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An ice cream or an original creation?
If it’s the latter then why not try The Cold Stone Creamery? I swear you will not be disappointed.
There are several locations in Orlando but we visited the one in The Watertower Place at Celebration, just off the 192.
We were greeted with “Hi have you been to Cold Stone before?”, we thought this was because we were looking a bit bemused at the vast array of choice before us, but we have since learned that this is their customary greeting.
Our server told us that we could taste any ice cream we wanted before making our choices and that we could have one of their Cold Stone Original ices or we could have our very own custom made ice.
I think, because we were just so overwhelmed by the choice before us, we both chose one of the originals, though even then, with names such as Paradise Found, Monkey Bites, Apple Pie a la Cold Stone and Sinless Island, the choice was a difficult one.
I went for “Nights in White Chocolate”, a combination of white chocolate ice cream with a double serving of white chocolate chips, caramel and whipped topping. My sister chose “Banana Caramel Crunch”, french vanilla ice cream, roasted almonds, fresh banana and caramel.
Now here’s where the difference comes in. Instead of placing the ice cream in a dish or cone and covering with the whipping and toppings the ice cream is taken to a frozen granite stone ( the Cold Stone) and the server then adds the remaining ingredients and mixes them altogether . The texture of the ice cream is like nothing I’ve ever tasted before, not firm and not like soft serve, just………..well just creamy and we were assured that this was because it is made fresh every day with the very best ingredients.
If you go for a custom made ice, you first choose the ice cream from a huge variety of flavours such as coffee, chocolate, cheesecake, butter pecan, black cherry, sorbet and mint to name but a few. You then choose your mix ins which may be candies such as Snickers, M&M’s,gummi bears or chocolate chips. Fruits, for instance, banana, coconut, apple pie filling or raspberries or nuts such as macademias, almonds or pecan pralines. The choice is yours, as much or as little as you want.
My “ Nights in White Chocolate” was absolutely delicious and the only mistake we made was in choosing the large one, far too much for one person and I think even the medium would have been pushing it, we were far toogreedy.
One thing we did miss out on was seeing the servers sing. I hear that the servers are not interviewed for their jobs, but auditioned for them, and when you leave a tip they burst into one of the songs from their repertoire. We did leave a small tip, but the place was vey quiet and perhaps they did not want to embarrass two middle aged women by bursting into song …… maybe next time.
I wll definitely be returning, this time for a custom made ice, but what will I choose……hmmmmm, let me see!
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