Thank you to blogger Amanda Appiarius for sharing her wonderful post about Graeter's. Amanda just recently move from Cincinnati to San Francisco and misses her favorite frozen treat in Cincinnati. Take a moment and read the delightful article about Graeter's French Pot Process and what Amanda calls, "The Pint Experience"
Cincinnati's Frozen Gem: Graeter's Ice Cream
Ice Cream the old fashioned way.
Glorious chunks of chocolate hidden in folds of creamy ecstasy.
A heavy texture that will dominate all other ice creams you have ever loved.
This is Graeter’s : Homebase : Cincinnati.
Graeter’s makes their uniquely magnificent ice cream via the French Pot process – 2 measly yet powerfully seductive gallons at a time. Their recipe is fresh cream and egg swirled in a French Pot Freezer. This is where the thickening happens (and oh boy, Greater’s is thick, dense, untouchably perfect). A blade scrapes the freezing cream from the sides of the pot, letting the ice cream layer onto itself, one preciously smooth fold after another. This locks out all of that unwanted air,compacting the rich denseness. Their pint weighs in at about a pound. Um…yea so I guess that means I’ve eaten a pound of ice cream in one sitting once before…a couple times, a few times…whatever. Details are not important here – the point is – uh. Yum. Anyway after this scraping business they add the chunks. of chocolate. Graeter’s pours their own liquid chocolate into the spinning pot at the very end of the process. They then break the chocolate into the Chips. Chips of beautifully grotesque massiveness. Chips of perfect melt on your tongue tininess. This velvety result with its mammoth gems is hand-packed into those nearly 1lb pints. Pints that simply do not exist in the city of San Francisco. Grr.
Let me just walk you through the Graeter’s Pint Experience.
You peel off the lid to find a sleek finish of tightly packed ice cream. You skim off the smooth top, slowly cutting the thick, cold treat with the edge of your spoon. It curls off easily into fat, melty pieces that you let linger on your tongue. Occasionally you’ll hit a chip, suck on it, bite it and let the rich chocolate contrast the flavor of the ice cream. The creaminess calms your throat, your mind, your soul as you dig deeper. The longer the pint is in your hand, the more it starts to melt and the better it gets. You dig around the sides of the pint, picking up the melted milkiness and mixing it with the soft ice cream for perfect soothing bites. The flavor never dies, the ice cream continues to soften and mix with the melted edges until suddenly, after this big chip here, the small one there, the delicious creamy bite here and the last silky bite there…it’s gone? Scrape scrape. No more? Scrape the remaining meltiness. All gone. Oh no, did I just ate a pint? Guess my Daddy taught me well!
Lucky for Amanda, Graeter's continues to grow and may be on it's way to San Francisco! Stay tuned... Looking for Graeter's where you live? Visit our website to search for a store near you!