Today’s issue of USA Today (which is, of course, the only “newspaper” my hotel carries) features an article in the Money section about the rapid expansion of Cold Stone Creamery. According to the article “Cold Stone doesn’t just sell sundaes and sorbet, it sells sizzle.” I kept the article for future reference for the day when I would give Cold Stone a try. I didn’t expect that day to be today.
At the information desk in the Student Commons of VCU I asked the student working at the desk if there was an ice cream shop near by. The only place he could point to was a Cold Stone Creamery a few blocks away. At the store I picked out “Delicious Dirt”, which according to the marketers at Stone Cold, leaves me with only 11,499,999 flavor combinations left to try. Delicious Dirt is chocolate ice cream with Oreos mixed in. Unlike the USA Today article indicated there was no:
“raucous show of plunking, dunking and stuffing made-to-order ice cream creations and slamming them with gummies, M&Ms and Oreo bits. As they serve up the high-calorie concoctions, they juggle their ice cream spades, wiggle their hips and sing off-the-wall songs.”
Also, unlike the what the article said, there was no line out the door(despite it being a hot sunny day) nor did it take the employee ten minutes to scoop the ice cream. But, the article was right about one thing, the ice cream was good. It was very very chocolaty, fudgy even. I had to look to see if they had also mixed in a ribbon of fudge by mistake. The ice cream was thick and creamy, almost a malt consistency. The Oreos complimented the ice cream and were evenly distributed. They only disappointment was that the only cone they offered was a waffle cone, for an additional price. So, I stuck with Styrofoam.
- Flavor: 4.5
- Flavor Intensity: 5
- Texture: 4.5
- Originality: 3.5
- Overall: 4.5
- Cost: $3.50