A coat of chocolate can impart an air of sensuality to everyday objects such as fresh strawberries or a significant other’s car. Embrace the romance of a cocoa coating with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get six long-stemmed chocolate-covered strawberries at Cold Stone Creamery’s Ann Arbor location (a $24 value).
The sweets savants at Cold Stone Creamery round out their repertoire of more than 11 million ice-cream creations with bouquets of chocolate-dipped fruit. In their well-stocked kitchens, plump strawberries cannonball into vats of creamy milk chocolate before retiring to nearby drying racks to cool off and re-inflate water wings. Mounted on rose-like “stems,” six of the chocolaty delicacies unite to form an edible alternative to a Valentine’s Day bouquet.
Cold Stone Creamery
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staffers toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, staff members also dish out ready-made treats, such as ice-cream cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.