It was the perfect 4th of July. We walked around Union Square Market, had lunch at Tortaria and were ready for dessert and decided to chose between the four ice cream/frozen yogurt offering trucks parked smack in front of Union Square.
The Coolhaus truck caught my attention with its unique name. As explained on the truck, it was a play on three different words: Bauhaus: a modernist design movement, Rem Koolhas: the Dutch architect, and hand cookhouse: an icecream sandwich with a cookie floor and roof and icecream walls. Who would have thought of that? A later googling session revealed that the founder of this brand was an architect out of UCLA who started her business with a remodelled postal truck during the recession.
Now on to the ice cream. The whole concept is based on creating your custom ice cream sandwich. You pick a cookie type, pick an ice cream, and presto you have a custom made ice cream sandwich. The cookie varieties span the spectrum from chocolate chip and peanut butter to gluten free coconut almond (and includes vegan ones) and the ice cream flavors range from the usual to the more unusual ones like Red Velvet Cupcake.
Let me warn you that the ice cream is not cheap. It is six dollars for a sandwich, but this is no mini ice cream sandwich. It is a colossal treat packed with ice cream and even for an ardent dessert lover like me, finishing it took time and left me completely stuffed.
We tried the Gluten Free Coconut Almond Cookie with Dirty Mint Ice Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie with the Nutella Ice Cream and Double Chocolate Chocolate Cookie with Lemon Ice Cream. Each of our sandwiches were very good and Siddhi proclaimed that this was the best gluten free dessert she had ever had.
So, if life or work finds you on a hot, sunny day in the NYC, LA or other areas where Coolhaus has its trucks parked, do take some time to indulge in an ice cream sandwich.
To learn more about Coohaus, their offerings and locations, click here: