On an AFA Deluxe

Because November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month, trivia buffs will want these factoids about peanuts. Others want a culinary delight, thus that is the purpose of this post.

1) Get two slices of bread.

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Wheat bread is my preferred choice

2) On one slice, spread peanut butter (amounts may vary).

Smooth peanut butter is here, but I prefer chunky

Smooth peanut butter is here, but I prefer chunky

3) On the other slice, spread marshmallow creme (fluff).

Eating a spoonful of marshmallow creme is acceptable behavior

Eating a spoonful of marshmallow creme is acceptable behavior

4) On top of the marshmallow creme, sprinkle mini chocolate chips.

The chips serve as deluxe feature number 1

The chips serve as deluxe feature number 1

5) Slice a banana (either lengthwise or cross section cuts acceptable), and then place the slices on the peanut butter bread.

Bananas are deluxe feature number 2

Bananas are deluxe feature number 2

6) Bring the two slices together as a sandwich.

Nirvana awaits

Nirvana awaits

7) Bite the sandwich to your personal specifications.

It won't last long at that riate

It won’t last long at that riate

8) Continuing biting the sandwich until the sandwich is gone.

Ready for preparing a second one

Ready for preparing a second one

9) Rave about the experience by telling your friends about A Frank Angle’s Deluxe Fluffernutter.

On Graeter the Greatest

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Yes – my bowl!

Do you like chocolate? Do you like chocolate chips in your ice cream? How would you react if you found a piece of solid chocolate in your ice cream that easily covers the center of your palm?

Welcome to Graeter’s – an ice cream treasure in Cincinnati – and a worthy participant in my Chocolate and Wine Week.

Cincinnatians smile at the mere mention of Graeter’s. When out-of-town friends visit, a trip to this tasty treat is mandatory. Convention attendees discover our local jewel at Fountain Square as they stroll the streets of city center.

Graeter’s is about ice cream. Sure, they also produce candy and baked good, but their ice cream is truly one of our area’s golden nuggets.

Louis Graeter started the business in 1870. Because he died in a 1919 accident, Regina (his wife) is the one who led the business’s growth throughout the Cincinnati area. Today, the fourth generation of the family leads a distribution system reaching 4,000 grocery stores in 41 states.

Ingredients and technique are the secrets to producing this creamy, gastronomic delight. Graeter’s blend fresh cream and egg custard together in a chilled French Pot Process. Meanwhile, a large paddle prevents air from mixing into the delight in order to deliver a smooth, rich taste of creamy treasure. Oddly enough, each copper pot only produces 2 gallons of frozen bliss at a time.

Although Graeter’s offers many flavors (flavors here with pictures), including seasonal treats, the chip flavors are the favorites in our house because of the possibility of chunks of chocolate. My wife favors black raspberry chocolate chip. We share appreciation for peanut butter chocolate chip. For me, it’s mint chocolate chip – especially after eating Skyline Chili!

Oh my my – time is running out and I haven’t even mentioned the delicious sodas and scrumptious sundaes! (menu here for description of sundaes)

For those now desiring this rich, creamy taste of high-caloric Nirvana, go to their website, and locate the Find Graeter’s tool on the right, which only needs your zip code. Others can order online because they ship. To Sylvia in Paradise, tell your son and check your zip code for your time in the US.

For the record, it’s not cheap, but it is that the best and “the way ice cream is supposed to be.” Consider a pint for an evening of Graeter’s and a movie at home.

Enjoy the videos, and a few more resources below. Meanwhile, my mouth is watering, so I’m off to a Graeter’s location nearest to me. Meanwhile, fess up – who is going to look for it?

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Resources
New York Times
Forbes
A Philadelphia blogger
The Ice Cream Informant
Chicago Bites
Graeter’s on The View
CBS Early Show