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Coldstone Founder’s Favorite Copycat

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One of my very favorite memories from college is the smell of nail polish remover and waffle cones.

A nail salon and a Coldstone Creamery stood side by side at my favorite entrance to the mall.  I don’t know why, but there’s something magical about walking into a mall– especially when you’re a teenager with no major, life-burdening financial responsibilities. The mall is so liberating, beckoning to you with all of it’s shining, glittering new things. Something about it makes you feel like time stands still, and things are pretty and smell good, and you’re surrounded by nothing but possibilities. Beautiful, perfume-y possibilities.

And so I love that smell. It reminds me of a grand time in my life when I spent every penny I earned on new clothes and pedicures. Don’t ask me how I ever managed to pay rent… it’s a total mystery to me to this day.

Thanks the nostalgia I associate with that particular mall entrance, Coldstone has a particularly soft spot in my heart.

But apparently, my husband doesn’t share the sentiment. Which baffles me. I seriously can’t wrap my brain around loving a man who doesn’t like Coldstone.

But….. I do. So that’s that. And after a long and hard-fought battle, I’ve had to resign myself to other ice-cream eateries. Which is all well and good, seeing as how I love ice cream in it’s many forms.

And seeing as how I can easily make my favorite Coldstone flavor combo at home anyway.

Coldstone Founder's Favorite Copycat Recipe |

Really, the most difficult part about making “slab-like” ice cream at home is creating a workspace that doesn’t involve letting ice cream melt all over the counter tops. And finding suitable… scrapers.

Is that what they’re called? Those thing-ys they use to scrape the ice cream and smush in the toppings?

Anyway. Problem solved. I used my Silpat to create a non-stick workspace for scraping and smushing. And using wooden spatulas worked like a dream. Once I had that part figured out, the rest was gravy!

Grab your favorite vanilla ice cream and add brownies, pecans, caramel sauce, and hot fudge. Smush it all together for a delicious copycat version of Coldstone’s Founder’s Favorite. So easy and the perfect way to impress your kiddos this summer.

Coldstone Founder’s Favorite Copycat

Yield: 1 serving


  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 brownie*
  • 1 tbsp hot fudge sauce
  • 1 tbsp caramel sundae sauce
  • 1 tbsp pecan halves, chopped
  • Optional: waffle cone bowl


  1. Place ice cream on a silicone mat or cutting board (something non-slip).
  2. Use two wooden spatulas to "smush" the ice cream. This softens it a little (without melting it) and prepares it for toppings.
  3. Add the brownie, hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce, and pecans. Use the spatulas to mix the toppings into the ice cream.
  4. Scrape the ice cream mixture into the serving bowl and enjoy immediately!


*I used a homemade brownie, but feel free to buy store bought instead! You could even buy the pre-packaged brownie bites if you're only making one serving. Entenmann's is my favorite brand.

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15 Responses to “Coldstone Founder’s Favorite Copycat”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:14 pm (#)

    What a great week you and Dorothy are having with all these ice cream recipes! Carmel, pecans, fudge, hello awesomeness! Pinned :)

  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:45 pm (#)

    yum this looks too delicious.. i think im in heaven!

  3. Krystle(Baking Beauty) posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm (#)

    I have never been to Cold Stone. However anything with brownies and hot fudge is a win in my book.
    PS your bowls are adorable!

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on July 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm (#)


    And I know your pain. My husband doesn’t eat anything sweet really ever, and I always wonder…why do I love him? ;)

  5. Michele @Alwayzbakin posted on July 16, 2014 at 5:15 am (#)

    Both my kids work at Coldstone and I gotta say that they would both be impressed by your ice cream-smushing ability! THAT looks great! And one my favorite flavors too. Yum! :-D

  6. Mir posted on July 16, 2014 at 7:02 am (#)

    I love Coldstone! Especially with brownie mix-ins. I just make them add PB cups!
    This is a great copycat!

  7. Jessica l A Kitchen Addiction posted on July 16, 2014 at 9:16 am (#)

    Love that you came up with your own Cold Stone creation! This will be happening soon!

  8. Teresa Youngman posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:08 pm (#)

    Looks yummy!

  9. Teresa Youngman posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm (#)

    Looks and sounds yummy!

  10. lori posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm (#)

    Now here is one time that practice makes delicious! I would not mind practicing 3 or 4 times a week!

  11. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on July 17, 2014 at 8:07 am (#)

    We love Coldstone! This is pretty much what I would order too, love it Ashton!

  12. aimee @ like mother like daughter posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness, this looks so amazing! I never would have thought to do this, but I can’t wait to try! Yum!

  13. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on July 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm (#)

    I haven’t eaten much Coldstone, unfortunately, so I hadn’t herard of this AMAZINGGG ice cream flavor until RIGHT NOW! I looove all the stuff that’s in it and I think I need to make this up ASAP!

  14. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife posted on July 24, 2014 at 2:41 am (#)

    Oh boy, now I’m craving this! :) I love everything about it!

  15. h.Shafi posted on October 14, 2014 at 4:25 am (#)

    i love ice cream sundaes