Graeter's Ice Cream has always been one of those elusive ice creams you hear about but never really buy. Not because of any other reason than it wasn't readily available in the area. You had to go to specialty stores or be in Cincinnati, where it's made. But alas my Cucina loving pals, Graeter's Ice Cream is now available at Giant Eagle stores!
The five generation family-owned business since 1870, has pioneered the French Pot process of making only 2 gallons of ice cream at a time with all natural ingredients and it shows. I have been lucky enough to taste the insanely delicious black raspberry chip as well as the super rich chocolate chocolate chip, vanilla chip and mint chip. All are so dreamy and wonderful, but for me, being the chocoholic that I am, it's chocolate chocolate chip all the way (with a little bit of black raspberry chip mixed in for good measure). The chocolate chips used are the best I have ever tasted. They are more like shards in different sizes and shapes and quite frankly some of them are huge! Good news for me! The more chocolate the better.
It's important to support smaller companies and Graeter's qualifies... and the fact that it's an Ohio based company is something that appeals to me too. It doesn't hurt that it's freakin amazing ice cream. Next time you're in Giant Eagle, check it out. I know you will not be disappointed.