I’ve been living under the assumption there are approximately four Dairy Queens, two Carvels, two Baskin-Robbins, and a Häagen-Dazs between my house and the closest Cold Stone Creamery, so I never saw it necessary to trek out to one.
Well guess what, folks? You know that Blimpie a town over from me? C’mon, you know the one. No, that’s a Subway. Right. That place! Apparently, that’s a half-Blimpie, half-Cold Stone Creamery!
All this time I could’ve had my ice cream slapped and folded at a fancy “Creamery” by someone I presume is called a “Creamer.” Instead, I’ve just been opting for boring scoops elsewhere. Ridiculous.
With this newfound knowledge I immediately perused Cold Stone’s menu to see if anything struck my fancy. Something did. In fact, I can’t recall the last time my fancy was struck as hard as it was when I noticed they now serve a Blueberry Donut Shake.
A blueberry donut shake?! It’s like they made that specifically for me. I love ice cream shakes, and my go-to donut is the blueberry cake variety.
I set a course for Blimp Stone Creamery. Cold Stone Blimpery?
The “Creamer” mixed two scoops of sweet cream ice cream, a few blueberries, about 1/3 of a blueberry cake donut, and a little milk into a perfectly blended lavender shake.
Not only did the shake feature those quality ingredients, he topped it off with a dollop of whipped cream, and perhaps the greatest garnish of all time – a frozen blueberry cake donut.
*I pause this review to decree that from this point forward, all desserts must be garnished with a donut We now return to your regularly scheduled review.*
Speaking of donuts, the shake instantly reminded me of the blueberry cake donut from Dunkin’. If you’re not familiar, it’s not too far off from a blueberry muffin.
Is “Blueberry Muffin a la Mode” a thing? Try to picture that, in shake form.
The ingredients worked perfectly together. The ice cream (which honestly tasted just like vanilla) gave it a sweet base, while the donut gave it a perfect hint of cake flavor. The blueberries provided an acidic fruit kick that also emanated a pleasant blueberry scent.
It was the smoothest ice cream shake I’ve had in a while. There were no floating bits of donut or blueberry clogging the straw. I finished it off without even a hint of brain freeze, so that’s worth a point in itself.
I saved the frozen donut for last. It was still pretty firm when the shake was gone, but tasted good enough. I don’t think it would have been too far off from Dunkin’s if it were fresh from the fryer.
As great as this shake was, I had a few minor gripes.
The whipped cream was pretty bad. It reminded of Cool Whip, which I’ve always found disgusting. Whipped cream in a Starbucks drink tends to liquefy towards the bottom. In this shake it remained a firm clump the entire time. Couple that with the still frozen donut, and it ended with a bit of a whimper.
The $6.75 price tag was outrageous, but this replaced my lunch, so I guess that’s a competitive price in that sense. It’s all about perspective. I couldn’t find the nutritional “value” of the shake on Cold Stone’s website. It’s probably best not to know. But hey, I know the blueberries provide some valuable antioxidants. The milk undoubtedly had some protein too. Perspective!
I really hope Cold Stone drops more donut-based shakes, especially now that I know there’s one nearby.
(Nutrition Facts – Not available on Cold Stone Creamery website.)
Purchased Price: $6.75
Size: Love It (Medium)
Purchased at: Cold Stone Creamery
Rating: 9 out of 10
Pros: Delicious blend of blueberries, donuts, and ice cream. A blueberry cake donut garnish. No brain freeze. Finding out there was a Cold Stone nearby.
Cons: Frozen donut. Lardy whipped cream. Crazy price. Unknown nutritional facts. Cool Whip. “Creamers.”
5 thoughts to “REVIEW: Cold Stone Creamery Blueberry Donut Shake”
You owe it to yourself to try more donuts, if DD is your benchmark.
Walk in to your local DD and ask them where the bagels and donuts come from. They don’t know. Nobody does.
Unless you work at this mysterious factory, you’ve never had a ‘fresh from the fryer’ DD anything in 20+ years.
it’s the most common and available donut. just thought most people would know the product and thus have an idea on what this one was like.
I love donuts so much, I think my dream might be to do a nationwide donut tour. is that a thing? I’m gonna make that a thing someday.
Then you must make a stop in SoCal, the donut mecca, where the donut boxes are pink. When you get your donuts in a pink box, you know you’re gettting fresh, delicious donuts.
Mmm…”nutrition facts not available” essentially means, “trust us, you don’t wanna know”.
Best snack review I’ve read in a long time.
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