1. It’s A Work of Art…
Every batch that Graeter’s makes is hand-crafted in small, 2 1/2 Gallon French Pot Freezers. They’ve been using that same technique for 5 generations to provide us with the most wonderful ice cream in all the lands.
Every pint that Graeter’s distributes have to be hand-packed. By the end of the year they will have packed 4,500,000 pints of ice cream; all by hand!
3. They’re So Dense…
Due to their French Pot Process, the ice cream only receives a limited amount of air, which makes the ice cream much denser, and creamier, than most places. In fact, every pint weighs right around a pound, which is 2X denser than other places.
4. They’re Eggcelent…
Okay, so we hate ourselves for that pun, but there’s really something to it! The “French” ice cream is different in the fact that they use Egg Custard as the base for each flavor. We don’t know how they do it, but it’s amazing!
5. That’s A Lot of Raspberries!
To make their most popular flavor, Raspberry Chocolate Chip, they have to use over 250,000 pounds of Black Raspberry Puree, which is sourced in all the way from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. That’s second only to Smucker’s, another Ohio brand!
6. Give or Take Two Years
Louis Graeter actually started selling ice cream in 1868. Looks like someone thought “Since 1870” had a better ring to it…
Right next to his ice cream and candy, Louis Graeter actually sold oysters too! It may sound strange to us now, but they also had to be frozen, and both required ice, which was a precious commodity back in the day!
8. The Master of Milkshakes
Alongside being an epic dude, Louis Graeter was also credited with the invention of the milkshake. His patent for the “Eclipse” Milkshake Machine was earned back in the early 1900’s.
9. Streetcar Troubles
Unfortunately, in 1919, Louis Graeter passed away in a terrible Streetcar Incident, leaving his wife, Regina, to run the business. To put things into perspective, women weren’t even allowed to vote when she took over the business.
10. “The Boss”
Regina wasn’t afraid to get right to work though. Even in the midst of the Great Depression, she went ahead and opened six new stores and even a factory. No one questioned her determination. Everyone, even her sons, called her “Boss.”
11. Next Came The Cheese Crown
Hand-crafted baked goods were added to the collection in 1954. This line include the Cheese Crown, which can still be found in most Cincinnati locations.
12. Interesting Chips
Chocolate Chips were first added to the ice cream in 1950, when Wilmer (one of the sons) snuck some liquid chocolate into the French Pot filled with freezing ice cream. He broke the chocolate up with a paddle, a technique still used today. In fact, Graeter’s uses over 500,000 pounds of gourmet chocolate every year.
13. Air Graeter’s
In the mid 90’s, Graeter’s started shipping its ice cream with dry ice. Today, over 35,000 coolers of ice cream are sent around the country on an annual basis through UPS. This makes Graeter’s one of the largest mail-order ice cream companies in the country.
14. They’re Growing…
In 2010, the Graeter family built its first new manufacturing plant since the 1930’s. They’ve upgraded from 300,000 gallons annually to over 900,000 so far in 2014. This has made it possible for their ice cream to reach 5,000 stores in 47 states.
15. Their Kind of Town, Too…
Next year, they’re set to open their first store in Chicago. With plans to open stores in Nashville, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and St. Louis in the next 10 years, they won’t be slowing down any time soon!
Featured Image Credit: The Ice Cream Informant