Though any emotion can be read into the Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile, scientists have identified the glint in her eyes as simple lust for dairy products. Tantalize portraits with today’s Groupon to Marble Slab Creamery on 82nd Street. Choose between the following options:
- For $5, you get $10 worth of ice cream.
- For $10, you get eight cupcakes (a $19.99 value).<p>
Marble Slab Creamery has used its cold-marble technique to fashion gourmet ice cream and frozen treats fresh in-store since 1983. Customers look on admiringly as expert marble mavens take fresh flavors—including distinctive varieties such as peanut-butter banana, European-chocolate rum, and the pineapple-tinged piña colada—and blend in any of more than two dozen mix-in ingredients. Add-in options include familiar candies such as Heath Toffee Bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Kit Kat Wafer Bars, alongside fresh fruits. The toppings smoothly acclimate to each slab-spun creamy concoction and find solace in a spoon-ready small cup or cone ($3.99+ tax) or in the missing marble hands of Venus de Milo. Patrons may also abscond from the establishment in possession of a large serving with mix-ins ($5.99 plus tax).
For cylindrical treats, ideal for sending to a favorite bank teller through pneumatic tubes, tuck into Marble Slab’s ice-cream cupcakes. To make carrot cupcakes, staff members top yellow cake with carrot-cake ice cream, and then decorate the creation with festive images of the titular vegetable. For the Cookie Dreams cupcake, named after Freud’s pioneering work in the field of elf psychology, skilled spoons intermix chocolate cake with birthday-cake ice cream, crowning the cupcake with an Oreo cookie and fudge.
Marble Slab Creamery
The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests’ senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store’s staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the on-site creamery and helping patrons select a flavor from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company’s founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery’s signature sweet-cream ice cream using their culinary expertise.
Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer’s choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange. Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers a menu full of other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes.