Originally founded by David and Johanna Jensen in the summer of 2001, Cowlick’s Ice Cream has become an iconic Fort Bragg establishment and a landmark for tourists and locals alike. When my husband and I purchased Cowlick’s in 2007, we did so because it was already a place we loved. At that time, our sons were 4 years old and 5 months old – a hectic time, to be sure – but we simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own the shop we so often frequented with friends, family, and out-of-town guests.
Since then, we have set our sights on making each and every recipe our own. We are constantly experimenting with flavors, ingredients, and processes; over the last 9 years, we have modified the entire menu, including the creation of new, exciting flavors along the way.
Our artisan ice creams are made by hand, in small batches, using only the best ingredients possible. We meticulously chop, weigh, mix and fold our ingredients because our passion is to make ice cream that people fall in love with . . . and that we love too! Our artisan treats are also made daily at our production facility right here in Fort Bragg.
We focus on supporting local because our local community is important to us. Many of the ingredients we use come from local businesses and farmers. The cookie dough we use is made especially for us by the Mendocino Cookie Company. The very rare and delicious candy cap mushrooms are harvested locally by Mendocino Mushrooms. Even our dairy comes from happy Northern California cows! Our amazing chocolates and coco powders come from Guittard – a San Francisco based family business for over 145 years. We scrutinize every aspect of the production process to ensure we are producing ice cream that is not only eye-rolling delicious, but also something our community can be proud of.
And you know what? All that work has paid off: we’ve been recognized by TripAdvisor and Daily Candy for being one of the best scoop shops in the Nation! Looking back at our history and the values that our shop embodies, I can say that I am proud of the company we’ve built. But best of all, I never get tired of hearing our customers say, “This is the best ice cream I’ve ever had!”