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.

Alisha R. said...

Ice Cream! On hlidays most familes have pies or cakes, we have ice cream and cookies and make ice cream sammiches. It is fun to see eho can come up with the best combo. This has to be the best giveaway ever. you rock.

January 24, 2013 12:41 AM
JT00 said...

This giveaway sounds magical! For me, it’s a total toss up between froyo and ice cream– love them both! Oh and gelato too. My favorite flavor is probably caramel pecan praline.

January 24, 2013 12:42 AM
Danielle said...

I’m all about the ice cream. (Unless, of course, there is a soft serve yogurt place nearby that sells tart flavors. Oh my yum!) Our current favorite is chocolate with peanut butter from a more local brand. Delish!

January 24, 2013 12:44 AM
Sam C. said...

Ice creeeeam! Definitely.

And my favorite frozen treat is fruit parfait at a local ice cream shop. Super tall cup, layers of vanilla ice cream with pineapple, strawberries, hot chocolate sauce, peanuts, whipped cream, and a cherry on top!

January 24, 2013 12:45 AM
Misty said...

Most definitely ice cream!!

January 24, 2013 12:46 AM
Hayley said...

I LOVE ice cream!! Ben and Jerry’s Coconut Almond Fudge is my all-time fav, but it’s only available in their scoop shops so I haven’t had it in a couple years!

January 24, 2013 12:46 AM
Stephanie said...

Definitely ice cream. Vanilla bean or cookies and cream are my favorites!

January 24, 2013 12:47 AM
Kauana said...

Owww this question is really hard!
But I think that now I am in love with ice cream, its still hard to decide, ice cream has so many toppings and flavors and frozen yogurt can be very delicious and healthy!
Cookies and cream and peanut butter ice cream all the way!
yay :D

January 24, 2013 12:47 AM
amanda said...

Ice cream all the way!

January 24, 2013 12:48 AM
Evelyne said...

I love sorbet! Mango sorbet is my favorite flavor. Hope to win and try Jeni’s ice treats!

January 24, 2013 12:48 AM
Carrie said...

LOVE ice cream. We ate a lot of it when I was growing up and at 16 I had my own little “ice cream fountain” in the corner of my parents’ business! I think I saw Jeni’s ice cream on the Today show today…the Influenza Sorbet.

January 24, 2013 12:48 AM
Lemonia said...

I’m all for the ice cream! I’m usually a simple chocolate kind of girl but I’m really diggin’ chocolate with salted caramel (Haagen Daz version is amazing)! I’d love to try all the flavors of Jeni’s ice cream and not feel guilty whatsoever! :-)

January 24, 2013 12:49 AM
Megan said...

I especially love soft serve ice cream, but out of the pint is great too!

January 24, 2013 12:50 AM
Kristen said...

I’m a big ice cream connoisseur. My favorite right now is anything (but especially the caramel) from our local store, Lick.

January 24, 2013 12:51 AM
Alex said...

Frozen yogurt, most of the time, but ice cream also! Sorbet in the summer.

January 24, 2013 12:51 AM
Emily L. said...

all about ice cream!!! pistachio and cookies and cream anything!! :)

January 24, 2013 12:51 AM
Stacy said...

I LOVE ice cream! Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough is awesome!

January 24, 2013 12:51 AM
Rachel G said...

Ice cream. It’s smooth, it’s delicious, it’s cold… and if I walk around the city while I eat it, I can pretend I’m burning off calories!

January 24, 2013 12:54 AM
Marla said...

Ice cream! Anything chocolate or peanut butter!

January 24, 2013 12:57 AM
Esther said...

Oh I am all about ice cream. It’s one of my favorite things. I could it all day everyday!

January 24, 2013 12:59 AM
Christina S said...

It’s all about the sorbet, anything citrus infused! :)

January 24, 2013 12:59 AM
Camila said...

I love ice cream! Cookis n cream is my favorite.

January 24, 2013 01:00 AM
Amy Bridwell said...

I have her book! I haven’t made anything yet, I’m waiting until it gets warmer out. I would love to try the Dark Chocolate or the Salty Caramel!

January 24, 2013 01:01 AM
Pawdua said...

Around here it’s all about ice cream. Though we live only a half mile from a fro yo that’s a summer fave.

January 24, 2013 01:01 AM
Jenna said...

I love love love this gourmet ice cream in town, they have this stuff called bada bing! which is chocolate ice cream and cherry cordials. The best!

January 24, 2013 01:02 AM
Shawn's Thomas said...

I love ice cream! German Chokolatekake from Cold Stone is my favorite flavor!

January 24, 2013 01:02 AM
Allison said...

Ice cream is, without a doubt, my favorite food group. And yes, of course ice cream is a food group.

January 24, 2013 01:02 AM
Krysta said...

Ice cream! Ice cream! Ice cream! :D Frozen yogurt can be good too, but I just love ice cream. Strawberry was always my favorite as a child, with mint chip in close second… And while I still love them both, I’ve been branching out a bit more. Cookie dough, various chocolates, caramels, and peanut butters…

January 24, 2013 01:03 AM
ronnie brooks said...

all about ice cream! what an adorable ice cream shop!

January 24, 2013 01:04 AM
Melissa Miller said...

I’m a soft serve kind of girl, so I absolutely love frozen yogurt because of the texture. Mmmm, makes me want some!

January 24, 2013 01:04 AM
Heaven said...

*mhmmm…* ice cream is the best! i eat ice cream during the summer and the winter :)) my favorite ice cream is strawberry cheesecake and orange cream sherbet!

January 24, 2013 01:06 AM
Sara said...

Ice cream all the way! Especially ones that have chocolate or butter or toffee flavors. And Jeni’s truly is splendid. Im so happy we have one in Nashville.

January 24, 2013 01:06 AM
Lori said...

I love sorbet!!! My family always buys ice cream but I sooo prefer sorbet

January 24, 2013 01:07 AM
Megan Zimmerman said...

I am full on ICE CREAM!! (although I do enjoy a good FroYo) Pretty much anything chocolate, but lately I have been lovin on anything praline or butter crunch. Or take straight up vanilla and dump it in a Dr Pepper! But yup. it’s totally ice cream for me!

January 24, 2013 01:07 AM
Anonymous said...

Since I just got back from Italy I’m all about the gelato right now :)

January 24, 2013 01:07 AM
Anna said...

I am an ice cream girl. My favorite frozen treat is ice cream sandwich cookies. >.< Fresh baked cookie, yummy ice cream? OMG. Want one now. There's a place in the SF Bay Area in Berkeley named CREAM and its deliciousssss.

January 24, 2013 01:08 AM
Cheyenne said...

Ice cream is my life! Ok that may be a bit dramatic but kinda true. :) I could eat it every day anytime for any meal!! I love almost any kind but anything fudgy is a hit!

January 24, 2013 01:09 AM
MK said...

So glad we can get jeni’s out here in scottsdale!

January 24, 2013 01:10 AM
jamie said...

I love ice cream! I eat ice cream every day. I have to buy the single serving containers it’s too dangerous for me to have the bigger ones. :)

January 24, 2013 01:10 AM
Anonymous said...

Ice cream, I get that from my dad. Every time he comes to visit we magically wind up with several new flavors in the freezer. But I have to say, homemade ice cream of ANY flavor is my favorite!

January 24, 2013 01:10 AM
irvin said...

Ok. I adore Jeni and she looks SUPER cute with her new haircut! I love it. I’m an ice cream lover al the way, though I won’t turn down frozen yogurt or sorbet.

January 24, 2013 01:11 AM
Angelica said...

All about ice cream!! Root beer floats are definitely my fave. Sometimes I’ll throw in an orange soda float, too. Super yummy!

January 24, 2013 01:11 AM
Gabriela said...

Ice Cream/ Gelato = Sweet Heaven!
No matter the season… It is always a pleasure to enjoy a spoon … Mmmm a Bowl of ice cream.

January 24, 2013 01:12 AM
Yi-Jin said...

My absolute favorite frozen treat is ice cream, although gelato comes close to that top spot. I want to try Jeni’s ice cream one day, too! Those flavors are so unique and intriguing.

January 24, 2013 01:12 AM
Laura Beth said...

OH MY. I love LOVE ice cream. It’s so bad. And there is even a Jeni’s in Nashville where I live – I’ve been there once. BUT, I did buy my son’s teacher a Jeni’s gift card for Christmas . . . love the real deal!

January 24, 2013 01:12 AM
Sandy said...

ice cream! anything with chocolate in it, i’m a fan! chocolate flavor, chocolate chip, chocolate covered nuts, chocolate cookie, chocolate mint etc. you get the idea!

January 24, 2013 01:13 AM
Myndi said...

Totally ice cream. Matcha green tea ice cream. So good.

January 24, 2013 01:15 AM
Becky said...

I’m a fan of both ice cream AND frozen yogurt, and I actually don’t think I’ve ever tried sorbet (yipes!). I’m a sucker for the little additions to a cold treat like caramel, cookie dough, or Reese’s Cups!

January 24, 2013 01:15 AM
tiffanie said...

when i think about ice cream, i always think about grasshopper pie: lime sherbet and vanilla ice cream layered over a crust made from nabisco famous chocolate wafer crumbs. tastes like summer when i was 8.

January 24, 2013 01:15 AM
Margaret said...

I’ve jumped on the frozen yogurt bandwagon! That tart vanilla flavor gets me every time.

January 24, 2013 01:16 AM
Whitney W said...

I love all of them! Ice-cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt, they are all so yummy! How can I choose just one?

January 24, 2013 01:19 AM
Michelle Naomi said...

ok now I want to go to Ohio. I’m not sure I’ve ever said that before….

influenza ice cream?! brilliant.

January 24, 2013 01:19 AM
Kate W. said...

right now I am in love with cookies ‘n’ cream!

January 24, 2013 01:19 AM
Julia Santy said...

Ice cream of course, although I do love frozen yogurt and sorbet, but nothing is better than a warm brownie, yummy ice cream and hot fudge! And maybe some whipped cream and a cherry ;)
Jeni’s ice cream looks amazing though, I hope I get a chance to try it sometime!

January 24, 2013 01:20 AM
Jen L-N said...

I’m all about gelato! But a deliciously rich ice cream comes close!

January 24, 2013 01:21 AM
Stacy Sprouse said...

I used to love ice cream, but it did not love me back too well due to allergies…lol, but my aunt, who has a seizure disorder and lives with us LOVES ice cream, especially anything with chocolate and peaches. It helps her to relax and have less of an issue with having her seizures. So I would love to create room in our freezer here in Missouri if we could win Jeni’s Ice Cream. Thanks for the contest!!

January 24, 2013 01:22 AM
Katelyn said...

I’m an ice girl! Cookie dough had been my fav since I was a kid :)

January 24, 2013 01:22 AM
Veronica Place said...

I LOVE ice cream! Almost any flavor, almost any time, I love to try it all! I got hooked as a kid in Texas, and now I love to try different kinds of frozen treats everyplace we travel to! Italian gelato is one of my favorites…

January 24, 2013 01:24 AM
Warren Hershberger said...

I’m for Ice Cream.

January 24, 2013 01:25 AM
Rebeccah Fontaine said...

Ice cream. It’s 4 degrees here and I still had some!!!!

January 24, 2013 01:27 AM
Allie said...

I Love Jeni’s ice cream!! My favorite flavor was a summer seasonal one. It was something like, sweet corn-black raspberry. Incredible!

January 24, 2013 01:28 AM
Mariela Bragani said...

I would have to choose ice cream! My favorite flavor is chocolate :) or rocky road.

January 24, 2013 01:30 AM
esperanza carlos said...

i really love ice cream any flavor love it !!!!

January 24, 2013 01:32 AM
Nadika said...

I’m all about the ice cream..all year ’round Mint chocolate chip in a cone will never do me wrong :) but always like to try new.flavor combos..never know what I may love til I try

January 24, 2013 01:34 AM
Monique said...

Can’t lie. I’m a sucker for peanut frozen yogurt. BUT ice cream all the way!

January 24, 2013 01:36 AM
nikki said...

ice cream!

January 24, 2013 01:40 AM
Stephanie Y said...

I must say while I love all three, I can’t resist the creamy-ness of ice cream! I love ones with pieces of ice cream cones or candied nuts in them!

January 24, 2013 01:42 AM
Tara said...

Definitely frozen yogurt with fresh berries!

January 24, 2013 01:44 AM
bianca @ sweet dreaming said...

i looove frozen yogurt! especially when you can go crazy with the toppings

January 24, 2013 01:45 AM
Raysa said...

I scream for Ice cream! Favorite flavors Egg Nog and Dulce de leche! Judging by the names of Jenni’s ice creams names I might just have a some new favorites ….maple walnut,almond brittle,pistachio and honey?!? Oh my!

January 24, 2013 01:46 AM
Meghan Van Cleave said...

Any time I get a nasty sweet tooth I like to run down to a special frozen yogurt place with my best girlfriend and sample their new flavors, choose the best ones, top them w any goodies we feel the need to toss on there and chowder down! There is nothing sweeter. :o)

January 24, 2013 01:47 AM
Phyllis said...

Hands down it is ice cream!!! I love plain vanilla the most (Umpqua Dairy). But right now caramel cone has me hooked!

January 24, 2013 01:48 AM
Amanda Solt said...

I love it all!! Especially with chunks!!

January 24, 2013 01:50 AM
Yasmin Bennett said...

Definitely all about ice cream! I love the buckeye ice cream at Jenni’s. Bought her cookbook and have attempted to make my own at home.

January 24, 2013 01:50 AM
Tiffany Horton said...

It’s a tie between frozen custard and frozen yogurt! They are both delish!

January 24, 2013 01:56 AM
Cathy Helmle said...

I’m all about ice cream! But hands down I love me some frozen yogurt!

January 24, 2013 02:02 AM
Misty said...

I love ice cream! Peppermint is my fav. Frozen yogurt is good too. Love ‘em both.

January 24, 2013 02:02 AM
Fern said...

ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!! and a close second to frozen yogurt. cookies & cream, strawberry, awesome pumpkin crunch during the holidays…yum!

January 24, 2013 02:04 AM
Jennie said...

I love a classic frozen yogurt filled with fresh fruit.

January 24, 2013 02:04 AM
Kris Lopez said...

I love ice cream! As long as it has chocolate in it!

January 24, 2013 02:05 AM
Tara K said...

I am all about the ice cream. Frozen milk treats full of sugar and delicious flavors, yes give me more! I can’t believe that I didn’t know I could get Jeni’s locally here in Austin,TX. According to the website a store not 5 miles from my home stocks it by the pint. Seeing as how it’s almost 80 here this week I think we’ll just have to go check that out. I could use a tasty frozen treat.

January 24, 2013 02:06 AM
Kristine said...

We all scream for ice cream! :)

January 24, 2013 02:06 AM
Elya said...

Oh goodness, all of them are so delicious, but I’d have to go with ice cream! Especially blueberry cheesecake from another local ice creamery in Ohio. Wish I could visit Ohio again soon to explore this delightful looking place!

January 24, 2013 02:08 AM
Spritely Stephanie said...

I love all variations of frozen delicious dessert :)
I’ve been lucky enough to be at a jenis and I’m sad to say I could do with some of that influenza sorbet right about now!

I love pairing the salty caramel with either the dark chocolate or the black coffee – or having all three together :D

January 24, 2013 02:11 AM
Mikayla@myfairbaking said...

I go for the froyo when I’m pretending it’s healthy but other than that, a honking scoop of chocolate gelato makes my day better.

January 24, 2013 02:12 AM
lexie said...

I’m totally a ice cream girl! Want to taste all of the 17 flavors!

January 24, 2013 02:12 AM
Casey said...

Definitely ice cream!!

January 24, 2013 02:12 AM
Kelsea Beth said...

I am all about ice cream and full on frozen yogurt! I like them both!

January 24, 2013 02:14 AM
Vivian said...

I love frozen yogurt but sometimes you just gotta have ice cream. Salted Caramel and Pistachio & Honey sound delightful.

January 24, 2013 02:15 AM
Carrie said...

I love them all it just depends on the mood I’m in. Blood orange sorbet is tasty and frozen yogurt can be so smooth. However I love the variety that ice cream flavors can have and the smoothness….especially Jeni’s looks so interesting and I would love to try them all!!

January 24, 2013 02:15 AM
Alex Tenney said...

Great post! I’ve had the salty caramel and it is amazing!! To answer the question, I am for ice cream all the way. Go big or go home!

January 24, 2013 02:16 AM
Colie Sanchez said...

It all sounds delicious but I couldn’t have any since I’m vegan :(
my favorite ice cream is soy delicious peanut butter and chocolate :D mmm

January 24, 2013 02:17 AM
Shawn Byrne! said...

Chocolate moose tracks! Yummy!

January 24, 2013 02:18 AM
Katherine said...

Love sorbet!! I’ve never had Jeni’s but would love to try it after reading your post!

January 24, 2013 02:18 AM
Davida Bame said...

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!! I love any chocolate and peanut butter ice cream!! I haven’t had the pleasure of trying Jeni’s because I’m in Southern California but I drool over all the pictures ;)

January 24, 2013 02:18 AM
Emily C, said...

It’s definitely ICE CREAM!!!! I can eat ice cream forever. and ever. and ever. I love classic ice cream sandwiches and of course homemade ice cream/ice cream sandwiches.

There are some great ice cream shops here in San Francisco (BiRite, Humphry Slocombe, Mitchell’s, etc) so I’m hoping I can compare! It would be great to be sharing all 17 pints with my friends while watching the SUPERBOWL! (go niners!)

January 24, 2013 02:20 AM
Kaitlyn said...

I like all of them, but frozen yogurt is my favorite! YUM! This ice cream looks incredible though, wow!!

January 24, 2013 02:24 AM
Mellie said...

Ice cream is my favorite dessert, period. Here in L.A. we have a local chain at the Rite Aid drug stores called “Thrifty’s,” which makes chocolate malted crunch (basically chocolate ice cream with small malted bits mixed in). I could eat that every day. I just found out about a gelato place in Santa Monica that has 100s of flavors. I could live there, if I could. :-)

But I digress. Ice cream sundae with all the trimmings. Winner!

January 24, 2013 02:25 AM
Kandie M said...

I love ice cream, but there is 1 thing that I get cravings for and that is “cold fruity stuff”! So I’m a sorbet girl at heart!

January 24, 2013 02:28 AM
Tracie S. said...

Ice Cream please, especially anything with salted caramel or dark chocolate!

January 24, 2013 02:28 AM
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