Wow, wait, that doesn't look that appetizing.
Ok, that's better. We've got the big Graeter's chunks again,
along with tiny bits everywhere to add flavor.
I didn't really show this as well yesterday, so here is a super closeup.
Notice an almost complete lack of air (the ripples/spaces),
reminds me of that airless chocolate hempmilk ice cream I briefly tried.
I was hoping the chocolate chips would work better than in the black raspberry chip, but honestly, I think I like them less. I can see people digging their size, or the fact that they are soft, but it just doesn't pop for me. The chocolate flavor of the base is nice enough, it has a fairly strong cocoa vibe, but when I bite into the pieces, it just kind of comes up with this watery sploosh rather than a chocolate pop (funny, because I was starting to dig them yesterday, but now I just feel kind of ho hum about it).
Alright, I've come to a conclusion. I can live without Graeter's. I'm guessing there will always be the debate of who is better: H-D or B&J. Well, take the air difference between H-D and B&J, and than subtract that from H-D to get Graeter's. I know everyone's palettes and tastes are different, but 2% air just ain't enough to me. Sounds dumb doesn't it?
Please give me more free air and less of your product (all at the same price)
See, sounds ridiculous, but after a lifetime of a certain air percentage, the 2% just doesn't rock my world. The argument is that the lack of air lets the true cocoa flavor come out a bit more but to me ice cream is milk and cream. If I can't get a sufficient dose of my milk vibe, I guess I feel a bit disappointed. It's just not a complete experience for me. I hope that makes sense.
Now before all the Graeter's fans get angry, let me state that it's not a bad product. It's obviously a well crafted, quality pint, but that doesn't mean I have to love it. I've spent a lifetime eating a certain kind of ice cream and I just don't foresee myself changing this drastically anytime soon. When I want air and inclusions, I'll go B&J. When I want less air (and often less inclusions), I'll go H-D. I doubt this will ever be a permanent member of my freezer. There's just way too much fat and calories here and not enough poof.
Maybe someday my tastes will mature..... no that doesn't work since my daughter really liked this one (I told her it was fancy schmancy ice cream from Ohio). Maybe I'll like this one more when I stop being so picky.
Verdict? I expected too much
Buy Again? not this flavor
Update: Just to clarify because I know I'm rambling about Graeter's. This is not a bad ice cream. It's got a straightforward flavor and a quality build, it's just different. I guess what I am trying to stress is that if you've never had something like Graeter's, it's not necessarily something you will love on first bite. I mean you may, or if you a cranky bugger like myself, it's going to take some getting use to. There's "EW, I'll never have another bite" and then there's "Ohh, that's different". My apologies to the Graeter's fans out there
Update #2: I have fallen in love with their vanilla ice cream and am now more appreciative of their style.
|Serving Size 1/2 cup (114g)|
Servings Per Container 4
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 300||from Fat 160|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||30%|
|- Sat Fat 10g||50%|
|- Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 31g||10%|
|- Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|- Sugars 30g|
|Vitamin A 10%||Vitamin C 0%|
|Calcium 10%||Iron 0%|