Ice Cream -> Graeter's Ice Cream
Graeter's is a local chain of the ice cream and also candy shops which originated in Cincinnati, Ohio in year 1870. They are premium; thick ice cream had been featured on Food Network, and also had earned them many dedicated fans including Oprah Winfrey. Their signature flavor is actually a Black Raspberry Chip.
Graeter's ice cream is made in the French pot process. The ice cream was mixed is placed into a chilled, spinning this French pot. As the liquid freezes, a worker scrapes down the sides of the pot with the blade. For flavors that also include chocolate chips, liquid chocolate is then poured into the pot, and freezes into a very thin shell on top of the ice cream. A worker uses the blade to break up this shell and then mix it into the ice cream, resulting in Graeter's' famous huge and dark chocolate chips.
Despite being very labor-intensive, every batch of ice cream is the only about two gallons. The resulting ice cream is very thick that it must be hand-packed into the pints. The pints are normally sold at Graeter's stores, and also at grocery stores of Kroger, also a Cincinnati-based company. Because of a small batches and a very high amount of labor involved, Graeter's pints are even more expensive than all other brands of premium ice cream, such as Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Haagen-Dazs.
Graeter's have stores located around Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton in Ohio, and around Lexington, Louisville, and also at Northern Kentucky. A shop in Paramount’s Kings Island amusement park could open in the summer of 2006. (Graeter's has investigated opening a shop in Kings Island in the past, but dropped the idea after questioning their ability to keep up with the high demand.)