New Restaurant Alert: Cold Stone Creamery at Serendra, Taguig
The much-awaited international ice cream brand, Cold Stone Creamery, is finally open in Manila.
Cold Stone Creamery
G/F, Serendra Piazza, Taguig City
Tel. No. 846-0460
Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Cookies and Creamery. Ice Cream Cakes will set you back P980.
(SPOT.ph) Summer is ending in a big way with the opening of Cold Stone Creamery, a "customized" ice cream service which boasts of an endless number of permutations from their ice cream, sorbets, mix-ins, and even containers (waffle cone, waffle cup, paper, sizing). This international franchise began in Tempe, Arizona 25 years ago with a couple in search of ice cream that was neither hard-packed nor soft-served. The brainchild was Cold Stone, perfectly smooth, creamy, and just right.
Besides perfectly tempered texture, ice cream has become a performance at Cold Stone. It’s made fresh daily assuring customers only of lusciously, creamy confections. Once you’ve chosen your preferred flavor and toppings, the Cold Stone crew smooshes them all together with metal spades on a frozen granite counter right in front of you. The effect is mouthwatering anticipation.
The line starts here. It can get a bit crowded though.
Theoretically, it’s fun. However, choosing the right flavors to suit your mood at the moment also leads to a crisis of existential proportions. Strawberry versus chocolate? Banana or Peanut Butter or both? How about going more gourmet with Butter Pecan or Cake Batter? Oh, what about the Orange Dreamsicle? Does it work better with Cinnamon, Oreos, or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? They also have apple pie filling, yellow cake, and gummi bears, on their long roster of mix-ins. The combinations are infinite. In fact, a Harvard study calculated 11.5 million possible combinations.
Our Strawberry Blonde
But though customers are encouraged to get creative with personally designed desserts, Cold Stone’s signature creations are faultless choices, ready in case you’re having trouble making up your mind. The Germanchokolatekake is a mouthful of rich fudgy chocolate cake, chopped pecans, and velvety chocolate ice cream, a combination that reminds us of brownie a la mode. Shredded coconuts give it a delicious nutty dimension and an extra crunch; ask them to go lighter on the caramel though. Another trademark flavor, the Our Strawberry Blonde is a throwback to a strawberry pie complete with a grainy graham cracker pie crust, fresh strawberries, caramel, and finished with a whipped cream topping.
The 30 to 35 degree temperature is a daily fight in the "gates of hell" that is apparently Manila and Cold Stone, only the latest in the city’s army of ice cream combatants, is armed to the teeth with ice cream, ice cream cakes, and smoothies. But whether this international franchise can beat the heat or not, we’ll have to wait and see.
Ice cream at Coldstone comes in seven sizes and three variations:
Plain Ice Cream (Lick It, P95; Like It, P145; Love It, P165; Gotta Have It, P185; Mine, P365; Ours, P765; Everybody’s, P1,165)
Create Your Own which includes one flavor and one mix-in (Like It, P168; Love It, P188; Gotta Have It, P208; Mine, P388; Ours, P788; Everybody’s, P1,188)
Signature (Like It, P180; Love It, P200; Gotta Have It, P220; Mine, P400; Ours, P800; Everybody’s, P1,200)
Additional Mix-ins and waffle cones and bowls come extra.