Friday, March 30, 2012

I scream, You scream, We ALL scream for…

Graeter’s Ice Cream!

Ok, so I changed the words a little bit.  You caught me.  But right now my freezer has four pints of Graeter’s Ice Cream and it is absolutely fabulous.  And it is now available in MARYLAND at Weis, Mars, and Fresh Market!

I admit that ice cream is one of my guilty pleasures so when the folks at Graeter’s contacted me about reviewing their ice cream, I accepted the offer. 

While waiting for my ice cream to arrive, I had some time to look around their site and read about the French Pot process that makes their ice cream so creamy.  In order to use this process they make the ice cream only two gallons at a time!

Then the big day came and our ice cream samples arrived!  We received four of their “signature chip” flavors.  Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.

Just typing those names makes me want to get up and head to the freezer again.  But alas, I resist. 

First of all, they are not joking about how creamy this ice cream is.  AMAZING!  I can see why Oprah declared it her favorite.  Every single flavor was fabulously creamy.   I don’t know everything about their French Pot Process, but when they say they have perfected it, they have!  YUM!

The second thing we noticed about each “chip” flavor was the consistency of the chips.  They aren’t uniform in size or shape.  It is more like someone drizzled melted chocolate into a bar and then broke it into pieces and put the pieces in the ice cream.  My daughter was completely excited to get a 3 inch size chocolate “chip” in her scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip. 

(I looked it up on Wikipedia and that is close to what is done.  Chocolate is drizzled on top of the pot of ice cream so it forms a layer.  Once it hardens, the layer is broken up into pieces and mixed into the ice cream.)

Now for the flavors, in order of preference…

Black Raspberry Choc Chip1.  Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip.   Oh. My. Word.  This is good stuff.  I am not even sure how to describe how amazing this flavor is.  The raspberry isn’t too sweet, but sweet enough to provide a lovely contrast to the chocolate found throughout.  Hands down, I will be buying more of this flavor if I can find it at the Weis up the road.

2.  Chocolate Chip.  I am surprised I liked this one so much because vanilla isn’t my favorite flavor.  I am much more of a chocolate fan.  Something about this particular chocolate chip was delicious.  The vanilla ice cream was creamy and tasty in a way that vanilla ice cream usually isn’t for me.  And it was the perfect amount of chocolate throughout.

3.  Chocolate Chocolate Chip.  This was just as creamy and delicious as the rest!  For me, it was a bit too chocolate-y.  Surprisingly, for my husband, it was perfect yet he doesn’t normally like chocolate ice cream.  It was an interesting twist.  Again, the chips of chocolate are just fabulous!

4.  Mint Chocolate Chip.  Now, this is normally my favorite flavor but it didn’t pan out that way.  I am a green mint ice cream girl and the Graeter’s Mint Chocolate Chip is a white mint.  It tastes exactly like a peppermint patty.  Of course, that meant my daughter’s thought it was delicious because they like peppermint patties, but I don’t care for the candy and didn’t particularly like this flavor.

Overall, this is probably one of the smoothest, creamiest ice creams I have ever tasted.  You should truly do yourself a favor and get to Weis, Mars, or Fresh Market this weekend and pick up a flavor.

I am just informed my husband that we will be picking up a pint of their Peanut Butter  Chip as well as the limited edition Strawberry Chip.  They both sound delicious and I can’t wait to try them. 

How about you?  Are you a fan of Graeter’s?  Got a flavor you’d recommend?


julie.schellin said...

ICE CREAM! (screaming with you!) Thanks for the great review - we have never met an ice cream we didn't like, and will always welcome new brands with gusto. :) And Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip?!? That sounds wonderful!

AnnG said...

This sounds soooo yummy...gonna have to try to find this down here! Great review!


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