When Jennifer Contreras held a cookie from the ovens of Crumbl Cookies in Kingstowne, it was clear that these cookies were a little different from the tollhouse variety that Mom cooked back in the day. Contreras had one they call the “hummingbird,” cookie “topped with pecan, banana and pineapple,” she said.
Pineapple on a chocolate chip cookie? Is this an offshoot of the pineapple-on-a-pizza controversy?
“It tastes good in my opinion,” she said.
Crumbl opened on Friday morning, Aug. 18 and when the doors opened at 8 a.m. Contreras confirmed that there was a line out front. The hummingbird is just one of their 200+ flavors which rotate every week so the cookie fans from the area won’t get bored. In addition to the hummingbird, Crumbl has the milk chocolate chip, cookies & cream, snickerdoodle and caramel shortbread. They are rich in flavor and rich in calories but those adhering to a strict diet are generally not looking for the latest cookie shop either.
Maddie Mickey and Potter Hopfensperger came in from their home in Alexandria for the grand opening. Maddie got the chocolate chip, hummingbird, brownie and snickerdoodle. “It will be my breakfast,” she said. They found out about the opening on the internet. “We Googled it and thought it would be good,” she added.
The Kingstowne store is a local franchise owned by Joel and Deenie Frary. “We just knew Crumbl would be perfect for this area,” they said. “Our family spent several years living just minutes from Kingstowne so we knew that it would be a hit. As natives of Northern Virginia, we love this community and are excited to bring our delicious cookies to new and familiar customers.”
This location is on a strip of stores in the center with a few food places that do not fall in the health food category. A few doors down are Subway, Dairy Queen and Chick-fil-A. Right next door though is Club Pilates to burn it all off. On Crumbl opening day, Danielle Bierzynski was in the Pilates lobby waiting for her class to start. “Everything in moderation, a cookie after a workout is fine,” she said.