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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Graeter's Building Some Buzz

If you're reading this blog right now, which I can tell that you are, odds are that you've had Graeter's ice cream. And if you have, you know how good it is. So it probably doesn't surprise you that Graeter's is creating somewhat of a reputation.

The latest evidence of this comes from Peter King's hugely popular Monday Morning Quarterback NFL Column on Sports Illustrated's website, SI.com. It's no surprise that King is talking up Graeter's, he used to live in Cincinnati and covered the Bengals for the post. This was a long time ago, and he seems to enjoy running down the Bengals, or ignoring them, every chance he gets. But he gets it right when he's talking about Graeter's.

But here's the thing about Graeter's: it's great ice cream, but it is by no means the greatest ice cream in the world. It's better than most, no doubt, and the way they do their fudge chunks is similar to how God fed Moses in the dessert, but it gets an inordinate amount of press, nationally.

And I have a theory why. You may find single ice cream stands that offer wonderful ic cream in every city in the country, but Graeter's is a chain, and therefore is able to affect more people. That helps spread the gospel.

For me, I love the Mint Chocolate Chunk and the Black Raspberry Chip. And my favorite store is the one in Hyde Park Square. How about you?

And do you have any theories as to why Graeter's is building such a buzz?

And do you know of any other ice cream shops or chains that can be included in the conversation?


Blogger WestEnder said...

Everybody talks about Graeter's but never Agalamesis. Try the mocha chip or the dutch holland shake. And their mint choc. chip is very minty, if that's your thing. And their sorbets hit the spot on a hot day.

And on top of all that, they sell great candies (I like the opera creams).

1:29 PM  
Blogger Kate The Great said...

I love aglamesis, too.

Their champagne and rasberry ices are a perfect, 1-2 punch.

Graeters- I love the choc. choc. chip. Their chocolate chunks are the size of fingers... I only wish Peppermint Stick was year round...

5:30 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I wish they did more sorbets year-round. I also miss amaretto crunch very much. Mint cookies and cream should also be year-round. But as for actual flavors that are there right now, I like Buckeye Blitz and Black Raspberry Chip.

As for popularity, I say Oprah did this. Don't ask me how she was first introduced to it, but Oprah could sell ketchup popsicles to a woman in white gloves.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta say, Agalamesis is one thousand times better. No preservatives, no icky wax taste, just all natural, creamy, freshly churned tasting ice cream. Don't get the Graeters craze. Cincinnatian's don't get out much.

11:36 PM  
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