Sweet nostalgia – SRQist :: Article from SRQ magazine by Chloe Cuyler


At Kookies & Kream Sarasota, every day is a throwback to the 90s.

Eric Koenreich in his new retro candy shop Kookies & Kream, photographed by Wyatt Kostygan

The 90’s. Time for MTV music video marathons, arcades and Saturday morning cartoons. A time remembered, when you stuffed your face with greasy pizza, candy and other junk food with reckless abandon. Kookies & Kream Sarasota, owned and operated by Sarasota native Eric Koenreich, is helping bring back that ’90s nostalgia one giant cookie at a time. What started out with the intention of becoming an ice cream shop, much like an average turtle coming in contact with some alien goo, has turned into something much more exciting. Namely, a cute sweet dessert shop – paying homage to the snacks of our youth and guaranteed to give millennials a blast from the past – serving huge half-pound treats with flavors inspired by Cosmic Brownies, Dunkaroos, Captain Crunch and more.

The Peanut Butter Candy Bucket: Nut Butter Crust, Chocolate Cookie with Reese’s Cups, Reese’s Take 5, Reese’s Pieces, Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Drizzle, courtesy of @kookiesandkream

And it’s not just the aromas of cereals and candy bars that will bring you back. With decor inspired by Koenreich’s childhood haunts, stepping through the front door of Kookies & Kream can feel like you’ve been transported 20 years back to your family’s basement or into the bedroom of your childhood. Space jam posters, Spice Girls album covers, Nintendo controllers with Mario Kart games, Pokemon Barbie figurines and dolls. So if you’re in the mood for a good dose of 90’s, get yourself a Salted Caramel Twix Cookie or Reese’s Pieces FrankenCup from Kookies & Kream, pop in your favorite VHS (if that’s even possible) and indulge yourself. simpler times: late night movies and trading cards with friends, when you didn’t know anything about bills or mortgages and your biggest problem was figuring out how to invite your crush to pizza party.

Kookies & Kream, 39 S Beneva Rd., Sarasota, kookiesandkream.com


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