When is Coolhaus’s $6 Ice Cream Sandwich Worth It?
Twitter told me that Coolhaus was parked next to Bian Dang last week, and when I saw how long the Bian Dang line was, I decided I would have ice cream for lunch because I’m an adult and that’s what adults do: eat whatever they want for lunch. Right?
Right… even if that’s a $6 ice cream sandwich…
I really dig their magnetized menu, which helps them keep consumers informed of what’s in the truck at that moment. It didn’t feel very cohesive though; I didn’t see any clear cut “yeah those totally sound like they’d be AWESOME” together so I basically stood there staring for a long time. While I did that, a guy came over really, really excited, and said “GIVE ME THE BEST ICE CREAM SANDWICH YOU CAN GIVE ME” to the guy. I asked him if he was at all concerned about food allergies or, well, plain ol’ not liking what the guy chose, (and how he heard about the truck) but he said no, and that he’d just seen it while walking by and made a point to go to the bank to get cash out so he could have an ice cream sandwich. Then he asked me if I was a food blogger and I demurred, and he quickly left with his ice cream sandwich (coconut almond macaroon and pistachio ice cream, and another cookie type that I’ve forgotten). The guy in the truck told me that was an awesome combination but I’m allergic to coconut so no thanks – though I do wonder how that holds together as from my extremely limited experience, macaroons always seem like they fall apart super easily.
After a lot of debate and then a bit of panic when I realized the cookie I wanted wasn’t the cookie I thought it was (I wanted a regular chocolate chip cookie), I ordered chocolate chocolate chip, brown butter & candied bacon ice cream, and a cinnamon toast crunch cookie. I asked the guy if it was “weird” and he assured me that no, no it wasn’t.
It wasn’t particularly hot the day I went, so thankfully I was able to take pictures. Each sandwich is assembled when you order it, and comes with an “edible” wrapper. I clarified with him; it’s made of potato starch and isn’t “edible” like “you should eat this because it’s delicious” it’s just edible insomuch as “you CAN eat this, in case you’re one of those people who always ingests paper accidentally when eating wrapped ice cream goodies” – I feel like that was a wasted opportunity. There are edible wrappers out there that are delicious and meant to be eaten! Use them! Like roasted seaweed, and before you say ew, just think about that salty-sweet combination…
Here’s my finger, to show you how big the ice cream sandwich is! It’s not a small ice cream sandwich. Value-wise for $6 you could do worse: quality ingredients go into the ice creams, the cookies are specialty, blah blah blah. But the construction is only so-so; the cookies were too hard for me to take an actual bite of both cookies and ice cream, so I wound up breaking off pieces of the cookie, scooping a little ice cream onto the piece, and eating it like that. Which led to a sticky mess all over my hands. When regular ice cream sandwiches are made, the cookies naturally soften up a bit from being in contact with the ice cream for a bit, and the overall effect is a sandwich that you can bite through easily, and that sort of melds together nicely.
The brown butter ice cream is really delicious – I could happily eat bowlfuls of that. The candied bacon portion, I wouldn’t miss much if it were gone; a chewy, slightly meaty bite every now and again in the ice cream, but I didn’t think it was necessary. Gilding the lily perhaps? And my cookie choices were OK – neither were stand outs.
While I was eating my “sandwich” I noticed people walking by with cups of ice cream from Coolhaus, instead of sandwiches. Nowhere on the outside of the truck did it say that I could have just a cup of ice cream, nor did the guy mention it to me despite my asking him many, many questions. A little odd.
So… what’s the verdict – when is Coolhaus’s $6 ice cream sandwich worth it? When you really enjoy all the things about it that I didn’t.
THE + (what people who like this will say)
- High quality ice cream and cookies, yes please!
- I love ice cream sandwiches
- Edible wrapper is so eco-friendly
THE – (what people who don’t like this place will say)
- $6 for an ice cream sandwich? Seriously?
- It’s super messy and impossible to eat without getting some on yourself
Coolhaus – they were parked on the southeast corner of 53rd/Park when I visited.
Check their Twitter for their location, changes daily!