Two Omaha dessert companies have announced their “sweet partnership” — one that opens the door to new products that mix specialty ice cream and gourmet cookies.
The duo is eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato and Carson’s Cookie Fix.
Each will retain its local brick-and-mortar store and add menu items such as ice cream cookie sandwiches, warm cookie à la mode, cookie sundaes and cookie dough by the scoop.
Plans include a combined website. Partners expect a rise in online sales with new combo creations.
Maddie Carson, who was looking for a way to grow her three-year-old business at 763 N. 114th St., said the companies seemed like a “natural fit.”
“What goes better than cookies and ice cream?” she said.
Carson’s Cookie Fix offers cookies for special occasions and corporate gift-giving. While providing national delivery, it is recognized locally by its uniquely decorated food truck.
ECreamery at 50th Street and Underwood Avenue in Dundee creates custom ice cream gifts with personalized labels on the pint.
CEO Abby Jordan, who co-founded eCreamery with Becky App, said Carson’s Cookie Fix essentially becomes a branch of eCreamery, which, she said, has continued to increase sales by between 10% and 20% annually.
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Christy Creme, a tiny seasonal ice cream and burger shack nestled in a Council Bluffs neighborhood, is celebrating its 65th season in business this summer. Their menu consists of cones, sundaes, malts, milkshakes, floats and a new sherbet flavor every day.
Address: 2853 N. Broadway, Council Bluffs
Coneflower is giving your old favorites a run for their money with creative-but-palatable flavors, a 'farm-to-cone' approach that means all milk and cream is local, seasonal flavors and toppings so homemade they even make their own sprinkles.
Sarah Baker Hansen said the soft serve ice cream at Dairy Chef came close to Zesto’s — thick and creamy. But part of the charm of eating at a place like this is simply the experience, she said. Order at a window, take a seat at a picnic table, enjoy.
Address: 3223 N. 204th St., Elkhorn
At Dairy Twist in Bellevue, you'll find "ice cream so airy that it might have been whipped like butter," according to Sarah Baker Hansen's 2014 ice cream Food Prowl.
Address: 2211 Lincoln Road, Bellevue
Dolci Old Market offers ice cream treats and petite Italian desserts. Sarah Baker Hansen said "kids will love the ice cream, and parents will love the Italian classics, sized for a perfect after-dinner treat while strolling the Old Market."
Locally owned, Doozie's offers 10 different homemade ice cream flavors, which are rotated daily.
Address: 321 Comanche St. in Council Bluffs
Omaha ice cream store eCreamery, which started in 2007, has been featured on “Shark Tank” and “The Price is Right.” CEO Abby Jordan said its sales have grown by 10% to 20% annually.
The bakery might be known for their bread, but they also have house-made ice cream in a cooler at the front of the shop.
Address: 3020 Leavenworth St.
The ice cream at Freezing is chopped, spread and rolled on a freezing cold surface before being served. Among the flavors at Freezing are the Monkey Business, the Giant Green and the Miss Nilla Waffles.
Address: 1918 S. 67th St.
At Goodrich you’ll find all kinds of ice cream treats, including cones, sundaes, malts, shakes, floats, banana splits and more. They’re known for their fun ice cream flavors, too, such as bubble gum (with multi-colored bubble gum pieces).
Goodrich Dairy has multiple locations in the area. To see the full list, click here.
At Helados Santa Fe in South Omaha, Sarah Baker Hansen found surprises during her 2014 Food Prowl for the best ice cream. The restaurant’s “bread” ice cream was named the best creative flavor, and the taste testers loved the strawberry ice cream, which was full of dried, gummy bits of fruit.
Address: 4807 S. 24th St.
Along with its famous cupcakes, Jones Bros. sells delicious ice cream with an array of flavors such as birthday cake.
Address: 2121 S. 67th St.
Sarah Baker Hansen wrote of her experience: "The chocolate, actually Mexican chocolate, tasted strongly of cinnamon, similar to one of those red cinnamon disc candies."
Address: 4002 S. 24th St.
Mixins offers rolled ice cream and is located just west of the Old Market. Their rolled ice cream comes in an assortment of flavors — cotton candy, birthday cake and strawberry cheesecake, to name a few — and toppings.
Address: 1405 Jackson St.
At Petrow’s, you can find an assortment of sundaes, as well as malts and shakes in a wide variety of flavors.
Sarah Baker Hansen called Ted and Wally's one of Omaha's most popular and charismatic ice cream stops. While there, be sure to try one of their creative flavors, like chocolate balsamic.
Address: 1120 Jackson St.
At Zesto, a summertime staple, you'll find vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and twist cones (and waffle cones), as well as sundaes, floats, shakes, malts and more.
Address: 8608 N. 30th St., 7130 N. 102nd Circle.
She said she was excited by “the ability to capitalize on each other’s respective expertise.”
The merger into one specialty food gift operation happened after an introduction by a mutual friend. The partners call the enterprise a “one-stop shop” for people looking for custom gifts, business or personal.
Jordan said the Carson operation benefits from the more-seasoned eCreamery structure and team. While the Carson’s Cookie Fix name will remain, the overarching brand will be eCreamery.
As an introduction to the marriage, the “Love at First Bite” collection is available online. That special includes two pints of eCreamery’s bestselling flavors (shark bait and mint madness) and a batch of Carson cookies (salted caramel and monster, among others).