Graeter’s Ice Cream Celebrates 150th Anniversary with New Flavors

The iconic creamery releases a new birthday cake ice cream flavor and celebratory doughnut to commemorate its anniversary.

Photograph courtesy of Graeter’s Ice Cream

Graeter’s Ice Cream is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the release of a new flavor: birthday cake, a celebratory blend of cake pieces and sprinkles folded into cake batter ice cream, released last month. Like other seasonal flavors, including the recently sold-out Caramel Macchiato, Birthday Cake will only be available while supplies last—likely through the end of the year—in Graeter’s scoop shops.

Photograph courtesy of Graeter’s Ice Cream

Since its founding one and a half centuries ago, Graeter’s has established itself as a staple of Cincinnati culture. In 1870, Louis Graeter was stirring ice cream by hand in a metal pail inside a bucket filled with ice and salt. Soon after he adopted the butterfat-based “French pot” method, and by 1883, he was delivering ice cream to neighborhoods around Cincinnati via wagon. In 1922, his third wife Regina expanded the business by opening a second location downtown and a third in Hyde Park. Today, Graeter’s is still family-owned and run by fourth-generation descendants Rich, Chip, and Bob.

Over the last 150 years, Graeter’s and its renowned black raspberry chocolate chip flavor have become culinary staples of the Queen City.

“Our anniversary year certainly hasn’t turned out the way we initially thought it would,” said Rich Graeter, the company’s president and CEO, in a statement. “However, we still think the world needs something worth celebrating. With new flavors such as our 150th birthday cake to kick off the summer, we guarantee we’ll be able to offer consumers a taste of joy and happiness in 2020.”

Check out this flavor—and a new limited-edition birthday doughnut—in stores or online at

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