How many of us have ever tried to sneak a piece of raw cookie dough when your mom baked cookies?
Thanks to Detroit Dough, you can now indulge in the dough as much as your sweet tooth desires. The team behind this food start-up includes co-founders Autumn Kyles, Victoria Washington and Daniel A. Washington. These three African American millennials from Detroit are the perfect ingredients that make Detroit Dough a sweet success.
Founded in June 2017, Detroit Dough sells and distributes edible cookie dough. To make it safe for consumption all traces of eggs have been removed, and the flour used is baked. The company has sold more than 10,000 cups of dough since sells began in November 2017. A testament to the company’s sense of social responsibility, Detroit Dough gives a portion of all its profits back to the neighborhood it was founded in – NW Goldberg by way of its “Dough That Makes a Difference” pledge.
Kyles, the chief executive officer, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and previously served as the organization’s International Second Vice-President a position which allowed her to travel domestically and internationally. Through her domestic travels, she saw an opportunity in the food industry that could take her hometown by storm.
“When we thought about Detroit’s growing food scene something was blatantly missing – unique dessert options,” said Kyles. “Inspired by my travels and our collective go-getter mentality we decided why not us. We know cookie dough is a nostalgic product that nearly everyone has enjoyed at least once in their life.”
The company currently offers five flavors including chocolate chip, no chip, sugar, peanut butter and brownie. Contrary to popular belief Detroit Dough is just that, dough.
“The biggest misconception of our product is we don’t make it in-house or that it is ice cream. We understand that despite people’s familiarity with cookie dough in their home it at times is perceived as a novelty or too good to be true in the marketplace,” said Victoria Washington, co-founder and chief operations officer. “We always have to reinforce the fact that our product is safe, delicious and ready-to-eat.”
Having only been in business less than a year, Detroit Dough is making strides in the entrepreneur realm.
The team’s recent accomplishments include 2nd place winner of the Michigan Women Forward Dolphin Tank Pitch Competition, a member of the latest gBETA cohort and recipients of the Spirit of Detroit Award from Councilwoman Mary Sheffield during the inaugural DON WEEKEND last month.
A lot goes down in the DM’s… even business deals. Through a simple direct message on Twitter, chief marketing officer Daniel Washington secured a meeting with Emagine Entertainment, an American movie theater chain with locations in several cities throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Illinois. As a result of Daniel’s assertiveness, Detroit Dough can now be found in Emagine’s Birmingham, Canton, Macomb and Novi locations.
Detroit Dough hopes to be in all Emagine locations across three states by the end of this year or early next year at the latest. Detroit Dough’s current pop-up location is at Esplanade on Woodward, where they are stationed typically six days a week in partnership with XO Detroit’s Downtown Detroit Summer Markets. They can also be found at the Detroit City Football Club home games.
“Despite initially thinking our business would be simply a brick and mortar establishment, we have pivoted our focus to distribution and convenience for our consumers,” said Daniel Washington. “We see ourselves as being accessible to nearly everyone in the Midwest and beyond by year five and will continue to engage our supporters with our cookie dough cart.”
According to Daniel, Detroit Dough has exciting plans for the fall that the team is not ready to reveal, but Wolverine fans will be very happy for more reasons than winning football.
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