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Cold Stone Creamery: Heavenly Ice Cream in Mall of Arabia
The very first Cold Stone Creamery shop opened back in 1998 in Arizona by husband-and-wife ice cream enthusiasts, Donald and Suzan Sutherland. Years later, the Cold Stone Creamery name has reached the streets of Cairo – and we couldn’t be happier.
The name might have you wondering what exactly it means, but once you step inside the shop, you’ll get it; as is customary practice with these specialist American ice cream vendors, your ice cream is prepared on a cold slab of stone. The creation of your cone or cup of ice cream is a little different here. You’ll find a large range of different ice creams and toppings at your mercy, some of which go into creating Cold Stone Creamery’s signature flavours.
You’ll start first by choosing the type of ice cream you want and the canvas from which you will eat it – cone or plastic cup. The cup sizes come in ‘Like It’ (small), ‘Love It’ (medium) and ‘Gotta Have It’ (Large). At this point, one of the shop’s staff will grab a ball of ice cream to your desired size and place it on the cold stone work space, before creating a small cavity in the ball in which your additives are introduced – nuts, dried fruits, brownie pieces, etc. The ingredients are then meshed expertly into one.
From the signature creations on the menu, we tried the Founder’s Favourite (medium, 28LE); pecan ice cream with brownie pieces, fudge and caramel sauce in a cone (5LE extra). We also tried the Mint Mint Chocolate Chip (medium, 28LE), which consisted of mint ice cream, fudge, chocolate chips and brownie pieces. The combinations are extraordinary; we’ve never quite had ice cream as unique as this. The textures are great, everything tastes fresh and it never feels sickly sweet. The sizes are very generous, too; a medium is more than filling.
One of the more peculiar parts of the experience is the staff’s sudden break into ice cream-related songs, which is triggered by ordering certain ice creams. It had us rolling around with laughter – the staff’s enthusiasm is commendable.
It doesn’t just stop at ice cream, though. Cold Stone Creamery also offers milkshakes and ice cream cakes, as well as a self-serve frozen yoghurt machine (15 piaster per 1 gram). The cakes come in two sizes, to serve either eight or fourteen people.
As ice cream fiends, this is not a visit that we’ll quickly forget. Bravo Cold Stone Creamery, bravo.
Having introduced the Thai style ice cream rolls to Cairo in 2014, Frozzy Twist opened their very first branch at Nasr City was huge success. Just like cupcakes, waffles and crepes, it was no surprise that the concept went on to be copied by so many without adding anything different.
Two years on, Frozzy Twist has opened a Mohandiseen branch on Ahmed Oraby Street – and it was very impressive at the time of our visit. Unlike their usual dark coloured interior, this branch is actually very cheerful, using light pink, green, blue and yellow bricks on the walls, as well as lighting that brings out all of these colours.
From milkshakes and molten chocolate cakes, to cheesecake and endless ice cream roll flavours, the variety has definitely got bigger since our last visit. However, we kept it simple by ordering a medium sized cashew ice cream roll (20LE).
Starting with the cashew, the ice cream attendant (what do you call these guys?) poured some of the ice cream mixture on a freezing cold surface with a handful of salted cashew, which he then smashed using some kind of a trowel until it formed a very thin rectangle-shaped layer. He then slid the trowel from the beginning to the end to form small ice cream rolls.
The sweetness of the ice cream mixture was spot-on and the cashew was perfectly distributed, which ensured the presence of its salty and nutty flavours in almost every single spoon. However, the texture was a bit dense which made it hard to eat with the plastic spoons provided – so much so that we broke two spoons.
We also tried a medium-sized Basbousa ice cream roll (13LE) – yes, basbousa ice cream is a thing. The ice cream and basbousa were merged to create a fantastic chewy, stickycombo, full of mini bits of basbousa. It’s like you’re almost eating cold basbousa with cream, but we have to say that it was a little bit too sweet.
Even though we believe that nothing can beat a simple, classic scoop of ice cream, the best word to describe our visit to Frozzy Twist is ‘fun’. With friendly staff, a great variety of desserts and a cheerful interior, we can easily say that this is their best branch yet!