Graeter’s Ice Cream Party and a Giveaway

As many of you know, Hubby and I moved to Boston from Cincinnati. One of my favorite things when we lived there was walking down the street to grab some Graeter’s ice cream. I was recently contacted to review their ice cream, and they had no idea I already loved it when they contacted me. As you know, I rarely do product reviews on here, but since I already knew how much I enjoy Grater’s, I thought this would be a great opportunity.

Graeter’s uses high quality ingredients and makes their ice cream two gallons at a time to ensure quality ice cream with every batch. It is extremely creamy and decadent! They have 24 pint flavors including signature chip flavors and five seasonal favorites, which rotate throughout the year.

If you don’t live in Cincinnati, you still might be able to find Graeter’s at a grocery store in your town. A list of the locations where Graeter’s is sold can be found on theirย website. If you’re still out of luck, have no fear, you canย order ice cream online. It will be delivered to your door step just like mine was!!

The foam cooler was packed with our six pints and some dry ice to keep it frozen on it’s journey. You can order the ice cream in 6 or 12 pint packages. I think this would make a great gift for Mother’s Day, a friend who used to live in Cincinnati’s birthday, or for anyone else who enjoys great ice cream.

I decided to invite some other bloggers over to my place to share this awesome ice cream with them. So last night, Aimee, Fiona, Renee, and Amanda came over for an ice cream tasting and sundae party! Graeter’s sent me a 6 pint variety pack of ice cream to taste. I requested my favorite, black raspberry chip, to be included in the pack. The other flavors included vanilla, mocha chip, caramel, mint chip, and strawberry.

For the tasting portion, I used a 1.5 tsp scoop to scoop tiny scoops of ice cream onto everyone’s spoon. We started with vanilla and worked our way through the 6 flavors. I’m usually not a fan of strawberry ice cream, but this strawberry ice cream was very fresh and light. The three flavors that had chips were great hits. I always say they should call them chunks. We all agreed that the strawberry ice cream would have been great with the chocolate chunks in it. Turns out Graeters does have strawberry chip right now.

The chocolate in the ice cream has almost the consistency of ganache, so it’s very smooth and easy to bite into. And, everyone once and a while you’ll get a bite with a big chunk of chocolate in it. The black raspberry chip was still my favorite with the mocha chip coming in at a close second for me. (As you know, I’m lactose intolerant. But, about once a year, I eat ice cream because I just miss it so much. I participated in the tasting portion of the evening, along with the help of some medication and it was definitely worth it!)

Once we all tasted a tiny bit of each flavor, we then made ice cream sundaes. Everyone else had brought some ice cream toppings including M&Ms, caramel sauce, and candied pecans. We chowed down on our ice cream sundaes and chatted the evening away.

Eating ice cream reminded me that summer is just around the corner! And if you’d like to try some Graeter’s ice cream for yourself, be sure to enter the giveaway below!ย Graeter’s has agreed to give a 6-pint variety pack to one lucky reader!! Here’s how you can enter.

First, you must be a follower of my blog, either through Facebook or an RSS reader. For the first entry, go to and check out the flavors they offer. Come back here and leave a comment telling me which flavor you would like to try, or if you’ve had Graeter’s before, which flavor is your favorite.

For an additional entry, either Like Graeter’s on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and come back here leaving another comment saying you’ve done so.

For another additional entry, Tweet the following about the giveaway “Enter to win a 6 pint package of @graeters ice cream from @beantownbaker” then come back here to leave a comment saying you’ve done so.

A maximum of three entries per person are allowed. All comments must be made by midnight on April 27th. A winner will be chosen randomly at that point in time. Graeter’s only ships to the US (excluding Alaska and Hawaii), so if you win, you must provide a US shipping address. If you’re out of the US, you can still enter the giveaway if you plan to ship the ice cream to someone within the shipping area.

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80 Responses to “Cookbook Review and GIVEAWAY!”

  1. #
    Lauren — October 11, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    What a cool giveaway! This would be awesome for my son’s 2nd birthday next month. Thanks for the contest!

    My email is lauren.c.king at gmail dot com

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    Anne — October 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    What a cute book! I’m just starting to decorate and would love this for ideas!

    anneblanke@hotmail dot com

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    slush — October 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    That chocolate cupcake recipe is still my go-to as well. Although the chocolate cupcake from CH: Coffee is a close 2nd. (The CH:Coffee one is fussier, so I still use the old one the most.)

    I would love to get my hands on this book. I am in charge of 2 upcoming bake sales, and inspiration is much needed.

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    Megan — October 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    What a great book! I have this book on my wish list – so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!

    mybakingadventures at gmail dot com

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    Toby — October 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    oopps- forgot my email gty46at hotmail dot com

  6. #
    Sandy — October 11, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Sounds awesome

    sgbradstreet@hotmail dot com

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    jennifer — October 11, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    How very cool! And such a cute book, too.

    jenniferhaude at

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    Shawna — October 11, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Looks like an adorable book!

    shawna626 at gmail dot com

  9. #
    Tiff — October 11, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Looks like a great book! Love your blog.

    ryanandtiffany at gmail dot com

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    Chrissy — October 11, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I love to bake cakes and this book looks like so much fun! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    chrissyblogs at gmail dot com

  11. #
    Jingle — October 11, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    This looks like SUCH a fun book!

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    mic — October 11, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    i would love to get a free cookbook…i so love baking cupcakes right now!

    my email is micmic2177 at yahoo dot com

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    michelle — October 11, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    What a great looking Book! I loved making my own cake for my daughters 1st birthday! This book would give me a lot of inspiration for so many other birthdays parties to come!

    Michelle724 at gmail dot com

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    Alicia — October 11, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Looks fuuuuun!
    aliciaambler at gmail dot com.

  15. #
    grifam93 — October 11, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    looks like a lot of fun, love to bake!!! aseminara at gmail dot com

  16. #
    Julie — October 11, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    great idea! cool book!

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    mrsdanigirl8 — October 11, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I would love to be entered into this give away. It sounds like an awesome book with great recipes and ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

    My email address is dani_girl8 at hotmail dot com


  18. #
    Laura — October 11, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    What a fabulous giveaway! I bet I could get years of use from that book for our 1 year olds future birthdays!

    destinationAZ at yahoo dot com

  19. #
    Mimi — October 11, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    This book looks great. Awsome Idea!!

  20. #
    Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes — October 11, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    How fun! Please enter me to your giveaway.

    curtnancy@yahoo dot com

  21. #
    mygooglereader — October 11, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    with a little one and one on the way this would be great inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

    evedal06 at yahoo dot com

  22. #
    ~Amber~ — October 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    What a fun looking cookbook. I would love to win a copy of it. I am supposed to help with 1st birthday cake in a couple of months and this would come in handy.

  23. #
    EZA — October 12, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Awesome idea! This would definitely give me baking inspiration!

    elizabeth.stank AT gmail DOT com

  24. #
    Kayla — October 12, 2008 at 12:35 am

    What a great idea! @ gmail dot com

  25. #
    Stephanie — October 12, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Yay for a giveaway! This book looks absolutely amazing!!

  26. #
    Jaime — October 12, 2008 at 1:13 am

    what a cute book!

    goodeatsblog at gmail dot com

  27. #
    Baking Away — October 12, 2008 at 2:04 am

    That looks like a great book. Please enter me!

    lrandall79 at

  28. #
    susies1955 — October 12, 2008 at 8:49 am

    What a neat giveaway. This would be a great book for me and my grandson to explore. ๐Ÿ™‚
    susies at twcny dot rr dot com

  29. #
    CuteStuffInside — October 12, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I’m having an “I Want Candy!” giveaway right not too – ends 10/15 – I invite you to enter.


    My email is cutestuffinside at hotmail dot com

  30. #
    Nestie Tess2mommies — October 12, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Great idea, that looks like such a cool book. My email is tess2mommies at gmail dot come

  31. #
    The Queen of Quite a Lot — October 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    That looks like a really neat book! I am crossing my fingers and adding it to my wish list just in case. Thanks!

    kristen.arland at

  32. #
    Jess — October 12, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    What an adorable book! I’m totally a cupcake addict, but trying out new stuff is aways fun.

    jessica.tupper at gmail dot com

  33. #
    Ashley — October 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I have loved this book from the first time I laid eyes on it! I love cute, creative cakes!!

    cakesbyashley at hotmail dot com

  34. #
    marilyn15 — October 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    what a great giveaway! I love baking and this would give me loads of ideas.

  35. #
    Nina — October 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Such a cute book!

    txaggie02 at hotmail dot com

  36. #
    Princeton McKinney — October 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    That book looks like so much fun. You’re sweet to do a giveaway. And I am craving chocolate cupcakes now!
    kopperhead at cox dot net

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    Heather — October 12, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Hi! I love your blog! This book looks amazing, and I am excited for this contest! I forgot to put my email down last time ๐Ÿ™‚

    hmpatterson(at)accesswave DOT COM

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    Joy — October 12, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    The cover is too cute! I love the how-to photos – very helpful. Will watch for the results of the throwdown ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the review!
    joyanna at ameritech dot net

  39. #
    Heather — October 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    what a great book!

  40. #
    Christine — October 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    looks yummy!

  41. #
    babyblue1155 — October 12, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Aww that book looks so adorable! I’m only an amateur baker, so I have a lot to learn. This book seems like a lot of fun to learn from. =]

    babyblue1155 at gmail dot com

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    Mandy — October 12, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Awesome book. I want one!

    mycatrules at charter dot net!

    LOVE your sites. Then again, I love food, so anything food related is fair game.

  43. #
    Calantha — October 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    OMG OMG I have been meaning to pick up a book on cakes for while! That one sounds like a good choice!


  44. #
    Karen — October 12, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    My 29 year old “kid” would love this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

    my email is

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    Trisha — October 13, 2008 at 12:46 am

    How fun! I would love to be considered in your giveaway! We just had a baby girl 2 weeks ago and it’s never too early to plan for her first birthday!

    My email is paislie98 at hotmail dot com

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    Katie K — October 13, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Ooo, choose me! ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom was a cake decorator but never got the hang of using fondant & I would SO love to learn how to do it. And it’s clear that this author/artist knows her fondant!

    email to
    katiekolodzy at comcast dot net

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    Table for Seven — October 13, 2008 at 1:56 am

    This book sounds great. My boys would totally appreciate some new ideas for their birthday cakes.

    mommytoboyz@gmail dot com

  48. #
    Christina — October 13, 2008 at 2:12 am

    That book is so beautiful! I would love to attempt a cake or a cupcake for my kids too!


  49. #
    andie — October 13, 2008 at 2:24 am

    It looks like a very fun book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    andielib at yahoo dot com

  50. #
    Puzzled — October 13, 2008 at 4:32 am

    I can’t wait to get this book! what an artist she is.

    My email address is meera at baymoon dot com. Thanks!

  51. #
    she_ra_13 — October 13, 2008 at 4:48 am

    This book looks like it will be great inspiration for my son’s 1st birthday this January!

    she_ra_13 at yahoo dot com

  52. #
    vettie — October 13, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Wow. This sounds awesome! I would love to win this book!!

  53. #
    Morgan — October 13, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I love this book!

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    Carrie's Creations — October 13, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I have heard so many awesome things about this cookbook – I’d love to learn all the techniques!

    caschlim at comcast dot net

  55. #
    Steffie — October 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    What a great giveaway! This book looks so fun!

    steffie100 at hotmail dot com

  56. #
    Justine — October 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Sounds like a great book and I’d love to have a copy of it…

    jwaite@aumail dot averett dot edu

  57. #
    Snichols — October 13, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Wow, this book looks so kewl! With lots of ideas!! Thanks for having the contest!!

  58. #
    Julie — October 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    That book looks so cute and fun!

  59. #
    Meg — October 13, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    That book looks adorable!

  60. #
    Amy — October 13, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    That looks so awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love creative cake ideas!

    amabbate at gmail dot com

  61. #
    MusicalVoyyeur — October 13, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Gosh! You think maybe there’s kitty litter cake in there?? Ooh, I can’t wait. I’m all buttered up!

    Email is: musicalvoyyeur at aol dot com.

  62. #
    Yvette — October 13, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Great giveaway! I have had thisbook on my wish list so I sure do hope I get it. It looks amazing.


  63. #
    kamewh — October 13, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    This looks like such a wonderful book! Thank you for the giveaway!

  64. #
    Jared — October 13, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Looks like it’ll be a good book.

    My e-mail is

  65. #
    Gina — October 14, 2008 at 12:41 am

    With three daughters under the age of six and a little boy who is about to turn one – this book would be a great source of inspiration in our house! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ahalfdozeneggs at gmail dot com

  66. #
    savy lender — October 14, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Oh, I would love this book for my girlfriend!


  67. #
    Kitchen Flavours — October 14, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    gr8 idea. Book looks awesome.

  68. #
    MoonFreckle — October 14, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    What a great cookbook! I can’t wait to see your results!

    angelaj105 at gmail

  69. #
    Mack Family — October 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Ooops- my email address is

    danipmack at gmail dot com

  70. #
    Stacey — October 14, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Such a cute book. I’ve volunteered to make cakes for some of my friends , so this book would come in handy.

    stacey.gallant at gmail dot com

  71. #
    La Pixie — October 14, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    that book is soooooo cute. Im crossing my fingers that I will win one!

    lapixie [dot] dusted [at] gmail [dot] com

  72. #
    Stacey — October 14, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Love Confetti Cakes – especially her sock monkey revenge cake!
    staceys.scoop at gmail dot com

  73. #
    Lisa magicsprinkles — October 15, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Oooooooh! I would love to have this adorable book! Thanks for offering us the opportunity to win one.
    My email is lisa (dot) hatch at gmail (dot) com

  74. #
    supergirl5 — October 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    This book looks like so much fun! I’m sure i would spend tons of time in the kitchen with it!!!

    shopping_girl5 at hotmail dot com

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    Outnumbered2to1 — October 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Yeah! I love this giveaway.

    email: outnumbered221@gmail dot com

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    Brooke & Freeland — October 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    The book sounds amazing!! Great giveaway! My email is in my profile.

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    Brooke & Freeland — October 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    The book sounds amazing!! Great giveaway! My email is in my profile.

  78. #
    BellaLovesPink — October 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    What an awesome giveaway!

    doreenre@yahoo DOT com

  79. #
    fourthmonth — October 16, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Popped over from Cake Wrecks. This book is fabulous! fourthmonth at gmail dot com

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    Melissa and James Atkinson — October 16, 2008 at 5:25 am

    This book looks amazing and would be great to add to my collection. Thanks for the review. . .

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