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.

Barbie Holt said...

I am an ice cream girl all the way and if it has oreos in it, then it’s perfection.

January 24, 2013 02:30 AM
vivian said...

you can’t go wrong with ice cream! (:
love love love mint and chip or coffee

January 24, 2013 02:36 AM
Chiara said...

I love me some ice cream, but frozen yogurt stole my heart when we had a shop open up in our small little town! My favorite, however, is definitely gelato. I love how thick and filling it is compared to ice cream or yogurt; helps me make sure I don’t over-indulge! (;

January 24, 2013 02:36 AM
sarah reyna said...

if i had to choose i would have to say full on frozen yogurt! but thruthfully i love them all…its kinda hard not to take the ice cream and sobet…

January 24, 2013 02:39 AM
Marianne Lim said...

I love it all, but ice cream is my preference!

January 24, 2013 02:40 AM
Anna Go said...

I love ice cream! My favorite ice cream flavor in the world is Pistachio. Salty Caramel ice cream sounds heavenly. <3 I'd love to win!!

January 24, 2013 02:48 AM
Crystal B said...

Im all about Ice cream!! Even tho I do love the occasional sorbet and frozen yogurt. My two favs are the classic chocolate chip cookie dough and also I love coffee & French vanilla ice cream mixed together with cookie dough pieces! Yum yum! Lol

January 24, 2013 02:50 AM
Andrea Berriozabal said...

I’m a total fan!! I love all of them but I’d have to say ice cream! My favorite is a coffee with chocolate swirl and almonds yummm. Yes, I’m starting to salivate.

January 24, 2013 02:51 AM
Carol said...

I love ice cream! Mint chocolate ice cream is my weakness and anything dark chocolate. Mmmm. Now I want ice cream!

I have never been to Ohio but if I ever leave Hawaii and head out that way, I’d love to try it! The way you’ve described her ice cream really makes me jealous! I’d love to try some!

January 24, 2013 02:52 AM
Nicole O. said...

I’m all about ice cream! There’s an insane amount of variety out there and I wish I could try it all! My favorite frozen treat would have to be anything that tastes like cheesecake!

January 24, 2013 03:01 AM
Amna Harb said...

Loooooooove ice cream or anything frozen.. I eat ice cream for breakfast.. I have tried eating ice cream in too many ways.. In Italy I had ice cream “gelato” in sweet bread (Italian ice cream sandwich)

January 24, 2013 03:02 AM
Kim Parrott said...

Ultimate ice cream favorite is chocolate almond, but it’s hard to go wrong with ice cream. I am also crazy about lemon ice (Brocato’s in New Orleans) and sorbets.

January 24, 2013 03:03 AM
Casey said...

My fave frozen treat is almond joy ice cream. :)

January 24, 2013 03:05 AM
Laura said...

This place looks absolutely adorable! Brilliant design, fabulous ice cream, and a fantastic business. Well done all around!

January 24, 2013 03:06 AM
Amber said...

I am usually an ice cream fan with one exception: an orange sorbet with dark chocolate shavings and Cointreau.
It’s called Tango and made by Mora Iced Cream in Bainbridge Island, WA. Delish!

January 24, 2013 03:16 AM
Shelley said...

I’m more of a frozen yogurt kind of gal with fresh fruit on top but I’m a sucker for any kind of chocolate raspberry combo ice cream esp. If there is chunks of chocolate involved!! :)

January 24, 2013 03:17 AM
Nicole said...

I am a frozen yogurt gal!
Chocolate chip and health bar are my go to flavors

January 24, 2013 03:19 AM
Audrey han said...

Omg! I’m so excited about this giveaway! I almost want it more than I wanted the kitchen aid you gave away before : ) my preference is ice cream all the way, hands down!

January 24, 2013 03:20 AM
Jakki C said...

Ice cream lover! <3
I absolutely love Cookie Dough ice cream!
Ooh, with brownie chunks, whip cream and chocolate syrup!
Yum! (:

January 24, 2013 03:22 AM
Rachel Loesch said...

Wow! Looks like an awesome place, I wish there was one in Sacramento :)

I’m a fan of all 3 types of frozen treats, but if I had to put them in order of favorites: 1. Sorbet 2. Ice Cream 3. Yogurt.

I sure hope I’m the lucky winner, I’ll even buy an extra freezer if necessary :)

Thanks for the chance to win!!

January 24, 2013 03:22 AM
sher said...

Oh my !! I debated on even entering this….you see I have been working to get back to my ideal wait BUT I am learning a new life style that allows a treat every now and then and OHHHHHH what a treat this would be. I LOVE ice cream!

January 24, 2013 03:28 AM
Mimi said...

I’m a little too much about Ice Cream, which is why I’ve had to give up my skinny jeans, for now…

January 24, 2013 03:30 AM
nicole b. said...

I love it all! Rocky Road ice cream, watermelon sorbetto and Ben and Jerry’s raspberry and chocolate flavored Greek frozen yogurt. It’s all so delicious! I may have a cold treats problem…

January 24, 2013 03:30 AM
Isabella said...

I don’t have a Jeni’s anywhere near me, and those flavors sound fabulous! I am an ice cream girl, and so far Cold Stone Creamery’s Cake Batter ice cream with crushed Butterfingers is my favorite. Would sure love to try ALL of those 17 Jeni’s flavors, though!

January 24, 2013 03:32 AM
Paula said...

I LOVE ice cream!

January 24, 2013 03:32 AM
linsey said...

I Love Icecream! I would have to say my fav icecream treat would be a chocolate chip cookie sandwich! They are amazing! This little shop looks so yummy!! I live in california so it is quite far away, so i hope i win!! Those all look soo yummy! Thank you!

January 24, 2013 03:34 AM
Sarah B. said...

Ice cream!!! Well, really, I love all three. But you can’t beat ice cream!

January 24, 2013 03:34 AM
Kerri said...

I LOVE ice cream!!! It is my dessert of choice, with cheesecake a close second. My favorite flavor is cookie dough. I’d love to have more favorite flavors from Jeni’s!

January 24, 2013 03:36 AM
Lisa said...

Oh lord, Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is my obsession.

January 24, 2013 03:38 AM
Sandy w said...

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream. It’s all about the ice cream. Love sundaes, milkshakes, or plain in a bowl.

January 24, 2013 03:39 AM
Erin Thomas said...

Ice cream is the only way to go. Craved it with both of my pregnancy.

January 24, 2013 03:39 AM
Brandi said...

Love ice cream! My favorite is Blue Bell homemade vanilla. So good with pretzels. Thanks for the opportunity! Such a great giveaway.

January 24, 2013 03:41 AM
patti said...

i game for any — icecream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt. i’m passionate about fruit flavor (mango, lychee, lilikoi, coconut), but am game to try anything!

January 24, 2013 03:42 AM
EVA S. said...

Wow, this is one of the coolest giveaways I’ve ever seen!

For me, it’s gotta be ice cream with M&M (plain) sprinkled on top!!

January 24, 2013 03:44 AM
nancy said...

Ice cream! i usually try to have ice cream at least once a week. favorites are with chocolate or coffee.

January 24, 2013 03:44 AM
Bernice Molina said...

Ice cream all the way! My favorite all time frozen treat is Baskin Robbins German Chocolate Cake ice cream. If only they would bring it back!

January 24, 2013 03:45 AM
Josie said...

Lately I’ve really been into chocolate ice cream Klondike bars…soooo good!

January 24, 2013 03:50 AM
Noelle (fiestafacil) said...

That looks like SOOOO much fun!!


January 24, 2013 03:53 AM
Sophi said...

OMG that looks absolutely amazing!

January 24, 2013 03:56 AM
Sandra said...

Ice cream!!!!

January 24, 2013 03:56 AM
Miriam said...

I am absolutely in love with ice cream! My favorite treat is two scoops of cookies and cream in a freshly made waffle cone. Yum! :)

January 24, 2013 03:59 AM
Jinxi said...

Definitely all ice cream for me! My current favorite is the vanilla-chocolate-salted-caramel-swirl from Trader Joe’s :)

January 24, 2013 04:00 AM
Brenda said...

Ice Cream all the way!
My favorite flavor, back in the summer there was Blackberry Cobbler Ice Cream….boy was it good and I will be looking for ir again…..I would make room in my freezer for 17 pints of ice cream…never had Jeni’s…but now, I want too..

January 24, 2013 04:02 AM
Emilie in MN said...

I love ice cream, it is one of my very favorite foods on earth!!! This would be completely amazing to win!

January 24, 2013 04:04 AM
Michelle P said...

I LOVE Mint Chocolate Chip, and Orange sherbert just not mixed lol. Can’t wait til I’m in Ohio again to go try this place.

January 24, 2013 04:06 AM
ashley hunlock said...

Totally, 100% all about the ice cream! It could be plain, topped, and ice cream cake, fried… anyway! My husband is just as bad!

January 24, 2013 04:08 AM
Jayne said...

I wish wish wish I’m living there so i can get some. Sob. Oh well. Those amazing flavours are going to make someone so happy.

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

Ice cream is my favorite.. Vanilla based is a must.
But you would never see me turn down a frozen treat.
Love me some mint and vanilla right now. Very interesting flavors. Looks like pure fun.

January 24, 2013 04:14 AM
Jessica frost said...

My sister lives in Cbus so I knew exactly what this post was about by reading the title! I only tried the salted caramel and it was AMAZING!

I’m 100% ice cream girl, though gelato and yoghurt are good sometimes too. My favourite is just a nice creamy ice cream, no toppings or anything. I like frozen desserts over anything – I even put chocolate and marshmallows on the freezer!
I’m not a US resident but my sister is and I’m visiting in a few months so id give it to her if I was lucky enough to win!

January 24, 2013 04:14 AM
Evelyn said...

I have been hearing raves about Jeni’s ice cream for ages and haven’t been able to find it near me!! I love all frozen treats – ice cream, sorbet, or froyo.. I’m not picky ;)

January 24, 2013 04:16 AM
Meredith C said...

Ice cream. It goes with everything…cake, pie, hot fudge, caramel….a spoon!

January 24, 2013 04:17 AM
Kathy (Kangaroo Mama) said...

Hmmm, hard choice between ice cream and frozen yogurt but my guilty pleasure is frozen yogurt!

January 24, 2013 04:19 AM
Elizabeth @ Coppertop Kitchen said...

Ice cream!! The best flavor I ever tried was ginger at a little ice cream shop in Portland, Maine. Jeni’s flavors sound ah-ma-zing, I hope I win!!!

January 24, 2013 04:21 AM
Joyce Burgin said...

I am ALL ABOUT ice cream but I love frozen yogurt too, and I’m just starting to dabble in sorbet! Deep dark chocolate is always good, but I love just about anything.

January 24, 2013 04:25 AM
Danielle said...

Oh my, those flavors look delish! I’d have to go with sorbet being a fave, at least when you can get unusual flavors (Whole Foods has done some lavender and rose water ones which were great). But for my all time favorite frozen treat, I’d have to go with the old school Thrifty’s/Rite Aid mint chip/chocolate malted crunch double of my childhood (although that poached pear & riesling number looks awfully good!).

January 24, 2013 04:29 AM
Christina said...

Well. I’m into like ANY kind of icecream, sorbet, frozen yogurt or stuff like thank, love them and could eat them all summer long :-)

January 24, 2013 04:35 AM
The Ninja Baker said...

Matcha green tea soft serve ice cream is my absolute favorite. Next is the coffee flavor at San Francisco’s famed Ice Cream Bar…But if I ever get a chance to taste Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, I may be changing my tune =)

January 24, 2013 04:35 AM
Erin p. said...

Ice cream! I’m a sucker for a really good vanilla…or strawberry cheesecake.

January 24, 2013 04:37 AM
Becky A. said...

Depending on the day , I’m usually ALL about ICE CREAM , and sometimes full on Frozen Yogurt ( I admit , sometimes I have one of those ” I feel fat ” days , and opt for Frozen Yogurt instead….hehehe) But nothing beats the rich yummy-ness of Ice Cream. ( I was tickled pink to see Pistachio and Honey! YUM! )

My favorite Frozen dessert? Definately Ice Cream , but I love mine on top of a warm out of the oven Brownie ( corner piece of course!! ) Just when you think a brownie can’t be better , you get to the bottom where the brownie has been soaked in rich Vanilla Ice cream…..YUM-O

Thank you for offering such a nice giveaway!

January 24, 2013 04:53 AM
Donelle said...

LOVE ice cream! Sorbet and yogurt are yummy too but ice cream is my fav! Those flavors look DELISH!!!!

January 24, 2013 04:54 AM
Ruby said...

FroYo for this girl! Sometimes I’ll even have it for dinner like I did two nights ago ;)

January 24, 2013 04:58 AM
Hannah said...

I am all about ice cream. Love either vanilla bean or chocolate peanut butter.

January 24, 2013 04:59 AM
Shari from Ohio said...

Nothing beats the creaminess of ice cream…..

butter pecan with huge pieces of nuts!!!

January 24, 2013 05:02 AM
Yvonne B said...

I’m all about ice cream. Usually I go for the classics such as cookies n creme and mint chocolate chip, but lately banana flavored ice creams have been catching my eye. Especially Cold Stone’s Banana Caramel Crunch and Carl’s Jr’s Banana Chocolate Chip Shake…yum!!

January 24, 2013 05:03 AM
Sylvia T said...

I am all about the ice cream!! And those favors sound soooooo good!!

January 24, 2013 05:04 AM
tina Campbell said...

I love it all! Congrats to Jeni for making an awesome product!!!

January 24, 2013 05:08 AM
Sarah Masters said...

I love ice cream! This story made me want to drive from Akron, Ohio to Columbus for some jeni’s ice cream! It is currently 5:09 am so I will wait untill they open and be the first in line! :) My favorite ice cream is butter pecan! Yum!

January 24, 2013 05:11 AM
denice said...

I love ice cream! Ice cream scoop, ice cream cake, ice cream sandwich…

January 24, 2013 05:13 AM
Diana said...

I love it all! Ice cream in different forms and served in unique ways :) Always makes my belly happy :)

January 24, 2013 05:15 AM
Corinne said...

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream!

January 24, 2013 05:16 AM
Logan said...

Definitely ice cream! Especially when served with something warm like a brownie or chocolate chip cookie, yum!

January 24, 2013 05:23 AM
Tessa said...

I used to work in an ice cream store so I am all about the ice cream! Even being around it every day didn’t stop me from sampling all the time haha

January 24, 2013 05:26 AM
Winnie said...

I was just reading about her and the’influzenza” sorbet. It sounds like a frozen hot toddy! I love ice-cream, sorbet etc. I have a ice-cream machine, and a Ben & Jerry’s cookbook. I would say I am a lover of it for sure. I pick peaches in the summer so I can make peach ice-cream year long! Thanks for the chance to win.

January 24, 2013 05:31 AM
Ilene said...

I love real ice cream and I’d love to try every flavor of Jeni’s.

January 24, 2013 05:32 AM
Michelle Vandergrift said...

I scream for Ice Cream!

January 24, 2013 05:33 AM
Shane R. said...

My favorite frozen treat is chocolate frozen yogurt. I’m a huge frozen yogurt fan.

January 24, 2013 05:35 AM
Lori Clement said...

Definitely ice cream! I love mint chocolate chip the best, although when I was pregnant I couldn’t get enough chocolate!

January 24, 2013 05:38 AM
Edythe Nadler said...

Hmm, seems not too many people like sorbet,as much as I do. Pure clear flavors. However, 17 pints of ice cream don’t sound so bad. Thanks for the chance.

January 24, 2013 05:39 AM
Susan S. said...

All about the ice cream! Chocolate chip mint. Oreo. My favorite flavor from the shop around the corner in college was Turbo Chocolate. Jeni’s look scrumptious! Thanks for the giveaway!

January 24, 2013 05:39 AM
Mary Lou said...

Ice cream!! Anything with chocolate in it…. even better if it has peanut butter or caramel as well….!!

January 24, 2013 05:40 AM
Andi said...

I am an ice cream junkie! Love a rich dark chocolate scoop but seeing now how that influenza sorbet mentions the elixir of the Gods- bourbon, I could and SHOULD give it a whirl!

January 24, 2013 05:42 AM
Sabrina said...

Ice cream all the way! My favorite parts are the toppings: cherries, whipped dream, candy, brownies, caramel sauce, oh my! And cookie dough ice cream. Mmmmm.

January 24, 2013 05:42 AM
Jan said...

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate ice cream. Every night.

January 24, 2013 05:43 AM
Gigi said...

What a sweet giveaway! I love any kind of ice cream!!!!

January 24, 2013 05:45 AM
A.R. said...

Always been about the ice cream–when I travel I make it a point to try the ice cream wherever I go. Frozen yogurts been gaining some ground though :)

January 24, 2013 05:45 AM
Jen Graves said...

When it’s freshly made (as opposed to mass produced/store bought), my tummy knows no bounds :) I love a great sorbet, and they are so hard to come by in Iowa! That being said, ice cream has been my friend through good and bad times. I really just love well-made frozen treats of all kinds :) Those pints would totally fit into the new deep-freeze that we bought!

January 24, 2013 05:46 AM
Amy F. said...

Ice cream!!
And 17 pints??? Holy moley would I be a happy girl. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

January 24, 2013 05:49 AM
Valerie said...

All about the icecream….
although I’ve been known to mostly do frozen yogurt to watch the waistline. My husband and I (and now daughter too) are obsessed.

January 24, 2013 05:49 AM
Nancy said...

Yum! I love frozen yogurt but just slightly more than ice cream. :-)

January 24, 2013 05:54 AM
Sheryle said...

I’m all about ice cream – I love it!

Jeni’s does make some awesome ice cream. I’ve been in the Columbus area for about four years now and after driving by the Dublin store several times, finally stopped in one day last summer. The salted caramel ice cream is fabulous!!!!!

January 24, 2013 05:55 AM
Lindsay said...

I love them all, but prefer ice cream and usually eat yogurt. these flavors sound amazing!

January 24, 2013 05:55 AM
Marianne G. said...

Sorbet or sherbet in the summer, anything ice cream the rest of the year. I live 2 hours from jeni’s, just might have to take a field trip!

January 24, 2013 05:55 AM
Mary S. said...

I do love ice cream and coffee is my favorite flavor. I try to make it often in the summer months. Would love to try this ice cream!

January 24, 2013 05:56 AM
JustAnnie said...

I love ice cream!

January 24, 2013 05:58 AM
Rachel Loza said...

I LOVE Jeni’s! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE ice cream. Growing up, we would eat ice cream like every other day (and somehow I’m not overweight! ha!) My husband doesn’t understand my obsession with ice cream. But I can’t help it. I LOVE ice cream.

Jeni’s is (semi) local — we live in Akron, so not too far from Columbus. And we have one about 20 minutes from here.
But we also have a local ice cream place in cleveland called Mitchell’s. They use all locally sourced ingredients and it is amazing! :)

January 24, 2013 05:58 AM
Christy Q said...

It’s 5 degrees here and all I can think about now is those awesome flavors! ;) I love frozen yogurt and ice cream. Ice cream more during the fall and winter months and frozen yogurt during the spring and summer since it is so readily available then.

January 24, 2013 06:00 AM
Laurel said...

I love ice cream, with lots of whipped cream! Yumm!

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

I don’t discriminate :) Iove all frozen treats.

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

I love it all. Especially anything with chocolate!!

January 24, 2013 06:07 AM
Jamie said...

Ice cream all the way! :)

January 24, 2013 06:09 AM
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