Get a sneak peak behind the minds of two toddlers as they taste test six of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. No bowls were harmed in the making of this post.
About two weeks ago, I was pleasantly greeted with a styrofoam cooler filled with dry ice and six flavors of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Best.Delivery.Ever. Did you ever ask your parents if you could eat ice cream at 10am and they consistently said no? Well, I guess I’m not that kind of mom.
I am a firm believer that ice cream is the perfect treat.
There’s something nostalgic about it’s sugary-sweetness that will bring a smile to anyone’s face. Now hand me that ice-cream scooper! In an effort to receive a “mother-of-the-year” award from my son, I decided to organize a little tasting party for him and his best friend.
I first heard about Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams when we moved to Charlotte about 5 years ago.
The rumor was that it just so happened to be THE BEST ice cream on earth. You know… the kind you have dreams about. I was clearly missing out. At the time, their nearest Scoop Shop was in Ohio and I was a little hesitant about ordering ice cream online. Therefore, we continued on our jeni-less lives (until recently).
I now regret that I was so uncertain with ice cream deliveries in the past. Our shipment arrived ice-cold and each pint was in mint condition. Sending big kudos to whoever packed our personal box of goodness.
Now let’s get back to the tasting party.
Here’s a little run-down of each variety that was sent in our box. It came with a nifty description of each flavor, so I’ve included those below.
“The Madagascar vanilla we use is this big, bold, smoky vanilla – one of the best in the world. The brown oat strudel is baked like cookies so you’ll get a toasted scent as you eat it. Rich jam adds a tart punch.” Personal note: there’s a hint of cinnamon at the end of each bite and it’s amazing.
Brown Butter Almond Brittle:
“Roald Dahl is one of Jeni’s favorite authors. And this flavor is inspired by one of his favorite ice creams called korean, a toffee-like candy made with butter, almonds, and caramelized sugar. It’s sweet with a great mix of tastes and textures.” Personal note: The clouds of crunchy almond brittle are dangerously addicting. You might as well eat the entire pint in one sitting, because you won’t stop thinking about it after you devour a “reasonable” scoop.
“If you are a chocolate lover, this is your flavor. It’s a chocolate-forward ice cream, rich and dense like the inside of a truffle. Contains three times the amount of cocoa compared to most others out there.” Personal note: this might be the best chocolate ice cream I’ve EVER had.
“This sorbet tastes like some of the best frosé Jeni has ever had. Simple, bright, refreshing – it’s great topped with sparkling wine or even more rosé.” Personal note: This is the real deal and I cannot wait to serve it with rosé sangria at my next summer party!
“True caramel is emotional. It’s buttery, nutty, and toasty like a roasted marshmallow. Real caramel, like the one we make, is extremely rare in ice cream because it’s dangerous and difficult to get right.” Personal note: They got it right and I think our freezer will permanently be garnished with a pint of this flavor from now on.
“Supermoon is two takes on the scent of marshmallows. The blue side is Jeni’s memory association with cereal marshmallows, which have always smelled like violet extract to her. The yellow half tastes like the most vanilla-vanilla marshmallow ever.”
Supermoon is a limited time flavor, so treasure it dearly. The floral accents in this pint are pretty epic – they playfully skip along the silver-lining of childhood memories and springtime bliss. I think this would make an awesome combo with my No Bake White Chocolate Chex Mix.
The taste testing lasted a whole four minutes…
Favorites were quickly established and there might have been a slight scuffle on who got to finish the last bowl. For a two and three year old, the boys took this assignment very seriously. In order of highest rated, please see the very scientific results below:
1st Place Tie: Supermoon & Salty Caramel
2nd Place: Frosé (they must take after their mamas 🙂 )
3rd Place: Darkest Chocolate
4th Place: Brambleberry Crisp
5th Place: Brown Butter Almond Brittle
To sum things up, every bowl was licked clean and enjoyed immensely.
To say there was a winner is a slight twist of the truth, as they were all scrumptious. My personal favorite was the Brambleberry Crisp (if you’re seeking a pregnant mom’s opinion). Needless to say, the entire batch of flavor-packed greatness vanished from our freezer within two days.
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cute post! i can barely contain my excitement that jeni’s is coming to charlotte! i already know i’ll spend too much money there and probably put on 20 pounds. 🙂
Thanks Grace! We are completely thrilled that their Scoop Shop will opening in Charlotte! If any weight is gained, it can easily be burnt off by smiles and laughter! (A common side-effect when it comes to eating Jeni’s Ice Cream) 🙂