Conceived and created by Natasha Case and Freya Esteller, a couple of creative and ambitious Los Angeles entreprenuers, Coolhaus was born in Los Angeles in 2009. The idea of an ice cream sandwich with an edible wrapper was introduced at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival. Since launching in LA, they’ve expanded to New York, Miami and Austin. How cool is it that Texas gets another Coolhaus truck in Dallas Fort Worth! Coolhaus DFW made their local debut Saturday at StrEATs Frisco and a warm welcome it was!
Food trucks are always best enjoyed when you go as a group, whether friends or family, and share. When I looked at the menu, only a sampling of all the flavors that have been created so far, I was really sorry I was here alone. We’re not talking about ice cream sandwiches you had growing up or the sugary treats that come off the ice cream trucks in your neighborhood. These are artisanal, hand crafted ice cream in a unique variety of flavors most of us would never consider sandwiched between your choice from a huge selection of cookies. You can have a basic vanilla on a chocloate chip cookie ‘Sammich” if you’re not daring enough, but why go with the mundane when you have selections like:
- Coconut Almond Cookie with Date Rum Pecan Ice Cream
- Ginger Molasses Cookie with Mango Saffron Sorbet
- Potato Chip & Butterscotch Cookie with Makers Mark Sponsored Ice Cream
- Red Velvet Cookie with Tahitian Vanilla Ice Cream
- Smore’s Cookie with Dirty Mint
- Vegan Chocolate Truffle Banana Cookie with Bananas Foster
One word of warning: Don’t go with any preconceived ideas. The availability varies based on the day and location, generally offering 7-10 ice cream choices and 5-7 cookies. You’re bound to find something interesting because you select the cookie, you select the ice cream and they put it together and wrap it up in the edible wrapper (which is cooler than it sounds, because while you can eat it, you probably won’t want to). A choice of interesting cookies including vegan options, standard and unusual ice cream creations or sorbets – Coolhaus has you covered.
It was a tough choice but I settled on a basic Chocolate Chip cookie with Chocolate Chipotle ice cream. Not the most daring selection but you gotta start somewhere! It reminded me of the Chocolate Jalapeno gelato I sometimes find at Paciugo’s. Next time I get more exotic …
One of the volunteers for the event was kind enough to let me take a picture of the Coconut Almond Cookie and Date Rum Pecan Ice Cream.
These are a great way to top off a meal or an awesome snack by itself. The sandwiches aren’t so big they fill you up but they’re not so small they leave you hungry — it’s just your mouth that wants more! At $5.50 a pop, they’re a ‘special treat’ best reserved to celebrate … but let’s not talk about how much “celebrating” I’ll probably do in the coming months. C’mon, it’s my duty to go out and try some of the strange and exotic flavors they offer and report back to you!