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Graeter’s Ice Cream

by TerriAnn

I’ve sent many things in the past. In my anime days I would send self-addressed video tapes to fan subtitlers. While dating my (now) husband when he was in the Netherlands, you can imagine how many gifts crossed the Atlantic. And now, with blogging, I have had a chance to send some fun items including a Flip camera and receive some great things as well. Ice cream was never one of them, until now.

Normally one would not think to send ice cream as a gift. With Graeter’s Ice Cream you can. How? With styrofoam and dry ice of course!

Before this, I had never heard of Graeter’s though it seems to have made the headlines as Oprah’s favorite. Here’s a little about the company and their products:

The fourth-generation family-owned company stands apart from the rest having pioneered the French Pot process of making only 2-gallons at a time with all-natural ingredients such as heavy cream and pure cane sugar. End result… a dense, creamy texture and massive chocolate chips. There are 24 pint flavors including signature chip flavors and five seasonal favorites, which rotate throughout the year.

I’m not an expert on ice cream but I am pretty specific on the types I like. It has to be smooth, creamy, all-natural, and has to include Mint Chocolate Chip in the line. Graeter’s meets all those expectations!

The consistency of the ice cream is smooth and thick. It is easy to scoop but be warned that it does melt fairly quickly. Most of the flavors include chocolate chips. The chocolate chips are more like chunks but they melt in your mouth. I hate it when the chips taste more like plastic and it takes several seconds to chew one up – blech.

Having individual pints is fantastic. As you can see, each in my family was able to choose which ice cream they wanted for dessert. My daughter was happy sorbet (no dairy) was included in our 6-pack variety pack.

Grater’s Ice Cream is best thought of as a gourmet ice cream. The quality is top-notch but VERY expensive. For a casual treat $60 – $80 for six pints is a bit steep. All-natural, tasty ice cream can be bought at the grocery store for $2.99 for 1.5 quart container on sale. Still, those can’t be shipped. If you are looking for a unique gift for a true ice cream lover, then this would be the perfect option.

Disclosure: I was provided with the above mentioned product(s) at no charge to facilitate this review, which contains 100% my honest opinion.

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blueviolet May 25, 2011 - 4:24 pm

I love that the chocolate is chunky. I really like that kind of thing in my ice cream. I think it would be wonderful for a special gift for someone, but probably not very often because of the price.

Cookies & Clogs May 27, 2011 - 5:29 pm

Yep, pretty steep for lil’ ol’ bloggers like ourselves 🙂

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