An ice-cream parlor is like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, only instead of the inevitable nuclear whitewater dinosaur catastrophe, you get delicious ice cream topped according to your whim. Today's Groupon to Cold Stone Creamery takes you on a journey into the heart of flavor. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get $10 worth of custom-crafted, generously topped ice cream.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of ice-cream cakes and other novelties.
Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream, which is made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as irish cream and butter pecan. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola, black licorice, and pieces from magnetic poetry sets. Sufferers of premature brain freeze who are unable to invent a creamy concoction can try a Cold Stone Signature creation ($3–$5), such as the almond-studded and caramel-slathered Coffee Lovers Only or the Peanut Butter Cup Perfection with Reese's peanut-butter cups and fudge. The Frankencream you desire will be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Ice-cream creations are priced from $3.50 to $4.50, depending on size.
Cold Stone's crack cakesmiths also forge glacial delicacies ($28.99 for an 8-inch round cake) in spectacular styles such as strawberry passion—whose immaculately formed graham-cracker crust and strawberry frosting formations conceal alternating strata of red velvet and strawberry ice cream—and cookie-dough delirium, a madcap miracle wrapped in a straitjacket of sweet cream and yellow cake. Ice-cream sandwiches ($10.99 for a four-pack), meanwhile, serve as ideal cold compresses for sprained tongues and weepy snowmen and are available in flavors including cake batter and cookie crumb, and a variety of cupcakes hide their delicious, creamy riches within crisp chocolate vaults ($13.99 for six).