The folks at Coolhaus Ice Cream have stepped up their game. They actually had the chutzpah to put pastrami in ice cream as part of their new Jewish deli menu.
"At Coolhaus we're always looking to reinvent and surprise people, and play with those savory items that have a sweet component, and reposition them into dessert," said Coolhaus CEO Natasha Case.
Case said she's noticed a lot of her contemporaries getting into the deli trend, but not many have delved into reinventing deli items to desserts.
"I thought, this is the torch that we carry, and what a great opportunity to take some of these deli classics and turn them into dessert, and align ourselves with that trend of the cool, new deli that's emerging from my generation," she said.
The desserts piqued the interest of Take Two hosts Alex Cohen and A Martinez. So Coolhaus sent over a box of the treats for a taste test.
The Coolhaus creations:
- Pastrami ice cream on marbled rye cookies: The ice cream base is made with "special sauce" by Sir Kensington with "Haus-made" caramelized Pastrami. The ice cream sits between "marble" vanilla-chocolate cookies, sprinkled with rye caraway seeds.
Alex says: "Who cares about kosher when it looks this delicious?"
A says: "It's overwhelmingly awesome."
- Cream cheese & rye ice cream on traditional Jewish black and white cookie: Spongey shortbread cookies coated in dark chocolate and vanilla frosting house ice cream made of a cream cheese & mascarpone base with rye crackers in the mix.
Alex says: "This is delicious!"
A says: "[It's got] A really nice, soft crunchiness."
- Potato latke ice cream on Hamen-tash: Named after CEO Natasha Case, this sandwich is Coolhaus' take on the Hamentashen cookie. Their baked apple ice cream includes french fries and sits between two triangle-shaped shortbread cookies with a raspberry filling. Case says until proved otherwise, she's pretty sure this is the world's first triangle-shaped ice cream sandwich.
Alex says: "You have taken me to my happy place."
A says: "This one is my favorite."
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