A Profile of Cincinnati’s Famous Graeter’s Ice Cream

A Graeters shop in Cincinnati
A Graeter's shop in Cincinnati | © Hannaford / Flickr
Laura Dorwart

In Cincinnati, Graeter’s Ice Cream is a frozen treat mainstay. Graeter’s has been serving up handmade French Pot ice cream for nearly 150 years and is still the ice cream go-to for thousands of Ohioans.

In 1868, Louis Graeter moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and began selling ice cream at local street markets. Little did he know that this was the start of nearly 150 years of ice cream history!

He and his wife, Regina Berger, opened a storefront close to the turn of the 20th century. They were known for their French Pot ice-cream-making process, which requires it to be made one batch at a time but ultimately leads to a thicker, creamier result.


Graeter’s opened its first franchise in the 1980s, and today, the French Pot process is still used at its dozens of locations throughout Cincinnati and the Midwest. Each batch is hand-packed to retain flavor and consistency. The ice cream is available at Graeter’s storefronts as well as grocery stores and online.

Favorite Graeter’s flavors include black cherry chocolate chip, bourbon pecan chocolate chip, and buckeye chocolate chip (Graeter’s is known for its generous, flavorful chocolate chunks). Three other classic Graeter’s picks are Cheese Crown (inspired by the Cincinnati Cheese Crown danish, with cinnamon pastry and cheesecake flavor), Vienna coffee, and salted caramel.


Seasonal flavors keep year-round trips to Graeter’s exciting. Pick up cherry chocolate chip in February, mint cookies and cream in March, strawberry chocolate chip and orange and cream in the spring, banana chocolate chip and peach in early summer, Key lime pie in August, blueberry pie in September, pumpkin and cinnamon in the fall, and eggnog and peppermint stick during the holidays. Low glycemic flavors, such as mint chocolate chip and butter pecan, and sorbet are also available, as well as dessert sauces and high-quality candies.

Today, Graeter’s is a Cincinnati favorite and a local icon. Stop by for a first date, 10th date, or an afternoon with the kids, and you won’t be disappointed.

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