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Awards & Kudos

We're constantly reminded of how much our loyal fans love our ice cream. From a smile and a 'Thank you!' at the store level, to winning an award in a nationally recognized publication, it's clear that you really, really like us. Here are just some of the awards we've won, and others that we've given out over the years.

Best of Breed

We all know Cold Stone Creamery® serves the best ice cream in the world.  Well, these publications also agree. We’ve won our industry’s version of the “best of” awards for pretty much anything and everything that has to do with ice cream.


Entrepreneur® 2014 Franchise 500 - Top 50


Nation's Restaurant News Consumer Pick 2013: Limited-Service


"Ryan's Banana Split Party Participant" – Tempe, AZ, July 2012 - Watch Video

"Best Ice Cream" – Ventura County Readers' Choice Awards (Store 21808 in Camarillo, CA)

"Best Cold Treat in Union City" – Union City Patch Readers' Choice (Store 21952 in Union City, CA)

"Best Ice Cream" – Best of Summer Viewers' Choice Contest (Store 22284 in Westerly, RI)

"Best Ice Cream" – Dayton Business Journal Readers' Choice

2012 Retro Video Contest Winners

This last summer, Cold Stone Creamery® went back to the 50’s with a Retro promotion. Back to when times were simpler and ice cream indulgences were traditional and comforting, like classic shakes, malts, sundaes, even a banana split. As part of this promotion, to increase interest and crew engagement, we held a Retro Store Video Contest.

The rules were simple, create a 2-3 minute video, starring at least two crew members, that captured the spirit of the Retro Promotion. Entries were judged on Overall Store Décor, X-Factor, Crew Interaction with Guests, and 'Going the Extra Mile'.

More than 50 stores competed for some great prizes, and we were able to narrow down the entries to 4 tiers of winners. 15 stores were selected in all, and are listed below:


Sylvia and Ralph Quintana II (Los Angeles)


Ruben and Yolanda Navarro (Los Angeles)

Sultan Issa and Asad Sarama (Chicago)

Stephen and Stephanie McGrath (Butte-Bozeman)

Steven Foxcroft (Syracuse)


Ruth and William Huddlestun (Chicago)

Edward and Jeff Pollak (San Diego)

Cheryl Lynn, Donald (Seth), and Donald Paxman (Salt Lake City)

Boone, Brian, and Carol Nittayo (Los Angeles)

Mark and Angela Still and James and Dawn Funderburk (Springfield MO)


Kim McDaniel (Denver)

James Barrer (Philadelphia)

Boua and Sonny Baccam (Kansas City)

Greg and Rocio Cropp (El Paso-Las Cruces)

Catherine and Robert Byrne and John and Mary McKey (Tampa-St Petersburg)


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