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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.
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.
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, Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina. 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.
Outside of their 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
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