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.

Priya said...

Full on frozen yogurt, the best treat I have ever had is frozen key lime pie.

January 26, 2013 02:14 PM
Pruthvi said...

Sorbet, chocolate dipped strawberry ice cream.

January 26, 2013 02:16 PM
Melissa D said...

We are all about the ice cream in this house. In fact, the same could be said for the area we live in. I used to work for a local ice cream shop/convenience store. And I learned that we sold the most ice cream on the snowiest, coldest, most miserable days.

Favorites include chocolate chip and coffee.

January 26, 2013 02:23 PM
Gen said...

Ice cream….by far! I love chocolate peanut butter!

January 26, 2013 02:25 PM
Latina said...

I scream for ICE CREAM!

January 26, 2013 02:28 PM
Estrella said...

I’ve always been a huge fan of sorbet, gelato, ices, pretty much anything fruity and cool. We recently found out my daughter is allergic to milk & soy, so we’ll be keeping her to fruity non- dairy flavors

January 26, 2013 02:30 PM
Becky @ So Very Blessed said...

Oh gosh, I love all three! I especially love ice cream with goodies mixed in – cookie dough, cookies, brownie bits, cheesecake chunks…

January 26, 2013 02:36 PM
Georgia T said...

It’s all about chocolate ice cream! Yum :)

January 26, 2013 02:36 PM
Heather said...

I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them, but if I *had* to choose I would probably say sorbet! Anything fruity!

January 26, 2013 02:40 PM
blahblah said...

i looove froyo its so goood!!

January 26, 2013 02:57 PM
Stacie D. said...

Looks delish! I am all about the ice cream!

January 26, 2013 02:57 PM
Jamie said...

I am in love with Cool Swirl frozen yogurt. My absolute favorite flavor is Cake Batter (and it is even better with chocolate sprinkles!!!) Thanks for taking the time to share!

January 26, 2013 03:07 PM
Patty Izard said...

All about ice cream!!! I live in a rural area and the closest thing to gourmet ice cream we have is in the grocery store, so I would LOVE to win some REALLY GREAT ice cream! ps…love this site – I always feel happy when I’m done reading it and looking at all your fun pics!!

January 26, 2013 03:11 PM
Heather S said...

I am all about some gelato, but it’s tough to find locally. I’ve trained myself to eat delicious ice cream instead :)

January 26, 2013 03:15 PM
Linda Hohensee said...

I love ice cream!! The milky smooth melty goodness. It’s good on a cone, in a bowl and whipped up in the blender. Growing up we had sundaes on Sunday. Black Rasberry is my seasonal fruit favorite, Peppermint is great for the winter holidays.

January 26, 2013 03:18 PM
Meg said...

I love Frozen Yogurt! We love to make our own and try new flavors!

January 26, 2013 03:20 PM
eve said...

I love ice cream! We took the kids to tour the Blue Bell Creamery a few summers ago…so fun!:)

January 26, 2013 03:20 PM
Ginny Ryerson said...

I love ice cream – hands down. :) I’ve been trying to convince myself that Greek yogurt tastes just as good as ice cream, but it hasn’t worked yet. I just need that gooey, chocolatey, frozen goodness sometimes… :)

January 26, 2013 03:25 PM
Aimee said...

I’m major for mint chocolate chip. It’s the tops:)

January 26, 2013 03:32 PM
Erin Lynn Groves said...

I love ice cream. I remember growing up where the milk was delivered to your house in your little silver box on the porch…Grablick’s was the local dairy that also made ubber awesome ice cream…its been a long time since I experienced the love of fresh, home made, indulgent ice cream… I scream you scream …we all scream for ice cream…Yay Jeni!

January 26, 2013 03:37 PM
Lisa Anderson said...

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! Especially love chocolate chip!

January 26, 2013 03:40 PM
Joelle said...

I looooooooove Ben n Jerry’s cake batter ice cream! Soooo hard to find in the winter though

January 26, 2013 03:44 PM
Bernadette Smith said...

My husband makes me a sundae with Trader Joe’s French Vanilla, Midnight Moo and a big glop of peanut butter. It is the best ever!

Trader Joe’s ice cream is by far the best. Pumpkin spice, pecan pie…gotta go have some!

January 26, 2013 03:48 PM
tallgirl said...

Definitely sorbet for citrus flavors, but my favorite would be any type of spicy dark chocolate ice cream – yum :)

January 26, 2013 03:57 PM
Ashley H said...

i LOVE ice cream, but lately i’m all over froyo!

January 26, 2013 04:02 PM
Anonymous said...

I use to work at a frozen yogurt shop and i fell in love with it . I love Vanilla frozen yogurt!:)

January 26, 2013 04:02 PM
Ashley M. said...

Oh man I am such an ice cream junkie. I even eat it when it’s the middle of winter and FREEZING outside. And my freezer is EMPTY!! Perfect!!

January 26, 2013 04:13 PM
Emma said...

These look amazing. I love ice cream. Anything butters itch, caramel or toffee. Please check out my food blog Thanks!

January 26, 2013 04:18 PM
Denice Bryant said...

I prefer frozen yogurt and im simple so i love to stick with good old fashion vanilla.

January 26, 2013 04:26 PM
Cherie Smutnick said...

OMG!!! I am an ice cream addict and would so love to try all those flavors. It could be 50 below and I would still eat ice cream. Thanks for a chance to win this yummy give away.

January 26, 2013 04:28 PM
Tamika B said...

Ice cream!! lol and my fav flavor is definately sweet cream mixed with fresh strawberries and g.cracker crust! taste just like strawberry cheesecake! yuumm

January 26, 2013 04:28 PM
carol said...

I love chocolate peanut butter ice cream. i think i could bathe in it.
I saw the flu sorbet on the news the other day, what a great idea!

January 26, 2013 04:29 PM
Kelly H. said...

I don’t discriminate. I love anything cold and sweet. I’ve always wanted to try Jeni’s.

January 26, 2013 04:33 PM
Jeff said...

Good ‘ole Ice Cream for me!

January 26, 2013 04:36 PM
Nikki G. said...

I love Jeni’s!! My husband and I drive the hour and a half to Columbus for the Reisling Poached Pear Sorbet…delightful! We also have her book and have made our own batches of several of the flavors.

January 26, 2013 04:48 PM
Sheryl Edwards said...

My favorite is chocolate ice cream with chopped pecans or almonds! But I enjoy almost any frozen treat!

January 26, 2013 04:50 PM
John D. said...

Mint chocolate chip is my favorite, although I really like anything that is chocolatey and nutty, and carmely, or has lots of yummy things in it. My wife told me about this contest and asked me to also enter. She’s only two months pregnant right now, so having a freezer full of gourmet ice cream sounds like the perfect plan for keeping her spoiled when she gets really pregnant. ; )

January 26, 2013 04:51 PM
Olivia said...

I love that she labels the ice cream containers! I have to say I’m an ice cream lover–especially when it has peanut butter cups in it :)

January 26, 2013 05:08 PM
Jordan_M said...

I love frozen yogurt-with hot fudge! I feel like the calories even out that way:)

January 26, 2013 05:15 PM
Amanda Lee said...

I love ice cream and sorbet… if I had to pick, my favorites are moosetracks ice cream and raspberry sorbet. Though there really aren’t any bad ice cream flavors!

January 26, 2013 05:18 PM
Kellee said...

Ice cream!! Love chocolate with “stuff” in it!!

January 26, 2013 05:18 PM
ljmh said...

full on creamy icecream is my favorite and I make homemade chocolate sauce to top it.

January 26, 2013 05:21 PM
Christina said...

I’m all about ice cream!

January 26, 2013 05:26 PM
rette5991 said...

Gelato!! Custard!! Ice cream!! Frozen Yogurt!! I am an equal oppertunity frozen treat eater!

January 26, 2013 05:30 PM
Cheryl said...

I am all about ice cream and the whiskey & pecan flavor sure sounds good!

January 26, 2013 05:32 PM
Esther A said...

Cookies and cream is my absolute favorite!! I love a nice, smooth coffee ice cream too :)

January 26, 2013 05:35 PM
Lisa said...

Ice cream! Even though I live in Minnesota and it’s currently 17 degrees out right now, I’d love a bowl!

January 26, 2013 05:36 PM
Danielle N said...

I’d love to try their ice cream. Funny thing is my mom lives in Columbus, but we’ve never been because her hubby is diabetic and we don’t want to tempt him :)

January 26, 2013 05:37 PM
Sophia said...

Ice cream, totally! I love Jeni’s salty caramel flavor!! Oh, Bakerella, I can’t believe you were in Columbus! I live so close to there. Hope you enjoyed it- Columbus is awesome! :)

January 26, 2013 05:45 PM
Allison said...

I love all of them! Which I love most really depends on my mood. My favorite frozen treat is a thick and creamy chocolate milkshake.

January 26, 2013 05:49 PM
Gail said...

Love coffee and chocolate flavors together in ice cream, gelato, name it!!

January 26, 2013 05:57 PM
Gen said...

ice cream all the way- had Jeni’s in Nashville and it was amazinggg

January 26, 2013 05:58 PM
AlisonA said...

I just bought a pint of greek frozen yogurt… but truthfully I am ALL about ice cream!

January 26, 2013 06:00 PM
Briana C. said...

Yum yum yum!!!! Those flavors look AMAZING! I think I like sorbet the best, because it’s fruity and refreshing. Ice cream comes in a close second though.

January 26, 2013 06:01 PM
bharati said...

I am all about ice creammmm…and I loveeee Dark Choooocolate ice cream…hoping to get them soon…:)

January 26, 2013 06:02 PM
Joanna said...

ICE CREAM, ICE CREAM! I scream for ice cream! I’ve never tried Jeni’s, it looks so amazing!

January 26, 2013 06:04 PM
April said...

I am definitely not partial! Ice cream, yogurt, sorbet, sherbet, even a homemade creamy smoothie…it is all good in my belly!

My absolute favorite is homemade ice cream or yogurt at home though! I LOVE experimenting with flavors and then having a topping-palooza!

January 26, 2013 06:10 PM
Pamelaine said...

I love ice cream the best, especially if it has chocolate in it. I have a big freezer :-)

January 26, 2013 06:19 PM
Alisa said...

Ice cream! I’ve had amazing results with Jeni’s recipes!

January 26, 2013 06:23 PM
heather said...

I am all about chocolate ice cream with peanut butter in it. Thanks for the giveaway hope i win it.

January 26, 2013 06:34 PM
Jen said...

Merciful heavens I need some of this in my life. Ice cream is my true love. And none of this fro-yo-no-sugar-added-no-dairy-low-fat junk…give me a pint of quality, full fat, creamy delicious joy and I’m yours.

January 26, 2013 06:35 PM
Paige C said...

Loooove full one ice cream! I’m looking forward to checking her book out and putting my ice cream maker to use! :-)

January 26, 2013 06:39 PM
Megan said...

Gotta go with rasberry sorbet :P But definitley a hard choice!
Thanks for all your fun giveaway oppurtunities!

January 26, 2013 06:43 PM
Julie said...

Absolutely an ice cream woman! My fave is peppermint during the holidays. This post makes me want to go to Ohio to Jeni’s

January 26, 2013 06:50 PM
Melissa Ferreyra said...

Ice Cream: peanut butter chocolate and mint chocolate chip are my favorites!

January 26, 2013 06:56 PM
Liz Schroeder said...

So serious about sorbet! I make small batches here and there throughout the year, it’d be nice to be exposed to some other awesome flavor combinations!

January 26, 2013 06:56 PM
Naomi Elf said...

Ice cream! I just got her book for Christmas and I can’t wait to make some once the weather gets warmer!!

January 26, 2013 06:57 PM
Jess said...

I adore ice cream! We have a local dairy farm that makes and sells ice cream, and they have this buttermilk lime cardamom ice cream that is simply outstanding. So here’s a shout out to Cruze dairyfarm farm in Knoxville, TN!

January 26, 2013 07:10 PM
Julie Perry said...

I am an Ice Cream girl….toppings are my favorite part! :)

January 26, 2013 07:11 PM
Liz said...

I live in Ohio and next time I am in Columbus, I am stopping by Jeni’s!

January 26, 2013 07:12 PM
Amy d said...

I love homemade ice cream and red mango froyo!

January 26, 2013 07:19 PM
CJ said...

Ice cream or sorbet would be my first choice, Fro yo would come in third, not a distant third though. Something chocolately for starters then I can go on to try all the other flavors. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

January 26, 2013 07:20 PM
Kim Askins said...

I LOVE orange Sorbet!! Yummo!! It’s just so light and yummy!!! I live in Ohio, but too far northwest to get to Jeni’s anytime soon! I hope I win!!

January 26, 2013 07:24 PM
Karen Crowell said...

I’m LOVE LOVE LOVE ice cream! When I was pregnant it was my go to food for dessert – EVERY DAY.

My favorite way to eat this as a special frozen treat is between 2 cookies. =)

January 26, 2013 07:26 PM
Phyllis Beverly said...

Definitely ice cream!

January 26, 2013 07:30 PM
Debbie hurst said...

Love fun ice cream

January 26, 2013 07:32 PM
cathy amerson said...

I love sorbet because I love that I taste of a creamy smoothness..yummy…

January 26, 2013 07:34 PM
Jeanne Wilson said...

Totally ice cream! I think one of the things that made me fall in love with my husband was the amazing milkshakes he used to make me while we were dating. The dark chocolate peppermint ice cream in that picture is making me drool!

January 26, 2013 07:48 PM
ashley said...

I love ice cream, no matter what. I always eat ice cream, even if it’s cold, even if it’s snowing. I like Skinny Cow alot, although it does make it easier to justify eating three sandwiches instead of one. I would love to try Jeni’s!

January 26, 2013 07:52 PM
Michelle F. said...

Yes. I love them all! Thanks!

January 26, 2013 07:57 PM
Melissa said...

Any and all of it!!!!!!!

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

Sorbet!!!! Absolutely LOVE anything that is tart. Oh my — the royal cranberry sorbet in the photo is just calling my name!!!

January 26, 2013 08:03 PM
Heather S. S. said...

I love ice cream…my hips do too! I’ll make room in my freezer and on my hips ;) the dark chocolate peppermint looks yummy!!

January 26, 2013 08:11 PM
Kate said...

I prefer ice cream.

January 26, 2013 08:14 PM
Hilary said...

I LOVE ice cream, but I try to stay a little healthier and tend to buy frozen yogurt. For Jeni’s though, I would throw healthy straight out the window!!

January 26, 2013 08:15 PM
Emily j. said...

I love ice cream!!

January 26, 2013 08:18 PM
Cindy said...

Love full flavored ice cream such as salted caramel!

January 26, 2013 08:19 PM
Kate D. said...

Sorbet! Or gelato.

January 26, 2013 08:20 PM
Emma said...

Ice cream, all the way. I had Jeni’s in Nashville…dark chocolate and roasted strawberry buttermilk. Not an exaggeration to say actually the best thing ever.

January 26, 2013 08:27 PM
Cassie said...

Oh goodness, so hard to choose! If I HAD to pick one, it would be ice cream, but I love them all!

January 26, 2013 08:33 PM
Wendy said...

Yum! Would love to gift this to my American blogger friend!

January 26, 2013 08:36 PM
kim said...

i LOVE ice cream. the best kind of frozen treat?? any desert that combines a HOT cake/cookie/souffle/fried banana/pie TOPPED WITH A SCOOP OF CREAMY ICE CREAM. anything with ice cream on top of it = my immediate dessert order. i’d love to try jeni’s!! it gets hot in texas.

January 26, 2013 08:41 PM
Huiran Xaxni said...

I love chocolate ice cream! The more candies in it the better! Especially heath or reeses! :) I’m 8 mos pregnant and this would be such a fun prize to win!! :)

January 26, 2013 08:49 PM
Shiloh Barkley said...

I’m all about some ice cream. Come to mamma!

January 26, 2013 08:50 PM
Julie said...

These favors sound amazing!

January 26, 2013 08:50 PM
Stephanie said...

I love ice cream, especially with hot fudge!

January 26, 2013 08:51 PM
Michelle said...

Ice cream all the way! Love Jeni’s too!

January 26, 2013 08:55 PM
Megan said...

I would love to try the lavendar ice cream! I love chocolate too!! 17 pints of ice cream sounds good! :-)

January 26, 2013 09:08 PM
Christy P said...

Ice cream family hear. Never had jenni’s, now I am intrigued.

January 26, 2013 09:10 PM
Crystal H. said...

All frozen treats are delish. I love a Georgia Mud ice cream cone after every exam during finals week! Ice cream makes everything better. :o)

January 26, 2013 09:17 PM
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