Jeni's, Velvet, Graeter's, Hartzler and Toft's ice creams
Food + Drink

Famous Ohio Foods: Ice Cream

From cookie dough to black raspberry chip — you can't go wrong with these frozen favorites.

Graeter’s Ice Cream | Cincinnati
Louis Graeter began selling his ice cream at Cincinnati street markets. His namesake brand, which dates back to 1870, now offers more than 30 flavors at a time, including its signature black raspberry chocolate chip. Available at Graeter’s shops, markets across Ohio and online.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams | Columbus
With flavors like Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk and Sweet Cream Biscuits & Peach Jam, it’s no wonder this ice cream has fans across the nation. Founder Jeni Britton Bauer merges art, science and agriculture in each pint. Available at Jeni’s shops, markets across Ohio and online.

Toft Dairy | Sandusky 
The beginnings of Ohio’s oldest dairy date back to 1900, when Chris and Matilda Toft sold raw milk from their horse-drawn wagon. The company churns out 3,000 gallons of pasteurized ice cream a day and offers more than 70 flavors. Available at Toft Dairy’s three locations and select Ohio markets.

Hartzler Family Dairy | Wooster
In 1964, Harold Hartzler eliminated chemicals from his farming practices. His approach to milk production led to richer and creamier ice cream, now made in more than two dozen flavors. Available at Hartzler Family Dairy and at markets across Ohio. 5454 Cleveland Rd., Wooster 44691, 330/345-8190,

Velvet Ice Cream | Utica
Joseph Dager began making his three most classic flavors — vanilla, chocolate and strawberry — in Utica over a century ago. Today, travelers can get a scoop and a bit of company history at Ye Olde Mill. Available at Ye Olde Mill seasonally and at markets across Ohio. 11324 Mount Vernon Rd., Utica 43080, 800/589-5000,

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