Sunday, August 19, 2007

Cold Stone Creamery

In a world of mom-and-pop dairies that provide excellent customer service and top-notch product made with only the highest quality ingredients, it's nice to know that there's still room for mega-chain ice cream stores like Cold Stone Creamery. Now, Cold Stone is delicious, for sure. On Friday I had one of their Signature creations, the Oreo Overload, with sweet cream ice cream, chocolate chips, fudge, and lots of Oreos - and it was good. Really good! Nate had the Coffee Lovers Only, and while I did not sample his concoction, it looked super yummy. But here's where my beef comes in with Cold Stone (and I don't mean that literally - leave the meat ice cream to Top Chef): why so many choices, and why the singing? Choices: yes, people want lots of fun things in their fun ice cream, but at our wedding, we're having five kinds of ice cream, seven toppings to choose from, plus whipped cream and cherries - and if you can't make something you like out of that, then too bad! I think Cold Stone would be well-served to get rid of the Gummi Bears and Nestle Crunch bars. Singing: people, you do NOT need to sing every time you get a tip. You do NOT need to turn TV theme songs, campfire classics and hip-hop favorites into Cold Stone songs, with Cold Stone lyrics! When Nate was getting ready to leave his tip, I said "Can we leave them the tip with the instructions to not sing?" He said no, and we were serenaded with the Cold Stone version of "SpongeBob SquarePants." I just wanted ice cream, is all.

Cold Stone Creamery - B-


equippedtofascinate said...

I had CSC once. It was good, but I just wasn't too excited about it. I'm with you on too many choices.

Peach said...

I love Cold Stone Creamery. Singing and all. :)

Ashley said...

I've never been there. I didn't know that they sing and that, frankly, is enough to keep me away forever.

pasilbesto said...

Not to mention the cream content. The stuff will not turn into a liquid even under a blazing hot sun. I'll stick with gelato.

senor fuerte said...

We do the 'Gundo Coldstone from time to time. My advice is this:

1. Try coffee ice cream with hot fudge and Heath bars mixed in.
2. Put a dollar in the tip jar, but as you are doing it, tell the guy "I'm paying you NOT to sing." Works every time.

Anonymous said...

Gummy bears are extremly popular with the kids who come in, and it is family business.

Cold stone no longer carries crunch bars, the ones here don't at least (or walnuts, or peppermint patties for that matter)

The employees only sing if tipped a dollar or more, and most of the time if you ask them not to sing, they won't (even though that's rather insulting of you to ask, it's a fifteen second song, get over it).