By Heather Legg
Since it’s summer time, of course there is ice cream. The other night, we went to Cold Stone Creamery. It’s a nearby ice cream shop and for those not familiar with it, it’s where you choose your ice cream and on a giant, really cold marble slab, they mix in your chosen treats, For instance, you can get vanilla and mix in chocolate syrup and Kit Kat candy bars, or strawberry ice cream with strawberries and sprinkles.
Of course, there’s a million combinations you can come up with your self, my younger daughter’s favorite is cotton candy ice cream with mini chocolate chips mixed in. My daughter with the nut allergy likes that, too, but wanted something different. There’s a whole board with pre-created flavor combinations (my favorite, vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, bananas and almonds – my daughter isn’t allergic to those!). Anyway, she wanted one, the Founder’s Favorite, that started with vanilla ice cream, had a whole brownie mixed in, caramel sauce and pecans in it. Certainly we had to leave out the pecans, which we told the teenager helping us, and I also asked if there were any nuts in the brownies.
He answered, “No” and then on second thought asked if she was allergic. We said she is and he put down the scoop he had already started to use to get out the ice cream and said he was going to make this one separate. I wasn’t quite sure what he meant, but saw him disappear int he back.
He returned with a fresh tub of vanilla ice cream and fresh scoops to use in it. He also brought out a very cold baking pan. He used the new ice cream, the clean scoops and mixed her ice cream and toppings up on the baking sheet where nothing had been that could possibly contaminate. All of this on his own, all we did was ask about the brownies.
So I know for many of you ice cream is off limits to begin with, but if it’s nuts or peanuts that you are your kids are allergic to, you may want to give this place a try. Obviously the staff has been trained about allergies and contaminates, and take it seriously. What makes it even more powerful to me, is the help was all teenagers, and you know how they can be! But they went above and beyond with responsibility and concern for my daughter.
Thanks, Cold Stone, great job! www.coldstonecreamery.com