Oprah favors Graeter's Ice Cream as does Bobby Flay, we're told. So, SavorSA ice cream enthusiasts decided to try it for ourselves.
After careful sampling, our response was: very good. And please give us more.
Graeter's Ice Cream now at H-E-B stores. There are 24 pint flavors and 5 rotating seasonal flavors.
Back in the 1800s the Graeter family pioneered the French Pot process of making only two gallons at a time with all-natural ingredients like heavy cream and pure cane sugar, according to the labels.
As the company press material rightly states, the result is a "dense, creamy texture and massive chocolate chips." Look for regular and seasonal flavors (which rotate throughout the year.)
I agree with all of the above, and will add that the flavors are more intense without tasting artificial and without leaving any heavy, sugary aftertaste. In fact, though the ice cream was sweet enough, I didn't find that I had to race off for a glass of water right after eating it.
The chips: The Graeter's chocolate chips, which we had in the Mocha Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip and the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip (our favorite) were more like broken up, good-quality dark chocolate candy bars. No waxy taste. No searching your palate for something that really did
taste like chocolate.
The Vanilla flavor was excellent, and Strawberry was also really good, offering up the occasional frozen strawberry. The Butter Pecan was the best example of that flavor that I've had in a long time.
Give Graeter's a try. We went to a regular H-E-B to be sure they were in stock (they were) and to check on the price. At our store they were marked down from $5 a pint to $4.50. And, we discovered what we'll try next —the Coconut Chocolate Chip.
Featured photograph by Bonnie Walker