Sometimes I forget about ice cream when I am craving dessert. I find myself opting for more “adventurous” treats, and sometimes it is a true swing and a miss. I’ve found myself merrily eating at Cold Stone many nights this summer without a regret in sight – always a hit. Middletown’s Cold Stone Creamery is more than a parlor because the ice cream is made on site. I’m here reporting on my conversation with the lovely Priscilla Harnesk, owner of Middletown’s Cold Stone Creamery.

I’m just going to say this now: WESLEYAN STUDENTS GET 15% OFF.

Don’t worry, if you forget as you read this article, I’ll mention this again.

If you’ve never been, know that there are some flavors that stick around all year (vanilla, chocolate, cake batter, coffee, strawberry, to name a few) and there are those that get highlighted by season. You can pick toppings or you can opt for a “signature creation,” which is what I usually do because I hate decisions.

Mud Pie Mojo. My signature pick.

Mud Pie Mojo. My signature pick.

Cold Stone’s Sweet Cream ice cream is the base of all of the other ice creams. It’s a traditional vanilla, which is a critical flavor when you want to judge the quality of your ice cream. In Priscilla’s expert words, “you can tell the difference by tasting vanilla.” And that I did, along with a million other flavors.

Such. Colors.

Such. Colors.

Some summer hits include coconut, pink lemonade sorbet, red velvet (a personal favorite), strawberry cheesecake, and banana. I usually avoid banana-flavored things because they all taste like Laffy Taffy to me. This banana ice cream is made with real bananas.  It restored my trust in banana-flavored treats – a game changer, if you will.

Another game changer: crushed cones as a topping. Literally makes my day.

Another game changer: crushed cones as a topping. Literally makes my day.

So many of you are away from Middletown at the moment, but you’ll all be back so soon. In just a few short weeks, you’ll be able to try the fall flavors, which include pumpkin and peanut butter. I’m quite excited. But perhaps even more exciting, is the “WesStuffed” flavor that will be featured during the first week of September. That’s right, part of the WesStuffed staff (Ari and Alex!) created their own flavor a year ago for orientation. This flavor includes sweet cream, brownies, cookie dough (I’m sold), caramel and fudge. All of that. Yup. This will be in-store. Check that out! And use your 15% off discount!

Michael’s deli, I hear, is the home of amazing cookies. Priscilla is teaming up with Michael’s deli to make ice cream sandwiches in both locations. You choose the cookies (there are three kinds, you can even mix ‘em!) and you choose the filling. Priscilla expects this deal to launch by the fall, so stay tuned.

If you’re around right now, and you feel passionately about Shark Week, Cold Stone is promoting this event with it’s Shark Week flavor: blue sweet cream. You can get a scoop with gummy sharks and look really wild eating it.

A Shark Week cake. It’s like the ocean.

A Shark Week cake. It’s like the ocean.

I personally love it when the Wesleyan community and the community of Middletown team up. Throughout the year, Cold Stone welcomes working with student groups for fund raising opportunities. The month of September will be devoted to Make A Wish, and a portion of the profits will go towards that foundation.

Ice cream cannot disappoint. I can practice cost-efficiency and buy myself a tub at the grocery store, or I can treat myself and do more than just avoid disappointment by going to an ice cream parlor like Middletown’s Cold Stone, with ice cream that is made on site. None of that frozen, shipped, defrosted, and refrozen ice cream that according to Priscilla “just doesn’t fly.” Also, 15% FOR WESLEYAN STUDENTS! (In case you missed this the first two times)

- Rachel ‘14

 

Cold Stone Creamery

125 Riverview Ctr, Middletown, CT 06457

(860) 347-2653

 

www.coldstonecreamery.com