A daily double dip from Cold Stone Creamery can be a great motivator to quit smoking: It can make the inevitable 15-pound weight gain seem worth it. Lose your guilt about lengthening the line while you go through all the tasting spoons you require. Cake batter actually tastes like cake batter; cotton candy tastes like cotton candy (the lurid blue color notwithstanding), and so on. Skip the flavorless waffle cone and the skimpy shakes--better to focus on choices among an impossible array of mix-ins: cherries or strawberries? White or brown chocolate chips? Oreo or graham-cracker pie crust? Gummi Bears, Three Musketeers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms? Ready-made cakes for that almost-forgotten birthday range from adorable to forgive-you-anything gorgeous.
2. Santa Barbara Ice Creamery, 2502 N. Campbell Ave., 323-1231
3. Austin's Old Fashioned Ice Cream, 6121 E. Broadway Blvd., 514-5132