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Cold Stone Creamery Payment Methods

A Cold Stone Creamery ice cream shop inside a strip mall.

Cold Stone Creamery is a soft-serve ice cream shop that’s known for its ice cream mixing method. It combines ice cream with various toppings by mixing them together on top of a frozen stone. It then serves these ice cream blends in waffle cones and paper cups. As a result, Cold Stone doesn’t just offer multiple flavors of ice cream. It also serves ice cream that is fully mixed with toppings such as chocolate chips, fudge, nuts, and fresh fruits such as blueberries. Of course, other ice cream shops also serve many of these toppings, but they might just place them on top of your ice cream instead of using a special mixing process.

Cold Stone also serves dairy-based coffee beverages such as lattes. It also serves ice cream shakes and smoothies made with fresh fruit. And it also makes ice cream cakes that are popular at birthday parties. This is still primarily an ice cream shop, though, so it doesn’t serve other products such as burgers and french fries that are available at quick-service restaurants. Cold Stone also accepts many common payment methods that are typical for ice cream shops.

Does Cold Stone Accept Major Credit Cards?

Cold Stone accepts Visa, American Express, Mastercard, and Discover cards. It accepts credit cards as well as debit cards. It accepts cash as well but like other restaurants it might not accept large bills.

Does Cold Stone Accept Mobile Payment Methods?

Cold Stone accepts Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and other contactless payment methods at most of its ice cream shops in my area. But some of its shops may not be set up to accept contactless payments yet.

Cold Stone also has rewards apps for both the iPhone and Android phones.

Does Cold Stone Accept International Payment Methods?

Because Cold Stone accepts Discover cards, it’s likely that it can also accept JCB and UnionPay cards by processing them through the Discover network. This ice cream shop can also use the same process to accept RuPay global cards.

Does Cold Stone Accept EBT?

Cold Stone doesn’t accept EBT at its Southern California ice cream shops. I checked the lists of Restaurant Meals program participants in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties and didn’t see this ice cream shop on those lists. That’s not surprising, though, because other ice cream shops and frozen yogurt shops typically don’t accept EBT either. Quick-service restaurants such as Wendy’s and Jack in the Box accept this payment method at many of their Southern California restaurants, though.

Does Cold Stone Offer Its Own Payment Methods?

Cold Stone sells gift cards. If you visit one of its ice cream shops in person, you can reload these gift cards with cash. That’s noteworthy because many restaurants don’t sell reloadable gift cards.

What’s Another Useful Fact About Cold Stone?

Cold Stone operates some co-branded restaurants in partnership with the Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Horton’s.

What Cold Stone Competitors Accept Apple Pay?

Rite Aid is a drug store, but it also operates more than 500 soft-serve ice cream shops inside its drug stores that sell its Thrifty ice cream. Cold Stone has around 1,000 stand-alone ice cream shops.

Menchie’s is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop that has many locations in Southern California malls.

Yogurtland is another self-serve frozen yogurt shop where you can create your own mix of frozen yogurt and toppings. It has a few locations in the Santa Barbara area and more locations in the Los Angeles area.

TCBY also operates frozen yogurt shops and some of them are located in Southern California. Its products include vegan and sugar-free frozen yogurt.

Haagen-Dazs operates ice cream shops and its ice cream is also available at grocery stores. It once had shops in malls where I live but now its closest location in my area is in Los Angeles.

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