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Enjoying a favorite taste from home, while living in vermont. Thanks Graeter's for selling your rich black raspberry chip memory of my childhood! Long live Cincinnati!

Name: allison dincecco
City: south burlington
State: vermont

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Another Serious Graeter's Fan!

It’s no secret that Graeter’s Ice Cream has some diehard fans. Maria, a Cincinnati native, is no exception:

“I grew up in Cincinnati, and every time we had something to celebrate (music recital, basketball game, swim meet, first communion, etc) we headed to Graeter's. We introduced all our out-of-town relatives to the ice cream, and it quickly became a must-visit.

I went to UC for college, which meant I became very familiar with the Clifton scoop shop. At some point one of my friends and I wandered into Graeter's and he asked me what I recommended. As I began to rattle off my favorite flavors (and there are many) he asked, "What about the Peanut Butter Chip?"

"Oh, it's good but it has milk chocolate, not dark chocolate chips, so I don't get it very often."

At this point the girl behind the counter turned to me and asked, "Did you work here once?"

My friend and I had a good laugh (as the answer to the question was no, just well over 15 years of tasting experience) and enjoyed our ice cream, as I do to this day”

Thanks for your kind words, Maria! We are happy to hear you conitnue to visit our ice cream shops for a scoop of our gourmet ice cream!

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July is National Ice Cream Month!

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? It’s true! A whole month dedicated to this delicious treat!

President Ronald Reagan declared July National Ice Cream Month in 1984, stating that ice cream was “fun and nutritious and enjoyed by 90% of the population.” Whatever you say, Mr. President! He proclaimed that there should be a celebration of this delicious treat on the third Sunday in July. Nearly 30 years later, we still celebrate our favorite dessert.

Maybe you were already celebrating National Ice Cream Month, but are you celebrating your favorite flavor day?

July 7th National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
July 15th  National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
July 17th National Peach Ice Cream Day
July 20th National Ice Cream Day
July 23rd National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
July 25th National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

You have plenty more days to celebrate National Ice Cream Month! Come celebrate with Graeter’s gourmet ice cream!




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Florida Fanbassador at Work

I recently got together with some friends for a doggy play date. They recently got a new Great Dane puppy and I brought my beagle over to their house to play. We also cooked out and had Graeters Ice Cream for dessert.

They had never had it before and they loved it! It just goes to show that Graeter's French Pot Ice Cream makes the perfect complement to any occasion. The dogs had fun too!

I was recently chosen as a FL Fanbassador and I was glad that I could introduce your amazing product to such wonderful friends.

More of this to come - will be hosting an Ice Cream Social event soon!

Name: Paul Fisher
City: Winter Garden
State: Florida

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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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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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