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Mar 14, 2010 03:55 PM

Spicy ice cream in Chicago?

The theme on this week's Best Thing I Ever Ate was "hot and spicy," and Esquire's food editor, Ryan D'Agostino, talked about a place called Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream in Columbus, OH, and their wonderfully spicy Queen City Cayenne ice cream (a nod to Cincy chili). After a little investigation, I learned that only the day before, The Goddess and Grocer stores had just brought on Jeni's to sell in their stores (the Bucktown location bragged 12 varieties, while the Gold Coast location only had four). Within 24 hours, I was loading up on Jeni's at GG's in Bucktown (don'tcha love this city?). Sadly, they carried neither the Queen City Cayenne nor the Thai Chili flavors. (And for those of you who will try Jeni's for yourselves, beware: at $12 a pint, they're not shy).

Anyone know where I might purchase some spicy ice cream to take home, be it grocer or sweet shoppe? I live in the loop, if that helps.

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    1. Not sure if you'd consider any of these flavors spicy -

      1. Check out Windy City. It's not close to you - it's in Lakeview - but their icecream is good and they experiment with their flavors. Give them a call in advance and see if they have anything that fits the bill.

        1. Vosges has their Red Fire Ice Cream (I think that is the name) It's chocolate ice cream with spicy chili pepper. Very tasty. I've gotten it at Whole Foods, Fox & Obel might have it.