I first met the kids from Coolhaus this summer when I was pulling together ideas for my National Junk Food Day segment. The Coolhaus truck has long been known as the purveyor of delicious unique, and sometimes highly unusual ice cream flavor combinations here in LA. After loads of success and a massive fan following they finally opened their first brick and mortar store in Culver City and I stopped by to check the place out AND make and eat their famous ice cream sammies.
I got to spend the morning with co-founder Natasha Case who actually studied architecture in school and fell into the ice cream business by accident. I loved hearing about how she started out (I’m a sucker for women owned businesses) as a Disney Imagineer and started ice cream making as a hobby. That hobby has grown into a legion of trucks in LA, NYC, and Austin and ice cream that’s now available in select Whole Foods. With flavors like Balsamic Fig and Mascarpone, Brown Butter with Candied Bacon, Chocolate Chipotle, and Strawberry Jalapeno it’s no surprise their business is growing like wildfire. During our cooking lesson we tried out several flavor combinations in their ultra hip ice cream shop. The eventual winner (a whiskey flavored ice cream sandwiched between a red velvet and a gingersnap cookie).
Natasha is a big fan of adventurous cooking… hence trying out two different cookies in one sandwich and various ice cream combos. If you’re experimenting at home, try and surprise your friends and guests with a delicious concoction that has to be eaten to be believed.
If you haven’t visited their new store yet I highly recommend a trip to it’s ultra cool interiors. Try one of multiple ice cream choices, take home a pint or enjoy their famous salted hot chocolate.
I’m a big fan of every thing I tried!