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Graeter’s Ice Cream Review & Giveaway

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A few weeks ago, I got an email with the header of “Oprah’s Favorite Ice Cream”. Needless to say I was very intrigued. The email was about Graeter’s ice cream. They have recently started selling them in Kroger and Meijer in Michigan and they were kind enough to send me a package with 6 pints of different flavors.

Before we discuss the ice cream itself, I was happy to learn the following about them: its a fourth generation family-owned company their signature is using the French Pot process of making only 2-gallons at a time with all-natural ingredients like heavy cream and pure cane sugar. Yeah, you heard what I said. 2 gallons at a time! Read more about it here.  That is insane, but shows what dedication is. Now…on to the ice cream.
Graeter's Ice Cream
It was so nice to come home and find ice cream waiting for me! I was a bit dubious about receiving it in the mail, but I was amazed at how well packed and insulated it was. There was a nice little note in there, and a pack of dry ice to keep the ice cream cold.
Graeter's Ice Cream
You can see how cold the ice cream was below. What a great way to ship it.
Graeter's Ice Cream
It was a rainbow of pints that greeted me, and I couldn’t wait to try each of them.
Graeter's Ice Cream
The flavors of ice cream: Mocha Chocolate Chip, Butter Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, and Vanilla.
Graeter's Ice Cream
I always judge how good a brand is from their vanilla. You can cover up a bad base with flavor, but not with vanilla. The Graeter’s vanilla was so delicious, and creamy. You can also see the vanilla bean, which I always love.
Graeter's Ice Cream
The other interesting flavor was the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip. I was looking forward to wrapping my lips around this one. I don’t think I have ever tasted anything like it, and believe me I have had alot of ice cream. lol. It was creamy, and tasted like raspberries. I loved the color too, since purple is my favorite.

The strawberries and cream was delightful. Creamy and light, not overwhelmingly sweet.
Graeter's Ice Cream
Under the purple scoop above is the mint chocolate chip. I’m so used to eating green ice cream, I wasn’t expecting a white mint ice cream. But I appreciate them not adding artificial colors, and enjoyed it even more.

My hubby and I agreed though, that the Mocha was one of the best we have ever had. Chocolate and coffee are always good partners, and the chocolate chips just push it over for the win! Lets just say that pint disappeared fast!
graeters cone

The ice cream is creamy and delicious, and definitely a must try. I loved trying the different flavors and picking my favorites. This is a high quality ice cream. You should try it for yourself, and let me know. And now the part you have been waiting for 🙂

The fine folks at Graeter’s also want to giveaway a similar ice cream package of 6 pints to one of you!

To enter, just comment below with what your favorite flavor is. Or, if you don’t want to tell me, you can just tell me why you love me so much :), humble I know! lol. Giveaway ends on June/3/2011 11:59pm EST. Only open to US residents. Also, please be patient if your comment doesn’t appear right away. I may have to approve it.

For additional entries:

1) Follow me on twitter @mirauncut

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You can find Graeter’s on facebook and twitter as well.

p.s. The ice cream in this post and for the giveaway have been provided by Graeter’s.

Dale & Thomas Popcorn – Purple Spoon Ice Cream

Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

Last Royal Oak visit, we decided to get some Popcorn at Dale & Thomas. Purple spoon has opened in the same space and I guess its a knock off of pinkberry. I’ve never had the latter so I can’t compare the two.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

I really loved the signs, design and feel for the place. There was a huge image of a corn field that was lit and it set a light and happy tone for the location.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

Many popcorn flavors like you see below, from BBQ to cheddar-chipotle. We tend to be sweet salty luvin kinda ppl so we went for…Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

…The chocolate Chunk Caramel. We ate it for 2 days, and it was divine. The cookies n creme would be interesting to try next time.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

Very cute decor, very bad acting on my part.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

I loved how they presented the popcorn, in the farmers wood buckets.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

In the back the popcorn was popping away, the smell wafting beautifully thru the room.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

They had a turning urn thing that you add the flavor to and it keeps rotating to cover all the popcorn.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

They made the chocolate caramel by drizzling it all over a pan of popcorn, and letting set.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

It was crunchy, fresh, sweet, salty and perfect. I loved that there were big chunks of chocolate here and there. It was a really good treat.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

As for the Purple Spoon part of it, the decor is a bit more modern and minimalistic. It’s theme doesn’t mesh 100% with the farmers theme of the popcorn part, but it’s not too bad. Also, if you buy the popcorn first, they will give you a coupon (1$ off) of the icecream.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

Positives is the low calorie. Negatives are that flavors are limited, but they cycle them. I had the original tart. It was good. Not great, but good.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon 

You can add toppings for 75 cents each. I’m not a toppings fan in general, but if I were going to try something it would be the fruit or candy. I would skip the cereal.Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon Dale & Thomas Popcorn - Purple Spoon

The frozen yogurt was good, but I don’t see myself ever craving it. I’m a bit of an ice cream snob i guess.

As for the popcorn, I loved it, and my glass ball says there is more salty sweet popcorniness in my future.

always uncut.
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