C.R.E.A.M., Berkeley CA
Posted by augustandzach
Oh, college towns. They can be the source of some very imaginative late-night eats. A few short blocks south of UC Berkeley on (in)famous Telegraph is C.R.E.A.M., or Cookies Rule Everything Around Me. Most nights they are open until midnight, fueled by student cravings. Choose from around twenty flavors of frozen treats (not all are traditional ice cream, because a few are vegan with soy) to be scooped and squished between seventeen types of scratch-made cookies served hot or cold, including vegan and gluten-free options. If you don’t like fresh warm cookies you could go for brownie or fruit bar sandwiches, but we asked the shift leader for recommendations and she made us some pretty stellar sandwiches.
The strawberry ice cream had a refreshing, real flavor – not too sweet, yet not too tart. The two white chocolate macadamia nut cookies were packed with white chocolate and a fair amount of macadamias for the nut lovers.
There was a double effect with this ice cream: a cooling sensation from the mint, and a literal coolness from the cold ice cream. Plus, you get added richness in flavor and texture from cream and chocolate chunks. The amount of chocolate would but a fanatic in a frenzy.
We were both shocked at the good flavor of this ice soy (well, there is no cream). We couldn’t really tell from the flavor that it was vegan because it was rich and tasty with real cherry chunks, but Zach noted that the texture was just a little lighter than traditional ice cream. For being vegan cookies, Zach the pastry chef couldn’t tell the difference from regular butter-based cookies, so kudos on the recipe.
The coffee blast ice cream is true to its name, a definite blast of deep coffee flavor that was not overly sweetened. This could have tasted like a mocha, but we’re glad it didn’t. Chocolate, caramel, and cinnamon all go well with coffee, so the snickerdoodle and turtle cookies were great with this ice cream.
Real bananas were used to flavor this ice cream marbled with gooey fudge stripes. The walnuts did well to draw in the oatmeal raisin cookie, making this like a fruity, nutty, trail mix ice cream sandwich. The oatmeal raisin cookie was a little chewy and soft while the butter sugar cookie was crumbly, providing many texture layers in one bite.
If you come prepared with cash, you’ll be rewarded with a discount of $2 per regular sandwich; they are $2.50 with credit card, gluten free sandwiches are $3.49, and vegan ones are $3.74. If you have any nut allergies, don’t fear, just let your sandwich maker know when you get to the counter and there is a specific procedure to make your goodies. There are only two tables and a total of eight seats if you count the bench outside, and the line seems to be forever long, so be prepared to stand. Soon there will be another location by Stanford, but Cal grads and fans will always be able to claim that it was theirs first. Go Bears, and Go C.R.E.A.M.!