Cold Stone Creamery

Written by on May 9, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Ballston Common Mall, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: I first heard of Cold Stone through a friend years ago when we were visiting Seattle from Bellingham. I was blown away by the novelty of creating one’s own ice cream treat. Now, it seems like a birth-right, but with a bounty of new flavors, the novelty still exists.

Type of cuisine: “If it has anything to do with ice cream, it has everything to do with Cold Stone Creamery. From unique ice cream creations to smoothies, cakes and shakes – nobody serves up the ultimate indulgence like Cold Stone.  It starts with using the highest quality ingredients and ends with our signature process for preparing your custom creation on a frozen granite stone….Through almost 20 years of serving up the finest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes, some things have certainly changed. And frankly, some things haven’t. Ever since we opened our first store back in 1988, we’ve been serving up what we refer to asCreations™. In other words, if you want it in your ice cream – you get it. By mixing nuts, fruits and candy into our smooth and creamy ice cream on a frozen granite stone (around here, we call it “the stone”) we’re actually more like ice cream artists. Over the years, we’ve stumbled on a few concoctions of our own that we call our Cold Stone Signature Creations. Ice cream for breakfast, a smoothie for lunch, and a sensible cake for dinner? – Who says you can’t eat this amazing ice cream for all three meals?

Ambiance: Decorated in dark browns, blacks and deep shades of red, each Cold Stone Creamery resembles the one before it. Every Creamery I have visited has floor-to-ceiling windows along the front, included the glass door, which opens onto a rectangular shaped space. To the immediate left, patrons find the ice cream cake display and selections for purchase. Just beyond and ahead is the ice cream and mix-ins station, complete with granite slab. To the right, posters announcing new creations and limited-edition flavors, just ahead of the two or three small, black, wrought iron tables and accompanying chairs. Posters, menu and flavor selections are posted on the wall behind the crew members, to assist in making decisions, or simply look in the case ahead and make your own creation.

What I ordered: We have come and gone a number of times throughout our time in Arlington, but the last two have been most memorable, by way of the new menu options! On our previous visit, we had friends in town, visiting, and decided to split, among the four of us, the following two: Brownie a La Cold Stone (brownies topped with ice cream of choice, whipped cream, caramel & hot fudge), and the Hot For Cookie (a gooey chocolate chip cookie, topped with ice cream of choice, loaded with whipped cream, and a sprinkle of chocolate chunks). This trip, I went with simple and chose my favorite two Cold Stone flavors in a Like It (small) size: Dark Chocolate & Oreo Coolie Filling. Chris opted for the extravagent and selected the Churro Caramel Crave (more whipped cream than you know what to do with, four freshly baked and crispy churros, layered with ice cream of choice – Sweet Cream – and even more whipped cream! A drizzle of caramel and we were served our warm ice cream treat).

Churros & Ice Cream

What I loved: The Oreo Cookie Filling ice cream, creamy and sweet, dreamy as always. The churros, too, warm, crispy, cinnamon-sugary. Yum!

Why I loved it: It’s conveniently located across the street from us. There is always something delicious to choose from and settles any sweet craving we might have.

Cost: Average to high ($3.85 for the smallest cup of ice cream and one mix-in)

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