafers. Wheat flour is usually used for the sandwich, which is why ice cream sandwiches are not considered gluten free.

Where to Buy Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches?

While traditional ice cream sandwiches are not gluten free, you can buy gluten free varieties in most grocery stores. While there likely won't be a huge selection, stores like Walmart and Target should have gluten free options available. Also, you can usually buy gluten free products online, direct from the suppliers; this usually makes them cheaper too! 

Is There Gluten in Ice Cream?

When it comes to plain ice cream, there is not typically any gluten in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. However, if you're opting for a slightly more adventurous flavor - there is a chance it may contain gluten. Flavors you may want to watch out for are ones such as rocky road, cookie dough, Oreo and fudge. Always check the ingredients or ask your server if you're unsure.

What are the Disadvantages of Ice Cream?

While ice cream is okay to enjoy in moderation, it's best not to eat it too often. This is because it's high in calories and high in sugar, whilst not really adding any nutritional value to your diet. While there are other options out there such as fat free, and sugar free - these should still only be eaten ocassionaly, as they're not a healthy choice.