Four trained tasters compared the unadorned vanilla and chocolate at Cold Stone with those at Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, and Baskin-Robbins. They also sampled some Cold Stone concoctions.
What we found
The sum of a Cold Stone creation was better than its parts. Tasted plain, the chain’s vanilla and chocolate ice creams were definitely not as good as those from Häagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s, and not quite as good as those from Baskin-Robbins. Cold Stone’s ice cream was gummy and fairly mild-flavored. Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry’s ice creams were creamier, with higher-quality flavors. The Quick Ratings, below, gives the details.
With mix-ins, Cold Stone’s taste improved dramatically. Freshly added fruit and nuts masked defects in texture and added complexity.
The bottom line
Skip Cold Stone if you don’t want mix-ins. If you want good-tasting unadorned ice cream, you’ll be better off at Häagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s, as the Quick Ratings show.
Creamy, smooth, and dense, with big vanilla or chocolate flavor. Vanilla has a slight egginess.
Ben & Jerry’s
Balanced flavors, with a distinct full-fat dairy taste.
Slightly gummy vanilla, with generic vanilla flavoring. Chocolate has a big cocoa flavor but is chalky and slightly gummy.
Cold Stone Creamery
Vanilla and chocolate are gummy, with a mild, generic flavor.
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