I Scream, Oprah Screams! Do You Scream for Graeter’s Ice Cream?

Oprah’s Favorite Ice Cream Finally Makes it to the Tri-State Area!

Recently I had the opportunity to try Graeter’s ice cream! How fun! My family and I love ice cream and I had never tried Graeter’s before. It is one of Oprah’s favorite ice creams and who could blame her with the amazing chocolate chunks in all their flavors. Ok almost all their flavors. They use the most amazing chocolate and big chunks of it to boot. Score! Plus now they are available at stores in the tri-state area. Yippee!

Since its founding in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, Graeter’s French Pot Ice Cream, handmade chocolate confections and fresh baked goods have become traditions in the Queen City. Today the Graeter family still faithfully uses his century old recipes and methods of production. Graeter’s has perfected our traditional French Pot process, making the world’s finest ice cream just two gallons at a time. It’s the only way to achieve the irresistible creaminess that is Graeter’s.


Who doesn’t want to sample ice cream? My family was up to the job. We had the opportunity to sample the different flavors below.


Black Raspberry

This is our Signature Flavor and All-Time Best Seller, an absolute “must-try” for anyone new to Graeter’s. We hand select triple-washed black raspberries from Oregon’s premier grower.


Mint and Chocolate, a marriage of flavors made in heaven. Triple Distilled Peppermint Oil and our signature chips come together in this famously popular classic.


Chocolate and coffee, another undeniable combination of natural flavors! Think tall, double espresso, mocha cappuccino, extra creamy, hand-packed and frozen in a pint.



A chocolate-lover’s dream, this decadent combination of bold chocolate ice cream and our biggest dark chocolate chips promises to astonish even the most die-hard chocolate lover in your family.


Over the last 130 years, we’ve managed to perfect this classic combination of premium vanilla and signature dark chocolate chips. Did we mention it’s our second best seller? No wonder my father in law picked this one as his favorite.


Our creamy coconut ice cream laced with our signature chocolate chips. This one is my personal fave! I love coconut and the combo of coconut with the chocolate is to die for.


Cool Customers

Many celebrities have publicly professed their love for Graeter’s ice cream.  Here are a few sweet endorsements from some seriously famous folks!


Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Ben wrote in a USA Today article entitled “10 Great Places to Scream for Ice Cream,” that Graeter’s is “one of the country’s best places to buy frozen treats.”

July 2002 Christopher Buckley, Editor, Forbes Life In his article entitled “Ice Cream: A Memoir,” Christopher stated that he agreed with a dear friend that the best ice cream in the world is made in Cincinnati by a firm called Graeter’s.

June 2006 Katie Lee Joel, CBS Early Show contributor Katie recommended Graeter’s as a chic gift for party hostesses, saying that “Graeter’s is the BEST ice cream you’ll ever eat, anywhere in the world.”

June 2008 Oprah Winfrey Oprah stated in O, The Oprah Magazine – “You haven’t had ice cream till you’ve had Graeter’s. The Butter Pecan is Stedman’s favorite, and mine, too.”

 July 2003 Bobby Flay, CBS Early Show resident chef Bobby says his favorite Graeter’s ice cream is Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip; and he also enjoys seasonal flavors like cinnamon, coconut chip and peppermint.

December 2007 George Clooney, Nick Lachey & Sarah Jessica Parker All of these celebs have ties to Cincinnati, and Graeter’s is a hometown favorite of theirs.


So what are you waiting for? Check out the Graeter’s website HERE and see where you can purchase near you.


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Top 10 Minnesota Picks

Ahhh Minnesotahhh! The land of 10,000 lakes, walleye pike, wild rice and 10 other things that are my personal faves. My mom is from Minnesota so I’ve been visiting family there for years and wanted to share some of my personal fave things about the great state.


10. The Saint Paul Hotel & The St. Paul Grill – I make sure to schedule a Sunday into any trip to MN I take so I can head to The St. Paul Grill for brunch which is located in the Saint Paul Hotel. My favorite item is their sausage gravy and biscuits. It is out of this world! The gravy is a spicy cream sauce that is to die for. They also provide a little pastry tray for the table which has chocolate croissants, sticky buns and more.


9. Cheese Curds – Fried cheese curds to be exact. The first time I ever had cheese curds was at the Mall of America, although you can usually find them at their State Fair. During a recent trip to Minnesota I was pleasantly surprised that the hotel we stayed at (Ramada MOA) offered fried cheese curds at their restaurant. Score!


8. Mall of America – How could I write about Minnesota without including the largest mall in the US? Not possible! Not only is this the one stop spot for shopping cause ever store known to man is there, but there’s a theme park, shows, LEGO Land, restaurants galore and more. Plus as I mentioned above the location of my first cheese curd experience.


7. Illume – Minnesota is home of Illume candles. They have the most amazing fragrances and their diffusers last forever. I adore them. You may read more about my love for Illume in my previous blog post HERE.


6. Bridgeman’s – The famous ice cream locale for Minnesotans. A chain throughout the State that has been slowly diminishing unfortunately. They have the best Butter Brickle ice cream ever! Plus they make a mean Turtle Sundae. Now if only they would open in NJ or ship to me.


5. Bakers Square – If you want pie, and who doesn’t want pie, then Baker’s Square is the spot. The Caramel Pecan Supreme is my absolute fave.  Their Candy Cane holiday pie sounds delish though.


4. Patina – I love love love this store! They have the cutest finds. They sell everything from bridal bingo to kids toys, cookbooks and lotions to purses and tee-shirts. I never walk out empty handed in this store. Such a cute store. I frequent the Highland Village location but they have a few stores scattered throughout the State.


3. Your Best Face (YBF) – Another great brand based in Minnesota. I came across them on Twitter and fell in love with them. You may read more about them in this previous post I wrote about them HERE. Great skincare, super moisturizing and smells like homemade biscotti. Yum!


2. The Lexington – You’ve got to go to “The Lex” when you’re in St. Paul. Established in 1935 they are a classic! Any occassion is a good occassion to be at “The Lex”. I personally love their Filet Mignon and they make a mean dirty martini. It’s very reminiscent of the “The Oak Room” in New York City.


1. My Grandma – I saved the best for last! No hyperlink here. 🙂 My grandma will be 95 this February and she is a total rockstar. Enough said.


From food to family and shopping in between, Minnesota’s got it all.