Fiona the hippo part of Graeter’s new zoo-inspired flavor

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

Graeter’s Ice Cream revealed a new flavor on Monday crafted specifically to celebrate the brand’s home city and one of Cincinnati’s favorite family-friendly attractions, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Inspired by the wildly popular and prematurely born baby hippo Fiona, Chunky Chunky Hippo will be available for ice cream fans in Graeter’s Cincinnati, Dayton and Oxford scoop shops, as well as in Northern Kentucky and at the Graeter’s location at the zoo.

The new, limited-edition flavor features a toffee ice cream base, salted roasted peanuts and milk chocolate caramel truffles. It will be served in cups, cones, dishes and sundaes.

WATCH: Baby hippo Fiona makes her outdoor debut at the Cincinnati Zoo

Like all Graeter’s ice cream, Chunky Chunky Hippo will be produced in small batches. It will be available while supplies last, likely through Labor Day, according to Tim Philpott, vice president of marketing for Graeter’s Ice Cream.

A portion of the proceeds from each purchase of the new flavor will benefit the zoo. Pints will be available at www.graeters.com, in limited quantity.

Both entities have long and storied pasts in the Queen City. Graeter’s was founded in 1870, and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden opened in 1875.

PHOTOS: Fiona in Hippo Cove Pool

“It’s two Cincinnati traditions teaming up,” said Chad Yelton, vice president of marketing for the zoo. “It’s a sweet partnership, pun intended, and certainly with Fiona, she’s kind of taken over not only the city, but it seems like the world.

“We’re excited that Graeter’s came in and supported the cause and continues to tell Fiona’s story.”

The two Cincinnati icons partnered earlier this year when a Graeter’s scoop shop opened at the zoo carrying 10 of the local ice cream company’s flavors.

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“Back then we started talking about it and thinking of ways we could jointly work together,” Philpott said. “Obviously, Fiona was a phenomena at that time, and we just started to think about ways we could help and lend our ice cream to the cause.”

If the flavor sells well, the ice cream company would bring it back “in force” next year, available in pints in area grocery stores as well as in scoop shops, he said.

“We’re hopeful this goes on for a long time, but right now we’re just kind of throwing it out there to see how well it’s received,” Philpott said.

MORE: Baby hippo Fiona reunited with her mom

Graeter’s Ice Cream’s unveiling of limited-time Summer Bonus Flavors in scoop shops and online continues on July 24, Aug. 7 and Aug. 21.

Lyft driver leads to child porn arrest, indictment

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

MARVIN HEMPHILL
MARVIN HEMPHILL

A Lyft driver who found a cell phone loaded with child pornography in his vehicle after dropping off a client helped police make an arrest, according to court documents.

Marvin Hemphill, 27, of Valdosta, Georgia, was arrested Jan. 6 at the Staybridge Suites at Austin Landing and was indicted Wednesday on 24 charges connected to child pornography, according to court records.

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According to court documents, Hemphill left his cell phone in the Lyft driver’s vehicle after receiving a ride from a Beavercreek restaurant where he worked.

The driver looked at the phone, attempting to determine the owner, and noticed the child pornography and alerted officers, court documents showed.

Police were able to link the phone to Hemphill, who allowed police to search it, and multiple child porn videos were found, the documents read.

Hemphill admitted to police that he knew he had the child porn on the phone and knew the people in the videos were juveniles, court records showed.

Hemphill is scheduled for his arraignment on Jan. 23.

Job posting for 'Chicken Nugget Connoisseur' is clucking good

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:01 PM

Wanted: ‘Chicken Nugget Connoisseur’

If you love Chicken Nuggets, this job will have you clucking in anticipation every day.

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“Just like a good steak, this opportunity is rare,” the British-based B&M budget retailer posted to its website. The job opening is for a “Chicken Nugget Connoisseur,” and the candidate who gets the job will receive a 25-pound voucher every month to spend on “fresh and frozen food” in their local B&M store. The job requires the nugget eater to share feedback with B&M.

“You’ll want to take a bite out of this,” B&M wrote on its website.

So, what kind of job experience does one need for this job?

In its job posting, B&M offers some specific clues:

  • Getting the 20 share box of nuggets from McDonald's and keeping them all for yourself;

  • Being the first in the office kitchen whenever someone says “there’s cake”;

  • That time you tripped and fell at a buffet and saved the plate before yourself;

  • Going to an event or party because there is free food;

  • You value the importance of a fish finger sandwich in life;

  • You can conduct a Powerpoint presentation on the reasoning behind curly fries being nicer than chips;

If you believe you qualify, wing it and apply.

U.S. marshal killed, officer wounded while serving warrant in Pennsylvania

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Multiple police officers were shot Thursday morning in Harrisburg, according to the Dauphin County district attorney. (Photo via WPXI.com)
Multiple police officers were shot Thursday morning in Harrisburg, according to the Dauphin County district attorney. (Photo via WPXI.com)

A deputy U.S. marshal was killed and a police officer was injured Thursday morning when authorities said they were shot while serving a search warrant, according to multiple reports.

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PennLive.com reported that a deputy U.S. marshal was killed in the shooting, which happened around 6:30 a.m. in Harrisburg.

Meet the 2017 winners of Dayton.com’s Best of Dayton poll

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:56 AM

Old Scratch Pizza gears up to expand

We know you’ve been waiting. 

After thousands of nominations, even more votes, and careful tallying, winners of the Dayton.com Best of 2017 poll were announced at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

With more than 100 categories, you’ll find winners from Best Burger and Best Pizza to Best Happy Hour and Best Bar Bathroom.

>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Food & Dining

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>> Best of Dayton 2017 Winners: Outdoors, Lifestyle & Recreation

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Questions? Thoughts? Email Dayton.com editor Ashley Bethard at ashley.bethard@coxinc.com.