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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 | www.somethingswanky.com

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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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

15 comments on “Coldstone Founder’s Favorite Copycat”

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

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

  3. 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. Just…OMG.

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

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

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

  8. Looks yummy!

  9. Looks and sounds yummy!

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

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

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

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

  15. i love ice cream sundaes

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