Industry News: Graeter’s Cincinnati Zoo-Inspired Flavor Makes Its Anticipated Return
Summer’s Beloved Chunky Chunky Hippo Craft Ice Cream Returns in Time for Fiona’s Birthday
CINCINNATI, OH (January 2, 2018) – Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 147-year-old, family owned craft ice cream company, has announced the return of its popular Chunky Chunky Hippo Ice Cream. Introduced in the summer of 2017, Chunky Chunky Hippo was released in support of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and created much excitement from local ice cream fans. The hippo-inspired flavor will once again bring its sweet toffee ice cream base, salted roasted peanuts and milk chocolate caramel truffles to Cincinnati-area retailers, as well as all of Graeter’s 53 scoop shops in the Midwest. Fans will also be delighted to see Cincinnati native Loren Long’s illustrations on every pint of Chunky Chunky Hippo. This limited edition flavor, like all Graeter’s ice cream, will be produced in small batches and in limited quantity for consumption at scoops shops and at graeters.com beginning January 14th, as well as in grocery stores beginning January 17th.
Graeter’s Chunky Chunky Hippo was initially crafted in celebration of the brand’s home city and one of Cincinnati’s favorite attractions for families, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Shoppers will be able to find it in Graeter’s scoop shops, but also at Kroger, Whole Foods and Fresh Market stores throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, as well as Remke stores, Dorothy Lane Markets, and select Fresh Thyme and Jungle Jim’s. The limited time flavor brings new vibrancy to its much-anticipated return with the pint artwork specially created by Loren Long, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas and Otis and the Scarecrow. Chunky Chunky Hippo also celebrates Fiona’s first birthday on January 24th, the Cincinnati Zoo’s world-famous addition to its hippo habitat.
“After receiving such overwhelming support for our Chunky Chunky Hippo Ice Cream this summer, we knew we had to reintroduce this flavor. This time, we’re proud to celebrate Fiona’s first birthday, as well as the artwork of talented Cincinnati artist, Loren Long,” shares Chip Graeter, 4th generation owner and Chief of Retail Operations at Graeter’s Ice Cream. “Chunky Chunky Hippo is becoming a true family-favorite. We’re excited to bring it back to all of our scoop shops and grocery partners.”
At Graeter’s scoop shop locations, shoppers will also be able to participate in the celebration of Fiona with a special Fiona collectible card as a gift with purchase of Chunky Chunky Hippo ice cream. A limited number of 8x10 prints, signed by Loren Long, will be for sale. These prints feature Loren’s Hippo illustrations from the pint package. Finally, guests will be offered the opportunity to register to win admissions to the Cincinnati Zoo at Greater Cincinnati and Dayton Graeter’s scoop shops.
Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream using the small batch, artisanal, French Pot process, dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. Winner of the 2015 Munchie Award for best ice cream in the United States, and publicly recognized by celebrities, People Magazine and local magazines as the city’s “best ice cream”, the Cincinnati-based company remains family-owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s has more than 50 retail stores and ship over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states. Visit www.graeters.com for more information.