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Cold Stone Creamery: Theology of the Ice Cream Experience

Updated on December 17, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.

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.

  1. "Like It" (5 ounces)
  2. "Love It" (8 ounces)
  3. "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.

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      9 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I'm glad this hub helped you and your friend!

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      9 years ago from North Richland Hills, TX

      LOVE IT!!!! But there is not a Cold Stone Creamery out here but there is a Marble Slab and it is mmmm.... great! but I wanted to comment on your very last paragraph I hope you do not mind if I requote it real quick

      "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.

      Trust me...It is not just ice cream. It is the ultimate ice cream experience"

      Well I have a friend who had just emailed me and it was in regards to finding God and her faith and how she gave up at one point, but like me she to was raised by the bible and her faith had waivered at on point, I called her and I read this hub to her and I wanted to tell you thank you for helping me help my friend, I could not find the words myself but the very last paragraph brought everything full circle for her.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      9 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Thelma, for reading and commenting.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      9 years ago from Germany

      Hi! We don't have a Cold Stone Creamery here but I love ice cream of all sorts. They are yummy. Thanks for sharing and for following me.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Go on LagunaAlkaline and get some Cold Stone Creamery ice cream. It's Saturday so enjoy yourself.

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      Amanda Brumbelow 

      10 years ago from Camas, WA

      Love Cold Stones and I love this hub! You've made me want to walk down to my local Cold Stones (it is cold and rainy right now) and order some ice cream!

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks so much. I am glad to see that you love Cold Stone Creamery. I signed up for their birthday club for my grandchildren. It is alway a treat to see how excited they get by ordering the unique creations. Needless to say, I get excited about it too.

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      10 years ago from North Carolina

      We have a Cold Stone close to where I live and it is to die for. I also agree with your analogy of "Gotta Have It." I really feel that if we don't have that hunger for the scriptures and for God's direction in our lives we are just not living a fulfilled life. If we can't get that coomplete infilling in our lives then we are just not satisfied and sometimes we go elsewhere for that filling. Very good hub


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