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Those Chucky Chocolate Chips in Graeter’s Ice Creams

© Becky Linhardt 2010

(adapted and updated from 2005 post at www.chocolateatlas.com )

 Cincinnatians have a sweet challenge.  How do they handle those huge chunks of chocolate in home town favorite Graeters’ Chocolate Chip Ice Creams?

            “My goal,” according to Mary Ann Plunkett of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, “is to extract the whole chip, and I have had some as big as 2” long.  If I have it in a dish I dig around until I can get the whole chip.  If I have it in a cone, I lick around it until I can get the full piece.  I don’t want to break it.  I like to eat it like candy.”

            “I invariably run into one of the oversized chips when I have chocolate chip in a cone,” explains Greg Stryker, a Cincinnati native. “I give it a little time to soften and then I just bite it in half. I am not generally a fan of dark chocolate, but I really love Graeter’s dark chocolate in its plain vanilla ice cream.

            Graeter’s chocolate is the same fine chocolate that is used for their chocolate candies.  The ice cream is made using the French Pot method that mixes and freezes their secret recipe of egg custard and fresh cream in small batches, producing an ice cream so dense that a pint can weigh almost a full pound.

Liquid chocolate is added as the ice cream is spun in the French Pot and once it is frozen they use a paddle to break the frozen layer of chocolate into randomly sized pieces – some that are VERY large.

            “About 50 years ago, about the time that other people started adding ground chocolate to ice cream my grandfather Will decided to add chocolate to our ice creams,” said fourth generation Rich Graeter (also known as “Chip”), “but because we use the French Pot method we could pour in our liquid chocolate.  Since our chocolate melts at about the same rate as the ice cream it truly melts in your mouth.”

            Hand packed into pint containers, Graeter’s Chocolate Chip ice creams are shipped throughout the Continental United States or purchased at any of the 12 stores in Cincinnati or at franchise stores located in Columbus, Dayton, Northern Kentucky, Lexington and Louisville. Some flavors of their ice cream are available at Kroger stores within the region and the regional reach is being extended.

            In addition to basic vanilla Chocolate Chip, Graeter’s regularly offers Double Chocolate, Black Raspberry, Buckeye Blitz, Coconut, Cookie Dough, Mint, Mocha, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Coconut Almond Chip, and Toffee flavor “Chip” ice creams and seasonally Cherry Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Chocolate Chip and Peach Chocolate Chip. 

Web site:  www.graeters.com

Allergy and Kosher certification information on the web site.

Phone orders: (800) 721-3323

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