D.C. has seen the pop-tart ice cream sandwich and the doughnut ice cream sandwich. Now, there’s a new contender for the franken-dessert of the summer of 2015: the muffin ice cream sandwich. The so-called “upwich” is available at Shaw’s Uprising Muffin Company beginning today.
Seinfeld fans will approve of the fact that the sandwiches are made with two muffin tops—no “stumps.” In one of the show’s most famous episodes, Elaine tells her former boss that just selling the tops would be a “million dollar idea,” and he promptly opens a muffin top shop called Top of the Muffin to You! The shop donates the bottoms to a homeless shelter, inciting indignation and complaints from the homeless. (“Why don’t you just drop off some chicken skins and lobster shells?” yells a woman from the shelter.) It turns out no one—not even the garbage dump—wants to take the stumps.
So what does Uprising Muffin Company do with its muffin stumps?
Owner Donnie Simpson Jr. says he donates any unsold muffins at the end of the day to N Street Village, a women’s shelter near Logan Circle. But don’t worry: They’re not getting the stumps, which, for what it’s worth, Simpson calls “just as delicious as the tops.” Rather, Simpson has acquired a muffin top pan, eliminating the stumps from the start. “I had to Google it, but it is a thing.”
This, too, is a plot line in the Seinfeld episode. Top of the Muffin to You! struggles to bring in customers selling muffin tops from muffin top pans. But once Elaine reveals the secret is to tear the top from a whole muffin, business booms.
“Maybe if they had put a scoop of ice cream in between two of them, people would have bought them,” Simpson says. “That was the missing part.”
Uprising Muffin Company’s two flavor options include chocolate chip muffin with vanilla ice cream and double chocolate muffin with vanilla ice cream. The dessert costs $4.99.
Now, it’s only a matter of time before the biscuitwich.
Photo by James Jackson
This post has been updated with additional information.