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A Coolhaus food truck; ice-cream sandwiches

Cupcakes and petits fours are recent foodie crazes, but a new storefront offers what's inarguably the coolest dessert: ice-cream sandwiches.

Coolhaus is a month-old Culver City store that serves house-made cookies and ice creams paired on a mix-and-match menu. Started in 2009 as a food truck at the Coachella Music Festival, the company has since satisfied the masses by tweeting the locations of its seven food trucks cruising New York, Austin, Miami and the City of Angels.

And the success rolls onward: When we entered the cozy white shop, we waited in a short line, even though it was a chilly afternoon.

A friendly server gave us tastes of more than a half dozen intense flavors, including sea-salt caramel, strawberry and red velvet (made with chunks of cake in a mascarpone base). We settled on a Nutella-ice-cream-and-chocolate-chip-cookie sandwich for $5, feeling virtuous because we didn't order the double-decker option ($9). And we loved an eco-conscious detail: Instead of messy napkins, sammies are served in an edible, tasteless potato-starch wrapper.

We took home a gift box of a half dozen sandwiches ($35) to have on hand as a hostess gift--on the slender chance we don't eat them first.

Coolhaus, 8588 Washington Blvd., Culver City; 310-424-5559 or

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