I have been a fan of Captain Cookie & the Milkman (colloquially referred to as just Captain Cookie) ever since I saw the cookie truck roll onto GW’s campus almost three years ago. Since then, the food truck has gained such a strong and loyal following from GW students that Kirk (a.k.a. Captain Cookie) opened his first brick-and-mortar shop on campus.
This is the review I wrote of Captain Cookie’s food truck after trying its goods for the first time in February 2013. Since then, I’ve had many more cookies and tasty memories from Captain Cookie — including working a shift on the truck! — so this review has been updated to reflect more current information.
I recently noticed a new food truck parked on GW’s campus on H Street, right in front of Kogan Plaza. The bright blue facade of Captain Cookie & the Milkman’s truck begged for my attention. I was in need of a snack and had just picked up cash from the ATM, so it was kismet!
Captain Cookie & the Milkman’s food trucks offer four products: cookies, ice cream, milk and ice cream sandwiches. The cookies are made by the Captain Cookie team, while the milk and ice cream are provided by Trickling Springs Creamery. While the menu is relatively limited in its range, it’s really the quality of the products that make this cookie truck stand out.
The cookies go for $1.25 each, $7 for half
a dozen and $13 for a baker’s dozen. The menu consists of the following cookies and a daily special:
- Chocolate Chip
- Vegan Chocolate Chip
- Ginger Molasses
- Peanut Butter
- Oatmeal Raisin
Since I first wrote this review, I’ve tried almost all of the cookies the Captain has to offer. The Chocolate Chip Cookie is my personal favorite and it may be one of the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. It has everything you could want from a chocolate chip cookie: a crispy exterior and a warm, gooey interior.
Although chocolate chip is my all-time favorite cookie, the Snickerdoodle Cookie is what I go for when I get an ice cream sandwich (see below). Whereas gingersnaps are typically dry and hard, the Captain’s Ginger Molasses Cookie is chewy and moist. I was disappointed by the Nutella Cookie because it tasted more like a chocolate cookie than a Nutella cookie. The hazelnut flavor wasn’t present. Peanut Butter Cookies have never been a favorite of mine, but if you’re a fan, then you will enjoy Captain Cookie’s. I tried the Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie once, and there wasn’t much of a difference between it and the regular chocolate chip cookie. The texture was slightly different, but the flavor was pretty much the same.
Captain Cookie & the Milkman serves three ice cream flavors daily – vanilla, chocolate, black cherry – as well as changing flavor of the day. A scoop goes for $2. While the vanilla and chocolate flavors are relatively standard, the Black Cherry Ice Cream is a stand out. While some cherry-flavored ice creams can taste quite artificial or be overly sweet, this version hits the sweet spot (pun intended). The cherry pieces sprinkled throughout the ice cream add great texture and flavor. A scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream pairs well with a hot-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie.
Cookies and milk go together like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong. The truck serves skim, whole, 2%, chocolate and soy milk for $2 a bottle. For $4, you can get two cookies and a bottle of milk.
PRO TIP: Ask for a cup with your bottle so that you can dunk your delicious cookies.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
For those who can’t make up their minds between the Captain’s cookies and ice cream, the ice cream sandwich ($4) is the way to go. You don’t even have to pick a favorite cookie because you can mix and match two different cookies to sandwich your ice cream.
My go-to is the Snickerdoodle-Black Cherry Ice Cream Sandwich . I probably would have never discovered this beautiful cookie and ice cream combination had Captain Cookie not run out of chocolate chip cookies on my first visit. This flavor combo is great because the snickerdoodle cookies serve as a nice, neutral base for the more flavorful black cherry ice cream.
PRO TIP: Grab a spoon and napkins to help you devour your ice cream sandwich. The ice cream tends to ooze out from between the cookies if you try to eat it like a sandwich, so you’ll be glad you have the napkins on hand. I recommend taking the top cookie off and eating it as you would a normal cookie, and then complementing the cookie bites with spoonfuls of ice cream. When you become a pro like me, you won’t even need the spoon because you will be able to use the cookies to scoop up the ice cream.
The Bottom Line:
Permanent Shop: 2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Foggy Bottom)
Washington, DC 20037
For more visual stimulation, check out this video I made about Captain Cookie as a staff videographer for the GW Hatchet.