Jack Nicklaus now serving up ice cream

Jack Nicklaus
By Mark Aumann

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | 9:41 a.m.

Jack Nicklaus admits one of his greatest weaknesses is his fondness for ice cream. So perhaps its not a surprise he's teamed up with Schwan Food Company to start his own line of premium ice cream.

According to a news release posted Wednesday on Jack's web site, the new Jack Nicklaus pints -- in seven different flavors -- will be available, beginning in March. Stores expected to sell the Golden Bear's frozen treats include Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo and Kroger stores, with a suggested retail price of $1.99.

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"It’s no secret that I love ice cream," Nicklaus was quoted as saying. "Needless to say, I have never had so much fun in the research and development of a product. The team at Schwan has a world-class product development center. Together, we have created a variety of flavors -- all with real ingredients -- for a quality, premium ice cream at a value price."

In case you're wondering, the flavors include Warm Spiced Butter Pecan, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Salted Caramel Toffee, Strawberry Lemonade, Triple Chocolate, Coffee and Donuts, and Homemade Vanilla. Notice there's no chips.

The collaboration between Jack, his wife Barbara and Schwan is more than just about dessert. The bottom line is philanthropy.

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According to the release, "Schwan has become a supporter of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. The Foundation’s goal is to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare. Beyond the ice cream pilot program in 2015, the Nicklauses hope to tie in other children’s charities to sales of the product."

Among the Nicklaus-branded or licensed products introduced in recent years that benefit children’s charities are water, wine, lemonade, sunglasses and golf balls.