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.

Amber F. said...

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream! I want this so badly, hahaha! The goat cheese sounds….amazing.

January 24, 2013 08:17 AM
MrsMichele said...

In Northern Michigan we’re ‘all about’ & ‘serious’, but NEVER ‘full enough of’ frozen delectables. Why heck, we’d toss out our winter supply of venison & beef just to make room! lol It’s only 1* here this am, who needs a freezer anyway?

January 24, 2013 08:18 AM
Maggie said...

I would FIND room in my freezer for 17 pints. WOW.

Anyways – love all frozen deliciousness. Probably ice cream the most, but I love a good frozen yogurt, and there are flavors of sorbet that make me want to sing. But ice-y, cream-y ice cream wins the final bout.

January 24, 2013 08:19 AM
renee said...

I like frozen yogurt, but a small cup of some rich ice cream is my favorite. So far, Ben and Jerry’s is my favorite. I haven’t tried Jeni’s, but I will definitely keep my eyes peeled!

January 24, 2013 08:19 AM
Claire said...

Frozen yogurt all the way! And my favorite treat is…….cupcakes. My friend is an amazing baker and she makes the most wonderful cupcakes!

January 24, 2013 08:19 AM
BeccaV said...

I LOVE ice cream, there is always some in my freezer, I would certainly make room for those 17 pints!
I love chocolate peanut butter and salty caramel!

January 24, 2013 08:20 AM
Erin Carlson said...

Never heard of jeni’s before, but it looks wonderfull!! I love ice cream, especially ice cream out at an ice cream place. It always seems more fun than eating it at home.

January 24, 2013 08:20 AM
maricela torres said...

I love both ice cream and sherbert they are both delicious.

January 24, 2013 08:21 AM
allison said...

I love ice cream cakes! Anything with sugar really… not picky as long as it hits the spot.

January 24, 2013 08:21 AM
Heather S said...

In the summer months I crave fruit popcicles. But I do love me some ice cream, especially the fruity flavors. I lived in Ohio and never heard about Jeni’s….why? Oh why?

January 24, 2013 08:21 AM
Cassy said...

Jeni’s! I went there for my first and only time in July of last year when I was visiting Ohio for my friend’s wedding. It was most excellent and I hope I get to go back again! I think my favorite was one of the sorbets. I just love a good sorbet with raspberry or strawberry.

January 24, 2013 08:21 AM
ba said...

Ice cream!! I love caramel and anything with coconut. Would love to give jeni’s a try!!

January 24, 2013 08:22 AM
Claire said...

Oops, was it a frozen treat? Sorry. My favorite frozen treat is pistachio bark. I love chocolate!

January 24, 2013 08:22 AM
Annie said...

Oh my goodness! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Anything rich and thick and full of oreos will do it for me, but ultimately, I don’t discriminate on flavor. :)

January 24, 2013 08:22 AM
Jen said...

Ice cream! And, I LOVE Jeni’s!!!

January 24, 2013 08:22 AM
Robin said...

I have loved jenis for years! I love all her ice cream, although her sorbets are amazing too!

January 24, 2013 08:22 AM
sylvia f. said...

It depends what mood I’m in. In the summer I LOVE sherberts, and fruity icecreams. But in all the other seasons I can eat Ice cream till I’m blue in the face.I have neve heard of Jeni’s Ice cream (living on the east coast) but I would love to try it.

January 24, 2013 08:22 AM
Robin said...

What a great giveaway! I personally love sorbet, especially lemon!

January 24, 2013 08:23 AM
Lynda M. said...

What a CUTE store!! I’m all about frozen treats…love them all, but real ice cream is my fave. I love a good ole hot fudge sundae :) Thanks for the giveaway!

January 24, 2013 08:23 AM
Leigh said...

ICE CREAM. We have a history together though I have had to take a break because of the calories but I miss her oh so much!

January 24, 2013 08:23 AM
Nikki M said...

They are all good, but of course, ICE CREAM is the best!! Anything flavor with chunks of dark chocolate. :)

January 24, 2013 08:23 AM
Robin @ our semi organic life said...

I am so jealous you got to meet Jeni! I really hoped i could last time I was there. her ice cream is the best! My favorite is the wildberry lavendar!

January 24, 2013 08:24 AM
April said...

Ice cream!!

January 24, 2013 08:24 AM
Caley said...

I like ice cream or frozen yogurt…or sherbert…or sorbet. Anything fruit-flavored!

January 24, 2013 08:24 AM
sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more said...

so sad I cannot win, those all look great!

January 24, 2013 08:24 AM
Julia Winik said...

Ice cream – yum
Coffee and caramel flavours – yummy!!

January 24, 2013 08:25 AM
Emily said...

I adore ice cream! I couldn’t live without it! Jeni’s flavors look delish!!!

January 24, 2013 08:25 AM
Rachel J said...

What an awesome giveaway! I moved away from Columbus in November and I miss Jeni’s terribly! I love ice cream no matter the season. Dark chocolate is my favorite flavor :)

January 24, 2013 08:26 AM
Zhaleh said...

I love buying ice cream, but when I go out I prefer the frozen yogurt by weight places, the experience is more fun :)

January 24, 2013 08:26 AM
Virginia said...

Icecream all the way. Frozen yogurt is good, but not as good as ice cream. The flavors sounds so yummy!

January 24, 2013 08:27 AM
wendy said...

Ice Cream is the best! Chocolate (i bet that dark chocolate was fabulous!) or strawberry with chocolate syrup and whipped cream – or just good old vanilla with some blackberry cobbler.. oh yum!!!

January 24, 2013 08:27 AM
Regina said...

ICE CREAM!!! This is the best giveaway I’ve ever entered. :)

January 24, 2013 08:28 AM
Gayl said...

I love ice cream, especially dark chocolate…mmmmm

January 24, 2013 08:28 AM
Jen said...

Love sorbet!!!! Mmmmmm raspberry sorbet is my all time fave!!!!

January 24, 2013 08:28 AM
Marilyn M. said...

Ice cream is my favorite with lots of goodies mixed in! Sunday is my birthday and what a treat this would be :) Think I am going to have to ask for Jeni’s book for a present! Thanks for the giveaway!

January 24, 2013 08:28 AM
Heather said...

Oh my goodness! I’m in live with all of those ice cream flavors. I couldn’t even begin to decide which sounded the best… Glad I don’t have to! I’ll take all 17 please!!! Lol!!! Thank you!!!!!

January 24, 2013 08:28 AM
Olivia @ Liv Lives Life said...

I love ALL of the things you listed! But I guess if I had to choose, my favorite is frozen yogurt. I especially love all of the toppings yogurt bars have! Thanks for the giveaway!

January 24, 2013 08:28 AM
Charlotte said...

I love ice cream..the more chocolate, and sweet chunks the better…cookie dough..mmmm!

January 24, 2013 08:28 AM
Heather said...

My family drove an hour to try Jeni’s ice cream this past summer at my brother’ s insistance! It was sooooo good. I had the whiskey pecan yummm! Would love to get some more!

January 24, 2013 08:28 AM
Nancy C said...

Its ice cream all the way! I love all flavors but eat a small dish of chocolate most every night while watching TV.

January 24, 2013 08:29 AM
Maggie said...

Frozen yogurt!! I love ice cream, but I could sit down with a pint of chocolate frozen yogurt (especially topped with cookie dough…)

January 24, 2013 08:29 AM
Wendy said...

Really? I have to choose? I guess I would pick ice cream, but I love sorbet and frozen yogurt too! I love vanilla ice cream with chocolate in it and nuts too.

January 24, 2013 08:29 AM
Ryan said...

Ice cream! Especially Jeni’s!

January 24, 2013 08:29 AM
Jeni said...

I love coffee ice cream but my waist line likes frozen yogurt!

January 24, 2013 08:29 AM
Julie S said...

I’m on an ice cream kick at the moment and cookie dough is probably my all time fav. Though I do love rainbow sherbert! Some things you should never outgrow :)

January 24, 2013 08:30 AM
Emily said...

Yum! Ice cream all the way. :-)

January 24, 2013 08:30 AM
Dolores said...

What a wonderful place! I have never tried Jeni’s but sure want to now! Always ice cream! I love the others too but ice cream is my absolute favorite and always what I reach for!

January 24, 2013 08:30 AM
marcy chaya said...

I love full flavor ice cream – especially PSU creamery – cookies n creme -favorite ever!

January 24, 2013 08:32 AM
Stephanie said...

I love anything! Depends on my mood and the weather. Right now I am feeling ICE CREAM…Tin Can Roof!! (You all look like you could be sisters!)

January 24, 2013 08:32 AM
Heidi said...

WooHoo! I have Jeni’s book and it is wonderful! Right now I could use some of that influenza sorbet. But I really love anything chocolate and peanut butter…bancock peanut mixed with the dark chocolate…? Yum!

January 24, 2013 08:32 AM
Lynette said...

I love, love, love ice cream! I’ve never had a flavor that I didn’t love!

January 24, 2013 08:32 AM
Wendy Koelling said...

Frozen custard… So creamy and rich and delicious :-)

January 24, 2013 08:33 AM
Jan ram said...

I love vanilla…just plain-ol-vanilla. You can always dress it up with what ever you are in the mood for. Mostly for me, I love to let it soften a wee bit and then mix it up! And jeni’s ice creams are so delicious…have her book too!

January 24, 2013 08:33 AM
Meredith said...

Love Jeni’s ice cream!!!! We stop there when we visit friends in Ohio. I scream for ice creeeeaaammmm.

January 24, 2013 08:33 AM
Shelly said...

I love frozen yogurt! I could eat so much of it but ice cream is a SPECIAL treat!

January 24, 2013 08:33 AM
Nikki said...

Ice Cream!!!! And I have room for 17 pints :)

January 24, 2013 08:34 AM
Jaime said...

It’s ice cream for me, and I love cookies and cream!

January 24, 2013 08:34 AM
bridget {bake at 350} said...


17 pints! Oh my word! I’ll MAKE them fit! I’m all about ice cream….but I’ll throw in some fro yo, too! ;)

Miss your sweet face!

January 24, 2013 08:34 AM
Jill said...

Ice cream, for sure!!!! Grew up on a dairy farm & my parents still make ice cream from scratch when all the 10 kids are back home, & the 40 grand kids! Grandpa even makes goats milk icecream & it’s awesome…we live in Dublin, Ohio & my kids BEG to go to Jeni’s everytime we go to the dublin library as we can walk there!!!!! Jeni’s goat cheese with cherries is to die for !!!!!!

January 24, 2013 08:34 AM
Nicky Fatis said...

I’m am definitely an ice cream girl. Mmmm…

January 24, 2013 08:35 AM
Nic said...

First of all, Jeni’s salted caramel is my absolute favorite!

But if I had to choose one frozen treat to eat for the rest of my life it would definitely be ice cream sandwiches. mmm

January 24, 2013 08:35 AM
Karen said...

All of those flavors sounds soooo good. I do love some ice cream, but it is my husband’s favorite thing to eat. Without fail, he adds it to our grocery list each week.

January 24, 2013 08:35 AM
Michelle said...

How can you possibly choose between three perfect choices? Ice Cream. Sorbet. Frozen Yogurt. All three are heavenly and deserve high honors. If I were stranded on a dessert (pun intended) island…I supposed I would choose cold, creamy Ice Cream!!!!


January 24, 2013 08:36 AM
Edith Bice said...

I could eat ice cream every day. Would love to visit and indulge myself the next time I am in Ohio. Hard to choose a favorite but anything with chocolate has to be right up there.

January 24, 2013 08:36 AM
Barb said...

Ice cream all the way! I’d make room in the freezer, trust me!

January 24, 2013 08:37 AM
crystal d said...

yum ice cream. my favorite is Stroh’s Bear Claw or anything with dark chocolate

January 24, 2013 08:37 AM
Emily said...

Oh I am drooling! It’s all about Ice Cream for me! (and I’ll MAKE room in my freezer for Jeni’s!)

January 24, 2013 08:38 AM
Tanea said...

Ice cream all day everyday! Butter pecan loaded with caramel topped off with a squirt of whipped cream. Yummy!

January 24, 2013 08:38 AM
Tracey said...

I love butter pecan ice cream. We used to pull the wagon up (who sat in it, I am not sure) and get it at the ice cream store when I was little. Fun times!

January 24, 2013 08:38 AM
Kely M said...

I’m all about ice cream!!! My favorite flavor is a homemade peanut butter that my Aunt and I made up when I was younger. Delish!!!

January 24, 2013 08:38 AM
Kacy said...

My favorite is a giant tie between Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked FroYo and TCBY’s waffle cone swirl with white chocolate mousse and whatever sorbet they have (especially good with watermelon or mango sorbet).
I just discovered your blog as I am taking a cake decorating class. You inspire a beginner like me with your amazing creations. Secondly, my father is a photographer is I have been looking at pictures all my life. Not that that makes me an expert but your images are simply wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

January 24, 2013 08:39 AM
Alexia said...

Being an Ohio girl, born and raised, who has since been transplanted elsewhere, I nearly cried when I saw Jeni’s in your blog post. When I was in grad school at Ohio State, Jeni’s was a favorite treat in between thesis writing and classes. My favorites are the Cherry Lambic and Reisling Pear. They make a lovely combo that I could eat until I exploded!

January 24, 2013 08:40 AM
Kimberly Zingale said...

I scream for ice cream. I love soft serve, but Jeni’s is awesome! We have her cookbook and have made several kinds so far–they all turn out great!

January 24, 2013 08:40 AM
Vicky said...

Totally ice cream…peppermint or coconut are my usual favorites, although of course those are typically seasonal flavors so during the spring and fall I have to suffer. :)

January 24, 2013 08:40 AM
Amanda said...

LOVE Ice Cream!!! It’s the best when you get it to melt a little, stir it all together so it’s smooth, then eat it.

January 24, 2013 08:41 AM
Jen Y said...

Pick me!! What a sweet giveaway. I’d love to win.

January 24, 2013 08:41 AM
Nancy said...

Ice cream of any sort but if I had to choose it would be pistachio.

January 24, 2013 08:41 AM
Julie said...

I love sorbet! Summer fruits are my favorite!

January 24, 2013 08:41 AM
Nicole G said...

I love ALL frozen treats! I would never turn one down, it’s a weakness.
My local frozen yogurt shop has a white chocolate mouse in between two chocolate chip cookies and they always keep it stocked in their cooler!! Such bliss!!
So feel free to send 17 pints to Florida they will not go to waste!! <3

January 24, 2013 08:41 AM
Jennifer Spencer said...

Hands down ice cream. While others are delicious nothing compares to the creamy goodness of ice cream.

January 24, 2013 08:42 AM
Patricia said...

I am a total frozen treat fanatic!! I love ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt. Its all my weekness! I can’t pick a favorite, but in school we made a creme fraiche and raspberry swirl ice cream last week that had me levitating. So creamy and delicious. :)

January 24, 2013 08:42 AM
Kim Patterson said...

Oh boy, do I love ice cream. I still remember churning homeade peach ice cream with my dad in the summer. I was always stealing the rock salt. Speaking of salt, i love sweet and salty combination so I would say salty carmel would definetely run high on my favorite list! By the way, 17 pints of ice cream would not last long around my house my seven year old would LOVE it, not to mention me and my sweet tooth husband.

January 24, 2013 08:44 AM
Saruzza said...

Ice Cream ! Pistacchio forever! Winter or Summer…it’s the same ;)

January 24, 2013 08:44 AM
Carla said...

Ice cream AND sorbet. My daughter loves frozen yogurt, so we cover it all.

January 24, 2013 08:44 AM
Sylvia said...

I’m all about the ice cream! In fact, I eat a bowl almost every night! I’m lovin’ salted carmel right now…but I like to be adventurous! :)

January 24, 2013 08:44 AM
Amanda said...

Ice cream is my favorite. I love it so much that every year on my birthday instead of dinner I go get a huge banana split! :)

January 24, 2013 08:44 AM
Lisa said...

I live in Canada but I had to say reading that made me feel like I was there having fun with you…please tell me we went out for cocktails afterwards!

January 24, 2013 08:44 AM
Misty Guthrie said...

Ice cream! I’m coming off of a year without milk products since my sweet boy that I’m nursing is milk intolerant. This would be a great way to celebrate – yum! I love the Influenza flavor. What a hoot! We are dealing with a lot of influenza here in NE!

January 24, 2013 08:44 AM
Mari said...

I love Ice cream! I even make my own, I have a recepie from my Italian granny for Italian Cassata and it’s absolutely amazing.
Love your blog!

January 24, 2013 08:45 AM
Jennifer Simmons said...

Ice cream all the way! Or preferably gelato but a good one is hard to find outside of Italy!

January 24, 2013 08:45 AM
VickieA said...

I am full on yougurt and I have to say, it is my favorite frozen treat!

January 24, 2013 08:46 AM
Abigail said...

Ice cream is and always shall be the best sweet treat! Chocolate of course, butter pecan, rocky road, turtle tracks. This post made me have a early morning ice cream craving!

January 24, 2013 08:46 AM
Amy said...


January 24, 2013 08:46 AM
Tara said...

I am a huge ice cream girl! My husband and I went on our first date to Jeni’s – their Thai Peanut and Salty Caramel are to die for! We live in NJ now so we don’t get to have it too often anymore :(

January 24, 2013 08:46 AM
Melissa said...

I am all about ice cream and can’t live without mint chocolate chip!!!

January 24, 2013 08:47 AM
Jill said...

Wow!! What yummy looking ice creams! I love sorbet when I’m sick but love ice cream any day. What a fun treat this would be!

January 24, 2013 08:48 AM
Nicole said...

I love Jeni’s Ice Cream! I’m a total ice cream fan! I won’t turn down a good sorbet or frozen yogurt though.

January 24, 2013 08:48 AM
Elle said...

Coconut ice cream, no competition !!

January 24, 2013 08:48 AM
Meghan said...

I do not discriminate when it comes to frozen treats!! We have had an influx of froyo places in my town over the past year (Sweet Frog, Menchie’s, Frogurt, etc) so while I LOVE ice cream, these froyo places have been a great alternative. My favorite is coconut froyo with fresh fruit, dark chocolate chips, silvered almonds, and shredded coconut. YUM

January 24, 2013 08:48 AM
Mattea said...

My favorite frozen treat would have to be gelato!

January 24, 2013 08:48 AM
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