A business that started out online in March after a ‘craving’ for cookie dough has proved so successful that it already has three employees and there are plans to expand to a physical shop space.
Kookiedoe is run by Elyese Van Aalst who has taken on three staff and has husband James on hand for deliveries. The couple, who live in Woodchurch near Manston, came up with the idea in February after Elyese had a sudden craving for cookie dough.
She said: “I had this craving and James made me some. We realised it was a vegan recipe and after looking at competition we found we could cut prices and be cheap but still have great tasting cookie dough.
“We opened in March and we now have quite a few loyal customers.
“It is all vegan so no diary or animal products. We also have lots of gluten-free options.
“The kitchen is now fully run and managed by females. We want to expand our products and, maybe down the line, have proper vegan meals. We would like to be the vegan McDonald’s in the future.
“But it isn’t just about ‘being for vegans.’ This is also about intolerances and making sure this is a product that everyone can enjoy.”
The cookie dough comes in bite bags or family size tubs with classic choc chip and salted caramel being the top sellers. There are also ice cream, doe pie and fun colour cookie doe kits on offer as well as iced tea and ilkshakes.
Elyese and James had been running a video promotion/advertising business before the pandemic but with restrictions closing traders or limiting their offering demand dwindled.
However, the online format of Kookiedoe was perfect for reaching customers and the business has grown at an astonishing rate.
Selling via their website, Uber Easy=ts and just Eat, the pair are now looking at shop areas to expand Thanet’s first all-vegan dessert service to with Westwood Cross a possibility.
Elyese said: “We’d love to have a shop front and a kitchen where people can watch it being made and a café area. We are looking at lots of different avenues.”
Find Kookiedoe online here and on facebook here
Looks delicious, but I do hope that Fran ties her hair back while working.
another over priced gimmick i expect. not my idea of a blowout.
What is your idea of a blowout? How much would you pay for a blowout?
Nice to see the first two post offer verbal support for a couple of young people with a great business 🤷🏼♂️
I wish you all the best ladies, my wife will love it and my friend who is dairy intolerant. Another gem to add to the growing number of superb small businesses in our Thanet.
I did offer support (“looks delicious”), but I also care about hygiene. I’d never eat food from anyone if their hair was dangling all over it, not even Nigella.
It’s just a photo for the sake of promotion, besides, I’d eat anything off of Nigella 😋
Good point re Nigella! : )
While you are trying your hair up, watch out for the Spitfire flying low over your shoulder!
I wish you every success, with no ifs, buts or maybes.
“The kitchen is now fully run and managed by females. Oh great that makes it better.