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Do You Really "Gotta Have It?"

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Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM filed under Diet & Nutrition postings
In an attempt to appeal to their consumers, Cold Stone Creamery has playfully labeled their small, medium, and large sizes under their own brand of Like It, Love it, and Gotta Have It. Displayed in their About Us section, the Creamery states "nobody serves up the ultimate indulgence like Cold Stone." You may want to remember that line before you over-indulge by eating/drinking something you've "gotta have."

On average, every "Gotta Have It"-sized ice cream contains approximately 811 calories. As alarming as that figure is, what is even more disconcerting is that that figure pales in comparison to that of their milkshakes. Regardless of size, there is not a single shake offered on their menu that clocks-in under 1,000 calories. And you thought those Ruby Tuesday's burgers were bad for you...take a look at this:

Shakes Size Calories Fat(g) % of Daily Value Sat. Fat(g) % of Daily Value
Cake 'n Shake Like It 1140 60 92 36 178%
Cake 'n Shake Love It 1400 73 112 43 216%
Cake 'n Shake Gotta Have 1670 88 135% 52 262%
C. Cheesecake Like It 1090 54 83% 34 170%
C. Cheesecake Love It 1290 66 102% 42 201%
C. Cheesecake Gotta Have 1610 80 123% 51 255%
C. de Menthe Like It 1160 67 103% 42 210%
C. de Menthe Love It 1280 74 114% 47 235%
C. de Menthe Gotta Have 1720 99 152% 62 310%
Caramel Latte Like It 1320 62 95% 39 195%
Caramel Latte Love It 1530 72 111% 45 225%
Caramel Latte Gotta Have 1790 90 138% 57 285%
Milk+Cookies Like It 1090 63 97% 38 190%
Milk+Cookies Love It 1400 80 123% 48 240%
Milk+Cookies Gotta Have 1660 96 148% 57 285%
Oh Fudge! Like It 1250 70 108% 45 225%
Oh Fudge! Love It 1660 91 140% 61 305%
Oh Fudge! Gotta Have 1920 106 163% 69 345%
PB&C Like It 1280 82 126% 45 225%
PB&C Love It 1690 111 171% 58 290%
PB&C Gotta Have 2010 131 202% 68 340%
Savory Strawberry Like It 1000 55 85% 35 175%
Savory Strawberry Love It 1200 67 103% 42 210%
Savory Strawberry Gotta Have 1480 81 125% 51 255%
Very Vanilla Like It 1180 57 88% 40 200%
Very Vanilla Love It 1390 69 106% 49 245%
Very Vanilla Gotta Have 1820 85 131% 59 295%

The numbers really do speak for themselves. While Men's Health Magazine already exposed the PB&C Milkshake as the worst drink in America, the other shakes offered by Cold Stone deserve some recognition as well. It's not often that you'll find an entire list of milkshakes that doubles or even triples your daily allotment fats and saturated fats.

So before you pass up on the much tamer, healthier alternative of sherbet for seductively indulgent ice cream, remember that you're paying a price. Be sure to ask yourself this question, do you really "Gotta Have It?"

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