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Graeter's Ice Cream

Jan 09, 2019
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For nearly 150 years, the Graeter's company has been making their French Pot method ice cream for adoring fans in Cincinnati and beyond. Starting from humble beginnings, patriarch Louis Graeter sold ice cream at neighborhood street markets. But in time the Graeter's business, and family, continued to grow. Today, Graeter's is the only commercial ice cream manufacturer that uses the French Pot method and packs their ice cream by hand. Their famous chocolate chunks are created by pouring gourmet chocolate into a French Pot freezer, then breaking it up. You never know what size chocolate chunk you'll get! 

When Jada Yuan, The New York Times "52 Places Traveler" in 2018 visited Cincinnati, she received explicit directions about what to do. "In Cincinnati, the consensus was clear: Go to Graeter’s, they said. And get the blackberry chip — in a pretzel cone." She was not disappointed. 

Ice Cream in Season?
Greater’s seasonal handcrafted ice cream and sorbets are only available during select times of the year. Order ice cream online or pick up at your favorite shop.

January – February
Chocolate Coconut Almond
  Chocolate Chip
Cherry Chocolate Chip
Mint Cookies & Cream
Mystery Flavor
April – May
Strawberry Chocolate Chip
Orange & Cream
May – June
Summer Bonus Flavor
June – July
Banana Chocolate Chip
Key Lime Pie
Cones For A Cure Flavor: Elena's 
  Blueberry Pie 
October – November
November – December
Peppermint Stick 
Graeter's name is now known across the country, having worked with Kroger to distribute ice cream to stores throughout the United States. They even have a celebrity following that includes Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Nick Lachey, Kevin Costner, and Justin Timberlake. 

Closer to home, you can get your ice cream fix by visiting one of their 22 local stores, including on Fountain Square and in Over-the-Rhine, or visit and their new ice cream truck. 

"We have a mystery flavor that is released in March," says Amanda Buechel, Graeter's social media manager. "This flavor is based on fan favorites from last years summer bonus flavors. It's going to be a real treat."

And now, with the remodel of Cincinnati Union Terminal completed, once again Graeter's ice cream is available in the Rookwood Tea Room where you can find a full menu of ice cream, including their signature flavor, Black Raspberry Chip. 

But Graeter's is more than delicious ice cream. "Our bakery is our best kept secret - that we want everyone to know about," says Amanda Buechel, Graeter's social media manager. "Our bakery has been around since 1957." 

And remember: "Valentine's Day is coming up and we have tons of treats!" says Buechel. "We also make candy including chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate-covered Oreo cookies and lots more!"

Find out more about Graeter's handcrafted ice creams, candies, and pastries at

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