A gift to your tastebuds

Several weeks ago, I was watching Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” Hot & Spicy episode and heard Ryan D’Agostino talk about this spicy chocolate ice cream called Queen City Cayenne.

I was ready to commit to memory the name of the place where he had found this ice cream, anticipating I would have to wait to try this mouthwatering ice cream the next time I traveled to New York City for work. Then Ryan said a magical thing – that he had been introduced to this ice cream via mail – and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams was available to anyone from their website.

Needless to say, I ordered four pints of ice cream before the Hot & Spicy episode was over and had them delivered to my parents just in time for all of us to try them over a holiday weekend. The flavors we tried were – Queen City Cayenne, Salty Caramel, Thai Chili and Cherry Lambic Sorbet.

None of them disappointed and we each had our own favorites. I was surprised by my choice – Cherry Lambic Sorbet – since what tempted me so much to order was Queen City Cayenne.

Thoughts on order No. 1:

  • Cherry Lambic Sorbet – almost bubbled on my tongue and was deliciously tart. (My favorite)
  • Queen City Cayenne – was a creamy chocolate with a heat that built as you ate the ice cream. (My dad’s favorite)
  • Salty Caramel – really changed how I think of ice cream as it was savory with this wonderful saltiness and the caramel taste reminded me of homemade caramels. (My mom’s favorite)
  • Thai Chili – had a delicious blend of coconut and peanut butter with a good amount of heat. (Bryan’s favorite)

Bryan’s parents’ birthdays were last week and we wanted to send them something different, so we sent them an order to enjoy over Memorial Day weekend and I, of course, had to place another order just for us.

There are several things I like about Jeni’s, but before I go on I want to be clear to our readers that we have no connection to Jeni’s nor did we receive anything from them. We truly enjoy these products and want to share our thoughts so others can try Jeni’s and enjoy them as we do. Jeni’s has a whole “from cow to cone” mentality and sources their ingredients from local farmers. On top of supporting area farmers, they come up with some incredible flavor combinations.

For example, our second order consisted of:

  • Pistachio & Honey – another savory ice cream that has the salty qualities and flavor of pistachios combined with a light touch of honey. Bryan said the honey reminded him of a Bit-O-Honey piece of candy – one of his favorite kinds of candy.
  • Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Cherries – I ordered this just for Bryan since he likes goat cheese and I do not. However, after he tasted the ice cream and told me I would like it, I tried it and found it to be creamy and light, which is not how I normally react to goat cheese.
  • Strawberry Buttermilk – after tasting this ice cream, there were no words other than “wow” uttered from our lips. The closest thing we could come up with to describe this flavor was strawberry shortcake. And I don’t mean the fake kind of strawberry shortcake. I mean the kind my mom makes – homemade shortcake, strawberries with a hint of sugar and cream poured over the top. In other words, amazing.
  • Meyer Lemon & Blueberries – the tartness of the meyer lemon makes my mouth water as I write this post and the sweetness of the blueberries added in just the right touch of sweet to match with the meyer lemon.

Out of this batch, I don’t have a clear-cut favorite (yet) although there are a few front-runners. And, I’m sure the fact that I tried the Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Cherries will shock some of our readers since I did try it.

As I mentioned, Jeni’s Ice Cream is available online, but they are available at some stores, so check their website to see if they have any pints near you. Do your tastebuds a favor and try some soon.

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