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Mmmm... Strawberry Chocolate Chip is here! Just in time for spring!

Graeter's Strawberry Chocolate Chip

It Must be (Almost) Springtime! Fresh from Strawberry Heaven, Strawberry Chocolate Chip is here!

Oh those juicy, juicy berries and decadent chunks of dark chocolate! Strawberry Chocolate Chip ice cream is available now for a limited time only. This spring favorite features a generous blend of hand selected Oregon Totem Strawberries and our famous dark chocolate chips!


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A True Graeter's Fan

Roy Franks, or Scooter as his friends and family know him, is originally from Cincinnati. He is a true fan of Graeter’s and it shows in his story.

When Scooter retired and moved to Santa Fe, NM he didn’t let it get in the way of his love for Graeter’s. Scooter and his wife had their favorite Graeter’s flavors shipped right to their doorstep as they couldn’t imagine living without it. Then, in 2010, they were overwhelmed to learn their local grocer started carrying Graeter’s! This was a sight to see, Graeter’s in Smith’s!

Scooter’s reaction, of course, was that he had to support Graeter’s being sold in Smith’s to ensure it didn’t get discontinued. Scooter has hosted 2 ice cream socials for his neighbors over the past 3 months! His passion to share his love for Graeter’s shows!

We recently heard Scooter’s story when it was brought to our attention that he held an ice cream social for his local Smith’s grocery store staff! We are told that Scooter has become somewhat of a local celebrity spokesperson for Graeter’s in his community! Scooter is truly committed to Graeter’s ongoing success in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

We love to hear stories like Scooter's. Our fans willingness to help spread the word is very important to us in our desire to establish and grow the Graeter's brand- just as we've grown over the years in Cincinnati. From the beginning our success has been measured one satisfied customer at a time.

Graeter’s is growing, but the way we make our ice cream will never change!

Graeter’s can be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores. Find a grocery store selling Graeter’s near you and learn more at

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Graeter's is Now Available in Stop & Shop

We are excited to announce that Graeter's is now available in Stop & Shop and can be found in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut! While we get excited to make these announcements, our fans get excited to help spread the word!

Graeter's can now be found in over 6,000 grocery stores across the country and with each new market, we hear about our biggest fans spreading the word where they live. We love to hear these stories and love to share them even more!

Once fans found out about Graeter's availability in Stop & Shop, we found blog posts and Facebook comments from fans excitedly talking about the news!


One blog post we came across was by John Stoehr. John talks about how Graeter's is a staple Cincinnati food and being from Cincinnati himself, he truly understood the obsession.

I don’t mean that Cincinnati was devoid of other ice cream. I mean if you had access to Graeter’s, you didn’t think about the others. You were faithful. Tried and true. Like Romeo.

So go ahead, enjoy John's blog post and do as he says, "I urge you run – run! – to Stop & Shop. And soon. Graeter’s arrived last week."

The Glory of Graeter's by John Stoehr

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Graeter's Fans Help Spread The Love!

Graeter's is growing and is now available in more than 6,000 grocery stores across the country! Fans who have tried our French Pot Ice Cream know it is worth talking about! Find a grocery store near you or buy ice cream on our website and have it shipped to your home!

Thanks to our fan Mr. Marty Katz for helping to spread the word about Graeter's in the Baltimore/DC area with this video!

We are so thankful for our wonderful fans who are willing to help spread the word where they live. If you have a story about how you help spread the word please share it with us!


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What says "Be Mine" and "I Love You" in a Variety of Flavors?

Food gifts are very popular for Valentine's Day and what better food to send your sweetheart than ice cream and candy! So this year, when you care enough to give the very best, whether your sweetheart is across the country or down the street, let Graeter's help you melt their heart. Choose from a wide assortment of the world's most irresistible ice cream, including our popular Limited Edition Flavor Cherry Chocolate Chip. Your Valentine will love our gourmet ice cream!

Cherry Chocolate Chip- Natural Cherry flavored ice cream is blended with sweet maraschino cherries and our delectable dark chocolate chips.

Cherry Chocolate Chip

Or send the creamiest, fruitiest and nuttiest chocolates and confections - all hand made in small batches with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. A tempting selection of handmade chocolates in both milk and dark varieties; enough for the most deserving chocolate lover. Say "Be mine" and "I love you" this year – send Graeter's.

Send your Valentine Graeter's!

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Give the gift of Graeter's Virtual Gift Certificates

Virtual Gift Certificates are a great way to give the world's best ice cream as a last minute gift, delivered online within hours of ordering.

Virtual Gift CertificatesOrdering a virtual gift certificate will email your recipient with a link to retrieve their redemption code. (To retrieve the code yourself, simply enter your own email address.) Virtual gift certificates may be purchased in any amount with suggested values. Learn More.

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Sherryn Daniel's Blog- Ice Cream Social

Sherryn Daniel is an experienced online writer who enjoys sharing her passion for traveling and delicious food in her blog, Sherryn Daniel’s Blog.

We first came accross Sherryn's blog after she held an ice cream social and shared her love for Graeter's with some friends. Check out the following blog post to read about her event from last April.

Sherynn Daniel

A few weeks back, I wanted to celebrate the start of spring by throwing an adequate sized ice cream social.  Since I only wanted to invite friends who were professionals in the D.C/ MD/ VA area, I only wanted to serve them the best ice cream I could possibly find. I nixed the idea of driving to any grocery store since no grocers in the area serves tasty, gourmet ice cream.

So, I decided to order a few pints of Graeters (and I accidentally got everyone .. Click here to read more.


To read more about Sherrynn visit her blog at

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A Truly “Fabulous” Food Show

Anxious Graeter's Ice Cream Samplers at the 2011 Fabulous Foods Show

We had the amazing opportunity to participate in the 2011 Fabulous Food Show in Cleveland last weekend, and take it from me, it was every bit as fabulous as the name promises.

We sampled our Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip and Vanilla Ice Cream flavors to thousands of foodies (18,000 over the weekend) and I was thrilled to see hundreds lining up to try the best ice cream you’ll ever taste.

Of course, Graeter’s did not disappoint.  First-bite reactions were downright entertaining and one guest even dropped to her knees in ecstasy after tasting our signature Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip for the first time.

We also had the pleasure of meeting and serving Graeter's to several of the talented celebrity chefs that were on hand. We knew they'd be pleased with our ice cream ingredients.

Cleveland's own Iron Chef and successful restaurateur, Chef Michael Symon, exclaimed, “Graeter’s is the best ice cream ever!”

Dessert chef Anne Thorton of Food Network fame said, “Thank you for making my favorite ice cream.” 

Upon learning that Graeter’s would be available in NYC this Spring, long-time Graeter's fan Chef Bobby Flay said that he was “looking forward to eating Graeter’s in NYC!”

Chef Jason Roberts, from ABC's "The Chew"

And my favorite new friend, Chef Jason Roberts, from ABC's The Chew, showed his love for Graeter's by devouring no less than three big bowls of Black Raspberry Chip that I scooped for him in between cooking demonstrations.  There is no better compliment than a request for seconds, and in this case, thirds!

A big thank you to all the Graeter’s fans that came out to the event, and to our new fans, welcome to the Graeter’s family!
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Introduction to Greta

Dear bakery lovers of Cincinnati,Greta and her delicious baked goods

My name is Greta. I am the head baker for Graeter's. I love baking and have been baking in Cincinnati for a very very long time. I don't know why but some people thought I would be a good spokesman for the Graeter's bakery and there were advertising people following me around for a week. They wrote down a lot of things I said and took some pictures of me. Now I see my picture in the stores. I get very embarrassed when people recognize me at the bank, post office and market. I wish I could carry cheese crowns around in my purse for everyone that recognizes me but they would smush and I work too hard to give away stuff that isn't fresh. Please stop asking for my baked treats, it breaks my heart when I have to say no.

The handsome advertising men want me to write about what I do. I don't know why. It's pretty ordinary and I am not very fast at typing. I took typing lessons just after the war but never typed a lot after that. I am good at taking short hand though. I would take shorthand for Wilmer Graeter then write his letters. He always thought handwritten notes were better than using a typewriter. 

I wish they would have picked a different week for me to start this. See Thanksgiving is soon and we are very busy baking pies, butter bits and a bunch of other goodies. The holidays are my favorite time of the year but boy are we busy. We bake and bake and bake.

I hope you put in your order in for Thanksgiving. The cutoff time is today. Remember that everyone likes second helpings of pie. 

Well I have to go now, the oven buzzer for the pumpkin pies is about to go off. I hope you and your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and everyone saves room for dessert.

Love, Greta

P.S. Thank you Steve Hellmich for helping me put a picture on here. These fancy computers confuse me sometimes.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with spoonfuls of Graeter’s Ice Cream!

Thanksgiving dinner is usually celebrated with a fork and knife but when the main course is over and it’s time to serve dessert, don’t forget the extra spoons. Let the feast continue be serving delicious and decadent Graeter’s French Pot Ice Cream.

Graeter’s has been indulging ice cream lovers since 1870- our high regard for quality and tradition can be tasted in every creamy spoonful. Each batch is carefully made just two gallons at a time and lovingly hand packed, pint by pint, then made conveniently available to buy ice cream online or at a nearby store.

With a wide assortment of irresistible flavors- from classics like Chocolate and Vanilla to our signature Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip and our popular Limited Edition flavors- Graeter’s Ice Cream is a favorite for young and old and a perfect way to top off this year’s Thanksgiving celebration.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what you are thankful for. We are very thankful for all of our fans. Thank you for supporting us in the past and we hope you continue to enjoy Graeter's during the holidays and anytime throughout the year!

Don't forget- you can also order our handcrafted candy online!

Graeter's Ice Cream

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Graeter’s French Pot Ice Cream Hits 2011 Fabulous Food Show

Graeter’s French Pot Ice Cream Hits 2011 Fabulous Food Show

Graeter’s old-fashioned ice cream will make a splash this year at the Midwest’s premier food event, the Fabulous Food Show, November 11-13 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.  As the exclusive Green Room sponsor of the show, we’ll be serving up our famous Sundaes to celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, Guy Fieri and renowned dessert expert, Duff Goldman, from Ace of Cakes on Food Network. Our fans in Cleveland are invited to stop by the Graeter’s booth (#723) for a sample of the world’s best ice cream! For tickets, visit

Don't wait, get your tickets now for this fun event! Hope to see you there! Become a fan of the Fabulous Food Show on Facebook:

Stay tuned to our new blog to hear about all things Graeter's. You can also buy ice cream online and have it shipped to your door! Graeter's Ice Cream is the perfect holiday gift idea for any occasion, visit our online store. You can also visit our online gourmet candy store!

Greater's- Best Ice Cream at Fabulous Food Show

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Graeter's French Pot Ice Cream Replaces Wedding Cake!

Graeter's Fan Submission
By: Dale K., Grand Rapids, MI

Graeter's sincerely thanks the newly happy couple Kelsey and Jay, as well as Kelsey's father Dale, for this touching story on how the couple opted not to serve guests wedding cake but instead Graeter's French Pot Ice Cream.

Graeter’s wonderfully replaced wedding cake at our daughter Kelsey’s wedding! Her groom, Jay, grew up loving Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip as a favorite Cincinnati Food and they had their hearts set on serving Graeter’s – instead of wedding cake – at their wedding in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

It went deliciously! Carol, from the staff at Graeter’s main offices agreed to sell us enough serving cups so that each of the 200 guests could eat their ice cream in style; the staff at the local Meijer stores here in Grand Rapids allowed us to special order 100 pints of a variety of flavors! So, rather than serve cake at their wedding, Kelsey and Jay L. delivered 4 different pints of Graeter’s to each table of guests so that everyone could serve and sample their own.

The attached pictures show the bride and groom and a few other pictures of how Graeter’s played an important supporting role to a wonderful day!

Thanks to everyone at Graeter’s and Meijer stores. Your ice cream got rave reviews from many family and friends who had never even tasted it before.

Special thanks to bride and groom, Kelsey and Jay, for including Graeter's on their special day.
A cooler filled with gourmet ice cream from Graeter's. Flavors include Vanilla Ice Cream, Black Raspberry Ice Cream, Mocha Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and more
A favorite Cincinnati food for more than 141 years, the bride and groom pass out Graeter's to their reception guests
Happy guests enjoy a dish of Graeter's frozen dessert
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Graeter's Ice Cream Returning to Lexington!

Graeter's Ice Cream and gourmet desserts are coming back to Lexington!It's official! Graeter's is returning to Lexington! The first new retail location will open in the Chevy Chase Plaza off Euclid Avenue as early as mid-February. Today an article was featured on, written by Scott Sloan. Graeter's fans in the area are buzzing!

Below are some excerpts, you can read the full article here.


"We are ecstatic to be back in Lexington," said Richard Graeter, CEO of the family owned and operated regional chain that is based in Cincinnati.

"We're excited to have them back in the market," Bret Caller, a partner in Caller Properties, which owns Chevy Chase Plaza, said of Graeter's. Caller said his company also was negotiating with McAlister's Deli, which is "looking for multiple locations in the market," to open a restaurant on the first floor.


For the new store, Graeter turned to franchisee Jim Tedesco, who operates several Graeter's stores in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Tedesco said he made numerous trips to Lexington before settling on the Chevy Chase location.

"It just felt right," he said, noting the deal came together in just a month after he first viewed the space. "It's a good neighborhood and a heavy walking area.


At 2,044 square feet, the new store will be somewhat larger than the old Lexington locations, which typically were 1,400 to 1,500 square feet, Tedesco said.

It also will have a new look for Lexington, as Tedesco intends to make the store far more appealing inside than some of the previous ones were.

"This store is going to be like no other Graeter's that they're used to seeing," he said of Lexington patrons. "It's going to be a first-class store.

"It's a premium spot, we have a premium product and we're going to build it up to be a premium location."


"My opinion is we're unique," Tedesco said. "There's a special market for hand-dipped, quality ice cream.


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About Graeter’s: Graeter’s ice cream is a renowned brand made in Cincinnati, OH, with national prestige that still faithfully uses century-old recipes and methods of production. Graeter’s has perfected the traditional French Pot process, making the world’s finest ice cream just two gallons at a time. The secret recipe of fresh cream and egg custard spun in a French Pot freezer creates an extremely dense and creamy consistency. Liquid bittersweet chocolate is poured in just as the ice cream is finishing, creating Graeter’s signature chocolate chips. Graeter’s has 31 corporately owned retail stores and Fans outside of this area can purchase gourmet chocolates, gourmet dessert and ice cream online at  Graeter’s can also be found in more than 4,000 grocery stores in 41 states. Visit for more information.

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Graeter’s Ice Cream Reopens in Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky's Fort Mitchell and Newport Locations Now Open!

Graeter’s is pleased to announce the reopening of the company’s retail locations at 301 Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell, KY and at 1409 North Grand Avenue in Newport, Kentucky.
A live picture from our Fort Mitchell Ribbon-Cutting Event! This new retail store offers a full lineup of Graeter's favorites, including gourmet ice cream and other frozen dessert, gourmet chocolates and more.
Both retail locations are now company-owned and have been completely remodeled with new décor and equipment, and both stores will offer Graeter’s full line of bakery, confectionary and candy offerings. 

“We are certainly excited to bring Graeter’s back to Northern Kentucky,” said Richard Graeter, President and CEO. “We have deep roots in Kentucky and we thank our loyal fans for their continued support.”

There are currently no plans to reopen the store previously located at 342 Monmouth Street in Newport, KY, or the store previously located at 8860 US Highway 42 in Florence, KY. Graeter’s is working with its Louisville-based franchisee to open new stores in the Lexington market.

For store hours and additional information, please visit

About Graeter’s: Graeter’s ice cream is a renowned brand made in Cincinnati, OH, with national prestige that still faithfully uses century-old recipes and methods of production. Graeter’s has perfected the traditional French Pot process, making the world’s finest ice cream just two gallons at a time. The secret recipe of fresh cream and egg custard spun in a French Pot freezer creates an extremely dense and creamy consistency. Liquid bittersweet chocolate is poured in just as the ice cream is finishing, creating Graeter’s signature chocolate chips. Graeter’s has 31 corporately owned retail stores and Fans outside of this area can purchase gourmet chocolates, gourmet dessert and ice cream online at  Graeter’s can also be found in more than 4,000 grocery stores in 41 states. Visit for more information.

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Look at the size of this Chocolate Chip!

This chip was found at the Graeter's store in Oakwood! It was so big that the Oakwood Team set it aside for their customers to marvel!

Have you ever found a chocolate chip this big in your Graeter's? Share it with us!

Name: Graeter's Oakwood
City: Dayton
State: Ohio

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Food Network Feud about the BEST Ice Cream

Iron Chef and Food Feuds host Michael Symon came to Cincinnati to settle the score between two local favorites—Graeter's and Aglamesis! Watch the Food Network premier on December 30th at 10pm to see the show declare a winner!

Michael Symon pounds the pavement searching for the country's most intense and long-standing dish disputes to settle once and for all. To learn more about Food Feuds,

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Minnesota bound with Graeter's Ice Cream

My husband, growing up in Kentucky, has been a lifelong fan of Graeter’s ice cream.  He always swore it was the best on the planet.  Being from Minnesota I didn't know what he was talking about. 

He made me look at the website, he made me watch shows on the Food Network about how the chocolate chips are made; he was a true die-hard fan. 

My first Graeter’s experience was on a trip to Kentucky visiting family.  One taste and I was hooked as well.  There is nothing like the irresistible, creamy, smooth taste and texture of the ice cream with the softest, melt-in-your mouth amazing chocolate chips ever!  I ate it every day on vacation and our short trip came to an end without my Graeter’s ice cream craving satisfied. 

Without knowing that we could have the ice cream shipped directly to our door, we came up with the brilliant plan to take it with us on the airplane - an 8 hour trip back to Minnesota with a layover, seems easy enough!  Not to mention we were traveling with our 2 children under the age of 2 on a red-eye flight.  One or two pints just wasn’t enough – we had to introduce our Minnesota friends and family to the wonder that is Graters ice cream, so we attempted to bring back 12 pints. 

The day of our flight we spent the morning on the phone with the airline confirming that we could indeed bring ice cream and dry ice on the plane.  YES was the answer, so we sprung into action to execute the ice cream transport.  On the drive to the airport we frantically searched for a cooler that fit the carry-on size restrictions.  Next step was to find dry ice, not necessarily the most readily available item.  After driving an extra 20 miles out of the way for dry ice we were cutting it close to make our flight.  Last stop was to pick up the ice cream.  We located the nearest Graeters retail store in Cincinnati. 

Upon arrival we then discovered that not only did they sell travel packs at the Graeter's store complete with dry ice, but we could actually have this amazing Graeter's ice cream shipped to our door step for less than what this entire carry-on ice cream debacle was costing us!  There was no turning back at this point, but the information definitely made my day! 

Onward to the airport – ice cream, cooler and dry ice in hand.  Cooler packed, appropriately sealed and labeled, we were dropped off at the gate by our family.  Upon arrival to the airport we checked our luggage, and clutched our ice cream carry-on.  We were in the clear and on our way to enjoying this delicious treat in our own state. 

We started the process of preparing the kids to head thru security – 1 child shoes off, jacket off, carry-on passed through – CHECK.  2nd child shoes off, jacket off, carry-on passed thru – CHECK.  My shoes off, jacket off, belt off, emptied pockets, carry-on and diaper bag passed through – CHECK.  Last but not least, husband’s shoes off, jacket off, belt off, empty pockets, carry-on passed through, ice cream sent through – STOPPED. 

It was at this point that it was brought to our attention that although the airline accepted dry ice on the plane, as confirmed earlier that morning via phone call, TSA regulations considered ice cream in its original form a liquid and we could therefore not take more than 3 ounces of ice cream in our carry-ons.  PANIC…what could we do?  How could this be?  Could we check the luggage?  We could, however dry ice was considered a hazardous substance and would cost us an additional $150 to check.  WHAT?!?!  These 12 pints of ice cream were costing us more than $200 to get home, and that didn’t even include the cost of the ice cream!  My mind raced – could we eat the 12 pints of ice cream before our plane took off?  No.  Could we switch flights and take a later flight in hopes of finding another solution to our ice cream dilemma?  No – we would have a flight change charge, plus we were already flying red-eye with 2 kids up way past bedtime.  Was I going to have to face reality and dump 12 pints of Graeter’s goodness in the garbage?!?! 

In a frantic last ditch effort we called our family back to see if they were still close enough to the airport to come back and pick up our beloved ice cream.  This was the solution we ended up settling on.  All of the hard work, effort, time and money – and I was going back to Minnesota with no Graeter’s in hand.  Since this heartbreaking adventure I have yet to experience the delightful taste of Graeter’s ice cream again.  I look forward to the day when I will be reunited with my Chocolate Chip ice cream.   
 -- Jennifer Padgett, MN
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My Delightfully Unexpected, Albeit Yummy, Discovery

As a flight attendant, I travel for work quite a bit, and like to sample the local fare during my travels.  My first time in Louisville, a local suggested I had to try their fabulous locally-made ice cream at an innocuous looking shoppe located right next to our hotel.

As a self-proclaimed ice cream connoisseur, I was skeptical about how good it could possibly be.  Yet, after my first bite of peanut butter buckeye blitz, I was hooked.  I proceeded to recommend Graeter's to every co-worker of mine I knew who was spending the night in Louisville. 

I was so enamoured with Graeter's that when I was stumped about what to get my parents for their 30th wedding anniversary, I was struck by a dairy-licious idea.  I paid the rather pricey shipping costs to have 8 pints shipped to Mom and Dad direct from Graeter's, or Ice Cream Heaven as I prefer to call it.  Even after the long journey from Ohio, the ice cream was as yummy as ever and Graeter's now has two more NJ fans!
-- Michelle Minster

My daughter, Michelle introduced us to Graeter's. As she has been traveling the country as a flight attendant for the past few years, she has gotten to try the best of everything this country has to offer.

Here in NJ, we have some good ice cream, but had never heard of Graeter's. One day Michelle called and told us she just had the best ice cream EVER. As ice cream is our favorite thing to eat, we, too, were anxious to try this product. Then, surprisingly, some arrived on our doorstep. Michelle had some sent to us for an anniversary present. What a treat! We especially loved the Buckeye Blitz and couldn't believe the amount of pieces (Chocolate, peanut butter cookie) it contained.

Thank you Michelle, for introducing us, and thank you Graeter's for making it. 
 -- Marlene Minster

Graeter's Ice Cream Lovers can find our pints and half-gallons at an ever expanding number of grocers nationwide. You can find Graeter's at a store near you or if you are really lucky, a Graeter's Ice Cream retail store.

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Graeter's Chocolate Ice Cream

It’s summer time! What better way to beat the heat than to enjoy a pint or cone of Graeter’s Chocolate Ice Cream?
Graeter's Chocolate Ice Cream
Our super-premium Chocolate Ice Cream uses all natural ingredients and is made from scratch in our kitchens. We use our own blend of premium dutched cocoas in this timeless classic, but that’s all we’re going to say! The recipe for this frozen dessert has been a family secret for four generations.

Our Chocolate Ice Cream is the base in many Graeter’s favorites, including Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip and Buckeye Blitz. These three flavors include unique chocolate chips that we’ve become famous for over the years—a premium dark chocolate that’s poured right into our ice cream and broken up once it hardens.

These flavors are the perfect gift idea for any true chocolate lover. Click here to purchase Graeter’s Ice Cream online, or learn how to send virtual gift cards!

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