Cookies and cream

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Cookies and cream
Cookies and cream ice cream
Alternative namesCookies 'n cream, cookies 'n creme
TypeIce cream, milkshake, yogurt, cheesecake
Main ingredientsIce cream (usually vanilla), chocolate cookies (usually sandwich cookies or similar)

Cookies and cream (or cookies 'n cream) is a variety of ice cream, milkshake and other desserts that includes chocolate sandwich cookies, with the most popular version containing hand or pre-crumbled cookies from Nabisco's Oreo brand under a licensing agreement. Cookies and cream ice cream generally mixes crumbled chocolate sandwich cookies into vanilla ice cream, though variations exist which might instead use chocolate, coffee or mint ice cream.


There are competing claims as to who first invented and marketed cookies and cream ice cream.

  • Malcolm Stogo, an ice cream consultant, claimed to have created the flavor in 1976,[1] 1977[2] or 1978.[3]
  • South Dakota State University claims the flavor was invented at the university's dairy plant in 1979 by plant manager Shirley Seas and students Joe Leedom and Joe Van Treeck.[4][5]
  • In a 2005 press release, Blue Bell Creameries claimed they were the first company to mass-produce the flavor, in 1980.[6] In 2006, The New York Times reported that Blue Bell made "no claim to have invented it but certainly pioneered the flavor."[7] However, as of 2020, the company's website proclaimed, "We were first to create this innovative flavor."[8] Blue Bell Creameries applied to register the trademark "Cookies 'n Cream" in 1981.[9]
  • John Harrison, the official taster for Dreyer's/Edy's Ice Cream, claims he invented it first for the company in 1982.[10][11]
  • Another claimant is Steve Herrell of Massachusetts' Herrell's Ice Cream.[12]
  • Yet another claimant is United Dairy Farmers, "One of our very first flavors was a crazy idea at the time... What if we mixed our special recipe vanilla ice cream with oreo cookies? And with that idea, we introduced Homemade Brand Cookies 'N Cream which was the first of it's [sic] kind and became an instant classic."[13]

In 1983, cookies and cream became one of the top five best-selling flavors of ice cream.[14]

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  1. ^ "Who is Malcolm?". Malcolm Stogo Associates. 2010. Archived from the original on 2016-10-30. Retrieved 2016-03-07.
  2. ^ Justin Rocket Silverman (May 14, 2014). "'Godfather of Ice Cream' introducing made-in-Astoria nondairy frozen desserts". New York Daily News.
  3. ^ "Our Story". Ice Cream University Desserts. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  4. ^ History of SDSU Ice Cream. Retrieved on 2018-08-15.
  5. ^ "SDSU celebrates invention of Cookies 'n Cream flavor 40 years later". Dakota News Now. Gray Media Group. April 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Blue Bell's Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream New Treat For Summer!. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  7. ^ R. W. Apple, Jr. (2006-05-31). Making Texas Cows Proud. The NY Times. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  8. ^ Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream. Retrieved on 2023-06-02.
  9. ^ Trademark Status & Document Retrieval (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office). Retrieved on 2015-06-18.
  10. ^ Sara Fiedelholtz (2003-07-11). Taster's career made from ice cream. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  11. ^ Edy's John Harrison. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.
  12. ^ "Herrell's Ice Cream - Northampton Ice Cream and Hot Fudge". 2006-05-25. Archived from the original on 2006-05-25. Retrieved 2022-11-07.
  13. ^ [ of our very first, and became an instant classic. }}
  14. ^ The History of Ice Cream Archived July 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2012-07-06.