Our Story

Coolhaus is the leading women-founded and -led ice cream brand creating premium cookie sandwiches, pints and bars Each treat is thoughtfully crafted with the highest quality ingredients and creamiest texture. Coolhaus is best known for their uniquely innovative flavors and their modern twists on the classics!

Co-founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller started baking cookies, making ice cream, and combining them into “cool houses” in 2008. With mutual backgrounds in the design and real estate fields, they began naming their ice cream sandwiches after architects and architectural movements that inspired them – and eventually decided to take their newfound passion (dubbed “Farchitecture,” or Food + Architecture) to their hometown streets in Los Angeles. So after a few days on Craigslist (and some time convincing their families they weren’t crazy), they found and bought a beat-up old postal van, trekked out to the world-famous Coachella Valley Music Festival in April 2009 to make their debut, and, well…the rest is history.

Now, Coolhaus distributes in 7,500+ grocery stores ranging from Whole Foods to Safeway to Publix markets with 30 SKU’s including hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches, artisan pints and chocolate-dipped bars. Fans can also visit Coolhaus at its Southern California-based storefront in Culver City or swing by one of the 10 mobile ice cream trucks and carts in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas.

What Makes Us Unique?

At Coolhaus, we love all types of food and strive to push the boundaries of traditional dessert by creating unique, sweet-meets-savory flavors you can’t find anywhere else. We sit down for a meal and think, “Shucks, wouldn’t that make a good ice cream sandwich combo?” (True story: pickled ginger radish and wasabi at a sushi dinner became an ice cream sandwich with ginger cookies and chocolate wasabi ice cream.) Our adventurous palates have led us to create pint flavors, like Milkshake & Fries, Balsamic Fig & Mascarpone and Street Cart Churro Dough, that consistently shake up the freezer aisle.

Equally important to our dedication to innovation is our commitment to quality. All Coolhaus ice cream is made at a 20% overrun making it one of the creamiest, most delicious ice creams on the market. Each treat is handcrafted with hormone free, real California milk, cage free eggs, fairtrade chocolate and the freshest, most unique ingredients available, meaning some flavors and ingredients are seasonal to promote peak flavor and responsible sourcing. Coolhaus is also a certified woman-owned business.

What’s Up With the Architectural Connection?

The inspiration for Coolhaus started when co-founder Natasha was exploring the concept of “Farchitecture” – or, Food + Architecture – in her graduate architecture program. The concept originated with the broader notion that design could enhance one’s eating experience, and, by the same token, that food could bring awareness to the the design field, especially during the recession. After experimenting with different kinds of desserts, it quickly became clear that ice cream sandwiches were a perfect (and not to mention, delicious) medium to further explore this relationship.

Cookies, ice cream, and their combinations presented endless possibilities to deconstruct flavor profiles, and using pun-y names like the “Frank Berry” (Snickerdoodle cookies + Strawberry ice cream) started making knowledge about architecture and design fun and accessible amongst consumers. In fact, the name of the company (which is the first project under the Farchitecture umbrella) is a triple entendre:

1. Bauhaus, an influential modernist design movement of the 1920’s and 30’s.

2. Rem Koolhaas, a famous Dutch architect and theorist.

3. “Cool house,” or what you’re eating when you bite into an ice cream sandwich…right?