An ice-cream parlor is like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, only instead of the inevitable nuclear white-water dinosaur catastrophe, you get delicious ice cream topped according to your whim. Take a journey into the heart of flavor with today’s Groupon at Cold Stone Creamery, valid at the Folsom location. Choose from the following options:
- For $5, you get $10 toward ice cream, shakes, or smoothies.
- For $10, you get $20 toward cupcakes and cakes.
- For $70, you get a catered ice-cream party for 20 people (a $145 value), which includes the following:
- Setup of a sundae bar with four ice cream flavors and four mix-ins (a $50 value)
- Delivery for catering within a 15-mile radius of the 95630 zip code (a $35 value)
- One “Like It”–size ice cream each for 20 people (a $3 value each for catering, a $60 total value)<p>
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 superpremium quality as it glides over taste buds. Dozens of silky ice-cream flavors, such as oatmeal cookie batter and dark chocolate peppermint ($1.69–$3.99 for ice cream only), welcome a wealth of mix-in toppings as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as red cherry pie filling, fresh pineapple, and pieces from magnetic poetry sets ($2.09–$4.39 for ice cream with one mix-in; $0.69 for each additional mix-in). Indecision and premature brain freezes are averted by Cold Stone Creamery’s chill artisans, who sling a litany of signature sundae creations ($3.19–$5.49), such as the Cheesecake Fantasy, which unites a dream team of cheesecake ice cream, graham-cracker pie crust, blueberries, and strawberries. Each Frankencream will be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl.
Birthday cakes and ice cream taste better combined, as in Cold Stone’s Signature cakes and cupcakes. Small round 6-inch cakes ($24) please the palates of up to eight people with such tasty creations as the Coffeehouse Crunch, featuring layers of devil’s food cake interspersed with coffee ice cream and Heath bars, all wrapped in fudge ganache and topped with a customizable message, such as “Happy Birthday” or “My Other Cake is a Porsche”. Alternatively, patrons can snag a six-pack of signature cupcakes, including Cake Batter Delux and Double Chocolate Devotion varieties, or build their own diminutive delights by choosing a combination of cake, ice-cream, mix-in, and frosting flavors to be layered with fudge in a rich chocolate cup ($12.99).
Cold Stone Creamery can also breath life into snoozeworthy soirees with custom catering services, assembling a sweet-tooth-tempting sundae bar of four ice-cream flavors and four mix-ins chosen by the host. Up to 20 guests may partake of the frosty smorgasbord, lapping up a “Like It”–size creation each, and last-minute party crashers or newly discovered spirit animals may be accommodated at an additional charge ($3 each).
Cold Stone Creamery
From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall. In addition to serving up individual creations, Cold Stone Folsom caters special events and parties.