Graeter’s Ice Cream

I don’t usually make a habit of talking about things here on BAH unless I have known and loved them.  I respectfully decline many “opportunities” to feature products or talk about brands because I don’t already have a personal relationship with them.  Recently I was approached to try a product.  The folks who contacted me don’t know me.  And they could have no idea that I am inherently weak and lacking in self control when faced ice cream.  But here they were asking if I would like to try a new brand of ice cream that is launching in the B’more Metro area.  It was that weakness that made me hit the Google to find out exactly what it was about this particular ice cream that makes it so special.  A few keystrokes and clicks later, after reading the story behind the product and about their small batch process, I said yes.  Actually, I think I said yes, please.

142 years is a long time for a family to be making ice cream.  But that’s exactly what the Graeter family of Cincinnati, Ohio have been doing. Rich, creamy ice cream.  With or without chunks of chocolate.  I don’t know how they manage to keep the chocolate chunks tender during the freezing process, but they do.  Must be a bit of family magic passed down from generation to generation.  I am picturing a special ceremony on the production floor where the title of ‘secrets of the ice cream keeper’ is passed to the next generation, and the final part of the ritual is learning how to prevent the chocolate chunks from turning in brittle shards of sadness.

And even though I don’t live in any of the cities where they operate ice cream shops, I can now get my Graeter’s on anytime I like.  In addition to their mail order operation…that’s right, I can get ice cream delivered to my door (you can too!)…I can now pick up a pint or two at my grocery store.

Of the flavors I was able to try – Vanilla Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Chocolate Chip – Chocolate Chocolate Chip was my personal favorite.  The chocolate flavor is milky and rich but not overly sweet, and just a small scoop or two is enough to make me happy.  I shared the Vanilla with my coworkers and only got a small taste of that one.  But the fact that the pint was decimated in about twenty minutes leads me to believe that they liked it.  The Mistah is a sucker for Mint Chocolate Chip but I did manage to sneak a scoop or two from that container.  I enjoyed it but the mint flavor is a little subdued. While I was excited to dig in to the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, it wasn’t my favorite.  To me, the essence of the berry flavor gets completely lost.

Looking at the list of flavors that Graeter’s produces, I’ve got my eye on a few that I want to get to know better….I’m talking to you Caramel and Buckeye Blitz.  So the next time I’m dashing through The Fresh Market, I’m going to have to make a point of actually looking at the ice cream case.  It’s a spot that I try and avoid, or at least turn my head and avert my gaze as I go by.  But I’m willing to make an exception every once in a while.

Disclaimer:  I received a selection of ice cream from Graeter’s.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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12 Responses to Graeter’s Ice Cream

  1. Lan says:

    this is actually dw’s fave ice cream shop in Louisville. he’ll be thrilled to find out they’re coming to baltimore, tho they have stiff competition with the Taharka Bros.

  2. Erin says:

    About a year ago, an artist sent us every single flavor they make (a thank you for treating them so well at a concert we put on). It literally filled up the freezer at work. And I tried each one. It’s like…cashmere in your mouth. Some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. So exciting to know it’s going to be local.

    • Wendi says:

      Erin, “cashmere in your mouth” is the most fantastic description. I’m excited to give the other flavors a try…in a perfect world I would have a freezer just for ice cream.

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  3. Ann D. says:

    Ooohh, that ice cream is wonderful! Definitely stopping at Fresh Market asap. Thanks for the heads up!

    • Wendi says:

      Ann, I can’t wait to make a run to the Fresh Market myself to get some more Graeter’s. Maybe it’s a good thing they don’t have a shop here ; )

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  4. omawarisan says:

    Hmmm, I’m going to have to check to see if they’re shipping a little farther south.

  5. Jen says:

    Oooh, my husband is from the Cincinnati area and we both LOVE Graeter’s. Fantastic ice cream. His mom ships it to us occasionally, but it’s too expensive to do frequently. He will be thrilled that we can get it around here now! I wonder if we can get it at the Fresh Market in Annapolis? I’ll have to check.

    • Wendi says:

      Jen, definitely call Fresh Market in Annapolis and see if they have it. According to the info I got, it should also be available at Mars and Weis. I need to find some of the Buckeye flavor.

      If you’re down near Annapolis, have you checked out Cleo’s (the specialty olive oil/vinegar shop) at the Annapolis Town Center? They have some great stuff. Not that it would go with ice cream, but just a general fyi.

      • Jen says:

        I just noticed that place the other day, but I haven’t gone in yet. I think it might be very dangerous… in a good way. Thanks for the tip!
        And I’ll let you know if I come across the Buckeye flavor of Graeter’s.

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