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|Type||Manufacturer and Restaurant|
|Founded||1870 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|Founder(s)||Louis & Regina Graeter|
|Headquarters||Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.|
|Number of locations||31 company-owned stores & 7 franchise stores|
|Area served||Retail stores serve Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky, Columbus, Ohio, Dayton, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana. Pints are sold in grocery stores nation-wide.|
|Key people||Louis and Regina Graeter (Founder)
Chip Graeter, Bob Graeter, and Richard Graeter (Owners)
|Products||Ice Cream, Pastries, Candies, and much more.|
Graeter's is a regional chain of shops offering ice cream, baked goods, and candy which originated in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1870. Their thick ice cream has been featured on Food Network and has earned them many fans, including Oprah Winfrey. Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip is considered to be a signature flavor.
Graeter's is a Cincinnati original, founded by Bavarian immigrants Regina and Louis "Charlie" Graeter. After Charlie's untimely death, Regina took over the business, opening new locations and building a name for the business. Graeter's is still a family-owned and run business.
"French pot" process
Graeter's ice cream is made using the French Pot method. This is a slow, small batch process making only two gallons at a time. It creates ice cream that is rich, creamy and dense. Graeter's also uses this method to create chocolate chips completely different from other brands.
The French Pot process begins with the mix being placed into a chilled, spinning French Pot. As the cream freezes on the sidewall of the pot, a blade gently scrapes the wall, folding the cream into itself. It takes about 20 minutes to freeze a two-gallon batch. For flavors that include chocolate chips, a low melting temperature liquid chocolate is poured into the pot, and freezes into a thin shell on top of the ice cream. A worker uses a blade to break up this shell and mix it into the ice cream, making large chips and flakes. The resulting ice cream has a butterfat content between 16% and 18% and has no air whipped in, so it is denser than others.
Each batch of ice cream is only about two gallons (7.6 L) and is thus very labor intensive. The resulting ice cream is so thick that it must be hand-packed into pints (473 mL). An article in The New York Times in 1997 explains that for reasons not understood, superior ice creams are made in batches of two gallons or less. The ice cream is sold in pint containers at Graeter's stores and at select grocery stores in Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Colorado, California, Utah, Illinois, Washington, Oregon and Michigan. Because of the small batches and high amount of manual labor involved, Graeter's pints are more expensive than other brands of premium ice cream, such as Ben & Jerry's and Häagen-Dazs. Its sales are small compared to the larger corporate ice cream makers. In 2010, the NY Times listed the company's sales at $20 million.
On her show in July 2002, Oprah Winfrey said "You haven't had ice cream till you've had Graeter's. The butter pecan is Stedman's favorite, and mine, too." After her endorsement the company was flooded with 800,000 phone and internet orders which brought down the local Cincinnati Bell phone company switch. Today, Graeter's ships about 40,000 packages of ice cream to consumers across the country every year.
Graeter's stores also offer fresh baked goods, candy and hand-dipped chocolate. They receive ice cream in two-gallon tubs, which they scoop to make ice cream cones, ice cream sodas, and milkshakes. Its ice cream is also available for sale online.
Graeter's has 31 company-owned stores, with 14 located in Cincinnati, 11 in Columbus, Ohio, four in Dayton, Ohio, and two in Northern Kentucky. A shop opened in the Kings Island amusement park in 2005. On October 15, 2007, Graeter's returned to its historic roots in Downtown Cincinnati when it opened a new store on Fountain Square in the heart of the city. There is also a location on Ludlow Ave. in the gaslight district of Clifton
Graeter's has one franchisee who operates seven retail stores in the Louisville metropolitan area in Kentucky and Indiana and two more in Lexington, Kentucky. Of the Louisville-area stores, five are in Louisville itself, one is in New Albany, Indiana, and the other is at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana casino.
Outside of these locations, Graeter's also has shipping options. It can be packaged in dry ice in a Styrofoam container and shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. The cost is $80 for 6 pints.
List of Graeter's ice cream flavors
Limited Edition Flavors (available in pints)
Bonus flavors (only in scoop shops) may include:
Test Flavors (Not Available in stores may be pending the test) Bourbon Ball Birthday Cake Cheesecake
Note that flavors listed as "bonus" may be permanent flavors in some locations. For example, Bourbon Ball is a permanent flavor in Louisville-area stores.
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