Graeter's Ice Cream...Anyone tried it?
I've heard great things about this ice cream. You can mail order it, but I was wondering if it's worth the cost? Have any chowhounds tried it?
Yes, I've tried it and it is VERY good. I had a vendor send me 6 pints of the stuff once, all packed on dry ice and received in perfect condition in San Francisco.
The ice cream is made by the copper pot method in small batches. They do a mean raspberry with chocolate chunks. I checked into getting some of their ice cream shipped to me again a few months ago and it was going to cost me around $70 for product and shipping. And even though I consider ice cream to be a required food group, at $70 for less than a couple quarts of ice cream, even I couldn't justify that expense. The stuff is good, very good, but it isn't worth $70 to get it shipped in.
ah... I grew up in Cincinnati & black raspberry with chocolate chunks is my absolute favorite. And they mean chunks - some pieces are larger than hershey's miniatures! I remember reading somewhere they take melted chocolate and pour it into the ice cream while it's mixing. It's good stuff.
$70 shipping, huh? Plane tickets to Cincinnati were $140 yesterday. =)
Graeter's & Rick's Rather Rich (in Palo Alto) made it onto Gourmet's top 10 ice cream parlors in America FWIW.
I think the butterfat content in Rick's is up there also.
re: Melanie Wong
Rick's Rather Rich is a Palo Alto favorite, found in a strip mall off of Middlefield & Charleston, next to Piazza's.
They use simple ingredients to make flavors like white chocolate ginger, kulfi, and other basic ice cream flavors.
It's a small ice cream parlor that recently under went renovation. The local legend says when Ben & Jerry come into town, they always stop by Rick's.
It's definitely worth going to if you're in the area.
RIck's Rather Rich.
Palo Alto, 493-6553
Your post brought a smile to my face...my mom, who was from Cincinnati, grew up on Graeter's ice cream and never stopped raving about it. In fact, when we were growing up in Seattle, she and some other Cincinnati transplants once had a party celebrating foods from their home city, and Graeter's ice cream (along with Frisch's tartar sauce) was prominently featured. But I don't know if it would be worth $70 in shipping, even to her...)
Arguably Graeter's is the best ice cream in America. But you should eat it in one of their stores where it is freshly scooped. They are famous for their chip flavors which feature fairly large chunks of chocolate (they make their own-almost one third of each store is a chocolate shop in a throwback to their heritage from the '20's when they started). They are also known for a Swiss sundae which is half hot fudge (they make their own from scratch) and half fresh whipped cream. The ice cream is 21% butterfat and justly famous while worth every incredible calorie.
Graeter's really is as good as you are going to get unless you make it yourself in your own White Mountain hand cranked freezer. I cannot imagine eating it unless it was freshly scooped. Some things need to be done in person.
I should also note that this is a true Cincinnati tradition. Although I live in D. C. I've eaten Graeter's at least once a year for twenty plus years and frequently have considered moving to Cincinnati just to be near one of their stores. Now if someone could open a Graeter's next to an In' n Out Burger that would be Mecca.
Never had Graeter's, only heard of it. If you're an ice cream lover, you should try Marianne's in Santa Cruz. They have tons of flavors, and lots of butterfat. Some small markets in the Monterey area sell them packed, but fresh is best, so go to the source. Wherever you live, it may be worth the trip. Would cost less than mail order from Graeter's, I'm sure.
I send 6 pints to my dad every yr for Father's Day, and I finally got to try some this year. Peanut butter chocolate chunk, very impressive. Rich ice cream, flavor that really tasted of roasted peanuts instead of peanut butter, and the chocolate chunks --- wonderful rich chocolate that didn't seem to suffer from being frozen (you know how some frozen chocolate is waxy and tasteless), in thick, large pieces. Didn't seem to suffer from shipment. My dad raves about the raspberry chocolate chunk and toffee flavors. For a true ice cream lover it's worth it, I think.