Grin and bear it

Custom ice cream sandwich shop roars into San Antonio's Northwest Side

Custom ice cream sandwich shop roars into San Antonio's Northwest Side

The Baked Bear ice cream sandwich
The Baked Bear will soon be chilling in San Antonio. The Baked Bear/ Facebook

A San Diego ice cream chain known for wild concoctions is clawing its way into San Antonio. The Baked Bear, which specializing in outrageous ice cream sandwiches, is setting up its den at in the Shops of La Cantera this summer, according to a release.

The shop, located at 5900 La Cantera Pkwy., Ste. LS3320, will be the third Texas location for the franchise started by childhood friends Rob Robbins and Shane Stanger, and run locally by operator Kenny Alford.

Like many contemporary concepts, The Baked Bear allows its guests to build their own creation starting with brownies and cookie options like funfetti, gooey butter cake, or sea salt peanut butter chocolate. Tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched to create a Franken-sandwich.

Once that has been decided upon, customers then squeeze in a scoop of house churned ice cream. The selections are just as varied as the main base, ranging from favorites like plain vanilla and vegan chocolate chip to more sophisticated flavors like espresso bean. Customers can gild the lily with colorful toppings and sauces to maximize Instagram likes.

Those who find sprinkles ostentatious can go minimal with plain scoops or a classic hot fudge sundae. The chocolate chip cookie and brownies can also be made into Bear Bowls. We suggest ordering it with Bear Batter ice cream for a real tongue twister.

Whether The Baked Bear will thrive in a shopping center that already includes sweet shops like Marble Slab Creamery, Scooper Cookie Dough Bar, and Lolli & Pops remains to be seen, but the shop has already found success in the state in Austin and El Paso.

“We are thrilled to join San Antonio and continue growing our fanbase in Texas,” said Alford in a release. “Summer is the perfect time to open, giving locals and visitors a chance to come in and cool down with our exquisite treats.”