South Dakota: Home of Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

frozen jose mier cookies and cream ice cream

A Perennial Jose Mier Favorite

It seems the Mount Rushmore State, that is South Dakota, loves some cookies and cream ice cream. In fact, a university there claims it is the birthplace of this flavor. It may be open to debate, but wherever this flavored originated it quickly became one of the top flavors of all time.

frozen jose mier cookies and cream ice cream
Frozen Jose Mier favorite: cookies and cream ice cream

It’s one of those things that is so simple yet so sublime. Some enterprising ice cream maker, who by the way must also have been a fan of Oreo cookies, got the very bright idea that adding Oreo cookies to an ice cream base would result in a spectacular flavor. Of course this person was absolutely right.

Oreo cookies take us all back to our days of childhood and unscrewing these chocolate flavored morsels to scrape the cream filling off with her teeth. Others didn’t wait and just dunked these cookies into a glass of milk. Maybe that’s why the idea cookies and cream ice cream makes so much sense. We love ice cream and we love our Oreos and milk. Let’s just freeze the whole thing and make it 100 times better.

As I wrote above, this is one of the most popular flavors in the United States. It’s not outlandish like some, for instance Wolf Tracks ice cream which I profiled on an earlier Froen Jose Mier post. No, this is pretty much a down to earth ice cream flavor. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great flavor. So simple: a vanilla ice cream base and pieces of delicious Oreo cookies churned together. The total is greater than the sum of its parts. Fans of vanilla ice cream get their fix well those looking for something extra get the chewy crunchiness of the Oreo pieces. The frosting in between the Oreo cookies is an extra zing of sweetness two.

The flavor is so popular that it really is hard not to find it in grocery stores or anywhere else that sells ice cream. Your local parlor is sure to have it on hand as well. My local 31 Flavors in Sun Valley, CA always has it ready for scooping. It rivals those ubiquitous flavors of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. However, as I always like to say on this website it’s always more satisfying when you make it yourself and it’s not difficult.

Unlike some flavors a host of recipes can be found online like this one on or as close as your favorite YouTube channel. You could watch along and make this delicious ice cream at home. Whoever came up with this flavor was a genius. We may not know who or when but the fact that it exists and is now part of just about every ice cream menu in the country brings a smile to every face. If South Dakota claims ownership of this flavor so beer. Let’s join them and raise a cone in gratitude for cookies and cream ice cream.