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An ice cream company that is known for its ice cream sandwiches.

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  • Sep 11, 2010
The most awesome Ice Cream THING ever. If you head out west, make sure you try them.
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review by . September 11, 2010
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It’s IT!  What is It?  It is probably the most awesome and delicious thing that has ice cream that’s what!      Originating on the west coast in San Francisco and appearing in various west coast locales, It’s It is an ice cream treat with dark chocolate covering two oatmeal cookies with ice cream in between.  Vanilla, Chocolate, Mint, Strawberry and Coffee are the varieties that you can get them in and they are all delicious!  Rarely do I …
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It's-It Ice Cream is a company based in Burlingame, California. The company's flagship product, a San Francisco Bay Area favorite since it was invented in 1928, is the It's-It vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two oatmeal cookies and covered with dark chocolate.

The It's-It was invented by George Whitney, one of the original business owners when San Francisco's Playland at the Beach opened across the Great Highway from Ocean Beach. The treat is as intimately tied to San Francisco as sourdough bread, as much a part of local lore as Rice-A-Roni. Dating to the 1920s at Playland at the Beach, the frosty wonder represents one of the oldest local institutions on the West Coast. It predates the Golden Gate Bridge. It was here before the Giants.

For nearly forty five years, until Playland was demolished in 1972, the It's-It was available only at Whitney's shop. After Playland closed, the It's-It name was passed to George Mavros, who continued the tradition of hand-dipping the cookie-sandwiched ice cream in chocolate at another location near Ocean Beach.

In 1974, the Shamieh brothers bought the It's-It name, building its current production facility in Burlingame in 1976. It's-It flavors now include chocolate, mint and cappucino in addition to the original vanilla. The company has also added other ice cream products, including the "Super Sundae," the "Big Daddy", the "Super Cone" and the "Chips ...
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