Any fellow cookie dough lovers out there? Come on, don’t be shy! If you’re like me, you can’t help but sample some of the dough every time you whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. It’s just too good to pass up! What about the cookie dough craze in France and does it exist here?
Sure enough, numerous entrepreneurs have capitalized on the cookie dough trend by bringing commercially prepared edible dough (no eggs!) to the masses in the USA. But here? Not so fast. You can’t find edible tubs of cookie dough in French grocery stores. The trend has not made it here yet to that level and I’m not sure it ever will.
So what’s a cookie dough lover to do?
Cookie dough Paris: Edible cookie dough in France
Every time Tom sees me dipping into some cookie dough, he looks at me like I’m nuts.
“You actually like that? But it’s raw!” he says, as if that’s supposed to deter me.
He doesn’t get the appeal. Even the safely prepared edible variety is not a flavor that makes his Top 10 list. Cookie dough ice cream is not a flavor you’ll find in France, aside from imported Ben & Jerry’s — and forget Cookie Dough Bites or anything “cookie dough” unless you’re buying pre-made dough for its intended purpose — you know, to make actual cookies.
Luckily for this cookie dough lover, I was pleasantly surprised on our last visit to the USA.
Cookie dough cafes started to pop up and ready-to-eat cookie dough was becoming a major trend!
But in France? Is edible cookie dough available in Europe? Not exactly. Aside from a few companies in the UK, I couldn’t find any shops or prepared cookie dough products for safe consumption available for purchase in France until very, very recently.
Would a cookie dough cafe even work in France?
Aside from major cities, I’m thinking no. Not now, anyway. It’s just not a flavor the French swoon over. In their minds, I feel like cookie dough is still just for making cookies — not to eat! Kind of how frozen yogurt hasn’t really caught on except in big cities in France. Or that we eat pumpkin as a dessert like in pumpkin pie. So a cookie dough Paris cafe, sure, maybe one day, for tourists, but in a smaller city? Nope. Culturally, it just wouldn’t work very well in small-town France.
But there’s good news. As of early 2020, a cookie dough shop called Cupkie opened up in Paris’s 5eme and there’s often a line out the door. It was started by French blogger Megan Villiot who actually discovered the trendy cookie dough cafes while in the USA. There’s also another French concept called We Dough but they seem to be promoting a book and have pop-up shops, not actual stores or product to buy at the moment.
If you’re in the US, THE cookie dough cafe with the most buzz is Cookie Do in Greenwich Village, NYC. I used to live a stone’s throw from there in college — too bad it didn’t exist then! Has anyone braved the line? Let me know in the comments if it was magical or a major letdown. I wish there was a cookie dough France franchise aside from just one location in Paris. Maybe in time?
Not in NYC? I feel ya. Here’s an article with other cookie dough cafes.
If you’re in the US, there are all kinds of edible cookie dough you can purchase. If you’re looking for cookie dough in France options, you’ll have to be patient.
Luckily, one brand of French edible cookie dough has popped up and it’s called Kook’s. Right now, they have regular chocolate chip cookie dough, pistachio, praline, and speculoos all made in France. They’re high-calorie treats and 4.90 euros/each from Publicis Drugstore. With the Chronopost shipping fees tacked on, my cookie dough fix wasn’t cheap but it was worth it. Kook’s is pretty good but not as amazing as some of the kinds I’ve had in US grocery stores like the Cookie Dough Cafe. I tried the original and pistachio and they both get a 7 out of 10.
Edible cookie dough you can buy in the USA
The Cookie Dough Cafe
(the BEST tasting cookie dough, in my opinion)
A couple of years ago, I saw The Cookie Dough Cafe on Shark Tank when sisters Julia Schmid and Joan Pacetti presented their ready-made dough on prime time TV. Last year, I finally tried their cookie dough when I found it in King’s Supermarket back home in NJ. And wow. Incredible. Seriously, worth the $4.99 and is one of the cheaper options on my list. It’s also readily available in a bunch of supermarkets.
The Lions Pack
This company makes a high-protein edible cookie dough in 18 flavors for $12.99/tub. Made in small batches, The Lions Pack doughs are vegan friendly and made fresh by the batch daily. No refrigeration required and maybe the “healthiest” on the list. I can’t say I love the texture or taste of this one, though.
I can’t get enough! Edoughble makes small batches of cookie dough with no preservatives or GMO ingredients.
Sweet Megan Bakery
Another edible or bake-able option, Sweet Megan Bakery dough might be just what your sweet tooth is craving.
Edible cookie dough for sale on Etsy
Based in New York, this vendor makes delicious cookie dough delivered to your door. Her reviews are all 5 stars!
Get yourself a hand-stamped cookie dough tasting spoon from this LA artisan!
This UK shop ships to various countries in Europe (including France!!!) and I’m thinking it might be worth it…
Are you a fan of the edible cookie dough craze? Have you gone to Cupkie in Paris?
Weigh in below in the comments! Let me know your fave. 😉