It's all about cookies, houses, croissants, floorplans, coffee, specialty coffees, milkshakes, cakes and new construction at the new Mug & Spoon just a few steps from the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. Longtime Rehoboth Beach ice cream (and hot sauce) guru Chip Hearn is the chief advisor to his daughter Aileen and her business partner Kyle Ten Eyck. (Chip's iconic Ice Cream Store is just a few doors to the east. He's also a regular feature on several Food Network shows).
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Aileen and Kyle have brought some hi-tech processes to their Mug & Spoon in the form of nitro-coffee (coffee infused with nitrogen to create a very similar experience as Guinness, but without the alcohol or the attitude). They also feature cold-brewed coffee – made from beans that they grind and process there on the premises. Or you can just get a plain ol' cup of coffee if you aren't feeling adventurous.
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In spite of the obvious Schell Bros. sales angle suggested by the photos and dioramas in the space, the installation is actually quite low key and it IS fun to look at all the different styles of houses, interiors, etc. There is no hard sell, and you actually have to go back to the sales desk to ask any housey questions. One of the amazing features at Mug & Spoon is actually on the ceiling. I am not going to ruin the surprise, but when you walk in, look UP.
Among the highlights are the towering milkshakes at Mug & Spoon. You can get them topped with things like an ENTIRE slice of red velvet cake, or perhaps spiked with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, or even a warm chocolate brownie. They have a coffee-spiked milkshake that is combined with cookie dough ice cream. ‘Nuff said? It's like a Willy Wonka for desserts and coffee, combined with a perpetual open house.
Mug & Spoon is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 18 Rehoboth Avenue (on the south side near Spice & Tea Exchange). Don't know why you'd want to call them, but if you feel the need, 302-212-5163. But do drop by. It's an interesting example of clever co-branding, combined with some VERY clever combinations of coffee, ice cream and house-made desserts.
[Image of the two milkshakes (without the chandelier) courtesy of Kyle Teneyck]