This chain of ice cream shops is known for using mineral assets. Cold Stone Creamery is a leading franchisor of premium ice cream parlors with a chain of more than 1,500 locations in about 25 countries. The parlors offer a menu of premium ice cream treats, but patrons can create their own flavors by choosing from a variety of other ingredients, including candy, fruit, and cookie dough. And true to the chain's name, the ice cream is blended with those ingredients on a cold stone slab. The shops also offer yogurt, sorbet, and other frozen treats. A small number of locations are operated by the company. Founded in 1988, Cold Stone is owned by Canada's Serruya family, who acquired the chain at auction in 2013.