Cold Stone Creamery: Theology of the Ice Cream Experience
About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery is an ice cream parlor chain headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company was founded in 1998 by Donald and Susan Sutherland who wanted to give their customers neither hard-packed nor soft-serve ice cream. They succeed at their goal.
Ice cream is made in each store daily, and customers get to sample ice cream before they order. They can get their product in an edible cone or in a cup. Then customers can add sprinkles, nuts, and fruits for their toppings. The ice cream is placed on a scale and the price depends on how much the cone or cup weighs.
Cold Stone Creamery is so successful that the company has over 500 stores in the United States and in over 20 countries. The most recent stores have opened in Brazil and Egypt.
While the main product is ice cream, the ice cream company offers cakes, pies, cookie sandwiches, shakes, smoothies, and coffee.
Cold Stone Creations
Most ice cream lovers have gone to Cold Stone Creamery where there is a signature process for preparing custom ice cream creations on a frozen granite stone. The person who mixes nuts, fruits, and candy into the smooth and creamy ice cream is referred to as an artist, and the final product is no longer ice cream but a creation.
Watch the video below and see how Cold Stone Creamery makes its creations.
Different Sizes and the Theology
The ice cream comes in three sizes that people eat inside the store. On summer days, there is an area in front of the store for those who want to stay and eat outside.
- "Like It" (5 ounces)
- "Love It" (8 ounces)
- "Gotta Have It" (12 ounces)
So, what the theology concerning the ice cream and the sizes it comes in?
God is not being reduced to ice cream; however, there is a theological principle surrounding this. Some people just want a little of God, so they order the "Like It" size. It is just enough for them to get a little taste of God.
Then there some people who order the "Love It" size. They love to say they love God, and they do enough for others to think they do.
But then there are those who order the "Gotta Have It" size. That's because they can't live without God and have an intimate relationship with Him. They gotta have Him morning, noon, and night and every minute in between.
To Go Orders
To Go Orders are available in "Mine," "Ours," and "Everybody's." Those who order the "Everybody" size are usually those who are willing to share with others. In other words, when they find a good thing they want others to enjoy it also. Therefore, they order the biggest size to share with everybody else when they get home.
At this stage of our Christian journey we should have advanced from the "Like It" and "Love It" size to the "Gotta Have It" size.
Cold Stone Creamery doesn't sell just ice cream. The company sells the ultimate ice cream experience that can be compared to our spiritual journey.
Visit a Cold Stone Creamery in your neighborhood soon. In the meantime, sign up for their Birthday Club where you can print a coupon for free ice cream for every member of your family on their birthday.