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 takes you on a journey into the heart of flavor: for $5, you get $10 worth of custom-crafted and generously topped Cold Stone Creamery ice cream and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory gourmet chocolate treats. This deal is good at three Charlotte Cold Stone locations: EpiCentre, Blakeney on Rea Road, and the University location on West Mallard Creek Church Road at Cochran Commons. Only the Blakeney location offers Rocky Mountain chocolate.
Cold Stone's ice cream, 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. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts. Choose your favorite ice cream from dozens of silky flavors, such as cake batter and mint. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry-pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary by season and location. The store also offers sorbet and an array of lighter toppings, such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4.59 and $5.29, depending on size.
With traditional techniques and old-fashioned flavors, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory provides a wide range of treats for teeth both sweet and savory (candies are $19.95 per pound). Feel free to cheer on the expert orchard orderlies as they kettle-dip Granny Smiths into caramel-coated creations. Fly solo and keep the chocolate treasure haul to yourself, or bring along a flock of Willy Wonka imitators to confuse passersby as you consume the delicious treats.