Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Product Placement Wednesday - Graeter's Ice Cream

So for my fabulous readers in Ohio (especially anyone from Cincinnati), Graeter's Ice Cream is old yet delicious news. Founded in 1870 in Cincinnati, OH, Graeter's is a family owned ice cream business that makes ice cream using the French Pot process. Here are some details from their site regarding this process:

Graeter’s has perfected our traditional French Pot process, making the world’s finest ice cream just two gallons at a time. It’s the only way to achieve the irresistible creaminess that is Graeter’s.

Our secret recipe of fresh cream and egg custard is gently swirled along the chilled sides of a slowly spinning French Pot Freezer. As the creamy blend thickens, a blade softly scrapes the sides of the pot, folding the ice cream into itself. Then we add the fresh ingredients to complete our unique flavors.

The gentle folding process prevents air from whipping into our ice cream and accounts for the extremely dense and creamy consistency. Where a typical pint of ice cream can weigh as little as 8 ounces, a Graeter’s pint weighs nearly a full pound! Graeter’s ice cream is so rich and creamy that we have to pack every pint by hand.

Graeter’s is famous for the massive chunks of chocolate found in our signature chip flavors. We
create these unique chips by pouring our own specially prepared liquid chocolate into the French Pot just as the ice cream is finishing. A paddle is then used to break up the frozen layer into the randomly sized chunks of chocolate.

You might be wondering if Graeter's has been around for so long and even Oprah raves about it why am I featuring it on Product Placement Wednesday? Of course because I have exciting news! Graeter's is now available in California! Apparently the squeaky wheel gets the grease as Los Angeles fans have been requesting it at Ralph's stores. Not to worry if you don't live in LA, it is available at other Ralph's stores in California too.

Don't live in California but want to get your Graeter's fix? Check out their seachable site here. If your town has a market owned by Kroger, you are in luck! If you live in Delaware, DC, Hawaii, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, or Vermont luck is not currently on your side. I would suggest begging your local stores to start carrying it or have it shipped directly from Graeter's.

If you have not tried Graeter's I say there is no time like the present. People are fanatics about this ice cream and there is a reason for it. I once helped plan a bar mitzvah and the family shipped about 20 pints in from Ohio. When the product was not delivered correctly and the ice cream was somewhat melty, Graeter's shipped an entirely new order free of charge. I heart good customer service.

Wondering which flavor to try first? I suggest one of the Signature Chip Flavors. Black Raspberry Chip is a little bit of heaven and like no other ice cream out there. That is my personal go to but having had the opportunity to sample a variety of flavors I can promise that there is not a bad apple in the bunch. They even offer sorbet for those that prefer a dairy free option.

Once you try it, let me know what your favorite flavors!

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