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Friday, June 25, 2010

Field Trip Friday -- Ice Cream "Graeter" Than Any Other!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

I don't actually "scream" for ice cream -- it's more like quietly going to the fridge every evening to dish up some Breyer's Heath Bar or Edy's Slow-Churned Caramel Delight. I try to savor it but end up eating a little too quickly. And since I eat it a little too quickly, I need to return the freezer (quietly, you know, because if you do it quietly, it's like you're not really doing it) and add just one more scoop.

I wonder why my baby weight keeps hanging around? That situation would be even more dire if I lived closer to the source of The best ice cream I ever ate . . . this week's Field Trip Friday Topic.

The best ice cream I ever ate was in Cincinnati, Ohio at Graeter's. There are Graeter's locations all over the Tri-State (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) area where I grew up. Plus, Graeter's is stocked in the Kroger stores all over town as well.

I'm sure I had Graeter's a few times growing up, but I really fell in love with Graeter's when I was living in my first apartment in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Cincinnati. After grading a batch of papers or taking a walk or finishing a tasty dinner out or chilling with friends, I would walk to the Graeter's in Hyde Park Square and get a dish of my favorite Black Raspberry Chip ice cream. For me, Graeter's = Great Memories.

Why is Graeter's the best? First, it is truly premium ice cream. They use the very best ingredients and prepare the ice cream in some fancy way called a French Pot Process. Second, many of their flavors are of the "chip" variety, and these chips (chunks actually) of chocolate are HUGE and high quality. I am not kidding when I tell you that you can get a chip that is way bigger than your thumb.

My very favorite is Black Raspberry Chip, but the past few years I have become increasingly fond of Toffee Chip.

I don't have any further great insights into the ice cream beyond it's just so good. So good.

If you're not an ice cream fan or cannot tolerate dairy (which, really, isn't that the only reason one wouldn't be an ice cream fan?), you might enjoy some Graeter's sorbet. I think they have baked goods too, but can't attest to it because I walk in the door focused on the ice cream.

If you are ever in the Cincinnati or Tri-State area, you must try Graeter's. If you're really into ice cream, you could even order some and have it shipped to you on dry ice.
I'll be visiting in Ohio soon and can't wait to try the special seasonal flavors: Blackberry White Chocolate Chip and Strawberry Chip. I don't know if I'll make it inside an actual Graeter's location, but I know I can count on my mama to have some pints waiting in the freezer.

So, where is the best ice cream you've ever eaten? Share you answer in the comments or, better yet, blog about it and link up your post below!

Photos from graeters.com and from the Wikipedia entry on Graeter's. Sorry I could not find better (and bigger) photos and especially sorry that I couldn't photograph myself eating some Graeter's.

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  1. Toffee chip...I need something to wipe the drool off the keyboard now. It sounds delicious.

  2. Whole Foods freezer section 'Tangelint' the gelatos are to die for!

  3. I wish we had an ice cream joint like that in my hometown. Actually, maybe its good that we didn't!

  4. There's a famous ice cream place next to the Notre Dame called Berthillon and they have really unique flavors like violet and earl grey. Yum!!

  5. Oh, yes ma'am, I can attest to the greatness that is Graeter's. DELISH!

    My favorite is Butter Pecan, and they have delicious seasonal favorites such as Cinnamon and Pumpkin in the fall. YUM!!

    So lucky to be in Kentucky!

  6. I've heard of Graeter's too. Pretty cool that they will ship ice cream to you.