The Graeter's Ice Cream Flavor Bobby Flay Loves

If there's anybody who might be considered an authority on food, it's celebrity chef and television personality Bobby Flay. Flay is one of the members of the French Culinary Institute's first graduating class in 1984 and has since gone on to become a multi-Emmy Award winner, a James Beard Award winner, the author of several cookbooks, an inductee into the Culinary Hall of Fame, and the host of multiple television shows (including, perhaps most notably, "Iron Chef America"). He even hosts a show called "Beat Bobby Flay" in which home cooks compete against him preparing a dish of their choosing before a panel of judges picks which is the better dish in a blind taste test. (It's arguably the biggest flex in culinary show history.)

Needless to say, the chef has been busy. But, he still makes time to enjoy one of his favorite treats: ice cream. On NBC's "Today," Flay once raved, "I'm an ice cream fanatic," via The chef tends to favor vanilla flavors, he says, but he's also a fan of mix-ins like nuts and caramel. Flay names one particular flavor as his all-time favorite — and it comes from an ice cream shop based in Cincinnati, Ohio called Graeter's. So, what makes it so good?

Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip

Introducing: Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip by Graeter's. "There's actually a company in Cincinnati called Graeter's, they are all midwest," Flay said on "Today," via "They have a black raspberry chip ice cream that is one of my favorite ice creams. It really is."

In case you haven't heard about it, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip is a blend of fresh blackberry ice cream and mini chocolate chips. Graeter's itself lauds the creation as "our signature and most beloved flavor." The flavor was invented by Dick Graeter, whose inspiration came from personal memories of buying blackberries from his local drugstore as a child. It's made in small 2.5 gallon batches using French Pots, a nod to Graeter's earliest days, and uses blackberries sourced from Willamette Valley in Oregon

In 1870, Graeter's was started when founder Louis Graeter made his ice cream in French Pots and sold it out of two street carts. The Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip flavor is still being made the same way.