Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Joy with friends and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Wendy, Bridget and Amy

I was in Columbus, Ohio last weekend visiting with some sweet friends that I’ve met through blogging… Wendy of Wenderly, Bridget of Bake at 350, and Amy of She Wears Many Hats. Hi guys! I mean girls.

Wendy lives in Ohio and invited us to spend a few days at her cabin in the woods. Has anyone seen that movie? And yes, I totally spent the weekend suggesting scary movie situations to them. What if this – and what if that. But mostly scaring myself. I definitely watch way too many SyFy Sunday movies. If you watch that channel, you know the ones I mean.

Anyway, we kicked off our fun cabining weekend with a straight from the airport pitstop for lunch and then Jeni’s ice cream. Yay!

Jeni's Ice Cream

Jeni’s is based in Ohio and I’ve been wanting to visit one of her scoop shops for some time now.

Jeni's Signature Flavors

She has some incredible flavors. Or should I say splendid.


And yogurt too.

I love all the chalk writing and window words. So cute.

Jeni's Ice Cream

The inside of the store is perfect with the ceiling strung in little lights and paper garland.

Jeni's Ice Cream

You can buy ice cream by the scoop and by the pint. Whoohoo!

So many flavors. Signature and seasonal ones too.

Jeni's Ice Cream

Like this one for flu season. Influenza sorbet.

Soothing for the sickly. Made with cayenne pepper, ginger, bourbon, honey, orange and lemon juices.

Jeni's Ice Cream

Handwritten! Love it and love how the same flavors are written by different people. What a fun way to add that personal touch.

And now I have a strange desire get a job handwriting ice cream labels. I wonder if I could add hearts and smiley faces.

By the way, if you’re in Ohio, stop what you are doing right now and run and get some of that Maple Walnut ice cream. It’s fantastic. I think that container on the top right is actually mocking me right now with all of its maple amazingness. I even tried to order some more today online, but that flavor is seasonal and isn’t shipping. Wipes tear. So get it in stores while you can.

Jeni's Ice Cream

Sweet friends, ice cream and a great start to our winter weekend away.

You know what, you can also make your own Jeni’s ice cream. Check out her book: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.
Jeni's Ice Cream

The staff at Jeni’s was great. Super patient. They didn’t even mind the 571 samples we asked for. But I think that’s pretty smart of them, because then we ended up ordering 571 scoops to enjoy. You know … just to be absolutely sure they were good. : )

Jeni's Ice Cream

Okay not really 571 scoops, but several. Here’s a few of the flavors we all sampled.


Enjoyed and instagrammed. It’s a mandatory food blogging thing … to share when something is so so good.

Jeni's Ice Cream

My favorites right now: Dark Chocolate (of course) and that Maple Walnut. Goodness. Very goodness!

Amy, Wendy & Bridget

While we were laughing and sampling, we had a fun surprise. Jeni stopped in the location we were at. With several stores, we certainly weren’t expecting that. Wendy had met her before so she introduced us.

Me and Jeni

Hi Jeni! Your ice cream makes my tummy happy.

Jeni's Ice Cream

Such a great smile. It’s nice to see when people are doing something they love.

Visit Jeni’s Ice Cream for online ordering, scoop shop locations and where to buy by the pint in other states.


Had enough ice cream yet? Want more?

How about 17 of Jeni’s signature flavors?

That’s right. I’m giving away a complete set of Jeni’s Signature Collection including:


Enter for a chance to win Jeni’s Signature Collection (That’s 17 pints y’all!)

  • To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post and answer the following question.
  • Are you all about ice cream, serious for sorbet, or full on frozen yogurt? What’s your favorite frozen treat?
  • Deadline to enter is Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 9 pm ET. SORRY, TIME’S UP. WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW. This giveaway is open to US residents only since Jeni’s ships in the United States. I’m sorry international friends.
  • One winner will be selected at random and announced sometime Sunday on this post.
  • Note: The winner can choose the collection or a gift card for the equivalent. You know, in case 17 pints of ice cream won’t fit in your freezer. : )

Good luck guys!


Well. I’m happy to see so many of you are as fantacial about ice cream as I am. And now we have a winner.

YAY! Nicole G – Start getting your freezer ready! Congratulations.

Giveaway sponsored by me.

jen bowman said...

I love jeni’s!! And she is such a sweetheart. I never cared for ice cream until I had jeni’s ice cream. Goat cheese with roasted cherries is phenom.

January 24, 2013 12:03 AM
Katie said...

Ice cream is a major weakness! I love all kinds but peanut butter concoctions have to be my favorite.

January 24, 2013 12:03 AM
Bree said...

Ice cream all the way! Chocolate, vanilla, rocky road, whatever you have!

January 24, 2013 12:04 AM
Clarissa Parks said...

OMG I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! Best thing ever for my sweet tooth is a think and creamy chocolate milkshake made with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup.

January 24, 2013 12:04 AM
Magdalena V said...

All about Ice Cream!!! My fave Frozen treat would have to be anything with cheesecake!! Great giveaway!!! :)

January 24, 2013 12:04 AM
Luz Vasquez said...

Ice cream, rock road!!

January 24, 2013 12:04 AM
Jennifer said...

Ice cream! And I’ve made quite a few flavors in her book but haven’t ever had a chance to sample the real thing to see if I’m even close – I need to compare!!! ; )

Keeping my fingers crossed!

January 24, 2013 12:05 AM
Desiree J said...

An ice cream giveaway! SWEET!! I am a huge ice cream fan. My biggest shock in moving to Western NY is that the ice cream shops close up for winter (not that I blame them, brrrrrrrr) but I miss it! My favorite flavor is a local one from back home – Braum’s Cappuccino Chunky Chocolate Frozen Yogurt…. DIvine… :)

January 24, 2013 12:05 AM
Shannon said...

Ice cream! I just don’t want to know it has raw egg in it!

January 24, 2013 12:05 AM
Anne Marie said...

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!!

Mocha chip all the way!!!!!

January 24, 2013 12:05 AM
Betty in SCal said...

LOVE ice cream! And sorbet…and frozen yogurt….and gelato! I’m good with anything frozen!

January 24, 2013 12:05 AM
lorene said...

I love gelato. Especially my mom’s!

January 24, 2013 12:05 AM
Debbie H. said...

I scream for ice cream! And, whut? There is a flavor called Goat Cheese and Cherries? Holy Toledo! (actually, Toledo is a couple hours away from Columbus, but Holy Columbus doesn’t sound right.)

January 24, 2013 12:05 AM
Yvonne said...

Love ice cream but I love sorbet just as much

January 24, 2013 12:06 AM
Dinna Garcia said...

I love them all!!! my favorite frozen treat, haagen dazs strawberry ice cream, cant have enough of it!!

January 24, 2013 12:06 AM
Jenn K. said...

Ice cream! Especially a regional brand called Hudsonville. Their season Strawberry Shortcake flavor rocks!

January 24, 2013 12:06 AM
Angela said...

As an equal opportunity eater, I like ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt! My favorite frozen treat has a chocolate wafer cookie crust (made with butter) filled with chocolate mousse ice cream and topped with raspberries.

January 24, 2013 12:06 AM
Melissa said...

I like all three. Lately I have been picking frozen yogurt though.

January 24, 2013 12:06 AM
Aimee said...

Ice cream all the way! What I wouldn’t do for some of Jeni’s Salty Caramel or Buckeye State right now…..

January 24, 2013 12:06 AM
brandi hoffert said...

I love ice cream any kind of ice cream love to make it in the summer with my boys!!

January 24, 2013 12:07 AM
Melody said...

I’m all about ICE CREAM!!! My favorite flavors are Rum Raisins, Coffee, Coconut, pistachio….aghhh! too many to name! I love them all!!

January 24, 2013 12:07 AM
Lillie Mae Stone said...

Full on frozen yogurt for sure! Cannot get enough of it!

January 24, 2013 12:07 AM
Heather Ippolito said...

I love ice cream!!! There is a maple walnut crunch at a restaurant near my parents house that is to die for! I bet Jenni’s is even better :)

January 24, 2013 12:07 AM
Patrice said...

I love ice cream so much that every year for Lent I give up sweets, EXCEPT for ice cream. Sorry Lord but I just can’t help myself!

January 24, 2013 12:07 AM
Ellen Flores said...

Being from Puerto Rico, with the heat and humidity ice cream wasn’t only a treat, it was a way to stay cool year round! Call it a tool of survival if you must. For the memories of childhood and all the amazing flavor combinations that are possible, I am all about Ice Cream. My favorite base is chocolate or coffee.

My entire family has a massive sweet tooth and we are all somewhat skilled bakers but ice cream is the one dessert/sweet/indulgence I love most in life, followed by a close second tiramisu. Let’s just say that my freezer would be most happy to house these amazing flavors and surprises!

January 24, 2013 12:08 AM
Heather said...

I am ALL about ice cream! And that Dark Chocolate Peppermint looks like it’d be right up my alley!

January 24, 2013 12:08 AM
D. Carroll said...

Absolutely love sorbet !! Raspberry Mint is my fave :)

January 24, 2013 12:08 AM
Taryn said...

If i had to choose a FAVORITE frozen treat i would have to pick gelato because it’s smooth and creamy and it doesn’t give you that feeling that you just ate a pint full of dairy…(even though you did!!)…but if gelato is in short supply, Jeni’s is my favorite stand in because of the unique flavors and un-pintful-of-dairy-feeling!!!!! :-)

January 24, 2013 12:08 AM
Carly said...

Ice cream…love it with cookie chunks

January 24, 2013 12:08 AM
Jenn said...

I love ice cream and would love to win this giveaway

January 24, 2013 12:09 AM
Michele said...

I dont just love ice cream, my entire family loves ice cream!! Since the hubs and I have become empty nesters, its been “our thing” to grab some late night ice cream at our local ice cream shop!! We have never tried Jeni’s but would love too!! Anything chocolate with nuts!!

January 24, 2013 12:10 AM
Mallory B. said...

I love traditional ice cream and I could eat it every day of the year!

January 24, 2013 12:10 AM
Kris said...

Ice cream, for sure. A couple of scoops of mint chocolate chip and all is right with the world…at least for a little while!

January 24, 2013 12:11 AM
Orit said...

You scream, I scream, we all scream for Jeni’s Ice Creams!!!

Aside from being a sucker for freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, one of my all time favorite frozen treats is a classic chipwich!

And #1 of the many (but oh so not even close to all) Jeni’s flavors that my tummy has chosen is: Sweet Potato w/ Toasted Marshmallows. This sweetie pie makes a delightfully delicious winter time treat!

January 24, 2013 12:11 AM
Kristen said...

I love ice cream & yogurt. So good!

January 24, 2013 12:12 AM
Maryann B said...

Love Ice Cream. Yum, anything chocolate!

January 24, 2013 12:12 AM
Megan B. said...

I love ice cream! My favorite is Java Chip or ice cream cake.

January 24, 2013 12:12 AM
Christie said...

Definitely ice cream. Cookies and cream ice cream makes my life complete!

January 24, 2013 12:12 AM
Shelly Surdoval said...

I live pretty close to Jeni’s in Nashville! It’s so hard to choose a favorite flavor, but like you I have a thing for dark chocolate. I’ve always loved banana splits! Oh and mint chip ice cream! Drool.

January 24, 2013 12:13 AM
Ilene Murakami said...

I’m all about ice cream!

January 24, 2013 12:13 AM
Hannah said...

I definitely would choose frozen yogurt, but ice cream always hits the spot!

January 24, 2013 12:13 AM
Kelly said...

I am all about ice cream… we have a place similar to Jeni’s in Gainesville, FL. It’s called Sweet Dreams and they have a Mayan Chocolate with cinnamon and cayenne… I was eating it at least 3 times a week for a month. They also have a bizarre flavor night with such ice creams as sweet corn, basil lemon, and red beet!

January 24, 2013 12:14 AM
Bonnie said...

I’m all about all of the above. Any frozen treat will do. Yum

January 24, 2013 12:14 AM
Jen said...

Ice cream of course!

January 24, 2013 12:14 AM
Lesley M. said...

I’m a frozen yogurt fan and don’t usually go for sorbet, but I am seriously intrigued by the Influenza Sorbet.

January 24, 2013 12:16 AM
Jennay said...

I’m a serious SORBET lover!! =) This is an amazingly “cool” giveaway!!

January 24, 2013 12:16 AM
Sheila said...

I love, love, love ice cream. I worked at Baskin Robbins when I was in high school…primarily for the discount!!! I have so many favorite flavors that I’d hate to have to single one out because I would take too long to figure it out! I love ice cream and have eaten so much of it during my lifetime that I’m nearly convinced I have ice cream running thru my veins instead of blood. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a bowl of ice cream that wants to join me while I peruse your website ; )

January 24, 2013 12:19 AM
hazelbite said...

Oh definitely ice cream. The best I’ve ever tasted was homemade peach custard at a local ice cream shack that is only open seasonally *sigh*

January 24, 2013 12:19 AM
Aimee H. said...

I looooove Ice Cream! It’s the reason I can never be vegan lol

January 24, 2013 12:19 AM
Angela Ciccone said...

Ice Cream all the way!!! I’ll have it any time if day????

My favorite flavor is Nutella, really anything with hazelnuts.

January 24, 2013 12:20 AM
Hannah said...

I’m serious for sorbet. I love mango and pineapple flavored sorbet, any of these flavors in a sundae with rocky road ice cream. Mmm, I’m craving some now.

January 24, 2013 12:20 AM
joelle said...

I usually go for sorbet because I can’t eat dairy. But put something dairy-free with the texture of ice cream in front of me and I’ll devour it!

January 24, 2013 12:20 AM
Julie B said...

O.M.G! 17 pints!? Awesome. I love me some frozen yogurt, the whiskey pecan looks killer good!

January 24, 2013 12:20 AM
Joella Chudy said...

Butter Pecan Ice Cream!!!!

January 24, 2013 12:20 AM
Kat Kolind said...

I’m 34 weeks pregnant and do not discriminate …if its frozen dessert I’ll happily take it! However, egg nog ice cream with cinnamon rocked my socks this holiday season. I am dying to try that Cherry Lambic Sorbet. Ooh, and Brambleberry Crisp. And Whiskey and Pecans. Thank goodness I passed my glucose test today ;) This would be so exciting to win! Especially when the most excitement I have right now is getting my socks on without help! LOL

January 24, 2013 12:20 AM
Joella Chudy said...

Butter Pecan Ice Cream!!

January 24, 2013 12:21 AM
Kimberly said...

Ice Cream! And I LOVE Jeni’s. Oh to think of a full freezer!

January 24, 2013 12:21 AM
JulieM. said...

Ice cream! I do love the others, but I rarely go out for ice cream, so when I do I want the real deal. In that case, chocolate and nuts is a must.

January 24, 2013 12:21 AM
Nancy F said...

Any flavor as long as it’s coconut!

January 24, 2013 12:21 AM
krista berg said...

I love ice cream for sure! My favorite is anything with a good mix of sweet and salty! Love ice cream with peanuts or pretzels! Yum!

January 24, 2013 12:22 AM
Kristen F. said...

Ice cream all the way. In fact, I probably shouldn’t even enter this giveaway. I don’t even want to think about the indulgence (and bliss) that would happen if I won!

January 24, 2013 12:22 AM
jennie said...

I love ice cream!! My favorite has to be chocolate pecan ice cream from Handles Ice Cream. Followed by banana splits! I would love to win!!

January 24, 2013 12:22 AM
Morgan said...

I am ALL about ice cream!!! :D

January 24, 2013 12:23 AM
Jennifer Y said...

I love ice cream! I enjoy anything chocolate but fell in love with a salted caramel from my local grocery store over last summer. I even fought over an ice cream cone back in the day when dating my husband. Long story short the last bite of cone and ice cream fell on the ground. I am more willing to share now. ;)

January 24, 2013 12:23 AM
Meghan said...

ice cream! my current favorite: ben & jerry’s phish food. that stuff is just too good.

January 24, 2013 12:23 AM
Kate said...

I have to say ice cream! I worked in an ice cream shop when I was in high school and not once did I leave without getting a little something!

January 24, 2013 12:24 AM
Sharon said...

I really love ice cream.. gotten into Neapolitan lately, but I also really love frozen custard from Andy’s! Guh! So good! :D These sound really interesting though! :)

January 24, 2013 12:24 AM
Katie M said...

I love ice cream. Anything chocolatey works for me!

January 24, 2013 12:24 AM
Sarah said...

Oh my heavens… My favorite would have to be ice cream and chocolate peanut butter ice cream to be exact. Yum :)

January 24, 2013 12:25 AM
Sheila H. said...

All of the above. I can’t choose. In fact-I’m going to go get some ice cream from the freezer now.

January 24, 2013 12:25 AM
Sarah said...

I love all frozen treats! Homemade with cream from a local creamery makes it a little extra special too. Nothing beats a fresh fruit popsicle or creative ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day!

January 24, 2013 12:26 AM
Neeha said...

Ice cream for sure! But I do love frozen yogurt too. My favorite definitely has to be Oreo ice cream with fresh strawberries.

January 24, 2013 12:26 AM
Sara said...

frozen yogurt all the way…chocolate soft serve is the best!

January 24, 2013 12:27 AM
Lillian said...

I’m all about the creamy goodness of ice cream… oh and gelato! All of Jeni’s flavors sound amazing!

January 24, 2013 12:28 AM
Donna said...

I’m ALL about the ice cream. No doubt about it.

January 24, 2013 12:28 AM
Jennifer said...

So many flavors, so little time! Just a gander at the list – I think my first tries would be the lemon yogurt then the salted caramel. Looks like they are prepared for samples with those baby spoons, LOL.

January 24, 2013 12:28 AM
Linda said...

Ice cream …my Achilles heel!

I am a mint chip girl

January 24, 2013 12:29 AM
BigFatBaker said...

I am an ice cream lover. Chocolate and pb, any version of salted caramel, and really creamy vanilla are at the top of my list. I do like a good fruit sorbet too…

January 24, 2013 12:29 AM
Susan M said...

I love them all, but I really couldn’t do without ice cream. Molly Moon’s salted caramel is my favorite recent discovery.

January 24, 2013 12:29 AM
Kaylee May said...

I will have to go with ice cream. I remember as a kid my grandmother and I would go to the fridge, pull out the 5 gallon mint n chip ice cream, dish it into those old fashion ice cream glasses, pour on some Hershey’s syrup and go and watch Murder She Wrote. I still get the 5 gallon mint n chip and now make my own chocolate sauce. I would really love to try Jeni’s ice cream. All those flavors, where to start?

January 24, 2013 12:30 AM
Katy said...

My favorite treat is a simple hot fudge sundae. Great giveaway!

January 24, 2013 12:30 AM
Emmy said...

I love me some ice cream. We make homemade all the time in my home. My kids have actually become cute ice cream officionados. I just recently bought Jenis book, so I love that you did a post on her shop. Love it!

January 24, 2013 12:31 AM
mayra said...

Loooove ice cream and it depends the mood I’m in. But for the most part I just love CHOCOLATE and it helps if it’s haagen daaz…mmmmm

January 24, 2013 12:32 AM
Amy Tong said...

I am all about ice cream! :) my favorite frozen treat is dark chocolate ice cream over a warm Triple chocolate almond cookie. :P

Amy (at) utry (dot) it

January 24, 2013 12:32 AM
Emily said...

Ice cream. I love some cookie dough!

January 24, 2013 12:32 AM
amy said...

I’m a HUGE gelato fan although I love her flavors.

I tend to go for any coffee related ice creams/gelatos/frozen yogurts, such as Tiramisu…

January 24, 2013 12:34 AM
Vivian said...

i divede me favorite frozen treats by the season. ice cream in the winter, sorbet in the summer, and frozen yogurt in between. I love mixing all ice cream and froyo flavors with vanilla so im gonna need to stock up!

January 24, 2013 12:35 AM
Kory said...

I don’t discriminate, I’ll eat em all :) I guess if I had to pick Froyo makes me feel like I’m being slightly healthier! LOL Oh and I Luv the flavor intensities of Gelatto and Frozen Custard (like the ones at Shake Shack!!! Who am I kidding… If its Yummy I wanna try it!

January 24, 2013 12:35 AM
Julie U said...

Love ice cream!!! Love it in a waffle cone. mmmm

January 24, 2013 12:36 AM
Danielle said...

100% ice cream!! There’s a place near me in Massachusetts called Rota Spring Farm that makes the best handmade ice cream I’ve ever had. The cows are right there in the field next to the store for everyone to see… It always makes me wonder which ones contributed to my dessert!

January 24, 2013 12:37 AM
Emily R. said...

Sorbet and fro-yo have their moments, but ice cream will always be my fave. I love trying adventurous flavors, but my standby will probably always be chocolate with Oreos!

January 24, 2013 12:37 AM
monica villareal said...

I’m addicted. I love fruity,citrusy ICE cream. I’M A fan period!

January 24, 2013 12:38 AM
Sabrina said...

ice cream all the way! but i still like sorbet and froyo from time to time. love all the photos, looks absolutely delicious!

January 24, 2013 12:38 AM
Annette H said...

Ice cream for sure! Not that I would ever say no to some frozen yogurt or sorbet. =)

January 24, 2013 12:38 AM
Ashley Barstead said...

Ice cream and frozen yogurt all the way! When i’m home I tend to eat mostly ice cream and i’m always in the mood…which can tend to be a bad thing at times haha but when i’m away at school I love frozen yogurt, that’s probably because they seem to have one on every corner! :D My favourite ice cream flavour would probably have to be mint chocolate chip and my favourite frozen yogurt flavour is coconut. Being a college student I know my friends and I would LOVE to have 17 pints to share :) I loved this blog!

January 24, 2013 12:39 AM
Nicole Unck said...

I am all about ice cream…. But I’ve been known to get my fro yo on from time to time ;)

January 24, 2013 12:39 AM
francine scott said...

There’s nothing like fresh,tasty good ice cream especially by a person who believes in the craft of flavors and making it. If I can’t get there to the store itself, I would love to win these tasty treats and be able to spread the word. Thank you

January 24, 2013 12:39 AM
Mannie Tam said...

Ice cream and sorbet. My favorite was using my friend’s homemade dessert, (mango puree, diced mango, pomelo, coconut milk and tapioca) made into frozen pops– delicacy.

January 24, 2013 12:40 AM
Ashley E said...

Ice cream all the way!!! :) us pregnant girls love ice cream!!!

January 24, 2013 12:40 AM
zh said...

Ice cream, 100%. My favorite frozen treat is a sammie from the Coolhaus truck here in LA.

January 24, 2013 12:41 AM
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