I’m being quite kind by starting out with a mouth-watering shot of my ice cream cone I endured a 35+ minute wait for, because every subsequent photo in this post might make you rethink idly standing in a 100-person-deep queue for not-so-spectacular ice cream.
Sprinkles Ice Cream
9631 South Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Harsh? I’ll let you take a look at the photographic evidence:
OK, I get it. It was opening weekend so I anticipated a line. The wait isn’t terrible and there’s enough people watching to keep even the shortest attention span entertained. But cmon, Sprinkles. Your customers are already putting up with a stupidly long wait, and you RUN OUT of red velvet ice cream? It’s not like it’s arguably your signature cupcake that made you inexplicably famous. What’s that? It’s so popular you make a home mix? Fail. It’s not like it’s featured prominently on your site. OH WAIT IT IS.
I think the word I’m looking for here is UGH. Severely ill-prepared, disgustingly dirty and the world’s slowest moving line do not make for a pleasant ice cream experience.
I tried what I thought would be a close substitute for their horrific lack of red velvet ice cream: salty caramel ice cream in a red velvet waffle cone with red velvet cupcakes mushed up as a topping. It wasn’t bad ice cream by any means, but it wasn’t worth the wait and quite frankly, I can get a whole pint of better ice cream (this is my favorite) for the same price and eat it in the comfort of my own home in pjs watching reruns of any given Housewives on Bravo. (I’d also like to note that the floors in my home are certainly cleaner than the grubby floors pictured above).
The red velvet waffle cone helped soften the pain of not having any actual red velvet ice cream. But it is kinda depressing to walk outside after eating mediocre salty caramel ice cream to find THIS TRAGEDY on the sidewalk. Don’t they know there are red velvet ice cream craving Shannons out there?! Such a shame.
Will I be back? Maaaaaaaaybe. I don’t know if I can endure that wait for another so-so experience. And that’s huge, considering 90% of my diet consists of sugar.
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