Thursday, April 17, 2014

GOOD TASTE: Introducing Graeter’s New Ice Cream

Graeter's Ice Cream - Gelator & A Little Less Indulgent | homework

It’s a messy job but somebody’s got to do it! Some days I’m cleaning up glue and glitter and other days, ice cream scoops. I think sampling and taking pictures of ice cream might be one of my favorite ways to spend the day.

I’ve written about this brand of ice cream before and I so excited about these new products from Graeter’s. After 144 years, Graeter’s is introducing two new products to add to their line of old world delicious ice cream. Gelato and A Little Less Indulgent ice cream.

Graeter's Ice Cream - Gelator & A Little Less Indulgent | homework This is the Dark Chocolate Truffle Gelato. It is ah-mazing. And since I have a mouth full of ice cream and I’m left speechless by the flavor, here’s what Graeter’s has to say about their new Gelato line.

Presenting Graeter’s Gelato, the most authentically made gelato in North America. Like all Graeter’s Ice Cream, Graeter’s Gelato is made by hand one 2½-gallon batch at a time, in a slowly spinning chilled pot, which, just like the vintage gelato-making machines of Italy, produces gelato filled with flavor—not air. Used, of course, are nothing but quality, natural ingredients, like our heaven-on-Earth truffles, sourced from a family-run confectioner.
And according to their website, “Side effects include joy, bliss and a sudden surge to speak Italian.”
Graeter's Ice Cream - Gelator & A Little Less Indulgent | homework Next up was the Caramel Truffle Gelato. Oh my goodness!  Many people think Gelato is just the Italian word for ice cream but Gelato is different than ice cream. It has less cream and less air so the consistency is denser and the flavors more intense. It’s hard to pick which I like better. Ice cream is rich and creamy and gelato is rich, less creamy and more flavorful.

Graeter's Ice Cream - Gelator & A Little Less Indulgent | homework If you are on the ice cream side of the spectrum, Graeter’s is also introducing a new line of ice cream called A Little Less Indulgent. The ice cream contains 50% less sugar and less fat. But you would never know. The intense flavor is still in every bite. This is the Mint Chocolate Chip. I was so surprised to open the carton and not see green ice cream. That’s because there are no artificial dyes and it’s made with 100% natural triple-distilled peppermint oil. It’s like no other Mint Chocolate Ice Cream I’ve ever tasted.

Graeter's Ice Cream - Gelator & A Little Less Indulgent | homework The reason Graeter’s chocolate chunks are so large is because they melt high quality chocolate and then pour it into the French Pots that they use to make their small 2.5 gallon batches of ice cream. As the chocolate starts to harden they use paddles and break up the chocolate by hand.

Graeter's Ice Cream - Gelator & A Little Less Indulgent | homework Of course, you can always skip the chunks of chocolate and go with plain vanilla. Except, Graeter’s vanilla is made with the finest vanilla beans from Madagascar. It’s a far cry from plain vanilla and you can find it under the name Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean.

Graeter's Ice Cream - Gelator & A Little Less Indulgent | homework There are many more flavors to try but honestly, I was exhausted from this grueling work of scooping ice cream and tasting it. Plus, I had to leave some for my family. They had been patiently waiting for me to do my taste test and take the pictures. The minute I was done my son’s friends descending on the house. Word must of gone out that the blogger mom had ice cream.
Thanks for visiting my little corner of the creative world.

I received complimentary product from Graeter’s for the purpose of this review however, all opinions are mine and true. Really!

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