The whole idea of going to a farmers market is to support farmers and local businesses. Ideally, this is a place where you can get the best seasonal produce grown regionally. If you want to get food that was flown in from thousands of miles away, most grocery stores will suffice. And when farmers markets host restaurants, it seems reasonable to expect local, independent businesses — but interestingly enough, Dallas Farmers Market brought a Los Angeles ice cream chain to the food court they refer to as The Market.
Non-local chain status aside, Coolhaus is a decent place to get a scoop of ice cream or a cookie ice cream sandwich. Founded in 2008 by a designer and real estate developer, this ice cream is inspired by architecture. It started largely as trucks and stands at music festivals like Coachella. Coolhaus' pre-packaged ice cream sandwiches are named after architects like Frank Gehry and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Before opening a permanent location at Dallas Farmers Market on Saturday, Coolhaus has been a truck typically parked at Klyde Warren Park. They call their ice cream sandwich a “story” and the fun is creating your own.
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Even for ice cream sandwiches, Coolhaus gives you a spoon — and you will need it. The ice cream popped out of the cookies immediately after the first bite. The cookies tasted like s’mores, but they didn't seem particularly fresh. They were hard yet chewy, and definitely not warm. Nonetheless, we consumed both s'mores cookies with Sunday Funday ice cream, made with vanilla bean, hazelnut and Nutella. The ice cream is very soft and melts quickly.
With a unique approach and an imaginative variety of ice cream and cookies, Coolhaus is an above average ice cream shop — and hey, at least they didn’t put a Dairy Queen at Dallas Farmers Market.
Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway.