CREAM Concord Review: Decadent Ice Cream Sandwiches Made to Order

The friendly staff at CREAM Concord were enthusiastic about their jobs and proud of their product. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.,

70 Days Across America

CREAM Concord is an ice cream parlor scooping up decadent desserts. And the focus is on ice cream sandwiches made to order. You choose your base, ice cream, and topping. And they make it then and there. A short walk from Todos Santos Square in downtown Concord.

Why I’m Here …

So what am I doing in Concord?

Concord is the largest city in Contra Costa County, California. It is about 29 miles (47 kilometers) east of San Francisco. And it is 22 miles (35 kilometers) east of Oakland.

More importantly, Concord was one of the first stops on the Northern California leg of my epic trip, 70 Days Across America.

My previous stops included San FranciscoLos Altos, and Napa.

My stay in Concord was arranged by Visit ConcordThe tourism board describes Concord as a Northern California Original. And in my opinion, it really is.

CREAM Concord – Overview 

CREAM Concord service counter. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Cream Concord scoops up the yummiest ice cream sandwiches I have ever sunken my teeth into.

And what I liked best is they were assembled right before my very eyes!

First, I had to select my base. I could  choose from nine kinds of cookies, three kinds of mini cookies, brownies, glazed do’sants (donuts and croissants), and waffles.

If I had a dietary restriction, there were vegan and gluten-free options.

Then I had to choose the flavor of my super-premium ice cream. In fact, there were fully 21 flavors to choose from.

Again, if I had a dietary restriction, I could choose a vegan or gluten-free ice cream.

Finally, I had to decide what kind of topping I wanted. The list wasn’t quite as long as the flavors of ice cream. For there were only 17 toppings to tempt me.

Decisions, decisions, decisions! Certainly, this was an exercise indulgence!

In addition to Ice Cream Sandwiches ,Cream Concord serves ice cream tacos, ice cream sundaes, ice cream scoops, milkshakes, malts, shakes, cakes, pints, and baked goodies.

CREAM History

Seating at CREAM Concord. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Cream is a Northern California original. The first shop opened in nearby Berkeley, home of the University of California, in 2010.

Since then, shops have opened in other Bay Area cities including Alameda, Cupertino, Fremont, Livermore, Milpitas, Napa, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Jose, Vallejo, Walnut Creek – the list goes on.

And by the way, CREAM is not a word – it’s an acronym. It stands for cookies rule everything around me!

CREAM Concord – the Verdict

Giving two thumbs for a mouthwatering ice cream sandwich. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.

Oh, my goodness! What a perfect end to a very yummy day!

I have to confess, I’m don’t have much of a sweet touch. In fact, I usually forego desserts. However, this ice cream sandwich was to die for.

The cookie I chose was still warm, but it didn’t melt the ice cream. While it was chewy, it also had a thin veneer of  crunch. And the ice cream I chose was pure decadence.

To top it all, the staff were enthusiasm personified. They clearly enjoyed their jobs, and they were very proud of their product.

I am compelled to give CREAM Concord two VERY enthusiastic thumbs up!!!

 Where to Eat in Concord

Where to Stay in Concord


Cream Concord  – 2070 Salvio Street Suite J, Concord, California. Telephone: (925) 332-7363.

The ice cream parlor is located close to Todos Santos Plaza in downtown Concord.

Concord is a city in Contra Costa County, California. It is roughly 29 miles (47 kilometers) east of San Francisco. The drive takes about  35 minutes. And it is roughly 22 miles (35 kilometers) east of Oakland. The drive takes about 25 minutes.

If you don’t drive, the ice cream parlor can be reached by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The ride from downtown San Francisco takes about 45 minutes. The ride from downtown Oakland takes about 30 minutes.

From the station, you can walk to Todos Santos Square in about 10 minutes. Just head straight along Grant Street. Then turn left on Salvio Street, continue past the plaza, and cross the street. It will be on your left.

This review of Cream Concord  is part of a series chronicling my epic journey, 70 Days Across America. 

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