Three years after breaking into the ice cream business, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy is launching a line of super-premium gourmet ice cream.
The stylish, pint-sized containers of Créme de la Kleinpeter Ice Cream, as the new line is called, are beginning to appear in grocery stores in Baton Rouge, Port Allen and New Orleans this week, and will make their debut in Lafayette and Lake Charles later this month.
For those who care not about the calorie content of their ice cream or the percentage it contains of the rich, creamy butter fat that makes really good ice cream so good, the new Kleinpeter line will likely satisfy.
It’s a decadent, high-end product, an indulgence, and was developed to be just that.
“We are launching this line because our customers have been asking for a really rich line, a super-premium that incorporates exquisite ingredients from around the world yet includes some of our Louisiana dessert favorites,” said Jeff Kleinpeter, president of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy.
Among those Louisiana dessert favorites are Créme Br?l?e, a tribute to the classic Creole custard, and Tiramisu d’Italiano, which is actually Italian but is a staple on many south Louisiana restaurant menus.
Tying into local dishes and ingredients is one of the hallmarks of the original Kleinpeter ice cream line, which now has 26 flavors. All are made using at least one Louisiana product or ingredient and several have a uniquely Louisiana name as well.
The new Créme de la Kleinpeter ice creams are not limited solely to Louisiana products, however. Other flavors in the line include: Tahitian Vanilla With Raspberry Swirl, Caramel Pecan Fudge,
Strawberry Cheesecake With Chocolate Truffles, Blanche et Blanch Sweet Cream, Black Forest Cherry Chocolate, Toffee Mocha With a Caramel Swirl and Coconut Almond Crunch.
The gourmet ice creams, which contain about 14 grams of fat and 210 calories per 4-ounce serving compared to 8 grams of fat and 150 calories in the company’s original ice crams, are the brainchild of Kleinpeter ice cream plant manager Don Gerald, who helped develop the original line.
Gerald had been experimenting with high butter fat versions of the existing flavors and asked for permission to play with some ingredients that friends and customers of the dairy had been requesting.
“Don has been working so hard for us, so we decided to reward him by turning him loose to see what he’d come up with,” Kleinpeter said. “The resulting flavors are a combination of customer requests and staff favorites.”
Like other super-premium ice creams, Créme de la Kleinpeter is only available in pint-sized containers.
Also, like its competitors in the high-end market, it’s on the pricey side, retailing for around $4.89 a pint.
But Kleinpeter said it’s like any other special treat.
“Some customers specifically enjoy eating super-rich premium ice cream with connoisseur flavors as a way to splurge and really indulge themselves,” Kleinpeter said. “Créme de la Kleinpeter is for those customers, and for others who may want to simply treat themselves to something they can’t get anywhere else.”
Not all local groceries are carrying the product just yet, and some supermarket managers said they won’t be doing away with H?agen Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s to make freezer shelf space for Créme de la Kleinpeter. But most stores that carry the regular line of ice cream are expected to carry the super-premium line as well.
“We talked to Jeff Kleinpeter about it last week and we’re excited about carrying it,” said Cliff Boulden, owner of Bet-R Supermarket on Kalurah Street. “If our customers ask for it, we’ll find a way to make space for it.”