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.

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2,782 comments on “Joy with friends and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream”

  1. Ice cream all the way! My hands down favorite frozen treat is an ice cream/cookie sandwich, only with triple chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven!

    And I’d MAKE the 17 pints of ice cream fit in my freezer. Maybe one directly into my tummy, so I’d only need room for 16. =]

  2. 1. I’m all about ice cream. A sundae please!

    2. Holy hell this is a dream. You all were just a couple hours away. Love Jeni’s. Love Bridget!!! {This was NOT the time for a Texas girl to come to Ohio though!} Hope you had a great time in our Buckeye State.

  3. Definitely all about the ice cream! The local ice cream shop here makes graham canyon. Which is graham cracker with delicious fudge chunks. It’s pure love!

  4. I am a complete and total fan of ice cream. I love anything with chocolate or nuts. Yum.

    I loved this post. I almost felt like I was there with all the pictures. Way cool.

  5. I love them all! I’m a little into frozen yogurt right now (if I go out), but have to have some good ole’ ice cream in my freezer. And every now and then sorbet just hits the spot!!

  6. I love ice cream. I’ve been to jeni’s and my favorite is the Queen City cayenne. I bought the jeni’s ice cream cookbook and an ice cream maker for my husband and the recipes are awesome!

  7. Ice cream is better than anything. The old ice cream place in my hometown serves Teaberry ice cream and its the best thing ever.

  8. Oh my gosh, what an amazing giveaway! I am ALL about ice cream. I’m like Chunk when he finds the freezer full of ice cream in Goonies! Pistachio and Cherry Vanilla are my favorites.

  9. Ice Cream ALL THE WAY! not even a second to think about it!

  10. Ice cream! Anything sweet and fruity.

  11. so excited to be moving to ohio to be able to taste jenni’s ice cream!

    ice cream is my go to treat – in fact, i’m off to get some now!

  12. I love chocolate chocolate chocolate ice cream. Can’t get enough chocolate :)

  13. I love chocolate chocolate chocolate ice cream. Can’t get enough chocolate :)

  14. Such a fun giveaway! Thanks for sponsoring it. I LOVE frozen yogurt and fruit sorbets!

  15. I love ice cream. My favorite frozen treat is Umpqua Dairy black licorice ice cream.

  16. I’m all about ice cream! All different favors :)

  17. I find myself rocking in frozen yogurt, only because the random toppings I manually choose complement the flavor well. c: And it doesn’t hurt my waist line as much as other treats!

    I am a definite sucker for a cone of matcha and red bean ice cream. Asian flavors in a sweet treat is always my bliss <3

  18. I love all frozen treats!! My favorite though is frozen custard from Ted Drewes in St. Louis!

  19. ice cream, ice cream, ice cream all the way!!

  20. I love, love ice cream. My favorite is currently cookies and cream or an ice cream sandwich.

  21. I’m a gelato fan (:

  22. What fun place! I sure could use some influenza sorbet right about now.

    I <3 all three!

    My ultimate favorite flavor is pistachio.

  23. I love ice cream, but sorbet comes in a close second.

  24. IcecreamIcecreamIcecream!!

    I was in heaven the week I had my wisdom teeth removed. I ate nothing but ice cream for a week! It was glorious!

  25. I swear, I was just flipping through Jeni’s book today trying to decided on what to make!

    But to answer the question, I’m partial to ice cream since its an essential in my home! I will however NEVER say no to sorbet, frozen yogurt, gelato, or frozen custard! YUM.

  26. I love ice cream! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  27. I am all about ice cream and gelato :)

  28. It really depends on my mood but I’m mostly an ice cream girl!

  29. I’m all about ice cream! i love mochi ice cream too :) my favorite frozen treat is coffee ice cream. yum… or trader joes lemon bars… or sprinkles pumpkin… or… ;)

  30. While I like ice cream (I went to Penn State- you can’t go there and NOT like what The Creamery cranks out!), I LOVE frozen yogurt. I worked in a frozen yogurt shop back in high school MANY moons ago (TCBY was the big then back in that day) and 4 years of it really gave me a taste for the flavor but not the heavy flavor/residue on your tongue. Thanks for the chance- these look fantastic!!

  31. Of course there’s no doubt that real ice cream always takes the first spot! But I’ve found to liken all kinds of ice cream…real, sorbet, yogurt, gelato, icee.

  32. I love all ice cream but i’m weird and my favorite is any kind of sherbet!

  33. All about ice cream! And I just bought Jeni’s book! Having a hard time deciding where to start…

  34. Ice cream all the way. Especially when it’s sandwiched in between two homemade chocolate chip cookies. Must. Grab. Napkin. I’m drooling.

  35. My absolute favorite is frozen Greek yogurt! Never thought I’d say such a thing, but it’s so much creamier and better than ice cream!

  36. When I was in Ohio visiting my sister I got to taste some of her wonderful ice cream and the salted caramel was one of my faves.

  37. I could eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, dinner. I don’t know what I’d do with out salty caramel ice cream!

  38. Ice Cream in German Chocolate Cake Flavor! Chocolate ice cream with brownie bits, caramel, coconut, and pecans! Amazing!

  39. I HAVE to have ice cream every day! Ice cream with lots and lots of chunks of chocolate, peanut butter, nuts or any other cookie bits are all welcome in my frozen treat. I’m crazy for frozen yogurt too.

  40. I refuse to choose! I love it all! ALL THE FROZEN!

  41. I love Jeni’s Salted Caramel. And the Sweet Potato and Toasted Marshmallow! LOVE!

  42. Anything of the above in chocolate :)

  43. I bought Jeni’s book last year & I LOVE it!
    I love the story of her & how she started – then started again. It’s full of wonderful & different recipes. Very easy to follow too.
    At my house it’s all about ice cream- I like to make her base recipe & add vanilla bean & caramel with pecans.
    Thanks for the chance to win the REAL THING!

  44. Ice cream all the way! I live about an hour from Columbus, so I can get Jeni’s more easily than most – their sweet corn and black raspberry is one of my absolute favorites!

  45. I love ice cream. Or just eating frozen whipped cream. I’d love to try Jeni’s!

  46. Ice cream is my very favorite, so obviously I would to win.

  47. I love caramel ice cream! Hope I win!

  48. I love ice cream. Especially chocolate!

  49. My friend has been raving about this ice cream since she move to Iowa! I would love to try it and share some with her:) I go for ice cream anyway!!

  50. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! :)

  51. I scream for ice cream! Chocolate- the darker, the better.

  52. I am equal opportunity frozen treat lover. I love them one and all!!

  53. Ice cream, all the way!! I love the cold creaminess!

  54. I love ice cream or frozen yogurt, but I’ll take sorbet too! And I certainly can make room for 17 quarts of ice cream in the freezer. I may have to give away some food to the neighbors, but I see it as a win-win.

  55. Ice cream. When I was in college, I dated a boy who LOVED frozen yogurt, but he knew how much I loved ice cream. And whenever we went to get ice cream together, I knew he was showing me that he loved me. Not all “irreconcilable differences” are bad things, I guess.

  56. Wow, those all look amazing! Raspberry sorbet is my best beloved of the frozen treats :)

  57. Ice cream, usually – though I make an exception for the very unique and out of this world Scream Sorbet in Oakland. By the power of science they make dairy-less sorbet that tastes like more awesome ice cream than, well, most ACTUAL ice cream.

  58. #55 is me, brittney. the irreconcilable differences one

  59. Don’t care! Love them all! Thank you so much for doing this giveaway!

  60. Ice cream for sure, usually blackberry or another fruit.

  61. I love it all but I would probably go with a sorbet on a really hot day and ice cream on a slightly cooler day. I love the freshness from sorbet.

  62. i am all about the ice cream! when i studied abroad in italy though, we definitely alternated between the “creamy chocolatey” gelato days and the “fruity icy” gelato days.

  63. Oh my god! I’m ALL about ice cream – the creamier the better!

  64. Ice cream! The Jeni’s cookbook is awesome. I don’t think that there is a flavor I’ve had from it that I didn’t like.

  65. definitely an ice cream girl. my favorite frozen treat!

  66. Ice cream for sure! Who doesn’t like ice cream? Count me IN. Thanks! :-)

  67. Iiiiiicccceee cccrrreeeaaammm!!! Now I’m sad because I don’t have any to eat right meow.

  68. I love anything with strawberry or peach! Though I do believe frozen yogurt with the fresh fruit toppings is my favorite :)

  69. ice cream!!

  70. love ice cream and fruity sorbets!! the fruitier the better! :)

  71. All about ice cream…and anything chocolate. Or Chocolate and peanut butter.

  72. I scream for ice cream!! It’s my fave treat ever!

  73. Love ice cream!!!! Love all frozen treats!!!! Frozen yogurt is my fav!!!

  74. I love ice cream – especially if it has chucks of something yummy in it and nuts!

  75. Frozen yogurt just to be healthy. Of course ice cream tastes better!

  76. LOVE ice cream and anything with chocolate ice cream!!

  77. I so need to win this. I would get to have most of them to myself and not share with the kiddos!!

  78. I have to say I love Frozen Yogurt… Like Pinkberry the plain flavor!! It is so yummy abd I could eat a whole quart at a time!!

  79. baskin robbins’ cherries jubilee & tart frozen yogurt make my day!

  80. Ice cream!

  81. Hmmm….I love ice cream, but I have a soft spot for froyo, especially when I can fill my cup with as many flavors as I want and top it with all of my favorites (like Cap’n Crunch!) at a froyo bar. My favorite is Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food, or Smart Cow (a local froyo bar) with any of their amazing flavors like cinnamon bun, pistachio, white chocolate mouse or red velvet cupcake!

  82. ice cream… the one dairy indulgence that my lactose intolerant self just can’t give up. :)

  83. Definitely ice cream – the richer, the chocolatey-er, the better!

  84. Wow, I need to plan a road trip to Ohio! Everything looks delicious. I’m a sorbet girl all the way! I have a major lactose allergy, so I’m happy there are so many flavors! I hardly miss ice cream! Thank you for such a generous giveaway :)

  85. I love plain vanilla bean ice cream (I’m an H-D junkie, myself) with peanut butter chips on top. Amen. :)

  86. Gotta love ice cream! I’m a sucker for banana splits.

  87. All about the ice cream, unless there is frozen custard around. I live in Ohio and haven’t had Jeni’s yet! What’s wrong with me? Love her hair btw!

    If I win I will have to buy a bigger freezer.

    And I’m okay with that!

  88. Ice cream all the way! My favorite treat is homemade peach ice cream. Yummy! :)

  89. Ice Cream!!!

  90. Im all about ice cream! I love cookie dough the best and I love trying out local places. I’d love to win all 17 pints and trust me they wouldn’t last long in this ice cream lovers house lol

  91. I LOVE ice cream!!!!

  92. Oh my, how we love Jeni’s! The recipes in her book are super easy to follow and really genuinely taste just like the ice cream in the shop.

    Anyways, my favorite frozen treat is Jeni’s Queen City Cayenne and Bangkok Peanut (I have to get them both at once so I can pretend I am eating this wicked awesome frozen spicy peanut butter cup). If I am going for froyo – Jeni’s Lemon with Blueberries is my first choice! Yum!

  93. I am pretty crazy about ice cream..but really, I never met a frozen treat i didnt like!! :) :)

  94. I am all about ice cream!!!! I love just a great vanilla on top of anything a cookie or slice of pie!!! Oh yeah!!!!

  95. Ice cream, all the way!!! Also, I will MAKE there be room in my freezer :)

  96. I love I’ve cream. My new favorite treat is chocolate peanut butter cup ice cream. Yum!

  97. I love my ice cream! Cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip are some of my favorites. A good coffee flavor makes me swoon…HD Java Chip all the way! <3

  98. Oh man! Ice cream all the way! I can eat it year round. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate – rocky road, Phish food, chocolate peanut butter swirl. Now I really want some ice cream and none in the freezer! Hope I win :-)

  99. Ice cream. I love chocolate chip mint or strawberry with big chunks of fresh strawberries in it.

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