Per Rabbi Naftali Burnstein, Coldstone Creamery on Warrensville Ctr. Rd. has been and still remains under the kosher certification of Young Israel.
If you do go in, please make sure to ask for Rita (owner of branch) & thank her for keeping that location kosher. She appreciates hearing that & will help her decide to keep it kosher & under certification.
Is it chalav yisrael? I had NO idea there was a kosher coldstone.
Not chalav yisrael. Go to Chocolate Emporium!
They have really invested in the frum community in stocking products that are important to us (Chalov Yisroel, Pas Yisroel) so we should support them. They also have hasgacha on all of their ice cream and toppings.
Other places like Menchies and Yogurt Vi – all they have is a a store employee or store catalog to prove that the flavors are kosher and as far as the toppings, it is easy for people to forget and then use non-kosher toppings. Yes, it is good though that Coldstone does have supervision unlike these previous 2 so if you eat chalav stam then support it too.
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“Glida for me”,
I was always wondering, does the hashgocho at Chocolate Emporium certify that the Cholov Yisroel ice cream is actually Cholov Yisroel?
I have personally never been there, but I have heard that they sell something called a “razzle”. They apparently use the same machine for regular ice cream and Cholov Yisroel ice cream. They say the machine is “clean enough.” Does the Rabbi certify this? Does he take responsibility on the Cholov Yisroel status of the ice cream at all? Or is he only certifying that the ice cream is kosher?
And in regards to the other not-certified ice cream stores that you mentioned, it might be worthwhile to see the cRc bulletin posted August 20th of this year. It can be found here: www.crcweb.org/alerts.php
I would imagine that the kashrus certificate (Star-K, Rabbi Bernstein?) certifies that the store (ice cream and chocolates) is kosher. The chalav yisroel status is not guaranteed by this.
CE uses a dedicated yogurt machine for chalav yisroel and the Razzle machine is used for both. I guess that this is an area that the chalav yisrael consumer needs to ask about since its not part of the hecksher.
but if the parts for the razzle machine are cleaned properly, it should be ok. we are dealing with “cold” items anyway. Please comment
I know it sounds simple, but you would probably have to consult with a real Kashrus Maven on this one.
If there are cracks and crevices which cannot be easily cleaned out, you might have real mamashus there, and it night not even be botul.
Machines can be complicated. I am sure we would not go to a non-kosher ice cream shop and have them rinse out their machine from non-kosher flavors, then let them make us a kosher Razzle. Even though we are only dealing with cold.
For those who eat only Cholov Yisroel, they must look at the machine as if it is used for a prohibited food. I personally would only feel comfortable with that if the mashgiach of the establishment tells me that it is OK.
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