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Cold Stone Creamery -- bleh

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We stopped by Cold Stone today to try their Cake Batter Ice Cream, which a friend had raved about. I had been there once before, didn't like the ice cream, but attributed it to the flavor -- sweet cream. This time, the unpleasantness was exactly the same -- what do they put in that ice cream?? The mouthfeel and flavor are just downright odd, almost as if I'm eating cool whip (except frozen). I can't put my finger exactly on it, but we agreed we wouldn't be back ($4 for a regular scoop in a cone, too). There's no "real" ice cream flavor, just something fake tasting... I almost feel as if I'm searching for the milk, cream and sugar. I guess it must appeal to a lot of people, though, judging by the lines and a few of my friends who are fanatical about the place.

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  1. Totally agree. The frozen Cool Whip description is good. It is too sweet and too rich, probably very (too) high in butterfat content.

    1. It's a total gimmick. They can stir as much junk as they want into it, its still subpar ice cream.

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      1. re: Ernie

        like a lot of food fads some people will love it!!!
        i have tasted a lot worse!!!

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        westsideclyde

        We discovered this a few years ago while living in Thousand Oaks. Coldstone opened a store on Los Arboles. After trying it once, it was obvious the quality was sub-par and prices outrageous. How do they stay in business?

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        1. re: westsideclyde

          Some people rave about them. I wouldn't know -- never been there. And I believe what the hounds here are saying...

          But ... a friend of mine who's a great cook, grows her own vegetables in her garden -- in other words, has some houndly characteristics -- is a big fan of Cold Stone. Go figure....

          1. re: Scooter Pie

            that would be enough to make me question her hound credentials!!!

            1. re: tony g

              Immediately after I hit "post," it occurred to me that somebody probably would retort with something snarky like that...

              I think it's just that people's taste in food isn't uniformly "houndly" or "snobbish" or whatever you wish to call it. People may have great taste in and be very knowledgeable about, say, Italian cuisine, but be completely uninterested in other forms. Whatever. Judge away.

              1. re: Scooter Pie

                Everyone in my family are big fans of Cold Stone. But I would hasten to add that it is nothing special if you are a fan of 31+ flavors. Multiple flavors are not their thing... mix-ins are their thing. I believe the mouth feel is so soft because they keep their ice cream at higher temperature so as to have soft cream for mixing in. And the mix-ins are pretty darn great, IMHO. Add to that a very rich cream base, and you have very unique ice cream. I think that is why they are so popular.

                1. re: teddyt

                  However, I should very quickly add...

                  It doesn't hold a candle to McConnells! Now THAT is something special!

          2. re: westsideclyde

            I tried it last week and found it just awful. I don't understand the raves either!

            1. re: westsideclyde

              And their billboards suck, too.

              (One thing I learned from the candybars of my childhood is that deliberately misspelling "chokolate" allows you to omit the real thing.)

              1. re: westsideclyde

                my ex used to get her panties in a gnarl over this place. i can't understand it- why not just mix the flavors in at the factory for a more robust flavor? this is like bucca di beppo (spelling?) where the novelty is supposed to make you over look the quality of the food.

                remember the candy where you were provided a neutral flavor stick and three pouches of colored sugar? well the ice cream is like the neutral stick and the mix-ins are just flavorless frozen berries.

                whatevery happened to humphry yogarts where the mixed the yogurt and toppings in some oversized press with a slot machine handle? i wasn't the biggest fan, but looking back, the flavor was notably better than cold stone.

                i'll take a 31 flavors any day.

                1. re: westsideclyde

                  Do you have actual Dairy ice cream stands in CA? I confess to being spoiled by fairly local dairys in New England. I adore the "cake batter" from both Richardson's and Shane's of Maine. I did try the local Coldstone once, but the "base" tasted weirdly chemical (worse than a hoodsie) to me.

                2. to me it tastes almost like they have artificial butter flavoring in their ice cream. i am not a fan at all.

                  1. Agree...My GF loves it, but I never have the slightest urge to to go back.

                    But I do love a similar store called Maggie Moo's. Theres one in Burbank and another in Porter Ranch. The only reason I go is that I'm addicted to their Cotton Candy flavored ice cream.

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                    1. re: dodgerx88

                      Maggie Moo's in Burbank closed several months ago. Don't know about the other location however.

                      1. re: levbarg

                        Other location of Maggie Moo's at the Porter Ranch Shopping Sahara just opened recently, I believe. So you can still get your cotton candy fix there.

                        Question- if this is a Coldstone-style place, does that mean that they mix in bits of cotton candy into the ice cream? Now that I'd have to try.

                        And to extend this discussion a bit further, I'm a fan of Humphrey Yogart (the one on Van Nuys in Sherman Oaks, don't know about any others.). In the past week I've had vanilla yogurt mixed with toasted almonds and brownie, as well as tangy unsweetened yogart blended with strawberries. Yum! And very refreshing.

                        1. re: Spoony Bard

                          They don't mix bits, it's a cotton candy flavored ice cream, it's blue and tastes just like cotton candy. Way better than the DQ one.

                          1. re: Spoony Bard

                            Friends of mine love Maggie Moo's!!
                            I can't wait to try it!!