“You’ll never stumble upon the unexpected if you stick with the familiar.”
It was a Tuesday, the first full day of fall. It was a signal for change, a day for reflection, and a day for celebration. It was my birthday.
As I heard from friends and family, some asked what frosted dessert would be my indulgence of choice. They knew my addiction well.
But what they did not know is I had begun a pre-celebration over the weekend. Thus, by my birthday, I had my fill of cupcakes and buttercream.
Instead, I craved something new. Yet, I wanted something that came highly recommended, as I did not want a let down on my special day.
I found what I was looking for at The Iron Press, in Anaheim, California.
My mission: the Wookie (half cookie, half waffle) made from chocolate chip cookie dough baked in a waffle iron. Once pressed, the waffle-shaped cookie is then topped with French vanilla ice cream and drizzled in chocolate sauce.
This marvelous mash-up caught the attention of OC Weekly and Foodbeast when it debuted last year. And went on to be named one of the Best Desserts in Orange County for 2014.
I arrived about 5:00 pm, allowing me enough time for dessert before my dinner plans at another restaurant.
Yes, this made complete sense to me; like an appetizer.
As I found an empty stool at The Iron Press bar, a waitress greeted me cordially. She handed me their menu, but I quickly returned it and pointed to the Wookie.
I let her know it was my first time, so she offered me a tip – a side of Nutella.
Internally, I said whaaat? But externally, I kept my cool and accepted her suggestion.
Within 10 minutes the waffle-cookie hybrid was placed before me.
Oh, it was beautiful.
I stared for a couple of moments before cutting my first piece.
Its warmth filled my mouth. The outside wasn’t crispy or crunchy, rather firm, like the edge of a cookie. Its inside not gooey, just softer and slightly chewy.
Because of the waffle’s crevices, I found myself spreading the ice cream like butter. The cool, French vanilla settled into each square and enhanced the chocolate chip cookie.
Then, I took it to the next level…Nutella, ice cream, and Wookie.
The flavors made my taste buds sing!
By the time I neared the end, my stomach waved the white flag in surrender. Satisfied and stuffed, I could eat no more.
I give the Wookie at The Iron Press 4 out of 5 stars.
Indeed, the unusual combination was a great treat. In the year ahead, I hope for more delights, as I open myself up to the unfamiliar.