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I miss Graeter's Ice Cream

krez Jul 25, 2007 09:58 AM

...from Ohio. I have never tasted anything as good and creamy and huge yummy chocolate chips and wonderful simple ingredients. Has anyone had anything like it out here? I'm unwilling and not rich enough to pay $70 to ship 6 pints here.

I have read the previous posts about ice cream here and see lots of very "LA" ingredients - that's not what I'm looking for. If anyone has had Graeter's (http://www.graeters.com/index.cfm) and knows of anything comparable here please let me know.

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    Tkn RE: krez Jul 25, 2007 10:14 AM

    I don't know, but if you're willing to split that shipment with someone, I'd be interested. Had some shipped to my house for a birthday party once. Damn, that is some good ice-cream!

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      ganeden RE: dysondc18 May 24, 2009 11:21 PM

      While it's wonderful to make one's own ice cream (and we used to make loads of it when I had excess egg yolks from egg white fining red wines at my now-defunct winery, which I operated for 20 years) , but it's also wonderful to purchase superoir ice cream at places like Graeter's. I've wished to become involved in graeter's expansion, to the point of actual email discussions with them about it. They are expanding, but they see their expansion as a gourmet brand in the supermarket frozen section (a la Ben & Jerry's or Haagen Daas pints) rather than the full service ice cream stores which have been responsible for Graeter's growth in the past. Whereas I believe the ice cream store brand and the premium shelf brand to be synergistic marketing efforts. Oh well, at least it's only a matter of time before it hits the supermarkets here.

    2. hyacinthgirl RE: krez Jul 25, 2007 01:38 PM

      I'll join in that shipment if it's happening! I've not found anything to match those amazing chips. But for that good creamy ice cream, you might try Al Gelato on Robertson. My friend who introduced me to Graeters loves Al Gelato, so maybe it fills a craving?

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      1. re: hyacinthgirl
        krez RE: hyacinthgirl Jul 25, 2007 02:53 PM

        I'll try Al Gelato and Fosselman's when I'm out there. Thanks for the advice. LOL on the shipment. We could have a chowhound ice cream party! I just wish someone would carry it out here....

      2. DanaB RE: krez Jul 25, 2007 02:03 PM

        Have you tried Fosselman's? I don't know how it compares, but Fosselman's is rich and creamy and delicious. Here's a link to their webpage, with the addess of the store:


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          jackattack RE: krez Jul 25, 2007 04:25 PM

          I've never found any other ice cream that has those big, odd, semi-soft pieces of fudge like Graeters. But try Glacier Ice Cream in Manhattan Beach. They've got a terrific coconut fudge ice cream that tastes just like a creamy frozen mounds bar.

          1. yummyinmytummy RE: krez Jul 25, 2007 05:38 PM

            Pay the money!! The best ice cream i have ever had...the chip family - none of them are to be missed!!!

            Al Gelato is very good too...and walking distance to my house!!

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              happybaker RE: krez Jun 7, 2011 08:34 PM

              Check your local Ralphs. As of June 2011 - many are carrying pints of Graeters for $5. And it's the same good stuff.

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                budlit RE: happybaker Oct 31, 2011 10:15 AM

                I was excited about Ralph's carrying it but they have limited flavors. Malibu Ralph's carries only 2
                : (

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                  happybaker RE: budlit Oct 31, 2011 11:11 AM

                  I am by glendale and I think we have about 6 flavors, so Ralphs warehouse DOES have more. You might want to talk to your store manager and see if you can set up a special order.

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                    heinous RE: happybaker Oct 31, 2011 11:42 AM

                    My local Ralph's in El Segundo carries more flavors too - I think around 5-6 last I was there. The Butter Pecan is amazing... and I don't usually even like Butter Pecan. The Chocolate Chip is more like Chocolate Chunky Chunk. So much chocolate! :)

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                      GK in SO RE: heinous Oct 31, 2011 12:06 PM

                      Ditto with my local Ralphs (Van Nuys and Burbank Blvd.'s).

                      If you like coconut like me, do yoursefl a favor and try their coconut chocolate chip. Great coconut flavor, a fair amount of actual coconut (imagine that!!), and as heinous pointed out above, lots and lots of chocolate!!

                      Kind of reminds me of the flavor "Coconut Chocloate Melt" from Glacier Ice Cream (of the Denver, CO area + formerly in Manhattan Beach until a couple years ago). Like a frozen Mounds bar....YUM!!!!!!

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                loarbmhs RE: krez Oct 31, 2011 04:18 PM

                You're in luck. I too am from Ohio and am now getting my Grater's fix--finally--in LA. All the Ralph's here have it. Usually only 5 flavors, but thankfully including raspberry chip and chocolate chip.

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                  Feed_me RE: loarbmhs Oct 31, 2011 09:06 PM

                  I bought a pint of Graeter's chocolate chip from the Ralph's on La Brea/Third Street and it was icy.
                  Guess it wasn't handled properly so the experience wasn't so thrilling. Has anybody else come across this problem with their purchase. I'll probably give it another shot, but it's made me leery.

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                    happybaker RE: Feed_me Oct 31, 2011 09:14 PM

                    Wow. No. We've bought at least 4 pints and have not had that problem. Definitely you should tell the store manager.

                    Good luck!

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                      Feed_me RE: happybaker Nov 1, 2011 09:10 PM

                      Thanks for the reply "happybaker." This happened probably about 2 months ago. I'll give it a shot, but perhaps at another Ralph's.

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                        happybaker RE: Feed_me Nov 1, 2011 09:12 PM

                        My fingers are crossed for you!

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