Graeter's named 'Best Sweet' at Food Network festival

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Graeter's Ice Cream was named "Best Sweet" at this year's Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF). The Cincinnati brand icon was awarded this honor at a tasting event held on Sunday hosted by chef and foodie Andrew Zimmern.

The Best of the Munchies: People's Choice Awards recognize the best-of-the-best in the food business, from best bites to delicious destinations. Category nominees are all selected by a panel of food experts and celebrities, led by Zimmern, and winners are chosen by online votes from the public. Graeter's won Best of the Munchies in the ice cream category. Because of that victory, Graeter's was invited to participate in the first-ever Best of the Munchies tasting event at the 2014 SOBEWFF.

During the event, more than 3,000 attendees sampled Graeter's ice cream, including signature flavor Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip, as well as Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean and Original Salted Caramel. At the end of the event, a panel of five judges selected Graeter's as "Best Sweet", choosing the ice cream over several other desserts of nationally-recognized establishments.

"This is such an honor," said Richard Graeter, CEO of the fourth generation, family owned company. "To first be recognized nationally by Graeter's fans as Best Ice Cream, and then to be chosen as Best Sweet out of so many other first-class desserts at this event…we're just so proud. We owe it all to our traditional family recipe and small batch method of production that has not changed in more than 140 years."

Graeter's ice cream produces craft ice cream and gelato lines using a small batch, artisanal method of production dating back over a century.

Graeter's has won the hearts of ice cream enthusiasts across the country as well as the respect of the nation's most influential foodies.  The Cincinnati-based company remains family owned and operated and continues to handcraft ice cream 2.5 gallons at a time.

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