Get the Scoop on Graeter’s Ice Cream's New Wexford Shop
Whether you stuff it into a cone, spoon it into a dish, or eat it straight out of the carton — no judgement here! — ice cream is always served with an extra scoop of nostalgia. Retrieving memories from family outings and sweet first dates, the dreamy dessert reigns supreme as a summer staple for every generation.
We’re flooded with childlike giddiness ourselves as we pop the lids off pints of Graeter’s Ice Cream for our photo shoot. The vibrant colors, like the crimson Raspberry Sorbet, and the inventive recipes, like the hearty Buckeye Chocolate Chip, allude to the goodness hand-packed into each container. Its indulgent flavors only rivaled by its richer history, as the family-owned, Ohio-based ice cream shop still makes its treats the same way it has for four generations: using the French Pot process. (And, Graeter’s is the only commercial ice cream manufacturer to still do it this way!) The labor of love churns out small batches of ice cream — just two-and-a-half gallons at a time — for a dense, smooth finish that can only be savored just as slowly.
“We work hard to make sure that consumers everywhere can get a taste of the nostalgia we all love,” says Chip Graeter, chief of retail operations and fourth generation family owner of Graeter’s Ice Cream. “That is the motivation by which we work every day, to remain authentic and produce amazing old world flavors.” Its signature flavor is Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, a ying-yang-like blend of tangy fruit and decadent cocoa. But you honestly can’t go wrong with any of the gourmet options. And now, we don’t have to travel out of state to get a taste!
Filling the freezers at many local Giant Eagles, Graeter’s Ice Cream is now served up fresh at the new scoop shop in Wexford, too. After seeing growth in its ice cream sales in the Pittsburgh area through the grocery partnership and increased requests for Graeter’s from former Cincinnati residents who moved to the Steel City, the family decided to bring its delicious desserts over the Pennsylvania border for the first time. The new addition paves the way for future memories to be made by local families and friends for years to come.
“Food is nostalgic,” Graeter says. “It is at the center of many of our celebrations and is a large part of our most precious traditions. Old-fashioned ice cream shops help to keep our heritage in tact and remind us of the family and friends that make up our sweetest memories. Graeter’s Ice Cream is proud to not only uphold our family traditions in the making of our signature ice cream, but also in the way we deliver the ice cream eating experience to scoop shop visitors.” Graeter’s Ice Cream, 10610 Perry Hwy., Wexford. graeters.com.