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 theirΒ website. If you’re still out of luck, have no fear, you canΒ 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!Β 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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112 Responses to “Giveaway: Nestle Back-to-School Kit”

  1. #
    A — September 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    PB&J for sure!

  2. #
    Jlynch6341 — September 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I loved bread and butter with a glass of cold chocolate milk

  3. #
    mbb216 — September 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Definitely peanut butter cookies and milk!

  4. #
    Cara! — September 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    My son loves chocolate chip cookies and milk!

  5. #
    Maegan — September 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    My mom always had a piece of cake waiting for us after the first day of school. She was usually a real health nut about our snacks…so cake in the middle of the day…and it wasn’t anyone’s birthday? AWESOME, mom, thanks!

  6. #
    KV — September 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    chocolate chip cookies

  7. #
    The Dugan's — September 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies!!

  8. #
    Julie L. — September 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I grew up snacking on (multiple) Little Debbies after school…loved them, but I never learned to appreciate healthful food. My daughter loves “stringy” mozzarella cheese, yogurt or fruit…and of course cookies as a “sometimes” food. πŸ˜‰

  9. #
    Kristen — September 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I loved the Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies!

  10. #
    Arghavan — September 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Mini grilled cheese sandwiches (using cocktail bread) were a favorite at my house growing up.

    I give Cameron the same thing. Delicious!

  11. #
    Lauren — September 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    My favorite snack was a bowl of Cocoa Krispies…nothing better than sitting in front of the TV watching Saved by the Bell and having cereal πŸ™‚

  12. #
    Kris — September 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    My Mom would let us have 2 chocolate chip cookies after school sometimes. My kids aren’t as lucky as I usuually give them pretzel sticks or goldfish crackers.

  13. #
    Tracey Cox — September 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    My favorite was m&m’s and mini pretzels. I’m not sure how I discovered this combo, but to this day when I eat the 2 together, I still put my m&m’s in the pretzel holes.

  14. #
    Rebecca — September 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I always liked having those handi-snacks after school. Either the ones with the crackers and cheese of those little breadsticks with cheese. I remember liking the breadsticks one better though. πŸ™‚

  15. #
    Reader — September 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    my fave was kit kat bars!

  16. #
    Mary Frances — September 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Double stuffed Oreos! My eight-year old self thought they were the greatest thing ever

  17. #
    Julia — September 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Mmm… Little Debbie Swiss cake rolls. Yum!

  18. #
    Eliana — September 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    I loved the lil debbir zebra cakes – YUM!!!

  19. #
    BelleAur — September 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Celery and peanut butter, its still a favorite and I give it to my kids now!

  20. #
    Sarah — September 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Handisnacks! Well the cheese anyway.

  21. #
    Bonnie — September 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies, of course!

  22. #
    Karen - Mommy to four sweeties — September 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    For me as a kid it was cookies of any kind.
    My kids love to get a baked treat–brownies, cookies, cupcakes, muffin…yum!


  23. #
    Amity — September 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    One time my mom had warm apple fritters dusted with powdered sugar waiting for us after school. It was a one-off but my favorite snack ever!

  24. #
    kmarkners — September 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    My favorite after school snack was graham crackers with peanut butter and banana. It still is one of my favorites!

  25. #
    Elise — September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    For some reason, I loved to make my own snack. My favorite was a “Big Cheese,” essentially a cheese quesadilla.

  26. #
    Becky — September 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I had Little Debbie Snacks. Don’t really buy them any more!

  27. #
    Sarah Richie — September 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Anything from Little Debbie. Especially Fudge Rounds

  28. #
    JulieAnn — September 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    We liked graham crackers with chocolate frosting. But now that you posted chocolate chips, I can’t get chocolate chip cookies out of my head!

  29. #
    Kerry — September 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Bread with peanut butter or cookies and milk!

  30. #
    Katherine Martin — September 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    ohhh, I liked chips ahoy cookies… warmed up in the microwave!

  31. #
    Joellen — September 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    seriously, it was nestle toll house cookies.

  32. #
    kcconfections — September 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    sliced apples with peanut butter.

  33. #
    Jennifer — September 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Pizza bagels were the most fun afterschool snack, because I would make them with my sisters before our mom got home!

  34. #
    Sarah — September 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    A smear of peanut butter on a tortilla, sometimes with a few chocolate chips πŸ˜‰

  35. #
    Cory and Scarlett Bendixen — September 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I loved having my moms home ade frosted sugar cookies when I got home from school

  36. #
    mrsdanigirl8 — September 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Favorite after school snack was definitely celery w/ peanut butter!

  37. #
    Sarah — September 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies. I know there’s pretty much not one real ingredient in them, but they’re so good.

  38. #
    Teresa — September 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    my daughter loves chocolate chip cookies!

  39. #
    Erica — September 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Kraft Mac and Cheese! πŸ™‚

  40. #
    Kate — September 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    This is weird, but…. saltine crackers and sliced apples. My mom had me convinced it tasted *just* like apple pie so I happily ate it after school every day for many years. Haha.

  41. #
    Sara — September 7, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Cute kit! My favorite afterschool snack was homemade chocolate chip cookies and milk.

  42. #
    learningtocookeatandenjoydeliciousfood — September 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I think that my favorite after school snack was when my mom would make a m&m sugar cookies. I absolutely loved chocolate and sugar cookies combined!! yum!! πŸ™‚

  43. #
    Allison — September 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    My mom would make hot dogs in a crescent roll. We’d dip them in ketchup and they were soo good! I make them for my kiddos now and they love ’em too!

  44. #
    ellen — September 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    cookies of course!

  45. #
    Amy — September 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    It wasn’t an every day thing, but sometimes my neighbor’s Mom that watched me after school would make home made caramel apples and I LOVED them! The second I walked in the house, the smell overwhelmed me with excitement πŸ™‚

  46. #
    Jenn @ BentoForKidlet — September 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    We always had granola bars as an afterschool snack. Now for my son I always try to fix something different. No cookies tho, those are for dessert πŸ˜€ But his current favorite that he is always asking for are fresh bhajis, and Indian veggie fritter.

  47. #
    Deanna — September 7, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    my favorite after school snack was a bowl of boo berry cereal. I loved it when the milk turned blue, my favorite part of the snack! πŸ™‚

  48. #
    Toby — September 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I loved a bowl of cereal when I got home from school.

  49. #
    whitequiet — September 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I loved a chocolate chip cookie with milk!

  50. #
    Christine — September 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Kraft mac and cheese

  51. #
    Cupcake Activist — September 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    My favorite after school snack was a tortilla with butter. Or pieces of bologna. Weird, I know.

  52. #
    Kris @ — September 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    My favorite after school snack was peanut butter on crackers!

  53. #
    Carly — September 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    i had 2 favorite snacks. 1) Nature Valley granola bars with peanut butter 2)snyders pretzels dipped in ketchup

  54. #
    Laura and Alex — September 7, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Bananas covered in peanut butter and marshmallows pushed into the peanut butter πŸ™‚ yum

  55. #
    Mrs. Walk — September 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    My mom made me “apple smiles”! Apple slices with peanut butter spread on them and mini marshmallow “teeth”!

  56. #
    Krystal — September 7, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Little Debbie snack cakes…those were awesome!!

  57. #
    Dream It Up Cookies — September 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    A bowl of cereal, Labne(lebanese strained yogurt chees) w/ pita, or fruit.

    I give my son pretty much the same things, he really likes string cheese and real fruit snack size popsicles too.

  58. #
    Jan — September 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    milk and homemade cookies

  59. #
    DaniD — September 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    My mom used to make us the best banana chocolate chip bread with milk for the first day of school every year. I still make it, its so delicious!

  60. #
    Eva — September 7, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    We didn’t necessarily have a real snack after school, but my mom used to let us have ice pops or other frozen treats!

  61. #
    Linda and Matthew — September 7, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Chef Boyardee, cold, straight out of the can. It was weird, but delicious!

  62. #
    KaraLee Anderson — September 7, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    I always ate a toasted Pb & J with a tall glass of milk! Mmm… I think I might go get one right now.

  63. #
    Nancy Diane — September 7, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    After school, I remember coming home to my regular bench at the kitchen counter and my mom inviting me to relax, drink some juice and have something small like a yogurt, or crackers. What I ate doesn’t stand out, but what I will remember is how she always wanted me to be comfortable.

  64. #
    Lauren — September 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Cookies and milk, for sure. πŸ™‚

  65. #
    Jason — September 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Spaghettios and popcorn. Weird combination, but they went together as far as I was concerned.

  66. #
    Rachel J. — September 7, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Granny smith apples & pop corn. Sweet & Tart. That is what I had as a kid- and now that is what I pass on to my kid.

  67. #
    Heather — September 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Cookies and milk!

  68. #
    Doreen — September 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Junk food all the way! Doritoes…or any other kind of chip.

  69. #
    Jami — September 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I am not making this up, my favorite snack was chocolate chip cookies. My mom was a baker. (that’s where I learned it!) She was always whipping up some cookies or pies for us. On the other hand, I try to have at least one veggie snack on hand for my kids, like sliced peppers or carrots. They get plenty of sweets too, though!

  70. #
    Cathy — September 7, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I’m kind of embarrassed to say, that my parents would get me us hot dogs from the street vendor everyday after school. I wouldn’t eat it now…but we ate it all the time.

  71. #
    newlywed — September 8, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Occaisonally, my mom made home-made granola bars…as soon as I read your question, that was the first thing I thought of!

  72. #
    Julie Pia — September 8, 2010 at 12:39 am

    No bake cookies were my favorite because I could make them myself. I have such fond memories of whipping these puppies up with my brothers!

  73. #
    Katy — September 8, 2010 at 12:42 am

    We liked homemade popsicles!!

  74. #
    Sarah — September 8, 2010 at 12:50 am

    A bowl of cereal.

  75. #
    Tiffany — September 8, 2010 at 12:58 am

    If I ever had a snack after school it was always fruit.

  76. #
    Erin O. — September 8, 2010 at 1:13 am

    definitely pb&j. yummo!!!

  77. #
    Courtney — September 8, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I know it’s strange, but I used to eat a bowl of black-eyed peas every single day when I got home from school. I was a strange kid haha. I just wish I still craved healthy foods over sweets!

  78. #
    Rhonda — September 8, 2010 at 1:24 am

    peanut butter on vanilla wafers!! Still like them today


  79. #
    Alexis — September 8, 2010 at 1:24 am

    apples and peanut butter!!!

  80. #
    KC — September 8, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Cookies and milk.

  81. #
    msjones55 — September 8, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Peanut butter and jelly, but the peanut butter had to be extra crunchy!

  82. #
    Carrie77 — September 8, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Chocolate Chip cookies and milk!

  83. #
    Jieun — September 8, 2010 at 3:03 am

    mmm definitely oreos dipped in milk!

  84. #
    Miss Whisk — September 8, 2010 at 3:14 am

    We enjoy making our own snack mix or baking something yummy- muffins or cookies.

  85. #
    Taylor — September 8, 2010 at 3:18 am

    This is embarrassing but I looooved Swiss Cake Rolls dipped in milk…oh they were SO good!

  86. #
    CoCo — September 8, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I always used to eat fruit-grapes, apples or whatever was in season.

  87. #
    Mrs Monkei — September 8, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Home made choc chip cookies! The best.

  88. #
    Kristi — September 8, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Cheese and Crackers! πŸ™‚

  89. #
    Amy K — September 8, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Some kind of ice cream treat or Cracker & Cheddar Combos.


  90. #
    Ange — September 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

    PB&J with the crusts cut off!

  91. #
    elizabeth — September 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Graham crackers with vanilla frosting!

  92. #
    Jenn — September 8, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Chocolate Chip Cookies!! =)

  93. #
    Sarah B — September 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    PB & J!

  94. #
    Sheila — September 8, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    As a kid and now with my kids…Chocolate Chip Cookies.
    I grew up, for the first 11 years of my life, just over one mile from the Original Toll House in Whitman, MA. I always blame my love for them because “it was in the air”.
    I am known for my Chocolate Chip Cookies, because I have literally made thousands of batches:)

  95. #
    Julie — September 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Little Debbie brownies, or peanut butter and honey celery. πŸ™‚

  96. #
    Sarah — September 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I loved celery with cream cheese or peanut butter. I also really loved triscuts with cheese.

  97. #
    Nicole-Lynn — September 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    What a generous giveaway! My favorite back to school snack as a kid was bologna and peanut butter… I would not touch it now, and it’s so funny to me that I liked that at one point but it was my favorite snack at the time! πŸ™‚

    Would love to win this giveaway. Nestle Toll House cookies are my favorite. My fiance and I are on a budget saving for our wedding and our first home so we aren’t able to splurge on things like this at the store. Winning would be so fun!

  98. #
    nutmegnanny — September 8, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Well I do not have kids but I’m a nanny for a very lovely 9 year old little girl πŸ™‚ My favorite sweet snack after school was graham crackers with frosting…delicious! The little one I watch is a huge fan of cookies. No matter the type she eats them all πŸ™‚

  99. #
    Katie — September 8, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I always loved coming home to peanut butter on crackers!

  100. #
    alexandjess — September 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I don’t remember a favorite snack. But my mom had an at-home daycare and I remember loving to drink Kool-Aid.

  101. #
    Joanna — September 8, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    My favorite thing was to ride the bus home with a friend to their house, because they always had the BETTER snacks! My mom didn’t buy anything that was considered “unhealthy,” so when I did go to a friend’s house, I would savor a pop-tart or a rice crispy treat.
    Thanks to my mom’s good – albeit disappointing when I was 6 – example, I pretty much eat healthy now (I’m 30 now), but I will probably always love those! πŸ™‚

  102. #
    becksterslaboratory — September 8, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    My brothers and I would always snack on ice cream sandwiches after school – I miss those days! : )

  103. #
    Kassi — September 8, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I think it must have been pb&j. Or cookies with milk! Nestle was always my favorite growing up. I know my little sister would absolutely love this kit! I’d have to keep it at my house and she could come make cookies on the weekends! I love it πŸ™‚

  104. #
    jilluk97 — September 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    I’m not just saying this…it was definately chocolate chip cookies!!!

  105. #
    Geri — September 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    My favorite to give my kids is cookies because it is so rare, so to see their faves light up when they see the warm, chewy cookies…so fun for me!

  106. #
    webmailaddress2 — September 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I loved fruit snacks as a kid, and I still do!

  107. #
    Tiffany Sherman — September 9, 2010 at 12:32 am

    My favorite school snack was home-made rice crispie treats!

  108. #
    Amy and Jeff — September 9, 2010 at 2:18 am

    I think it was probably just a homemade quesadilla. Just a plain flour tortilla with cheddar cheese sliced melted in the microwave!

  109. #
    Nina — September 9, 2010 at 3:30 am

    This is really gross. I would eat raw hotdogs. I would never do that now.

  110. #
    Tiffany — September 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I used to eat Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls for a snack. Surprisingly I was super skinny too.

  111. #
    Sarah — September 9, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Green apple slices with peanut butter. Yum!

  112. #
    Jen — September 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Mini pizzas made from english muffin slices, prego sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Mmm.

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