Jeni's Vanilla Cedar Wood Ice Cream
I just got some Jeni's ice cream, Vanilla Cedar Wood flavor, for Christmas.
And I must admit, it might be the worst frozen treat I've ever had in my life.
How best to describe?
Well, it was sort like that icky taste you get in your mouth when you kiss grandma on the cheeks and get a mouthful of foundation.
No, I take that back. Getting a mouthful of foundation from grandma would be tastier.
Has anyone else tried Jeni's ice creams? Was this just a bad batch?
Jeni's is a local ice cream maker here in Columbus, and I've tried several flavors. They use really good ingredients and make good ice cream, but I don't like all of their flavors. Most are so unique, you only want to eat a scoop and not pig out on it like other good ice creams. When you go into their store, you can try a spoonful of anything before you buy, and I've tried many and decided, eh, not for me. Having said that, I don't think I would have even asked to try something called vanilla cedar wood, but then again, my tastes are more chocolate oriented. I love the cayenne chcolate. They do have other flavors that are amazing, but you have to try.
I just had the brown butter almond brittle and thought it was tasty - very rich, buttery almond flavor, for the most part. But yea, its definitely like egbluesuede said, you only want to eat a bite or two and not over indulge. It's must too rich for pigging out.
Sorry the vanilla cedar wood was a miss, but don't give up on 'em just yet. I want to try the Buckeye State flavor eventhough I hate OSU! ;-)
My favorite is the salted caramel, or the gravel road (salted caramel with smoked almonds.) I also like the Cocoa Zin when they have it, and may of their spring/summer flavors. But I agree with other posters - the flavors are so unusual, that many aren't for everyone.
Still, I'm happy I live in C-Bus and can get it locally as much as I want - I adore Jenis!
I've had the yummy privilege of sampling Jeni's and the best San Francisco-based ice creams (think Humphry Slocombe, Bi-Rite, and Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous) the past couple of years.
Jeni's is a lot like Humphry Slocombe in terms of the "out-thereness" of the flavors IMO. If my experience with HS is any indicator (one flavor that wowed me (Peanut Butter Curry); the rest were just okay to good), Jeni's ought to be pretty similar (the Cayenne Chocolate has been my fave with the rest falling between okay and very good.)
As far as the price point, like Pia stated, I doubt it would be worth the $11, save maybe if you had no similar local options and/or you grew up with the stuff.
Your experience had me very curious. We order from Jeni's (here in NJ) twice a year for two dinner clubs and I wasn't aware that a vanilla cedar wood existed. Some of our favorites have been: salted caramel, wildberry lavender, goat cheese with cognac fig, black coffee, pistacho...but the poached pear riesling sorbet is actually my personal fav.
The vanilla Cedar Wood is one of their new seasonal flavors. I haven't tasted it, but I didn't like most of the seasonal flavors this winter (unlike last summer and spring, which were amazing).
I would definitely say to give it another try. We just had a visitor from out of town and he wanted to go back to Jeni's twice after his initial visit.
They're known for the salted caramel. Someone upthread mentioned the poached pear and riesling sorbet--so good there are no words. The dark chocolate is stunningly rich. The Bangkok peanut--peanut butter with coconut and chile--is wonderful. Summer brings the sweet corn and blueberry, cardamom and lime, and brambleberry crisp. So good.
And the $11/pint non-local price is not bad. It's $10 per pint in the Jeni's shops and few local grocery stores that carry it.