It's been two years since the start of this thread, and thanks to the recently opened Graeter's outpost in Northbrook, IL, I have finally had the opportunity to try their Peach Ice Cream. I won't say it's the best Peach Ice Cream I've ever tasted, but it's certainly in the top two. The other contender is Cunis Candies
in the far south suburbs of Chicago.
The Contingent was introduced to Cunis by our old friend carolina bob as he led a Tour of Chicago's South Suburbs
way back in 2009. Here's what I wrote about Cunis' Peach Ice Cream back then: The sign in the window proudly declared that fresh peach ice cream was back in season, leaving me with no choice but to get a single generous scoop in a sugar cone. What struck me first was the color. A deep, intense reddish orange that drew you into the ice cream so you could almost taste it before you put it in your mouth. Once it finally did hit my tongue it didn't disappoint. It fairly screamed "PEACH" at you. The flavor was absolutely spot on, obviously made with fresh peaches, no artificial enhancers, just pure sweet fruit, a little sugar, eggs and cream. Perfect. I would put Cunis' peach ice cream up against Homer's (a famous ice cream joint in Wilmette, Illinois, renowned for their peach ice cream, in case you weren't familiar) much vaunted version any day of the week. I even picked up a couple pints of their strawberry and peach ices to take home. Sampled both late last night and was very happy with my purchase.
It's been six years since I tried Cunis' Peach Ice Cream, so it's tough to make an objective comparison with Graeter's. Let's just say I wouldn't kick either one of 'em outta bed if they showed up unannounced.
BTW, I took advantage of Graeter's "second scoop for 75 cents" deal, opting for a scoop of Bananas Foster. Now that
was was some tasty ice Cream! I was practically lifted out of my chair and transported to Brennan's
on Royal Street with the first spoonful.
I'm greatly looking forward to the Watermelon Sorbet, Key Lime, and Blueberry Pie flavors coming later this summer and fall.