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Jeni's Ice Cream [Moved from Midwest]

emily Aug 15, 2007 07:13 PM

I'm thinking about placing a long distance order for some Jeni's ice cream (which I've never had before but sounds delicious). I was hoping to get some input on favorite flavors.

Min. orer is 6 pts -- here's what's on my list right now:

Salty Caramel
Cucumber Granita
Bartlett Pear and Riesling Sorbet
Sweet Corn with Blackberry
Backyard Mint
Butterscotch with Cocoa Nibs

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    zataar RE: emily Aug 15, 2007 07:32 PM

    Sounds good, but where is Jeni's Ice Cream in the Midwest?

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      nsxtasy RE: zataar Aug 15, 2007 08:15 PM

      Jeni's - www.jenisicecreams.com - is based in Columbus, Ohio, but given how wide an area this board covers, it sure would help if folks would include the location in the title of their topics.

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        bostonfoodie111 RE: nsxtasy Aug 15, 2007 08:18 PM

        Was just looking at my current issue of Dean and Deluca catalog and they are selling Jeni's Ice Creams as well, fyi. They sound divine. :)

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          emily RE: nsxtasy Aug 16, 2007 06:33 AM

          Yeah, I thought about that after I posted, sorry. My "home" board covers a much smaller area!

      2. The Engineer RE: emily Aug 15, 2007 08:30 PM

        I ordered Jeni's Ice Cream after learning about it here on CH. The truth is, this is the BEST ice cream I have ever had. The quality is outstanding and the flavors are too!

        I ordered a selection inspired by the Marie Antoinette film that was out last year... the only one from that group still available, Creme de Violet, was one of my favorites. the next time I'm anywhere near Ohio, I plan to go to Jeni's and try the Thai Chili and the Salty Caramel... and probably everything else...

        The bottom line is, Jeni's ice cream is so good, it almost dosen't matter which flavors you pick.

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          Budser1228 RE: emily Aug 16, 2007 05:52 PM

          Sweet corn with blackberry is my favorite. I will go and get it three days in a row and buy a pint, it's soooo good.

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            dirtgirl RE: emily Aug 17, 2007 05:04 AM

            Thai Chili is amazing. It tastes like a cool bite of sweet creamy coconut and peanut, but as it melts in your mouth, you feel just a twinge of heat from the chili. An incredibly unique ice cream experience.

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              Diane in Bexley RE: emily Aug 17, 2007 08:59 AM

              Jeni's ice cream is terrific! Living in Columbus, we have several very good ice cream options (Graeter's, Johnson's, Denise's, also), but theirs is yum yum good. The Salty Caramel is my personal fav, wish they would put pecans or some kind of nut in it. A couple of weeks ago DH had lemon blueberry yogurt from Jeni's, which was also swell.

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                Ditdah RE: Diane in Bexley Sep 23, 2007 05:19 PM

                Sorry this is a bit delayed... one of Jeni's permanent flavors is Gravel Road, which is the Salty Caramel mixed with chopped up smoked almonds. It's WONDERFUL, and I almost always have a pint in my freezer.

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                ExercisetoEat RE: emily Aug 17, 2007 02:44 PM

                I just placed my first order last month. Some of them were amazing others weren't worth the cost and shipping, but still tasted good. The favorites were the Bartlett Pear and Riesling Sorbet (had a perfectly ripe pear flavor, amazing). The mixed berry sorbet was floral and fragrant, very good. The Maker's Mark buttered pecan was also yummy.

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                  emily RE: ExercisetoEat Aug 17, 2007 04:20 PM

                  Which ones weren't worth it?

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                    ExercisetoEat RE: emily Aug 19, 2007 05:29 PM

                    The backyard mint was to mild of a mint flavor for our taste. The honeyed pistachio was also a milder flavor than I preferred.

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                      emily RE: ExercisetoEat Aug 19, 2007 08:55 PM

                      Thanks -- I like a strong peppermint, so maybe I'll skip that one.

                2. emily RE: emily Aug 27, 2007 07:03 PM

                  Here's what I ended up getting and my reactions:
                  Salty Caramel -- excellent, though probably not quite as good as Berthillon's version.
                  Rootbear -- like a rootbeer float in ice cream form. I really like this one.
                  Sweet Corn -- delicious -- love the sweet corn flavor and the blackberry is a great counterpoint. Definitely worth ordering!
                  Butterscotch -- not worth shipping. I expected it to be a bit sweeter and some of the cocoa nibs were unpleasantly gritty (which I've never experienced before). Salty Caramel is much better. Probably my least favorite.
                  Strawberry Buttermilk -- very good, but I was expecting more contrast between the sweet berries and tangy buttermilk. I don't really taste the buttermilk at all. I'm not a huge strawberry ice cream fan, but I like this. Probably not worth shipping, though.
                  Creme de Violet -- unique flavor and quite good. I would have been happier with a bit more violet flavor.
                  Pear and Riesling -- haven't tried this one yet, but I have high hopes.

                  Texture of the ice creams is great -- even out of the freezer, they have a nice, scoopable texture, yet they are not overly rich.

                  By the way, Jeni's ships FedEx 2-day, but I saw that the order arrived the next day at my local facility, so I called FedEx and picked it up that morning rather than wait the next day for it to be delivered.

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