Cookie dough. My first thoughts used to be…Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pots. You know the one (the most popular right?), and I’d always consume as much as humanely possible, digging around to find the sweet, soft balls of unbaked cookie inside, like they were little treasures in a hunt.
Well, that all changed when I spotted this new opening.
Founded by cookie connoisseurs Jen and Hannah, Naked Dough serves up raw cookie dough like ice cream – in a tub, a cone or in a milkshake. No more hunting for those little pieces in the ice cream tub.
The dough is based on home baking recipes and techniques, but using no egg so it’s safe to eat your whole tub! If you can manage it of course.
Naked Dough currently has a pop-up bar in Old Street, inside the roundabout, which will be around until 28th July. Radiating a summery, cool ice cream parlour feel, the popup has the cookie dough bar along the one side, and a bench along the other. A blowup flamingo rubber ring can be found inside too (perhaps another seat when it gets busy, which it sure does), as well as a doughnut and neon light on the wall. It’s definitely somewhere you’d take your little brother/sister/niece/nephew – why didn’t my little brother stay longer?
There are currently six flavours of cookie dough, with more flavours and even vegan varieties in development.
The Hazel’s Nuts, a dough with Nutella and Kinder Bueno, was rich, chocolatey and super sweet with the hazelnut flavour peeking through. This was my favourite.
The Nak-ed Sheeran, a dough with salted caramel and honeycomb, was another good pick. Sweet, with a light caramel flavour, it had huge chunks of honeycomb packed inside – a crunchy addition which, yes, did stick in the teeth but was so worth it.
The Emoji Poos – probably the closest to the kind you find hidden in those ice cream tubs – Cookie dough stuffed with chocolate chips, went down a treat with my work colleague (and cool friend).
Not quite managing a whole tub, I wish I’d seen that the cookie dough can be kept refrigerated for up to 3 weeks before discarding the last bit. So disappointed I hadn’t educated myself before failing to devour my portion, I still managed to fit in the piece of Kinder Bueno which topped my cookie dough tub.
At only £3.60, it’s definitely worth a visit to try this – guys, it’s the first cookie dough bar, solely serving up the sweet, squidgy, unbaked deliciousness so many people love. It’s a huge trend in America, and it’s hard to see why not. If like me, you can’t quite handle too much sweet and sickly food, it might be worth sharing so you still get the full experience without overpowering your sweet tooth.
Have you tried a new pop-up recently? I love hidden gems of street food traders and pop ups! Go on, give me a recommendation!