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.

anna said...

Usually ice cream… rich, thick and creamy.

January 26, 2013 02:24 AM
verenise l said...

i love ice cream anything really except banana flavor yuck…. i have never tried frozen yogurt yet!

January 26, 2013 02:46 AM
Donna M. Beas said...

OMG!! I want the influenza sorbet as a back up in my freezer in case I catch the sniffles!!

January 26, 2013 03:06 AM
Paige said...

Ice cream is the way to go! Though I have a new found live for frozen yogurt as well. I recently went to a Pinkberry, amazing and so fun!

January 26, 2013 03:31 AM
Kim said...

I love them all: gelato, ice cream, frozen yogurt! My favorite at the moment is a strawberry cheesecake gelato, although I’ve been craving another trip to the frozen yogurt mix-in place since my first try 3 months ago! I am in desperate need of an icy frozen delight…

January 26, 2013 03:57 AM
Linda Burton said...

Chocolate and peanut butter ice cream. YUMMMMMMMO!

January 26, 2013 04:29 AM
sally said...

ICE CREAM. delicious, creamy coffee ice cream…
but then again plain tart frozen yogurt with strawberries is equally delicious. oh dear!

January 26, 2013 05:22 AM
Sui Ling said...

i have to say ice cream wins it…the creamy goodness..i just can’t resist! :D

January 26, 2013 05:40 AM
Sara said...

Love ice cream! Specially the different flavors! Yummm

January 26, 2013 05:40 AM
Erin said...

All about ice cream. Nothing against sorbet or frozen yogurt, but I do love ice cream. Thrifty’s rocky road, to be exact.

January 26, 2013 05:48 AM
grace said...

I absolutely LOVE ice cream! I get frozen yogurt occasionally but I usually have to drive far to anything good

My favorite flavor is chocolate peanut butter

January 26, 2013 06:02 AM
Linda said...

I love ice cream and my favorite flavor is coffee.

January 26, 2013 06:06 AM
Kimber said...

Yum!!! Ice cream!!!! I love it all:)

January 26, 2013 07:06 AM
Jan said...

I love Jeni’s. We used to go to the market location when in Columbus. Now we can get it in a local grocery store here. Yay!

January 26, 2013 07:13 AM
shari said...

Ice Cream – chocolate peanut butter! Now I have to go get some!!!

January 26, 2013 07:15 AM
Laura E. said...

Bluebell Homemade in the Shade is my all time favorite dessert! Vanilla with a dark fudge swirl… Yummy…

January 26, 2013 07:29 AM
Gwyn said...

I love sorbet, especially citrus ones.

January 26, 2013 07:39 AM
noriannne said...


January 26, 2013 07:45 AM
Norma said...

I love ice cream but lately I have been visiting the frozen yogurt stores!!!!! I love Dark Chocolate Dream frozen yogurt……. SO GOOD!!!!!

January 26, 2013 07:52 AM
Sydney said...

I saw this ice cream in Atlanta just last weekend at Fresh Market. My weakness is for anything mint choc. chip!

January 26, 2013 07:57 AM
Erin said...

I’m all about ice cream!!! Who isn’t?! My BFF has tried Jenni’s ice cream and says its the best she has ever had…. and she is an ice cream expert!

January 26, 2013 08:11 AM
Jennifer said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy, only ice cream in my tummy!
It’s just me and my husband in the house but this past summer we had 14 boxes of ice cream bars in our freezer! There were a few times where ice cream was our dinner! :-)

January 26, 2013 08:28 AM
Cynthia Rieth said...

It’s all about the ice cream! I’m from Columbus and love Jeni’s! I had an ice cream maker for over 25 years and used to make lots of homemade ice cream – nothing like it. Jeni’s salty caramel is the absolute best.

January 26, 2013 08:29 AM
Caitlyn said...

Ice cream all the way!! I’m enjoying making my way through Jeni’s Ice Cream recipe book, but my all time favorite treat is a nice gooey hot fudge sundae, so I must try this with her Dark Chocolate Ice Cream!!

January 26, 2013 08:30 AM
Hanna Erickson said...

I LOVE ICE CREAM!!!!! I could totally fit 17 pints in my freezer

January 26, 2013 08:35 AM
paula said...

i love any kind of sherbet in a waffle cone

January 26, 2013 08:56 AM
Laura said...

I’ve cream, and this week I’ve been hankering for a milkshake!

January 26, 2013 09:27 AM
Shonna Rea said...

Well, I love ice cream. My aunt used to make homemade when we were younger. But I have tried frozen yogurt (a little healthier, you know) and it is really yummy. And of course sorbet–it is very good too. I gonna have to go with–
P.S. I have a really big freezer.

January 26, 2013 09:28 AM
Laura S said...

I got an ice cream maker for Christmas, so I have been ice cream crazy! My favorite that I’ve made by far is a Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Yum!

January 26, 2013 09:34 AM
Christina R. said...

Ice cream is the real deal!

January 26, 2013 09:43 AM
Alisa said...

We are a froyo family and love the fruity flavors. Of course, sometimes you need so good ol creamy and chocolate and I’d never pass on ice cream :)

January 26, 2013 09:50 AM
Lindsey B said...

I love ice cream!!

January 26, 2013 09:53 AM
Kelly P said...

Ice cream! I pretty much love anything with pieces of chocolate or nuts in it, but I think my favorite has to be Coldstone Creamery cream flavored with chocolate chips mixed in. Such an awesome texture, and not as sweet as you’d imagine!

January 26, 2013 09:53 AM
Felicita Li said...

Definitely ice cream!
I just love how creamy it is!

January 26, 2013 10:03 AM
JulieAnn said...

I’m an ice cream girl!

January 26, 2013 10:12 AM
bea said...

ice cream all the way! and i love chocolate with either coconut or peanut butter. mmm!

January 26, 2013 10:26 AM
Kristin said...

Bakerella, I am such an ice cream junkie! Anything ice cream and I am a happy girl!

January 26, 2013 10:26 AM
Amber said...

YUM! I love ice cream. But I also love frozen yogurt and sorbet. ;)

January 26, 2013 10:27 AM
Stacey said...

Having lived in Columbus, OH for 6 years I can attest to the glory that is Jeni’s ice cream. I’m all about sorbet and since we’re talking Jeni’s, I like to combo their summertime flavors lemon with raspberry. Delish!

January 26, 2013 10:27 AM
Kristen said...

Ice cream! Go big or go home, right? My favorites include mint chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, dulce de leche, and peanut butter :-)

January 26, 2013 10:27 AM
Mallory said...

What about all 3! No reason to leave anyone out of the fun.

January 26, 2013 10:27 AM
Kat said...

Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream!

January 26, 2013 10:28 AM
Molly said...

My favorite ice cream shop is a local place in Detroit called Treat Dreams. They make very inventive flavors like fruity loops and schnozberry, but my favorite is the old standby, salted caramel. I’m also a sucker for some Pinkberry frozen yogurt.

January 26, 2013 10:32 AM
stephanie anderson said...

Mmmm…I scream for ice cream, with chunks of chocolate or nuts or candy in it!

January 26, 2013 10:40 AM
Jen said...

That looks delicious!

January 26, 2013 10:40 AM
Tim said...

Definitely ice cream!!!

January 26, 2013 10:44 AM
Chelsea said...

I am crazy about all things frozen and creamy. Like seriously. My boyfriend bought me an ice cream maker for christmas and it’s a problem. Leftover egg nog in the fridge? Pour it in. Too much yogurt this week? Frozen yogurt it is. Someone mentions a flavor they might like, I make a batch of it. I have a problem, and the only fix is more ice cream.
Here’s hoping I win!

January 26, 2013 10:45 AM
Summer said...

Ice cream for me! I love chocolate but butter pecan can always sway me!

January 26, 2013 10:56 AM
Tammy S said...

I love ice cream…… my favorite is what ever I am craving that night. It could be fruit or dark chocolate or just plain vanilla. It’s so versitile to meet every taste bud!! I will have plenty of room in the freezer….

January 26, 2013 11:08 AM
kgsoutherncomfort said...

I love all of the above! Full fat ice cream with a lot of chocolate is always a good choice for me.

January 26, 2013 11:11 AM
Marissa said...

I love ice cream! I like sorbet and frozen yogurt too, by ice cream is my top choice. Chocolate with peanut butter is my favorite.

January 26, 2013 11:14 AM
andipandi said...

Most anything from, especially the black raspberry or Mocha Chocolate Lace.

January 26, 2013 11:15 AM
Brittany said...

Ice cream hands down! I love anything chocolate!

January 26, 2013 11:16 AM
Laura P said...

I love ice cream and frozen yogurt!!! They are so yummy in my tummy!

January 26, 2013 11:20 AM
Sarah said...

Ice cream all the way. Chocolate.

January 26, 2013 11:24 AM
Sarahi said...

Are you all about ice cream, serious for sorbet, or full on frozen yogurt? What’s your favorite frozen treat? I am more of a frozen yogurt fanatic, it’s like a spoonful of heaven to me ! It will be raining outside and ill still go get myself some . I personally love getting the tart flavor and pilling on fresh fruit (:

January 26, 2013 11:25 AM
Ann P. said...

I love all types of ice cream, sorbet, yogurt, all of it! I am an Ohioan myself and love Jeni’s, but I don’t live in Columbus or have regular access to Jeni’s so I would love to win this giveaway. Thank you!

January 26, 2013 11:28 AM
Angela said...

I LOVE ice cream and gelato!! My fav flavor of ice cream is probably butter pecan…or cookies & cream, I dunno, that’s a tough call!! My fav flavor of gelato is mascarpone! :)

January 26, 2013 11:28 AM
Katy W said...

I am all about ice cream! I used to be a rocky road addict but now I have too many favorite flavors to choose just one!

January 26, 2013 11:32 AM
nicole said...

i love rainbow sherbert

January 26, 2013 11:41 AM
Zoe Newell said...

I haven’t met a frozen dessert that I didn’t like, but recently I discovered nanaimo bar frozen yogurt- it was possibly the most miraculous flavor ever.
p.s. Love your blog!

January 26, 2013 11:41 AM
Wendy said...

Home made ice cream. We have our own family recipe and
Three generations are still enjoying it any time we can come
Up with a reason to celebrate.

January 26, 2013 11:43 AM
Sarah Kruse said...

Definitely ice cream. Peach, butter pecan, and cookie dough are probably my favorite flavors; all depending on where it’s from and what my mood is. I’d love to try Jeni’s salty caramel, whiskey and pecans, wildberry lavender, and dark chocolate most.

January 26, 2013 11:45 AM
Jennifer said...

I love sorbet. It is amazing how it can pack such a fruity punch. But, my favorite frozen treat is a milkshake.

January 26, 2013 11:48 AM
Fanatic Baker said...

OMG ! How I wish you will conduct a session for us to follow you round these little adventures. I can volunteer to be a kitchen helper > <

January 26, 2013 11:51 AM
Bonnie said...

I do love ice cream. However, I am a big fan of the froyo craze!

January 26, 2013 11:55 AM
rachel Utterback said...

ice cream is my favorite!! i could eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner!!!

January 26, 2013 11:56 AM
Jen B. said...

oooo Jeni’s ice cream recipes are so good! But right now, I am definitely feeling sorbet.

January 26, 2013 12:02 PM
April Brooks said...

All about ice cream! My sister uses Jeni’s book & she has made some truly stellar ice cream. Thanks for all of the hard work that goes into your site!

January 26, 2013 12:02 PM
Lauri said...

I LOVE them all!!! You and Jeni look so much alike.

January 26, 2013 12:02 PM
Caley said...

I’m all about the ice cream!!

January 26, 2013 12:02 PM
Temika said...

I’m all about ice cream and sorbet!

January 26, 2013 12:12 PM
Melissa Poling said...

Love ice cream… The real stuff!

January 26, 2013 12:12 PM
Bobbie said...

ICE CREAM!!! Current favorite: chocolate salty caramel from our local shop, Sweet Dreams in Gainesville, FL. And 17 pints? I will sacrifice what I must to get all those suckers a rightful place. :)

January 26, 2013 12:25 PM
2575 said...

I’m impressed by the grade of information on that website. There are a great deal of good methods

January 26, 2013 12:34 PM
Kylee said...

Ice cream all the way! Chocolate chip cookie dough is my favorite!

January 26, 2013 12:34 PM
Constance said...

Ice cream is my favorite, but I have never turned down any dessert, especially the frozen kind ;)

January 26, 2013 12:43 PM
Dee S. said...

It’s all about the ice cream!!! Totally onolicious (delicious)!!!!!

January 26, 2013 12:43 PM
jules said...

OMG!!! Yum yum yum! I don’t think I could choose….

January 26, 2013 12:52 PM
cori c said...

I am a purist. Ice cream rocks my world :) And I have ALWAYS wanted to try Jeni’s Ice Creams so all my fingers and toes are crossed!

January 26, 2013 12:53 PM
Danielle Jones said...

ICE CREAM! Ice cream is my favorite! I am a baker and one might assume cookies or brownies or cake, but hands-down my go-to treat is ice cream. I never thought to make it myself!

January 26, 2013 12:54 PM
Jennifer said...

Ice cream ice cream, ice cream! :) But I enjoy all of it. :)

January 26, 2013 12:56 PM
Amy C. said...

Wow! Interesting flavors! I crave ice cream on a daily basis :/ Your pictures made my cravings worse! Lol
The goat cheese flavor sounds interesting! My fave is mint choc chip or vanilla with lots of sprinkles!

January 26, 2013 01:00 PM
Katie said...

Ice cream, sorbet, OR frozen yogurt??? Doesn’t seem fair to make me choose just one, but if I HAD to choose, I’d go for ice cream. NO! WAIT! Sorbet. Yes, definitely sorbet. …No! I changed my mind! YOGURT! 100% frozen yogurt. Yes, that is my final answe– hmmmm, is it too late to switch back to ice cream???

January 26, 2013 01:03 PM
Mimi said...

My favorite frozen treat is definitely Ice Cream. I love Haagen Dazs caramel cone flavor, yum!!

January 26, 2013 01:08 PM
kris said...

YUMM. I lovee ice cream. and frozen yogurt. and sorbet. Perfect dessert :)

January 26, 2013 01:12 PM
Margie said...

I am full of frozen yogurt. Love homemade in my freezer

January 26, 2013 01:14 PM
Ericka said...

Ice cream for me! I’d be happy to make room in my freezer for 17 pints of ice cream!

January 26, 2013 01:35 PM
Elisabeth said...

Ice cream for sure! I checked Jeni’s book out from the library and I was in awe of all of the creative flavors.

January 26, 2013 01:37 PM
Sherri Jones said...

I love ice cream!

January 26, 2013 01:45 PM
sherri crawford said...

i want the full fat full flavor ice cream… peanut butter please

January 26, 2013 01:46 PM
Theresa said...

It’s ice cream for me hands down! I love the creamy richness and the way it melts so smoothly in my mouth.

January 26, 2013 01:51 PM
Lynette said...

Oh it’s ice cream!! I would love to win, so many flavors but I’m a purest I usually choose vanilla bean ice cream! This might be a good way to show me the error of my ways!!! ;)

January 26, 2013 01:57 PM
nicole slack said...

We are ice cream lovers at this house! We aren’t picky on flavor, either. With 6 of us it seems like it is always someone elses turn to pick, LOL

January 26, 2013 01:59 PM
Angie J said...

I love Ice Cream. Usually Banana is my top favorite, but anything with chocolate is great too.

January 26, 2013 02:00 PM
kim t said...

I love icecream!!! This sounds yummy.Thank you.

January 26, 2013 02:00 PM
Anita K. said...

I love almost any frozen dessert as long as it’s fresh and made with good ingredients! Right now I’m really into gelato, mostly because we have an excellent gelato shop with crazy flavors fairly nearby.

Though I still dream of my dad’s home made blueberry ice cream. Unfortunately he never wrote it down so I can’t recreate :(

January 26, 2013 02:01 PM
Shayna Boyle said...

I love ice cream but I also love froyo because of the endless topping possibilities :)

January 26, 2013 02:05 PM
Kat said...

Ice Cream for me!
I’m working my way through Jeni’s splendid book.

January 26, 2013 02:07 PM
Maria Mingo said...

I scream for ICE CREAM!!!!!!! Ice cream sundaes, ice cream float, in a cone or in a cup. Ice cream milkshakes, soft serve or hand dipped, sprinkles or nuts….I can’t decide they’re so many choices… ;)

January 26, 2013 02:10 PM
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