In case you aren’t up on your baking-chick blogs, Jeni’s Splendid from Columbus, Ohio recently released an ice-cream cookbook. I don’t actually expect that many of you to keep up with the latest in E-cookery, but let’s just say the book has created such a buzz that you think it was an unreleased collaboration from Julia Child and 2-pac. With all the talk about Jeni’s, I was feeling a little sorry for Ohio’s other famous cream, Graeter’s. I decided it would be a good time to give their signature Black Raspberry Chip a try.
Another influencing factor for my purchase was this article and slide show on SeriousEats. You can read and click through to learn all about Graeter’s processes and commitment to quality. I’m all about that sort of thing, and don’t mind paying an extra dollar or so to get it..now paying an extra $7- that’s pushing it.
The base is very creamy, almost custard like. You may even be able to tell the difference between other premium brands. The black raspberry flavor is very sweet, there may be the slightest tartness – but not much.
Ben & Jerry’s may be king when it come’s to general mix-ins, but Graeter’s has the chips category on lock. Check out that “chip” above, more like a Bitter-Sweet Boulder. Bitter-sweet normally wouldn’t be my first choice of chocolate, but it’s fitting given the sweetness of the black raspberry. I also really liked the softer consistency which was almost fudge-like, rather than something that might break a tooth.
I’ll be honest, it took some time for this one to grow on me. I only started to realize how much I liked it when a small spoon to double check the flavor turned into half a bowl. I’m not generally a fruity ice cream type of guy, but this I like. I’ll be happy to pay an extra dollar to try out some of Graeter’s other flavors. Suggestions?