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.

Katie said...

Ice cream! And I love Jeni’s dark chocolate.

January 25, 2013 08:59 PM
Ruby Mathew said...

I <3 Sorbet! My favorite growing up was Daiquiri Ice! But I can never find it now so my favorite is Raspberry! It's warm here in TX right now! I'd LOVE some Ice Cream to cool me down this winter!

January 25, 2013 09:05 PM
Janelle Belka said...

I love them all! If I have to pick I like frozen yogurt the best!

January 25, 2013 09:05 PM
lindsay said...

Oh how I scream for ice cream!!! Although that influenza sorbet sounds amazing, influenza or not!!!

January 25, 2013 09:06 PM
Mary L-S said...

Ice Cream for sure. Love it. I really like Benn and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. I really love a lot more too!

January 25, 2013 09:16 PM
mikenna said...

Ok ice cream is great and all what you really
need to try is FROZEN CUSTARD, it is to die for.
But don’t suppose that I do not dream of Ben and Jerry’s on a daily basis, because well.. i do.

January 25, 2013 09:17 PM
Kim G said...

Ice cream! My favorite (so far) is pumpkin. Would love to try some of Jeni’s flavors though!

January 25, 2013 09:20 PM
Laura McMann said...

I love ice cream! My fav’s are chocolate marshmallow, pralines and cream, dark cherry and banana chocolate chunk!!!

January 25, 2013 09:21 PM
Cheryl G said...

I scream, You scream. We all scream for ICE CREAM!!!!!!

January 25, 2013 09:21 PM
Carla Rose said...

I love ice cream and sorbet! It’s hard for me to decide. I’m a pastry chef and always enjoy experimenting with making new flavors!

January 25, 2013 09:24 PM
G'mama said...

I would love to have some butterbrickle ice cream.

January 25, 2013 09:24 PM
Jody Treadon said...

Yummy! Go Ohio, haven’t been to Jeni’s yet. Favorite ice cream has to be a simple vanilla with marshmallow and hot fudge.

January 25, 2013 09:25 PM
G'mama said...

Ice cream for sure. Butter brickle or rum cherry.

January 25, 2013 09:25 PM
Deb said...

All of them!!! Frozen treats are awesome :) its an added bonus if its chocolate or caramel!

January 25, 2013 09:27 PM
Sara said...

I have to say that I am generally a sorbet/frozen yogurt kind of girl, but lately I’ve been all about the ice cream!

January 25, 2013 09:27 PM
Ash said...

Ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt — I LOVE IT ALL!! :D

January 25, 2013 09:30 PM
Mary said...

What a great giveaway! I like mixing scoops of sorbet with vanilla frozen yogurt. So tasty! Of course I also love warm brownies a la mode with a scoop of peppermint ice cream.

January 25, 2013 09:31 PM
debbi said...

oh i love ice cream!! just me, a spoon and 17 pints of Jeni’s!!

January 25, 2013 09:31 PM
Melissa said...

My favorite frozen treat is the imaginary pistachio ice cream my 6-year-old son makes for me at the park. They have a little window and counter built into the jungle gym for pretend play and he came up with the pistachio ice cream by himself when he was 3 because he had seen me order it once. Though it took a year or two before he could correctly pronounce “pistachio.” :-)

January 25, 2013 09:31 PM
ana said...

I only need ice cream for make happy
I love ice cream so much! my prefer is pacion fruit!

January 25, 2013 09:34 PM
Sara said...

I love ice cream!!

January 25, 2013 09:36 PM
Bonnie O. said...

I looove ice cream! Can’t go wrong with that :)

January 25, 2013 09:38 PM
Carol said...

I scream for ice cream! Chocolate anything.

January 25, 2013 09:40 PM
Debbie said...

Ice cream, preferably with crunchy stuff in it.

January 25, 2013 09:41 PM
Heather said...

I love Ice Cream. Can’t get enough of it. It is really a problem, but I am not trying to fix it! Not too picky about the kind, but a good strawberry with real strawberries in it is one of my favorites!

January 25, 2013 09:44 PM
Peggy said...

Anything peanut butter & chocolate based has me sold!! AND I WILL MAKE ROOM IN MY FREEZER EVEN IF I HAVE TO TOSS OUT ALL MY FOOD. ICE CREAM FOR DINNER?! CHECK!

January 25, 2013 09:44 PM
Kim Barrett said...

Ice cream all the way. my hubby has to eat it almost every night, unfortunately being only 5ft tall I can’t do that, but love unique flavors. Thanks.K

January 25, 2013 09:48 PM
Nicole said...

Ice cream for sure! I love them all, but my 6 year old daughter will go for strawberry every time:)

January 25, 2013 09:52 PM
CHERIE said...


January 25, 2013 09:57 PM
Garnet Brumfield said...

I am so about ice cream! I love all flavors! There is a new yogurt shop that opened around the corner from my job. They have these big cup that you can fill with any flavors any toppings Monday thru Friday from 11am to 2pm and it is only $5. I can not tell you how many $5 lunches I have had there! I would totaley love to win this prize!!!!

January 25, 2013 09:59 PM
Emily said...

Ohmygosh, I got so excited about this giveaway that I had to go back and re-read what I had to do to enter! And I just read…goat cheese ice cream? Come to Mama. :-) We are full-fat ice cream lovers here and have PLENTY of room for all that goodness. Yippee!

January 25, 2013 10:01 PM
Mandy said...

Oh, the irony of finding your blog today… I was just thinking (while on the treadmill for 5 minutes today) about how much I love ice cream and that I would be so much thinner if I could curb my desire to eat it!! It’s my birthday next week, so this would be the best present, ever! I would have to eat ice cream every month if I won! Thanks for the fun baking inspiration and the excitement of new ice cream flavors!

January 25, 2013 10:07 PM
Katie said...

I’ve never met a frozen treat I didn’t like! I live Popsicles too!

January 25, 2013 10:10 PM
Kristen said...

I am all about ice cream! Especially mint chip!

January 25, 2013 10:11 PM
Diamond said...

We have been making our own ice cream with coconut milk for two years. I love trying new flavour combinations. That flu flavour sounds fun. We made a home remedy cough medicine with those and my daughter loved taking it. I never would have thought of it in Ice cream.

January 25, 2013 10:11 PM
Elisa said...

Frozen yogurt all the way!!!! Especially when you try to eat healthy!!!!! M favorite is mango!!!!!!

January 25, 2013 10:13 PM
Megan said...

Ice cream :) definitely! It’s cold, lip smackingly sweet, and delicious! xD I love ANYTHING chocolate. Rocky road, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, etc etc.

January 25, 2013 10:13 PM
Jennica said...

I love it all! Ice Cream, Sorbet or Frozen Yogurt. Anything frozen and sweet is my favorite treat!

January 25, 2013 10:17 PM
Liz! said...

I adore sorbets but when you get down to it…has to be the ice cream.

January 25, 2013 10:26 PM
sheilah said...

I’m all about dense ice cream. Rich caramel or salted caramel. Jeni is so talented!

January 25, 2013 10:27 PM
Ellen said...

I’m always craving Ice Cream! I’ve come to realize Cookie’s and Cream is my fave :)

January 25, 2013 10:28 PM
KMarch said...

Coo-coo bananas for ice cream… and I have been from the day I had my very first strawberry cone!

January 25, 2013 10:30 PM
Emma said...

I am all, and I mean ALL about icecream… love love!

January 25, 2013 10:32 PM
Jessica Diaz said...

Ice cream is always a must. But I will never say no to sorbet or frozen yogurt. They’re all amazing treats!

January 25, 2013 10:33 PM
Alyx said...

Mint Chocolate Chip all the way! :)

January 25, 2013 10:35 PM
Andrea said...

My daughter is a huge fan of your website. As for the question, I can’t decide! We love going to the Jeni’s location in town when we can. So many amazing flavors!

January 25, 2013 10:40 PM
karen said...

What fun flavors! My boys would definitely try the Queen City Cayenne. I’ll be looking for Jeni’s book since we love to make ice cream!

January 25, 2013 10:41 PM
Aubri Juhasz said...

I idolize ice cream! Those flavors sound amazing, I hope I’m lucky enough to get to try them!

January 25, 2013 10:41 PM
Lindsey B. said...

Obsessed with ice cream!! Chocolate peanut butter or salted caramel chip- yum!!

January 25, 2013 10:44 PM
Nancy said...

I’m all about the ice cream, although gelato is a favorite, too!

January 25, 2013 10:45 PM
Gaerria said...

Mint chocolate chip ice cream! Need I say more. Yummm

January 25, 2013 10:47 PM
Andrea L. said...

I heart ice cream. Those flavors look so yummy! My faves are chocolate peanut butter and my local ice cream shop’s Almond Joy flavor.

January 25, 2013 10:49 PM
jackiestarbucks said...

I scream ICECREAM! oh and if you add nuts, caramel, and chunks of chocolate…oh my……
Stay warm

January 25, 2013 10:53 PM
Kaitlyn D said...

Ice cream for sure! Although I’d never turn down a bowl of frozen deliciousness… they all sound divine!

January 25, 2013 10:54 PM
Jaime said...

Ice cream, for sure :)

January 25, 2013 10:56 PM
Holly said...

I’m an ice cream girl all the way! I love anything with raspberry or cherry + chocolate.

January 25, 2013 10:56 PM
Allyson said...

Oh what fun! Definitely ice cream! Preferably with cookie dough or brownies, but some of those flavors sound pretty great!

January 25, 2013 10:58 PM
slm said...

Ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt…love them all! How could I choose? Favorite flavors…mint chocolate, anything with caramel, anything with spices like cinnamon or pumpkin spices. Mmmm!

January 25, 2013 10:59 PM
Dee said...

I scream, you scream, we all scream for pistachio or chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream!! Although I LOVE Mango Sorbet! Honestly, any frozen treat is delicious!

January 25, 2013 11:02 PM
Valerie said...

All of the above!! If I had to pick I’d go with frozen yogurt but…then I’d sneak bites of everyone elses ice cream and sorbet! :)

January 25, 2013 11:03 PM
Heather said...

Ice cream!!! Peppermint is my fave. Mmmmm…

January 25, 2013 11:04 PM
Brittany g said...

Ice cream!! Anything chocolate with chocolate chunks!!

January 25, 2013 11:06 PM
Jessica Jennings said...

I love ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt….basically any frozen dessert is an option for me.

January 25, 2013 11:07 PM
Laquavia said...

i’m full on for frozen yogurt, though ice cream will always have a soft spot in my heart (especially cookies&cream and strawberry cheesecake). mm, my fave? golden vanilla with a pile of gummy bears and strawberries. so simple and so delicious ^_^ hehe take care :)

January 25, 2013 11:09 PM
Ellen said...

Ice cream all the way! Although, now that I think about it, maybe gelato…

January 25, 2013 11:12 PM
laura mccullough said...

boy i wish i lived closer to this place. i would love to try each and every one of these flavors.

January 25, 2013 11:16 PM
Sandy S. said...

Ice cream all the way! Love tons of flavors, but many times a good vanilla bean ice cream hits the spot!

January 25, 2013 11:29 PM
Alicia said...

ice cream, ice cream, ice cream!!! i’m a mint chip girl all the way, but love me some peppermint around the holidays!

January 25, 2013 11:39 PM
Lainey said...

I’ve never met a frozen dairy confection that I didn’t like and this ice cream looks devine. It makes me want to plan a road trip just so I can stop here along the way.

January 25, 2013 11:41 PM
Emily said...

I love ice cream!

January 25, 2013 11:44 PM
Metanda said...

All about the ice cream! I could eat it everyday if my waist would let me. :) I wish had a bowl right now.

January 25, 2013 11:45 PM
Emilie said...

I’m ALL about ice cream! Especially Jeni’s! Hard not to be living in Columbus – Cherry Lambic might be my fav!

January 25, 2013 11:49 PM
Gretta said...

Ice cream all the way!!

January 25, 2013 11:50 PM
Christine S said...

All for frozen yogurt!! I love blueberry froyo with some cheesecake bites on top <3

January 25, 2013 11:51 PM
Emilie Strong said...

There is nothing like a really rich, creamy Ice cream! I’m a huge fan coconut ice creams….would love to sample hqte

January 25, 2013 11:51 PM
Jenny M. said...

Ice cream all the way! My lifelong favorite flavor is peanut butter and chocolate.

January 25, 2013 11:52 PM
Emilie Strong said...

There is nothing like a really rich, creamy Ice cream! I’m a huge fan coconut ice creams….would love to sample Jeni’s world of ice cream!!!

January 25, 2013 11:52 PM
Fatima said...

Mmmm…definitely cookie dough ice cream!

January 25, 2013 11:56 PM
Rachel said...

All about ice cream! I could eat it every day!

January 26, 2013 12:04 AM
Katrina H said...

Yum! I love ice cream! I want to try the milkiest chocolate in the world. Thanks for the chance to win!

January 26, 2013 12:10 AM
Annakelly panameno said...

Omg frozen yogurt it doesnt matter if its 5 degrees or 500 degrees i will eat it! I love watermelon and mango from pinkberry oh white chocolate and strawberyy from tcby is delicious. Ice creams good too but idk its just frozen yogurt has that something that drives me crazy… Writing this gave me a craving so ill just go get some 2moro ;) happy baking!

January 26, 2013 12:17 AM
Mika N. said...

While sorbets are probably nice and frozen yogurt is healthy, I’d have to say that I’m a fan of the classic ice cream. You can’t go wrong with ice cream!

January 26, 2013 12:18 AM
Lizzie said...

I am full on ice cream, although gelato is a close second. I have had Jeni’s ice creams twice and holy moly they have stuck in my mind. I had a blueberry lemon one at a festival this summer and then one night a month or so ago, my boyfriend came home from Whole Foods with a pint of brambleberry crisp – that lady knows what she’s doing. My favorite ice cream treat however is hands down mint chocolate chip ice cream from blue bunny, in the box. Childhood favorite that I still LOVE. fingers crossed!!

January 26, 2013 12:22 AM
Madeleine said...

I love it all, I’m not picky :)

January 26, 2013 12:23 AM
Brie said...

I eat frozen yogurt when I’m trying to be “good” but there are times when nothing else will do other than rich, sweet, delicious ice cream!

January 26, 2013 12:26 AM
isty said...

ICE CREAM all the way!! Favorite thing to do with the hubby and my sons is a late evening trip to get ice cream with our fav toppings :)

January 26, 2013 12:27 AM
wendy said...

Oh sorbet rules…..Lemon tangy, purse your lips nummy!!!!!!!

January 26, 2013 12:30 AM
Nic said...

Oh, ice cream, of course!

I like lots of toppings…nuts, caramel, M&M’s, crushed Oreos, fudge sauce – All at the same time.
I only add a little of each though, I swear LOL!

January 26, 2013 12:42 AM
Heather said...

Love frozen custard.

January 26, 2013 12:44 AM
Tami said...

Ice Cream……Ice Cream…… I LOVE Ice Cream !!!!!
My favorite is Rocky Road. So many flavors.

January 26, 2013 12:58 AM
Melissa said...

I lean towards ice cream most often, but I won’t turn my back on the other two choices ever!

January 26, 2013 01:09 AM
Sally Sea said...

Ice cream. Peppermint topped with hot fudge. Oh, and gelato because the flavors are so intense. Rice gelato is the best (kinda like frozen rice pudding)!

January 26, 2013 01:19 AM
Kalli said...

Regular ice cream is the best! Though I do also live dangerously tempting to a great gelato place.

I grew up in Ohio but unfortunately live far away now and still have yet to try Jeni’s. Can’t wait to though!

January 26, 2013 01:41 AM
SaraC said...

ICE CREAM, always ice cream. :)

January 26, 2013 01:43 AM
Donna said...

My favorite frozen treat? A hot fudge sundae – made with vanilla icecream, of course!

January 26, 2013 01:50 AM
Nacho C. said...

Would have to go with ice cream and my favorite flavor is the butter pecan, absolutely delicious.

January 26, 2013 01:51 AM
Libby said...

I love ice cream. So hard.

January 26, 2013 01:54 AM
Tara said...

I adore ice cream, but unfortunately, it doesn’t adore me, so I usually stick to sorbet or frozen yogurt. My absolute favorite ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s World’s Best Vanilla.

January 26, 2013 02:01 AM
Rita said...

Ice cream & gelato, so it’s a tie! Lately I’ve been obsessed with salty n’ sweet combinations and am loving how popular they are becoming. I’ve been dying to jeni’s ice cream & would be over the moon to get a taste!

January 26, 2013 02:05 AM
Jen said...

I rarely treat myself to ice cream, usually going with fro-yo. But my favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate & peanut butter. It’s that combo of flavors that just makes the calories worthwhile.

January 26, 2013 02:14 AM
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