Savage residents Kristina and Derek Benson are rolling into the edible cookie dough business in a big way. Cookie Dough Bliss — a ready-to-eat cookie dough franchise — will now be all over Minnesota through the Bensons’ cookie dough food truck.

Last weekend, they debuted Cookie Dough Bliss at the Edina Fall into the Arts festival.

Cookie Dough Bliss will be heading out to events every weekend for the next two months, with plans in the works to continue operating inside malls during the holiday shopping season. On Sept. 17, the Cookie Dough Bliss will be close to home for the Bensons at Fall Community Fest in Savage and again at Valleyfair in October.

The idea was sparked at Minnesota Wild hockey games, where the couple noticed long lines to buy a cookie dough dessert after the game. Most nights, Derek Benson said, the booth would run out.

“Everybody likes cookie dough,” he said.

“I’ve always loved the food industry,” Kristina Benson, who previously worked as a barista, said.

She operates a home daycare along with being a stay-at-home mom to their four boys — ages 2, 4, 6 and 8. Derek Benson works as a project manager for Chart Industries in New Prague.

Getting started

Kristina Benson began researching cookie dough businesses online and discovered Cookie Dough Bliss — a new franchise based in North Carolina. Storefronts were popping up in the south but there weren’t any in the Midwest.

They explored options for opening a storefront but decided on a food trailer — the flexibility of being able to move their business around drew them in.

“We like to not just have one audience,” Derek Benson said. “It fits the Midwest.”

In July, they began work on their custom-made food trailer with a company in Florida. It was completed over Labor Day weekend and Derek Benson flew down and drove the trailer back home to Minnesota from Florida.

The kids love it too, they said. Although the boys aren’t serving up cookie dough quite yet, they are helping out with clean up and trailer maintenance.

At Edina Fall into the Arts, festival goers flocked to the pink trailer to try samples and ask, “Is it really safe to eat?”

The answer, Kristina Benson said, is yes, because the dough is made with pasteurized eggs and heated flour and manufactured in Chicago. They even offer gluten free options.

Chocolate chip, sugar cookie, cake batter, oatmeal raisin, Andes mint, snicker doodle, cookies and cream, brownie batter, red velvet cream cheese, Nutella, peanut butter paradise, cookie monster and a variety of seasonal flavors are on the menu.

The cookie dough is generally served by the scoop in a cup, waffle cone or waffle bowl, the specials such as the Bliss Sundae, which combines a choice of ice cream, cookie dough and cookie, topped with chocolate, whipped cream and sprinkles, shows there’s more than one way to enjoy cookie dough. The baked cookies they serve are provided by Eileen’s Colossal Cookies.

Cookie Dough Bliss is available for private events, catering, corporate events, weddings, birthdays, graduations and more.

“It feels new but I’m excited,” Kristina Benson said after their opening weekend.

Christine Schuster is a reporter for the Savage Pacer.

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