07_14_KS_GreenWise_Header Image

It’s National Ice Cream Month, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by diving into a spoonful of our newest organic GreenWise ice cream flavor — mint chocolate. So much time, effort, and love goes into each of our ice cream flavors, but we want to give you a sneak peek into the story of how this one was achieved.

We spoke with Tarisha Gray, the research and development manager responsible for our Publix Premium and GreenWise ice creams, to get an inside look.


How was the flavor developed?07_14_KS_GW Ice Cream Scoop Image

Tarisha explains that when her team explored new ideas for the GreenWise ice cream line, mint flavor was suggested, as she believes it is considered one of the staple flavors in every ice cream lineup.

The development phase is Tarisha’s favorite part of the ice cream process. “Being involved in the journey of a product from ideation to on-shelf is a full circle experience, and it’s truly special,” she says.

So what happens from the time an idea is formed until it ends up in your bowl? That was our next question, and we learned there are many teams involved. Check it out.


07_14_KS_GreenWise_Body ImageWhat is the Ice Cream Creation Process?

When we asked Tarisha to give us the inside scoop (ha, get it?) on the process, she broke it down for us.

Research is always first, namely looking at the big trends in the market.

Once flavors are selected, we use a consumer panel to determine what flavor will be well received by our customers.

We have a creative team to develop the packaging that best represents the flavor of the ice cream.

We produce the ice cream at our facility and it arrives to the store where you can purchase it to enjoy and share with family and friends.

Whew! That was a lot, right? So now we know what goes into making our ice cream flavors come to life, but why should you grab this particular flavor next time you’re shopping?


What makes this flavor stand out?

“Our Mint Chocolate Ice Cream debuts a peppermint ice cream with a hint of pure vanilla extract to round out the mint flavor, and swirls of chocolate sauce,” Tarisha explains. “The texture and overall flavor of this ice cream definitely make it stand out.”

Made with organic milk and cream, organic cane sugar, organic vanilla extract and organic cocoa, our Mint Chocolate Ice Cream is a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s also free of artificial colors and flavors, giving it a clean feel.

“We remain true to providing an organic product to our customers through and through with this ice cream,” Tarisha details. “I also selected chocolate sauce as opposed to chocolate chips, because the sauce allows for more flavor release in the ice cream than the chips, and the sauce swirled into the ice cream is different from what most customers are used to experiencing with a mint-flavored ice cream.”

As you can see, it’s not just one single element that makes this ice cream special, but the combination of many factors.

Which brought us to our final question for Tarisha: What’s the best way to enjoy this ice cream? In a cone, with chocolate drizzle, or all on its own?

“There are no limits when it comes to enjoying our organic GreenWise Mint Chocolate Ice Cream. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have a delicious experience!”


Celebrate National Ice Cream month with us by scoop up a bowl of this brand-new flavor. Check out all of our GreenWise ice cream here. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

Kandi S.

Written by

Kandi S. wrote her first short story at nine-years-old and has been a lover of the written word ever since, which makes The Publix Checkout one of her favorite things about working for Publix! Starting as a cashier in 2005, Kandi has since incorporated her love for writing and social media with her passion for the company focused on customer service. She enjoys fitness, writing, live music and local food and beverages. Kandi hopes you walk away from our blog each day with a new-found appreciation for the grocery store where shopping is a pleasure.

2 Comments on “Introducing: Organic GreenWise Mint Chocolate Ice Cream

Leave a Comment   (Comment Policy)