As anyone familiar with Rhino Foods knows, we make cookie dough for ice cream. We developed it 28 years ago with our friends at Ben & Jerry’s, and it is a large part of our business that we make it for most of the rest of the ice cream makers in the country. Since it was first introduced, our cookie dough inclusions have been a big hit, people love it, and it continues to be one of the favorite treats to add to ice cream. Why do we love cookie dough? Well, we have to get into the whole science of food and what inspires our interests and preferences to truly understand this attraction.
Generally, we need food to sustain ourselves, to provide the protein to rebuild our cells daily, calories to fuel us, and other nutrients to provide the supporting chemistry that keeps our bodies functioning. The evolution of our senses, including taste and smell, as well as how food feels, have been the means by which we have been able to determine what is good for us to eat and what we should avoid. So, how does eating cookie dough satisfy those senses so that we recognize it as something that is really good to eat?