What could possibly be better than your favorite flavor of ice cream? How about your favorite flavor of ice cream that you created at Cold Stone Creamery®? The Grossmont Center ice cream shop is a huge draw for customers who like to customize their scoops with mix-ins that truly satisfy the sweet tooth. The possibilities are both endless and enticing: Pick a flavor of ice cream, then select fruit, cookies, candies, nuts, sauces, or other treats, and one of the friendly employees will mix it all together on the signature granite “cold stone” to create an ice cream that is unique for you. It’s obvious why a visit to Cold Stone Creamery® is considered the “Ultimate Ice Cream Experience®!”
“I have a terrific job; I get to watch people come in and get creative with their ice cream, and they walk away happy,” says Manager Dylan Ethridge. “This is something that both kids and adults love, and it is so gratifying to see the smiles on customers’ faces as we talk with them about their creations. Sometimes people come up with a combination we had not even thought of!”
The fun starts with the ice cream itself, which is made fresh in store every day with high-quality ingredients. There is a lineup of permanent flavors, such as Chocolate, French Vanilla, Coffee, Mint, and the cult favorite Sweet Cream. In addition, the shop also offers a rotating selection of special or seasonal flavors. Depending on what’s available on the day of your visit, you can tickle your taste buds with flavors such as Peanut Butter, Orange Dreamsicle, or Caramel Latte; seasonal selections include Peach during the summer or Candy Cane in winter.
Then it is time to select your mix-ins. The combinations are all up to you. Enhance Cheesecake ice cream with graham cracker pie crust crumbles, strawberries, and whipped topping, or go Elvis style with Vanilla ice cream, bananas, and peanut butter. Chocolate lovers will have a field day at Cold Stone® with decadent mix-ins such as brownies, chocolate chips or shavings, fudge sauce, and candies such as Kit Kat®, M&M’s®, Heath Toffee Bar®, and Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cups®.
But before you can dive into all that deliciousness, there is the important step of combining everything. The ice cream and mix-ins you have selected are put on the frozen granite slab to ensure your finished scoop maintains a perfect consistency and temperature. Using two small spades, employees use a “chop and fold” technique that blends it all together. You can enjoy your luscious creation in a waffle cone or cup or, if you really feel like living it up, you can order it as part of a sundae, crowned with your choice of sauce and whipped topping. To make the magic last a little longer, you can have your tailor-made ice cream packed to go in a 16-, 32-, or 48-oz. container.
With all of those options and possibilities, you would be forgiven for not knowing how to narrow down your choices. If you need a little inspiration, try one of Cold Stone’s® popular recipes called Signature Creations™. These pre-set flavor combinations are delightful, and there are enough of them that you will be sure to find one that appeals to you. Coffee Lovers Only® lives up to its name, blending Coffee ice cream with roasted almonds, caramel, and Heath® Bar. Or you could unleash your inner sweet freak and gobble up the Cookie Mintster®: A double helping of OREO® cookies and fudge sauce are swirled in Mint ice cream that will have you roaring your approval. The Signature Creations™ flavors can be mixed to order for you, or they also can be purchased in to-go cartons.
Cold Stone® ice cream is a wonderful treat any day, but it also makes a special occasion much more memorable. Take your party to the next level by serving an ice cream cake or cupcakes. As with the regular scoops of ice cream, you can customize your cake with the options for ice cream flavors and mix-ins, or try a ready-made flavor. Cake Batter Confetti™ layers red velvet cake with Cake Batter® ice cream whirled with rainbow sprinkles and covered in white frosting. Or choose Cookie Dough Delirium™, with yellow cake, Sweet Cream ice cream, cookie dough and chocolate shavings mix-ins, and white frosting. All of these flavors are worth celebrating! For the ultimate kids’ birthday party treat, re-create the Cold Stone® experience at home with a Party Pack™ in either the Ultimate or Petite packages. You get quarts of ice cream, your choice of mix-ins, and cups, spoons, and napkins. Then just let each party guest pick what they want, and you mix and serve. With a special treat like that, who needs goodie bags?
The next time you are craving ice cream, visit Cold Stone Creamery® to create the flavor of your dreams. Before you go, be sure to visit the promotions page to stay updated on any current deals or discounts. Give yourself the cool treat of delicious ice cream custom made just for you!