By Natalie Simms
It’s the best of both worlds…cookies and ice cream, and marble-slab ice cream at that. As soon as I heard the news that a Great American Cookies and Marble Slab Creamery combo store was coming to Cartersville, I knew my family would have to go check it out after it opened.
Since we were in Cartersville for dinner this past Thursday, we decided to head over for dessert afterwards. Located at 602 East Main St., in the Main Street Commons shopping center with Kohls, the shop was quite busy for a weeknight but there were plenty of staff available to serve customers quickly.
They have a large, three-panel digital menu that changes slides twice full of options, options and more options. It took us several minutes to decide what everyone wanted. They offer everything from ice cream by the scoop in cup or cone to shakes, sundaes, floats and then all the cookie options.
They feature 22 homemade ice cream flavors including traditional vanilla or chocolate, along with tasty options like red velvet cake, cheesecake, stuffed Oreo, peanut butter, pina colada and even a whiskey-flavored option. Two non-fat sorbets of limoncello or raspberry are also available. There are 21 mix-in options including candies, cookies, brownies, fruit (cherries or strawberries), sprinkles and nuts. And they offer free samples before you select a flavor.
For me, the marble slab mix-in is what makes this ice cream a real treat. I chose the chocolate peanut butter ice cream with Reese’s Peanut Butter cups mixed-in. The server spread the scoop of ice cream over the ice-cold marble slab and worked the candy into the ice cream. I prefer the mix-in option versus just a topping because you get some candy in each bite rather than just on the top layer.
You can choose a cup or waffle cone with free mix-ins. Dipped waffle cones and waffle bowls are available for an additional $1.49. Cost for the ice cream is $4.99 for small, $5.99 for regular or $6.99 for “best value” of all you can fit in a cup. The difference in each is the size of the cup.
I think what makes this shop so unique are the combo menu options that include both cookies and ice cream. My daughter had an ‘ice cream double doozie’ which is basically a homemade ice cream sandwich. You pick you choice of cookies and choice of ice cream and they create it. Cost is $5.99 each or a double decker option for $7.99. Best bang for the buck is the four-pack for $18.99 if you need more than one.
Other cookie-ice cream combo options include a cookie sundae for $6.99 with your choice of cookies and ice cream. A cookie shake for $6.99 small or $7.99 large, plus a brownie sundae option for $7.99.
They offer 10 different cookie flavors including chocolate chip, M&Ms, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, white chunk macadamia, double fudge, sugar, oatmeal walnut raisin, strawberry crinkle and birthday cake. Cookies are $1.89 each or buy 5/get one free for $9.45. They have other deals as well for increasing quantities.
Custom cookie cakes are also available in various sizes or cookie cake by the slice for $3.89 each. Ice cream cakes are also available and ice cream is sold by the quart for $11.99 each. If you are having a party, they offer an ice cream sundae kit that includes ice cream, mix-ins, cups, spoons, napkins and tote bag. Cost is $49.99 for four quarts or $69.99 for six quarts.
My family all wanted both ice cream and a cookie. They ordered a variety of flavors including red velvet cake, cheesecake, blue cotton candy and stuffed Oreo. All were pleased with their choices. The cookies were equally as tasty with the signature chewy goodness that Great American cookies deliver.
As for the building itself, it is decorated in very bright colors with a fun, festive environment with indoor seating. There is an adjoining outdoor covered patio, but no seating as yet…that will probably be coming as warmer weather arrives.
It was a tasty treat for the family but definitely not a cheap one. I have a family of six and we ordered 4 small scoops, one waffle one, one ice cream double doozie and 6 cookies for total of $37.15 (tax included). I’m sure we will stop by again on another trip to Cartersville.
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