Graeter’s Ice Cream Acquires Last Remaining Franchised Stores

By Graeter's Ice Cream September 25, 2018

Cincinnati’s Graeter’s Ice Cream Acquires Franchised Locations in Kentucky and Indiana

CINCINNATI, OH (September 24, 2018) – Effective today, Graeter’s Ice Cream, a family-owned craft ice cream manufacturer since 1870, has executed an agreement to purchase the Graeter’s Ice Cream scoop shops currently operated by its last franchisee, Tedesco, LLC. The stores are located in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky and Indianapolis, Indiana. The Company previously acquired all of its Ohio franchised stores in June of 2010. With this acquisition, for the first time in over three decades, all Graeter’s Ice Cream parlors will be owned and operated by the Graeter family. Customers should not notice any immediate changes in the day-to-day operations and guest experience.

“Serving our guests the best tasting, handcrafted ice cream, in family-friendly stores, is the centerpiece of who we are” said Richard Graeter, fourth-generation owner and CEO of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “ We hope to retain and rely on the current team members in our scoop shops to help us complete a seamless transition that continues to serve our loyal customers in these markets.”

“It’s been very fulfilling to be able to serve the Indianapolis, Lexington and Louisville communities under the Graeter’s brand name,” shared Jim Tedesco, the current franchise owner. “I am proud of what we accomplished in our 20-year relationship and now look forward to the next chapter in my career.”

About Graeter’s

Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream using the small batch, artisanal, French Pot process, dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. Winner of the 2015 Munchie Award for best ice cream in the United States, and publicly recognized by celebrities, People Magazine and local magazines as the city’s “best ice cream”, the Cincinnati-based company remains family-owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s has more than 50 retail stores and ships over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states.

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Graeter’s Ice Cream Partners with The Cure Starts Now in Support of Finding the Homerun Cure for Childhood Cancer

By Graeter's Ice Cream August 29, 2018

Graeter’s Ice Cream Annual Cones for the Cure Campaign Runs September 6th to September 16th

Graeter's Ice Cream partners with The Cure Starts Now Foundation

CINCINNATI, OH (August 27, 2018) – Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 148-year-old, family owned craft ice cream company, has partnered once again with The Cure Starts Now in support of finding not just a cure for one cancer, but the cure for all cancers. Graeter’s will host its annual Cones For The Cure campaign in efforts to raise money for The Cure Starts Now and pediatric cancer research.

At the center of Graeter’s Cones For The Cure campaign is The Cure Starts Now and its mission to find the Homerun Cure for cancer by focusing on pediatric brain cancer. The campaign ultimately gives consumers a unique way to support this increasingly important cause. Graeter’s Ice Cream will once again offer one of its most iconic seasonal flavors, Elena’s Blueberry Pie – a special flavor that was created by a Cincinnati family in support of The Cure Starts Now – throughout September.

During the Cones for the Cure Campaign, running from September 6th through September 16th, guests in the Graeter’s retail scoop shops will have the opportunity to make a donation directly to The Cure Starts Now. Graeter’s will offer a coupon booklet with up to $25 in savings for every donation of $5 or more. This year, Elena’s Blueberry Pie ice cream will also be available in select Kroger stores in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton, OH.

“Our support of the Cure Starts Now is our most anticipated and favorite fundraising initiative” said Chip Graeter, 4th generation co-owner of Graeter’s. “Over ten years ago we created this special ice cream flavor and have been committed to the cause ever since. We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s campaign and the opportunity to raise even more funds for such an important cause.”

“It’s wonderful that this amazing Cincinnati-based family brand is helping to support a cause that started right here at home, in Cincinnati,” shared Keith Desserich, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board at The Cure Starts Now. “Through Graeter’s support, we’ve been able to raise more than $600,000 in new cancer research funding and we are so thrilled to continue this partnership, and raise even more!”

Behind The Scoop : Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

By Graeter's Ice Cream August 27, 2018

It’s undeniable that our Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is our all-time best-selling flavor, but have you ever wondered what truly makes it so special? In large part it’s the freshly picked, still-warm-from-the-sun flavor imparted from the black raspberries we use in our handcrafted ice cream. These special berries hail from the Pacific Northwest, specifically the Willamette Valley. This scenic region of Oregon is famous for its wine, as well as its berries.

Bob Graeter in Oregon raspberry field

This summer, Bob Graeter, a member of the family’s fourth generation, traveled to the Willamette Valley to check in on this year’s berry crop. The valley is home to not only the best Black Raspberries, but also the Totem Strawberries that we use in our Oregon Strawberry ice cream and the strawberry topping used in our stores to make sundaes and shakes.

It’s no mystery why we get our black raspberries from the Willamette Valley, its clean air, fertile soil, and favorable climate are ideal for berry growing. The warm days and cool nights help the berries ripen slowly, allowing for the natural sugars to fully develop, leaving them bursting with flavor.

The Graeter family’s continued commitment to using only the finest ingredients is apparent when speaking with Bob. We’ve bought these fresh Oregon berries from the same family owned and operated farms since the late 70’s. Understanding the farming and processing of the berries, connecting and building trust with the farmers, and making the commitment to check in on the crop’s progress each year are all very important aspects that help Graeter’s source the best high-quality ingredients.

According to Bob, “understanding and managing the complex sourcing process for these one-of-a-kind ingredients are one of the many things that make Graeter’s handcrafted ice cream truly unique.” The next time you take a lick of our Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream, close your eyes and imagine the fresh Black Raspberries that were grown just for the one of a kind taste you’re experiencing. Indulge & Enjoy!

New Hilliard-Area Scoop Shop Will Serve Up a Tasty Graeter’s Experience

By Graeter's Ice Cream August 8, 2018

Graeter’s Ice Cream Grows Presence in the Central Ohio Community

New Hilliard-area scoop shop will serve up a tasty Graeter’s experience to even more Columbus-area fans.

Graeter's Ice Cream Shop Hilliard Ohio

CINCINNATI, OH (August 8, 2018) – Graeter’s Ice Cream is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest scoop shop in Hilliard, Ohio at the Northwest Corner of Scioto Darby Road and High School Drive on August 10th.

Marking the twelfth location in the central Ohio market, the Hilliard scoop shop is set to celebrate its Grand Opening next week. The scoop shop will offer the complete menu of indulgent ice cream flavors, sundaes and frozen drinks, available from the fountain menu as well as gourmet chocolates.

Graeter’s Hilliard also features a convenient drive-thru allowing guests to get treats “on-the-go”. A Grand Opening celebration is planned for 11:00 AM on Friday, August 10th. Community members are welcome to join the Graeter family and other members of the Graeter’s team for a ribbon cutting. To further celebrate, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on August 10th, guests will receive a free single dip sugar cone with any of Graeter’s indulgent ice cream or sorbet flavors. This offer is valid at the new Hilliard location ONLY.

The Grand Opening celebration will support A Kid Again, a central Ohio organization designed to restore a sense of normalcy for families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness by providing positive, family-shared experiences and memories.

“We’ve long wanted to be a part of the growing Hilliard-area community,” shares Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “Hilliard’s strong sense of community ties closely to our family-orientation. We look forward to serving the Hilliard community for years to come.”

The new Hilliard scoop shop will be located at 5410 Scioto Darby Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026. Anticipated ours of operation are 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. Sunday thru Thursday and 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. Friday and Saturday.

Beloved Ice Cream Brand Celebrates Ice Cream Month with Sweet Surprises

By Graeter's Ice Cream July 1, 2018

Graeter’s Ice Cream Reveals a Month of Surprises for Ice Cream Lovers and Loyal Consumers

Graeter's National Ice Cream Day


CINCINNATI, OH (July 2, 2018) – Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 148-year-old, family owned craft ice cream company, will celebrate National Ice Cream Month this July with a calendar of events meant to surprise and delight Graeter’s fans nationwide. The company begins the summer ice cream season by celebrating its 148th birthday in a variety of delicious ways, including a special deal on ice cream cones for National Ice Cream Day, surprise Bonus Flavors, and new scoop shop announcements.

$1.48 Sugar Cones

Graeter’s Ice Cream will take advantage of National Ice Cream Day on July 15th with a one-day promotion that invites consumers in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh stores only to celebrate the company’s 148th birthday. Graeter’s will once again hold its annual National Ice Cream Month Coloring Contest. To learn more about these family favorite events, visit or call your local scoop shop.

10% Off Your Online Ice Cream Orders

Sunday, July 15th get 10% off your online ice cream orders placed on Graeters.com with promo code NICD10 at checkout. Orders must ship by 8/31/2018. Can not be combined with any other offer.

National Ice Cream Day

Graeter’s plans to further celebrate National Ice Cream Month with its continued grand unveiling of Summer Bonus Flavors in scoop shops and online for a limited time. Each flavor, revealed every other Monday, offers ice cream fans the allure of an innovative flavor made with the Graeter’s quality they expect. New Bonus Flavors will be announced on July 9, July 23 and August 6. Graeter’s will also be offering July seasonal flavors of Banana Chocolate Chip, Peach and Watermelon Sorbet. As well, throughout the month, new scoop shops will be announced.

“Our 148th birthday on National Ice Cream Day is the perfect time to celebrate Graeter’s and the fans who have helped to make us such a mainstay in so many homes nationwide,” shares Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “We take an incredible amount of pride in creating the ideal ice cream experience, which we’ve been perfecting since Graeter’s first small batch of ice cream was churned in 1870.”

Graeter's Chunky Chunky Hippo Ice Cream Flavor Is Back In Time For Summer

By Graeter's Ice Cream May 24, 2018
Graeter's Chunky Chunky Hippo Ice Cream

Our Chunky Chunky Hippo ice cream was born out of our collective excitement over the Cincinnati Zoo’s world-famous addition to its hippo habitat. With a toffee ice cream base, salted roasted peanuts and milk chocolate caramel truffles, this chunky flavor is bound to be a seasonal favorite for adults and peanut-loving children alike.The best part is a portion of proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Hurry in to a Graeter's retail store or shop online to get a taste of this limited time flavor. Available while supplies last!

Graeter’s Ice Cream Unveils Plans To Join Cleveland Pinecrest Community

New Scoop Shop Set to Open Spring, 2018

CINCINNATI, OH (April 12, 2018) – Graeter’s Ice Cream, family owned craft ice cream maker since 1870, is excited to announce plans to open the newest scoop shop in Cleveland’s Pinecrest. This location, the 2nd in the Cleveland area and 54th in the family of scoop shops, is set to celebrate its Grand Opening on May 18th, 2018. The store will offer a complete menu of indulgent ice cream treats, with a portion of the proceeds from opening day benefitting local charity, The Gathering Place. The address of the Pinecrest location is 10 Park Avenue, Suite 116, Beachwood, OH 44122-4237 within the Pinecrest mall community. Spring hours of operation are 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. Sunday thru Thursday, and 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. Friday and Saturday.

A ribbon cutting celebrating the new scoop shop opening is planned for May 18th. Local community members are invited to celebrate along with the Graeter family, Store Manager Clem Marshall, The Gathering Place staff members and other members of the Graeter’s team. A portion of the proceeds will go to the charity, allowing The Gathering Place to continue to support families in the community who are coping with cancer.

This award-winning ice cream now becomes more accessible to loyal consumers beyond local grocery stores and a scoop shop location in Crocker Park. Available in pints in area grocery stores for the past few years, Graeter’s looks forward to now sharing a full menu of ice cream flavors, sundaes, milkshakes, old-fashioned sodas and candy to even more Cleveland area fans.

"We've wanted to expand our presence in Cleveland for quite some time now," shares Chip Graeter, fourth-generation owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. "The city and the families here have been so wonderful to us. It feels like we've been a part of the city all along, and look forward to becoming even more involved with the Cleveland area community."

About The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place provides free programs and services that focus on the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs and individuals with cancer and their families and friends. Since opening its doors, The Gathering Place has served over 40,915 individuals who have made more than 309,000 visits. To learn more, visit www.touchedbycancer.org.

About Graeter’s

Graeter’s Ice Cream produces craft ice cream using a French Pots, a small batch, artisanal method of production dating back over a century. Graeter’s has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation’s most influential foodies. Famous for their signature chocolate chips, the Cincinnati-based company remains family owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2½ gallons at a time. Today, Graeter’s has more than 54 retail stores and ship over 300,000 pints annually for online mail order sales. Graeter’s can also be found in more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states. Visit www.graeters.com for more information.

Graeter’s Ice Cream Reveals Its Highly Anticipated Mystery Flavors

By Graeter's Ice Cream March 1, 2018
Mystery Flavors

(Cincinnati, OH) March 1st, 2018 - Graeter’s Ice Cream reveals its latest annual Mystery Flavor, a first for the 2018 campaign with not one but two flavors to double the fun. Fan favorites brought back by popular demand, Graeter’s reveals Dark Chocolate Brownie and S’mores as this year’s Mystery Flavors available now in scoop shops!

Graeter’s Dark Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream is a chocolate lover’s dream with bittersweet chocolate chips, rich chocolate flavored ice cream and gooey brownie chunks.

Meanwhile, Graeter’s S’mores Ice Cream takes the frozen rendition of the campfire classic with graham cracker flavored ice cream, handcrafted marshmallows and their signature milk chocolate chips.

The ice cream company, known for its indulgent, handcrafted flavors, rich chocolate chips and Old World French Pot process, invites consumers to visit a scoop shop, Graeters.com and select retailers to try the Mystery Flavor.

The Mystery Flavor is now available at all Graeter’s scoop shops and online. Pints will be available in freezer aisles in select Kroger, Jungle Jim’s, Dorothy Lane Markets, Giant Eagle and Jewel-Osco stores, as well as other favorite retailers, in the coming weeks. Please visit Graeters.com to find a location near you or to purchase the new Mystery Flavors online.

Braxton Brewing Co. and Graeter’s Ice Cream’s Collaborative Milk Stout Makes Its Much Anticipated Encore

Braxton Brewery and Graeter's Milk Stout Collaboration

Limited Edition Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout Re-Launches with a New and Improved Recipe for Craft Food and Beverage Lovers

CINCINNATI, OH (January 23, 2018)Braxton Brewing Co., a local brewing company, and Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 147-year-old, family owned craft ice cream company, will re-launch the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout that began their partnership. This Braxton Brewing Co. flavor brings beer drinkers an adult-friendly beverage reminiscent of Graeter’s signature Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. New changes have been made to the recipe, adding more pure black raspberry puree to the beer. Also, for the first time, the brew will be available in Columbus and Nashville.

The unique milk stout will once again be available starting in early February at Cincinnati, Dayton, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville and Columbus-area Kroger markets for a limited time. It will be introduced at a Tapping Party on February 3rd at Braxton Brewing Co.’s Covington Taproom whereby the community will be invited to celebrate its re-launch.

The Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout is a creatively crafted beverage inspired by one of Graeter’s oldest traditional flavors. Based on feedback from customers last year, the brewery has infused even more of Graeter’s proprietary pure Black Raspberry purée. Braxton Brewing Co. also changed the character of roasted malt to give it a more crisp flavor profile that is distinctively Graeter’s. Using Graeter’s exclusive black raspberry puree, Braxton Brewing Co. crafted this one-of-a-kind milk stout, a dark brew with notes of roasted barley and a creamy texture. This sweet treat will only be available for purchase for a limited time.

"It’s great to be able to work once again with this beloved local Cincinnati craft brand that puts as high an emphasis on authenticity as we do," said Jake Rouse, Co-Founder and CEO. "We hand-crafted a new recipe to ensure that we released a beer we know craft food and beer lovers will appreciate, and the new Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout recipe does just that."

“We’re excited to once again partner with Braxton Brewing Co. to release a milk stout that truly speaks to craft food and drink lovers,” shares Robert Graeter, 4th generation co-owner and Chief of Quality Assurance at Graeter’s Ice Cream. “Both Braxton Brewing Co. and Graeter’s are dedicated to the art of our craft brands, and the re-launch of the Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout is a reflection of that.”

This collaboration between Graeter’s Ice Cream and the Braxton Brewing Co. is preceded by 2017’s launch of Graeter’s Stout & Pretzels Ice Cream. Consumers can celebrate the re-launch of Braxton Brewing Co.’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout at a Tapping Party at the Braxton Brewing Co. Taproom on Saturday, February 3.

About Braxton Brewing Company

Born in a garage, a passion for brewing has become an entrepreneurial obsession. Melding the age-old tradition of brewing beer and innovative new-age technology, dreams are born and fermented at Braxton Brewing Company. It is the hub of our lives and a place where we showcase our passion for brewing beer. It’s here, where our expert team holds every single pint of Braxton beer to the highest standard of excellence. And like the garage of our past, our new home is deeply rooted in the community of Covington, Kentucky. So, welcome to Braxton Brewing Company. You’re witnessing a dream come to life.

Graeter’s Cincinnati Zoo-Inspired Flavor Makes Its Anticipated Return

Summer’s Beloved Chunky Chunky Hippo Craft Ice Cream Returns in Time for Fiona’s Birthday


Graeter's Chunky Chunky Hippo Ice Cream

CINCINNATI, OH (January 2, 2018) – Graeter’s Ice Cream, a 147-year-old, family owned craft ice cream company, has announced the return of its popular Chunky Chunky Hippo Ice Cream. Introduced in the summer of 2017, Chunky Chunky Hippo was released in support of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and created much excitement from local ice cream fans. The hippo-inspired flavor will once again bring its sweet toffee ice cream base, salted roasted peanuts and milk chocolate caramel truffles to Cincinnati-area retailers, as well as all of Graeter’s 53 scoop shops in the Midwest. Fans will also be delighted to see Cincinnati native Loren Long’s illustrations on every pint of Chunky Chunky Hippo. This limited edition flavor, like all Graeter’s ice cream, will be produced in small batches and in limited quantity for consumption at scoops shops and at graeters.com beginning January 14th, as well as in grocery stores beginning January 17th.

Graeter’s Chunky Chunky Hippo was initially crafted in celebration of the brand’s home city and one of Cincinnati’s favorite attractions for families, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Shoppers will be able to find it in Graeter’s scoop shops, but also at Kroger, Whole Foods and Fresh Market stores throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, as well as Remke stores, Dorothy Lane Markets, and select Fresh Thyme and Jungle Jim’s. The limited time flavor brings new vibrancy to its much-anticipated return with the pint artwork specially created by Loren Long, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas and Otis and the Scarecrow. Chunky Chunky Hippo also celebrates Fiona’s first birthday on January 24th, the Cincinnati Zoo’s world-famous addition to its hippo habitat.

“After receiving such overwhelming support for our Chunky Chunky Hippo Ice Cream this summer, we knew we had to reintroduce this flavor. This time, we’re proud to celebrate Fiona’s first birthday, as well as the artwork of talented Cincinnati artist, Loren Long,” shares Chip Graeter, 4th generation owner and Chief of Retail Operations at Graeter’s Ice Cream. “Chunky Chunky Hippo is becoming a true family-favorite. We’re excited to bring it back to all of our scoop shops and grocery partners.”

At Graeter’s scoop shop locations, shoppers will also be able to participate in the celebration of Fiona with a special Fiona collectible card as a gift with purchase of Chunky Chunky Hippo ice cream. A limited number of 8x10 prints, signed by Loren Long, will be for sale. These prints feature Loren’s Hippo illustrations from the pint package. Finally, guests will be offered the opportunity to register to win admissions to the Cincinnati Zoo at Greater Cincinnati and Dayton Graeter’s scoop shops.