12 July, 2009
As the warm summer months roll along, our cravings for cold comfort intensify with the temperature. Just in time to save the day is the Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck, and apparently you don't have to track it down in a scavenger hunt format through Twitter or any other reconnaissance you currently do for a certain Korean barbecue mobile eatery. No, but rather Coolhaus can come to you! More specifically, if you and your workmates have been good, your company can reward you with an office visit. Hey, during tough times like these, it's the little perks that count.
On a warm sunny day in El Segundo, the Coolhaus truck paid my office a lovely little visit. With it came some interesting and delicious ice cream flavors, as well as plenty of smiles. Somewhat of a hybrid old school ice cream truck and a stainless steel refrigerator, the resurfaced mobile ice box comes with shiny chrome and funky signage, and frankly, it just looks, well, cool. It features ice cream flavors with witty names like Frank Bhery, Minimalism and Richard Meyer Lemon Ginger. The ice cream names pay homage to architecture and design. The creators of Coolhaus, Freya Estreller and Natasha Case blended two of their favorite things together to form Coolhaus, and the result is as successful as a chocolate and vanilla swirl.
During my Coolhaus office visit, I was fortunate to have a coworker grab me a variation of the Minimalist ice cream sandwich. (They can make customized sandwiches from the various cookies and flavors they offer as opposed to their already set menu.) My Minimalist version included chocolate ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies (I'm kind of a fan of chocolate). While the cookies weren't the greatest chocolate cookies I had ever had, they were very good at one thing: remaining in tact and serving as a solid top and bottom to the ice cream. The cookies are thick and very dense, which is necessary between wet melty ice cream, which is quite tasty. The chocolate flavor is creamy, very sweet and far from mild. It will make you forget about those pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches in the 7-Eleven freezers that you used to buy for fifty cents as a kid.
Coolhaus also offered a special blood orange ice cream sandwich between sugar cookies. Always using all-natural flavors, this ice cream truck prides itself on serving local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Goodbye high fructose corn syrup - hello whatever the natural counterparts are!! (Organic raw sugar, for example...)
Contact Coolhaus for your next party, or if you're feeling especially generous, reward your employees with a small summer treat outside for a nice break from the office. Just remember, employers: ice cream sandwiches do not equal raises, but you at least might give your employees a happy brain-freeze to forget that fact for a few minutes.