What: Ice cream (specifically, the cookies and kreem)
Where: Kreem, 170 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
How much: $6 for two scoops, as shown
Contact: 760-699-8129; www.ilovekreem.com
Why: It’s revelatory … but your favorite flavor may not always be available.
There’s something to be said for mass-produced products.
Take, for example, a Snickers bar. If I want a Snickers bar—pretty much any time day or night, and pretty much anywhere in the world—I can get a Snickers bar. It’s that simple.
Alas, the same cannot be said for the cookies and kreem ice cream at Kreem.
When I made my inaugural visit to the newish “artisanal ice cream and coffee shop”—located in the part of Palm Springs where Palm Canyon Drive changes from a north-south thoroughfare into an east-west road—I ordered the cookies and kreem ice cream. It beat out flavors including strawberry rose, lavender coffee, vegan turmeric ginger and vegan ube … and it was revelatory. It got better with each passing bite, and when I was finished, I had to talk myself out of ordering more.
Flash forward to several days later, when I decided to take an ice cream break from work. I hopped in the car and made the short trek to Kreem, with my mouth watering the entire way.
I walked in, opened my mouth to put in my order … and then realized cookies and kreem was not on the menu anymore. You see, all of Kreem’s ice creams are made fresh in-house, and the cookies and kreem had sold out.
The kicker: I was told more had just been made … but it had not yet set, and was therefore not ready to be served.
So I ordered the chocolate chip ice cream. It’s what’s shown in the picture above. It was very good. But it was not the cookies and kreem I so deeply desired.
Damn you, artisanal yumminess! Damn you!