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.

Yogurt

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.

Eaten

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.

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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:

BANGKOK PEANUT • BLACK COFFEE • BRAMBLEBERRY CRISP • BROWN BUTTER ALMOND BRITTLE • CHERRY LAMBIC SORBET • DARK CHOCOLATE • GOAT CHEESE WITH RED CHERRIES • LEMON FROZEN YOGURT • PISTACHIO & HONEY • QUEEN CITY CAYENNE • RIESLING POACHED PEAR SORBET • SALTY CARAMEL • THE BUCKEYE STATE • THE MILKIEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD • UGANDAN VANILLA BEAN • WHISKEY & PECANS • WILDBERRY LAVENDER

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.

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Cindy Brickley said...

My Hubby is all about ice cream, and I’m serious for sorbet. I would love to try her ice cream and I’m going over to check out her recipes.

January 24, 2013 06:11 AM
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Mel said...

This has to be one of the best giveaways..ever. I love ice cream, and I love every flavor. I do love all these frozen yogurt places that are popping up ,as well. I wish I had my own topping bar! Nothing makes you feel better than sitting down with a couple of scoops of frozen cream (especially if it has chocolate in it).

January 24, 2013 06:13 AM
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becky w. said...

I love Jeni’s Ice Cream!!! I’m more of an ice cream fan, but sorbets and frozen yogurts come very close. She has a seasonal flavor “The Black Forest” that I love. I also tried the Rainbow Frozen Yogurt recently, and it was amazing. Thanks for putting on this contest!

January 24, 2013 06:15 AM
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Lisa said...

Ice cream is my choice. Plain ole pistachio is my favorite!

January 24, 2013 06:17 AM
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Teki said...

I’d say ice cream but the fact is I’m kind of a whore for any thing that says “salted caramel”! NOM!

January 24, 2013 06:19 AM
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Niki Castillo said...

Ice cream! The pistachio honey sounds like it would be right down my alley. Yum!

January 24, 2013 06:19 AM
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Iris said...

I never really cared for ice cream until I married my hubby. Now it’s one of my favorites and I love strawberry!

January 24, 2013 06:19 AM
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Pen said...

Bring on the ice cream:)

January 24, 2013 06:22 AM
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Laura said...

Ice cream is the best! Love it all ways, but especially ice cream sandwiches with chocolate chip cookies or brownies.

January 24, 2013 06:24 AM
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Barbara said...

Ice Cream by far my favorite. I think I would be in real trouble if I lived within a days drive of this place.

January 24, 2013 06:27 AM
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Debra said...

Best giveaway ever!!!! I’m all about ice cream and I LOVE trying different kinds.

January 24, 2013 06:27 AM
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Chrissy said...

It’s hard to pick between Ice Cream and FroYo!! But I think if it’s a really good flavor–super decadent–then it has to be ice cream!!

January 24, 2013 06:29 AM
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Jill Ecker said...

Oh, my! All about the ice cream!!

January 24, 2013 06:32 AM
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Emily Harper said...

Ice cream, yum!

January 24, 2013 06:32 AM
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Christi G said...

Favorite frozen treat….hand’s down is ice cream! I love ice cream with chunks of goodness like cheesecake or peanut butter. Jeni’s Maple Walnut sounds AMAZING! You can’t go wrong with ice cream. :)

January 24, 2013 06:33 AM
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Sarah K. said...

Are you and Jenny long lost sisters? You look so much alike. I like frozen bananas. I cut them up and freeze them. I like the creaminess of frozen bananas.

January 24, 2013 06:34 AM
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Corvus said...

Ice cream. Totally ice cream. Also, whiskey and pecans? Oh my!

January 24, 2013 06:34 AM
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sandy from mi said...

I am an ice cream freak! Love them all but always had a soft spot for rocky road! Romantic story!

January 24, 2013 06:37 AM
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Ashley said...

I am definitely an ice cream lover! The richer the better. Last summer, I made my favorite flavor ever: a salted maple butter pecan. Delicious!

We often visit Columbus and have never heard of Jeni’s, thanks so much for sharing!

January 24, 2013 06:39 AM
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Shari N said...

I am an ice cream girl all the way!!! I can’t even imagine 17 pints all different flavors — I would be in ice cream heaven!

January 24, 2013 06:40 AM
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Diane Emmich said...

If I am buying in the store, I would have to say frozen yogurt. BUT if I am making it, it would be my goat’s milk ice cream – YUM!! Nothing better than that!!

January 24, 2013 06:40 AM
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Marcea said...

I live in Columbus and I havent had Jeni’s yet!! I love icecream and maple walnut is one of my favorites (from friendlys) My family and I would love to win this and sample their icecreams. Thank you! Glad you girls had fun!

January 24, 2013 06:47 AM
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Phyllis said...

I scream for ice cream

January 24, 2013 06:47 AM
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Patty Hi said...

It is all about the different variations/mis of flavors using chocolate, whether it is a frozen treat, sorbet or ice cream. It is worth cheating while being on a diet. Feels more rewarding instead of feeling guilty. Diet can always continue tomorrow.

January 24, 2013 06:48 AM
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Beth @ Hungry Happenings said...

Just made homemade milkshakes last night. Mine was strawberry and banana, my husband enjoyed chocolate and our exchange student had straight up strawberry. I could never choose my favorite flavor but raspberry chocolate chip would be at the top of my list.

January 24, 2013 06:48 AM
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Lia said...

Ice cream all the way. I live the Haagen Daaz Pepperming Bark that is seasonal around Christmas. And I do love a good salted caramel ice cream. Yum!

January 24, 2013 06:49 AM
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chris said...

I am all about ice cream and have a mall scoop (served in an antique wine glass) almost every night. I’ve never tried Jeni’s, but would love to!!!

January 24, 2013 06:50 AM
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Rachel said...

I’m all about the ice cream!

January 24, 2013 06:51 AM
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Stephanie C. Morrison said...

I’m a good ol’ fashioned ice cream gal. I love flavors of all types, the more exotic the better, but a scoop if vanilla and a few shakes of mr. Sprinkles makes all things happy! The others are good, and I love coconut sorbet…after a bowl of ice cream! : )

January 24, 2013 06:52 AM
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Brandi Davis Bryant said...

I scream for ICE CREAM! My absolute favorite. My favorite is vanilla because you can add caramel and nuts and for a few moments you’re on cloud nine. I would love to win. I have my eyes on the salty caramel, almond brittle, and brown butter. YUM! Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

January 24, 2013 06:53 AM
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Tiffany said...

I live in Ohio and Jeni’s is our FAVORITE!! My husband and I like the Salty Caramel…but we’ve only tried a few and loved them all!!!! So glad you stopped in and loved it. GO BUCKEYES!!! OH….IO!!!

January 24, 2013 06:56 AM
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Julia said...

LOVE ice cream…even in winter! Chocolate peanut butter is awesome but my fav is pumpkin pie ice cream!!!! Can’t wait until next fall to eat that again!!! :)

January 24, 2013 06:57 AM
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Laura said...

I like gelato when I can find it but ice cream is a good substitute. :)

January 24, 2013 06:57 AM
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Ms. Amy said...

Oh, I am all about the ice cream. My favorite everyday flavor is mint chocolate chip. My favorite Jeni’s flavor is the Bangkok Peanut. Yum!

January 24, 2013 06:59 AM
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Carrie @ poet in the pantry said...

I love, love, love ice cream! Sorbet is nice, frozen yogurt, too, but give me the full-on flavor of ice cream! Yum!

January 24, 2013 06:59 AM
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Kaaren said...

I love ice cream! Butterpecan or B&J’s Chunky Monkey.

January 24, 2013 07:00 AM
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taryn said...

Oooh, ice cream for sure. That wonderful, rich, creamy goodness. Yes! Oh this one’s hard though, because sometimes a nice tangy sorbet is the only way to go. I think I’m sticking with ice cream. Definitely ice cream.

January 24, 2013 07:00 AM
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Amber C said...

I’m all about ice cream!!! I love trying new flavors!! My favorites are mint chocolate chip and moose tracks! :)

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

Totally ice cream! And gosh those sound amazing!! XD

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

How much fun!! Ice cream is my fav but I will eat it all! :)

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

I scream you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!

January 24, 2013 07:01 AM
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Stacey Surguy said...

There just isn’t a problem that ice cream can’t fix for me – its my favorite!

It took my husband a few years but he finally figured out that he can almost always change a bad mood by offering ice cream. Right in the middle of an argument he’ll say “do you want some ice cream?”!

January 24, 2013 07:02 AM
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Dawn said...

There’s always room in my freezer for ice cream! Or sorbet. Or frozen yogurt. I don’t discriminate – I love them all. If I had to choose just one though, ice cream hands down! Chocolate and coffee are my favorite flavors, but I’ve yet to meet a flavor I didn’t like.

January 24, 2013 07:02 AM
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Kris said...

Ice Cream ANY time of year! I live in the Pacific NW and even if it’s snowing out I love a good creamy ice cream treat. I’ve made my own before but not as gourmet as these in your blog entry….wow (and num)!!

January 24, 2013 07:02 AM
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tammy d. said...

All about ice cream! Chocolate is my fave.

January 24, 2013 07:03 AM
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Kate said...

Ice cream for sure! The chunkier the better, as long as there are no nuts… I love a good fudge brownie mix-in… THANKS for the giveaways!!!

January 24, 2013 07:03 AM
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Anne said...

I’m all about ice cream… anything rich dark and chocolatey. My favorite frozen treat is probably a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich. Yum!

January 24, 2013 07:03 AM
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Cheryl W. said...

I am an ice cream lover!!! And also frozen yogurt!

January 24, 2013 07:03 AM
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Cindy said...

The best ice cream is Blue Bell and I’m only able to have it when I’m visiting my sister in Alabama. It’s a southern thing? Pumpkin Praline is amazing. Mitchell’s peanut butter malts here in Ohio are a close second. If i won this, i would be at Jenni’s the next day. Thanks so much for the give away!!

January 24, 2013 07:04 AM
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ashley said...

hi:) im all about ice cream:)but i dont mind sorbet and froyo;)

January 24, 2013 07:05 AM
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Cindy M L said...

Love Love Love icecream!! To try that many different flavors would be a dream come true!!

January 24, 2013 07:05 AM
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michelle said...

Chocolate or vanilla fro yo! Pretty much any other flavor can be included. I would say thick creamy homemade ice cream would be my next favorite!

January 24, 2013 07:06 AM
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Annie S said...

Oooh I would love to try the Influenza Sorbet. It sounds perfect right for my nasty cold

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

Love love love ice cream! Jenni’s is a favorite but I don’t get it often

January 24, 2013 07:07 AM
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Alana said...

Love, lovem, love ice cream!!! When my husband and I lived in Louisville I got addicted to Graeters! Who can resist it? My favorite has to be chocolate!

January 24, 2013 07:10 AM
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Jan said...

My favorite at the moment is Talenti’s Sea Salt Caramel Gelato. The best stuff I’ve ever eaten.

January 24, 2013 07:11 AM
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Lisa said...

I don’t discriminate! I love all frozen treats! And these look phenomenal.

January 24, 2013 07:12 AM
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Lily's Mom said...

I scream for ice cream — no contest!

January 24, 2013 07:12 AM
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Megan LaBelle said...

I am an ice cream person all the way! Anything with chocolate and peanut butter is my absolute favorite!

January 24, 2013 07:13 AM
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SheilaB said...

LOVE ice cream! Never had Jeni’s…all those flavors sound yummy!

January 24, 2013 07:13 AM
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Jessica Rivera said...

Ice cream!! Creamy, sweet, with a swirl of something and some crunch!! 17 pints of Jeni’s is a dream come true!!

January 24, 2013 07:14 AM
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Esther said...

I can go with ANYTHING frozen – frozen desserts in general are my favorite – but I can’t live without my icecream. I always have an emergency stash in the freezer year round (and my mom and sisters all know this)!

January 24, 2013 07:15 AM
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Diane said...

Ice cream – Moosetracks does it for me!

January 24, 2013 07:15 AM
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Aimee @ ShugarySweets said...

I am totally all about ice cream. I live in cincinnati, i had no idea Jeni’s is in Ohio!! Will have to find one. Soon!!!

January 24, 2013 07:15 AM
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Megan Snyder said...

Ice cream in the winter! Sorbet and champagne in the summer!!!! Ifirst love a rich sweet vanilla, but then I love crazy combinations too! so I pretty much love it all!

January 24, 2013 07:15 AM
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andrea y. said...

I love ice cream, sorbets and frozen yogurt! oooo my favorite has to be a gourmet pumpkin pie – ya know with bits of crust in it too…. OMG! yum!

January 24, 2013 07:15 AM
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lizk said...

Ice Cream :-)

January 24, 2013 07:15 AM
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Hannah said...

It’s a close race between ice cream and frozen yogurt for me to choose a favorite, but since I try to live a healthy lifestyle I must go with the frozen yogurt. I really enjoy Greek frozen yogurt because it is creamier and thicker than regular frozen yogurt, and it also has a tang to it that’s tasty. When I indulge, however, I enjoy good old fashioned vanilla bean ice cream and homemade peach ice cream :)

January 24, 2013 07:16 AM
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Elissa said...

I do love me some frozen yogurt but there’s nothing like real good ice cream.

January 24, 2013 07:16 AM
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Lisab said...

Love sorbets! The influenza sorbet is a great idea – cayenne pepper should kick that bug away. This makes me want to travel to Ohio! Looks like you all had a terrific time.

January 24, 2013 07:16 AM
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Susan Comer said...

Ice cream is my favorite!! I live a mile from Jennis in Powell I try to have it only monthly but it is so hard to pass up.

January 24, 2013 07:17 AM
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koren said...

I love my Ice cream, I also love the sorbet and yogurt as well. I would have to say fav. is Coffee not sure if it’s because i grew up in a state where coffee seems to be king or what.

I wanna know how you take such amazing pictures they are wonderful!

January 24, 2013 07:17 AM
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Katie said...

Love love love ice cream! Chocolate Peanut Butter for sure! This looks great! Awesome giveaway!

January 24, 2013 07:17 AM
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Michele C said...

Who won’t love all these wonderful flavors! Yum!

January 24, 2013 07:17 AM
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Tara said...

My family is all ice cream, but *I* am a sorbet girl, which means some of that cherry lambic sorbet needs to make it to my tummy STAT!

January 24, 2013 07:18 AM
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Ladywild said...

I usually love frozen yogurt. Good stuff, not the junk you find in many shops. I want it tart and tangy. Texture must be firm. Full of flavor

January 24, 2013 07:18 AM
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Anne Trinosky said...

Ice Cream, for sure Ice Cream!! All most any kind, I love trying new kinds and Jeni’s has some fabulous sounding flavors that would be fun to try : ) I even love ice cream in the winter, hope I win!!

January 24, 2013 07:18 AM
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Bernice Madsen said...

I love sorbet. I can’t get enough of the tartness from a yummy fruity flavor.

January 24, 2013 07:18 AM
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Amy c said...

I love them all but if I had to pick just one right now, I’d have to pick ice cream (there a really good black raspberry ice cream with dark chocolate chunks that’s currently my fav). Been dying to try Jeni’s for a while – thanks for the opportunity!!!

January 24, 2013 07:19 AM
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Neonmoon said...

Ice cream!

January 24, 2013 07:19 AM
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Anna Benjamin said...

The husband unit is all about ice cream. He loves it more than anything (I am making an ice cream cake for his birthday today). We go through nearly a gallon a week here :)

January 24, 2013 07:19 AM
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Tammie said...

I’m all about the ICE CREAM…banana is my favorite!

January 24, 2013 07:19 AM
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Edie said...

Ice Cream is definitely my favorite! I wish I had a Jeni’s near me… the ice cream looks amazing!

January 24, 2013 07:21 AM
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Sarah said...

I’m a gelato fan– all the way! :)

January 24, 2013 07:22 AM
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Kim B. said...

I’m a maple walnut ice cream fan from way back and it looks so good. Anything with chocolate and nuts is for me. That brown butter almond brittle looks amazing!

January 24, 2013 07:23 AM
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Annie said...

We are ice cream people at my house….we always have at least 2 gallons of the stuff……looking to get a deep freezer (chest style) to hold more :)

January 24, 2013 07:23 AM
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Pattycakes said...

What a fun getaway! I have tried Jenni’s ice cream and it is to DIE FOR!! I do a lot of fat free frozen yogurt but once in a while the goat cheese with cherries from Jenni’s. I love that you can get small sizes. :)

January 24, 2013 07:24 AM
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abby said...

all about ice cream! definitely my favorite frozen treat by far. i’ll eat it any time of year.

January 24, 2013 07:24 AM
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leighann_marquiss@yahoo.com said...

Love ice cream, for sure! Jeni’s is only 3 hours from me. If I don’t win, I’ll have to make a day trip!

January 24, 2013 07:25 AM
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Denise Fuentes said...

Wow! does this look incredible and is making my mouth water!
If its sweet and frozen, sign me up. I change depending on my mood. I do a lot of frozen yogurt but sometimes a girl is just in the mood for something creamier so I spring for Ice Cream and other times Sorbet (typically on a hot summer day) is what calls out for me ;)

January 24, 2013 07:26 AM
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Vanessa S said...

I’m definitely all about ice cream! Especially after reading this blog post and seeing all the yummy pictures and flavors!

January 24, 2013 07:26 AM
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Erin Vogt said...

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! I was born in Vermont, raised on Ben & Jerry’s…. Ice cream is my ultimate comfort food – a little goes a long way! I’d love an opportunity to justify our extra freezer to my husband. ;)

January 24, 2013 07:27 AM
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angelemsparkles said...

Always sorbet, and preferably from G&D’s in Oxford http://www.gdcafe.com Nowhere does it better. Well, apart from my Mum!

January 24, 2013 07:28 AM
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Tenessa said...

Definitely icecream!!! I also love Klondike Bars! Really interested in the Bangkok Peanut Flavor! Yum!!

January 24, 2013 07:28 AM
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Jennifer said...

Ice cream, always.

January 24, 2013 07:29 AM
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Alex said...

Thanks for this giveaway. I love any frozen treat- ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt. But my favorite flavors are chai, green tea, rose, or chocolate covered strawberry. YUM!

January 24, 2013 07:30 AM
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Susan said...

OMG! What I wouldn’t give to win this for my husband, a true lover of ice-cream. Our freezer is full of the lovely concoction just for him. I even had to buy an ice cream maker to make the ice cream he used to eat in Peru. Winning this would be the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift.

January 24, 2013 07:31 AM
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Melissa said...

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Icecream! In any form of chocolate, of course! ;)

January 24, 2013 07:33 AM
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Mrs. B said...

I never liked ice cream until I was prego with my first baby! But now, I love it! Right now I’m on a candy cane ice cream kick…but it too is seasonal and will soon be gone! Great giveaway!

January 24, 2013 07:33 AM
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Katie said...

I love ice cream and frozen yogurt. It will always be my dessert of choice. All flavors excite me!

January 24, 2013 07:33 AM
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