Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Graeter's Cinnamon and Egg Nog Ice Creams
Sandy inspired Freezer Spelunking Part 2

Ok, so hopefully you saw the first few hurricane pints we opened, but in case the power went out (which it did, but only for a moment), I wanted to crack open the holiday Graeter's before I missed my opportunity to try them. So, may I happily introduce the following two pints generously sent over by Graeter's.

Behold, the rare sounding Cinnamon ice cream and the rare looking Egg Nog ice cream. I say rare looking because the pint doesn't even have an official design, it's just a generic pint with a sticker up top (no complaints since in this case it just makes it seem that more special). Now I expect to love the cinnamon and not love the egg nog, but let's dig in.

I'm guessing you can tell which is which. The cinnamon has a nice beige color with wall to wall specks of cinnamon. The egg nog is a light yellow with no discernible seasoning.

Actually let's zoom in better for a closer look. Technically the eggnog has a little bit of seasoning, but the cinnamon real comes to life here. What's nice here is that the french pot process has really brought a creamy version of cinnamon to the table. Sure, maybe there is a little cinnamon grit, but that's nothing compared to drying grit of the batch version I tried a few months ago. Cinnamon is a pretty unique trick, but if you forget that this is ice cream first, you won't get repeat customers (but like I said, this is not an issue for Graeter's).

I think what really impresses me about the egg nog is that it is such a light and delicate flavor (well, for an egg nog). When I think of real egg nog or even Edy's version, I think of a flavor that's coated with fillers and feels very heavy on the tastebuds. Somehow Graeter's excellent french pot process has gently delivered that flavor to this wonderful base ice cream --- can you tell I'm impressed?  Let me put it another way. My daughter ate her egg nog sample while disavowing the cinnamon. I don't think she loved it, but the fact it finished it is pretty positive in my book.

Yet again, it's these non-chip Graeter's flavors that really showcase the wonders of the small french pot process. It's just such an excellent base product and I really can't imagine anyone not likely it. If you think H-D is a little too dense, or you think B&J is too complicated, then please go out and try one of the non-chip Graeter's flavors. They really are wonderful.

On Second Scoops: Let me just say that the Cinnamon Graeter's makes a lovely edition to your early morning breakfast and the egg nog gets a thumbs up from my wife.

Verdict?  Both excellent
Buy Again?  You know it


The Ice Cream Informant said...

I loved their Cinnamon even more so than their Pumpkin. Another great flavor from Graeter's!

Dubba said...

I like the thought that this cinnamon would be good year round and could be paired with so many other things (I'll post a pic of what I mean later)