A family friend and ice cream connoisseur said Graeter’s makes the best ice cream he’d ever tasted. The best ice cream? Yes. I was told that the 140-year-old American company produces the crème de la crème of frozen decadence. Well, who could resist such a recommendation?
I called Graeter’s headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio and spoke to the CEO, Rich Graeter, (the fourth generation of Graeters to work in the business) to find out why his ice cream is so special and how I could get my hands on it. Two days later, I had a cooler sitting on my door-step with six pints of their most popular flavors, such as black raspberry chocolate chip, and chocolate chocolate chip.
One spoonful of black raspberry and I was hooked. Rich Graeter explained what makes his ice cream unique is the process. The company makes all its ice cream in small 2-gallon batches using a French Pot process that was used by the founding Graeters. The result is a richer, creamier ice cream.
Graeter’s has also built relationships with quality producers to ensure that its ingredients meet the standards of the “super-premium” ice cream segment. Its rivals include Häagen Daz and Ben & Jerry’s, but really there is no competition. Unlike most store bought ice creams, Graeter’s just bursts with flavor and then lingers in your mouth leaving you almost breathless.
Now, here’s the rub… You can only buy Graeter’s in a handful of states, but the company is ramping up for a national expansion into major grocery chains across the country. You can order online if you are willing to pay the additional cost of shipping. (Note: Make sure to send it to a location where someone will be there to receive it.) The 6 pint cooler packs also make ideal gifts for family and friends over the holiday season. For more information and a little taste of heaven, visit www.Graeters.com.
As of November, Graeter’s can be found in (20) states including OH, KY, IN, IL, MI, AL, GA, NC, SC, WVA, VA, TX, AZ, NV, UT, ID, MO, KS, TN, and LS. That includes the following banners:Kroger, Fry’s, Smiths, Dillons, King Soopers, City Markets, Bakers, Giant Eagle, Meijer, Biggs/Remke, Heinen’s, Acme, Buehler’s, Walgreens, Jungle Jim, Whole Foods, & The Fresh Market.