The Scoop On What Mom Wants
Friday - May 12, 2006
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Janis Farmer of the Kaneohe Cold
When my brother-in-law and his girlfriend flew in from New York for vacation last year, they hit the hot spots in Waikiki in fine tourist style. But nowhere drew them back night after night like Cold Stone Creamery. No matter where we went for dinner, no matter how heavenly the dessert platters - their choice to end the evening was always a stop at the creamery in the heart of Waikiki.
At first I didn’t get it. I’m a Haagen Dazs girl at heart and wondered what could be so great about another ice cream store. Well, it doesn’t take but one good scoop and a few mixins before you know.
Cold Stone is a phenomenal success across the country, with more than 1,250 franchises in the U.S., Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Japan, and it doesn’t take long for the average customer (me) to become addicted. Cold Stone, with 10 locations in Hawaii (and more planned for the future) serves fresh, soft, incredibly flavorful ice cream in a style all its own. You choose the fillings, the toppings and an endless variety of mix-ins, and a cheery server mixes it all together into glorious ice cream mushiness on a cold stone slab behind the counter.
This summer, Cold Stone has decided to take its custom-made creations one step further. Cold Stone to Go is a way of taking your favorite ice cream home. The difference between popping into Cold Stone and ordering a bucket to go, or picking up a pint from your local grocery store is the level of freshness - and your level of input.
Each order is made right in front of you and mix-ins and ice cream are packed into containers labeled Mine (pint-sized) Ours (quart) and Everybody’s (48 ounce). Prices start at around $5.99. Personalizing ice cream may sound like the ultimate in gourmet desserts, but Cold Stone manages to find a balance between reasonably priced, wonderfully creamy ice cream with just a hint of decadence thrown in for good measure.
My downfall, though, is the ice cream cake. So addictive, I only buy one if there are people coming over for dinner - not because the cakes are for special occasions, but rather I know that without the security of guests I would eat an entire cake on my own. This month a new cake is for sale - created specially for Mother’s Day. Read the description and tell me you’re not tempted to rush out and buy one immediately: A combination of strawberry ice cream, chocolate shavings and strawberry puree layered over red velvet cake. To top it off, the cake is decorated with strawberry frosting and chocolate-dipped strawberries. The mom in our house knows already what she wants for Mother’s Day. I only hope my other half is reading this.
To find the nearest Cold Stone location to you, go to www.coldstonecreamery.com and type in your zip code.
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