Talk about having your cake and eating it, too.
On Jan. 24, Fiona the Hippo turns one year old. Hip, hip hooray!
Kentucky.com reports that in preparation for what’s sure to be the baby animal party of the year, “hungry, hungry” fans of the world’s most famous hippo will enjoy the opportunity to order the limited edition ice cream inspired by her life — Chunky Chunky Hippo — online beginning Jan. 14 from Graeters.com.
Area supermarkets are also stocking up on the sweet treat. Starting Jan. 17, Kroger, Whole Foods, Fresh Market and more food stores and scoop shops in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will feature the toffee ice cream base filled with salted roasted peanuts and milk chocolate caramel truffles.
The adorable and delicious-sounding pints feature a special portrait of the Cincinnati Zoo’s former-preemie pride and joy. Local artist Loren Long, a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy and more, lends his hand to not only the pint portraits but special gift cards and larger prints, as well.
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The specialty flavor originally launched for a short period back in July. “Fiona continues to bring people together from all over the world in so many ways,” said Chad Yelton, the zoo’s vice president of marketing, in a press release at the time. “We appreciate the support of Graeter’s and are excited to share this Fiona-inspired ice cream flavor with the community that has rallied around her for the past six months.”
Now that you know what treat you’ll be buying for yourself, the only question is, what do you get the celebrity hippo who has it all?