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Sweet Bite Creamery puts the squeeze on ice cream

We've seen plenty of cookies and a good bit of excellent ice cream, but Sweet Bite Creamery is dedicated to marrying the two in stellar ice cream sandwiches.

The brand-new company–which sets up at a few area farmers' markets each week–bakes cookies and churns ice creams using ingredients from local growers.

Inspired by nostalgia, founders Ashley Allen and Tricia Widgen decided to reinvent the sandwiches by creating more-adult flavors. Sweet corn ice cream gets a spicy finish wedged between shortbreads laced with Mexican chocolate or red chile pecans.

Combinations ($5 for large; $3 for minis) change with the seasons. Peach buttermilk shortcakes and honey-ginger cookies with cantaloupe are making way for more autumnal flavors. Brown-sugar cookies add a nutty sweetness to crème fraîche ice cream. The Uptown Banana sandwiches banana ice cream–which gets a warming boost from star anise, nutmeg and other baking spices–between two chocolate-chunk cookies made using salted chocolate from local company Salazon.

The duo also experiments with macarons, fig cakes and fudgy brownies as the outer layer. They play with different themes–an early batch of caramel-corn-topped sandwiches was inspired by amusement parks–and are up to the challenge of devising custom flavors.

Available at the Glover Park-Burleith Farmers' Market on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Wisconsin & 34th sts. NW; sweetbitecreamery.com