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Take the Kids: Craving raw cookie dough? Head to Dough Life

Posted November 8, 2018 8:58 p.m. EST

Dough Life at The Streets at Southpoint

I have childhood memories of eating more than my share of raw cookie dough, but it's a practice that's no longer recommended thanks to bacteria that's found in ingredients, including flour and eggs, that can cause disease.

So, for those heeding the expert's advice, including from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many of us haven't been able to pass down this huge perk of making homemade cookies - until now.

About a month ago, Dough Life opened at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham. The growing national chain features edible cookie dough that does not include eggs and does include heat-treated flour, which kills microbes, according to an article in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

It's such an indulgence," founder Joseph Francabandiero told the New York state newspaper. "I wanted to let people relive those childhood memories."

My older daughter and I stopped by the Southpoint shop over the weekend to give it a try.

Dough Life at The Streets at Southpoint

My first reaction: This tastes exactly like the cookie dough of my childhood. It's dense and rich with that pleasant grittiness of the sugar. But I definitely couldn't eat even a small serving of it.

My daughter's first reaction: I'd like a small.

She went with Classic Chip, a chocolate chip cookie dough version. I ended up having a few spoonfuls of it because it was more than even she wanted to eat. We threw about 1/6 of it away.

But it wasn't because it wasn't tasty. It was because even the small is a lot - and we needed maybe a third person to share it with us.

A small Classic Chip at Dough Life at The Streets at Southpoint

Dough Life at Southpoint offers a variety of flavors with caramel, mint, peanut butter, red velvet, coffee, brownie and other versions.

The price is $4.99 for a small, $7.99 for a medium and $9,99 for a large. If you go, my daughter and I both recommend sharing!

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