Saturday, September 11, 2010
It's about time I talk about Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream.
It took us about one week into our lives in Columbus before we learned about Jeni's. Thanks to our marvelous neighbors who had us over for dinner a few days after our arrival, we were introduced to at least four flavors of Jeni's ice cream at the end of the meal.
Columbus has a lot of ice cream places, they said. But you have got to try Jeni's. She makes special ones!
My first Jeni's flavor was Wildberry-Lavender. It was intensely lavender, I am sure you know this if you have had it. And yet, I could not help myself eating more of it. Then came Salty Caramel. Now, I am used to sweet/salty/spicy desserts from my homeland. But as ice cream flavor? I think this was my first. And it worked! It really did. Again, I could not stop 'tasting' the flavors.
Bexley has its own Jeni's, so lucky us, we can walk or bike there from where we live easily. Of course, now that I have been around a bit, I have found that Jeni's is...well...everywhere!
You can find Jeni's at the North Market, on High St. in the Short North, in Grandview Heights on the main drag. And I am sure there are many more that I have not seen or heard about. The truth is, Columbus loves Jeni's. And I can understand why now!
I love how Jeni's is not afraid of change. The flavors change with the season (but there are many that stay put because they just work!). And Jeni herself does not seem afraid to be bold with her combinations. I also appreciate the Cow-to-Cone concept. I am still getting to know Snowville Creamery. The fact that Jeni's uses only Snowville's products is just, to me, quite as splendid as her ice cream is reputed to be.