Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some at Cold Stone Creamery

Who knew a frozen granite stone could yield such endless possibilities to satisfy your sweet tooth and escape the desert heat? The artists here create your perfect treat on the stone, mixing your desired combination of nuts, fruits and candy into any of the ice cream flavors on hand—you really can’t go wrong. If the choices are too overwhelming for a hot summer day, try our favorite: French vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, cookie dough, fudge and caramel. $4.89 small, $6.19 large, multiple locations,

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