Cold Stone Creamery has taken awhile to come to Singapore but they've become an instant hit the moment they opened at Orchard Central in March 2011. It's packed to the gills, especially on weekends. A second branch has opened in Far East Square on 27 July.
Keropokman, Momo and I braved the OC crowd on a Friday night and tried several of the Signature Creations (in "Like It" size of 4 oz, S$5.50). It's an additional $1 for freshly-made waffle bowl and $1.50 for chocolate-dipped waffle bowl (I much prefer the plain waffle bowl).
- Banana Caramel Crunch® (French Vanilla Ice Cream, Roasted Almonds, Banana, Caramel)
Nice combination, with very strong banana flavours. Keropokman found the bananas a little too young, but I didn't mind.
- Germanchökolätekäke® (Chocolate Ice Cream, Pecans, Brownie, Coconut, Caramel)
If you are trying to pronounce that morass of words - just think "German chocolate cake". Personally, I am not sure what language that's in, since chocolate cake in German is Schokoladenkuchen. I could only make sense of "chökolätekäke because of Dora the Explorer episodes showing a "Cho-co-la-te" tree.
- Berry Berry Berry Good® (Sweet Cream Ice Cream, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries)
This must be bursting with anti-oxidants!
- Apple Pie A La Cold Stone® (French Vanilla Ice Cream, Cinnamon, Graham Cracker Pie Crust, Apple Pie Filling & Caramel)
Even the apple pie filling is shipped from the U.S., along with pretty much all the other toppings and ingredients! We tried to ask where they source their milk from, but learned that it's all in the pre-mix that comes in from the U.S.! No milk is added here!
We also tried out a crazy combo for our DIY cup. Blue cotton candy flavoured ice cream with orange ice cream mixed in with gummy bears and rainbow sprinkles. Even the staff thought this was weird. They recommended not "mixing-in" the two flavours! Hahaha! Well, actually the flavours are pretty mild, so even if they did jumble everything together, it would not be a disaster.
I have to say the ice cream is unusually thick and dense, with an almost chewy texture. It's unlike the common air-whipped varieties that melt very quickly. But this also means one scoop is a lot more filling than what we might be used to, and we might over-eat quite easily. I seriously had trouble buttoning my pants the next day!
Their Signature Shakes go for $8.50 (16oz). Here's the infamously rich PB&C (Chocolate Ice Cream, Milk & Peanut Butter) milkshake. I don't think I could tackle this on my own!
Cold Stone Creamery staff mixing in the ice cream with toppings. They sometimes will do flaring, acrobatic throws of the finished scoop and catch it in the cups or bowls. Or let customers have a go at it!
Not all the scoops land perfectly, of course. It's all in the name of light-hearted fun, which is what Cold Stone is about. The merry bunch there will sometimes even sing and dance, in addition to all those ice cream tricks!
The waffle bowls are so popular, there is a dedicated station making them non-stop. And you know, the smell of freshly made waffles is just so inviting! There's also an open show kitchen where you can watch the ice cream being made. It's the only such kitchen in the Cold Stone chain (of over 1,400 outlets) around the world.
The ice cream is made on-location, fresh every day. With all the different toppings and flavours, there's an estimated 11.5 million different combinations. Have fun trying some out!
Thanks to Leroy of Foodnews for hosting us, and Cold Stone for the treats.
COLD STONE CREAMERY
181 Orchard Road
Orchard Central #01-09/10
Tel: +65 6238-9060
Open daily 11am – 11pm
49 Pekin Street
#01-01 Far East Square
Tel: +65 6557-2979
Mon–Fri: 10am – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 8pm
(Closed on Sun)