The Scoop On Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams


Monica Rook
Contributing Writer

We’ve all been there. It’s nine at night, you’ve been stressing over your research paper for hours, and you are desperately in need of an ice cream break. But it’s late, and everything is closed. Your only option is the tiny pints of no-name ice cream at your campus convenience store.

The ice cream is freezer-burnt and flavorless. It’s all ho-hum flavors. Mint should never be radioactive-waste green. And what are those chunks, anyways? Chocolate chips or frozen children’s tears? Either way, you’re left with an ice-cream shaped hole in your heart.

Well, prepare yourself for some ice cream redemption. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio, is just that – splendid. Toss aside your disappointing, bland ice creams, and let’s get real about our love for real, good ice cream.

There must be something special about frozen desserts helping me get back in touch with my inner kid, because Jeni’s Supermoon ice cream tastes just like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of Lucky Charms. However, you can feel like a fancy adult here too with Jeni’s Frosé. It tastes bright and fruity with a fun punch of rosé, like a scoop of Sunday brunch with the girls.

Think vanilla is boring? Think again. Their Ndali Estate Vanilla is one of my all-time favorite flavors, but it’s not just vanilla – this is extra-super-special vanilla. Jeni’s is seriously picky about the vanilla they use to make their ice cream, getting it all the way from Ndali Estate in Uganda.  Honestly, once you taste this, you can never go back to regular old vanilla again.

More good news: Jeni’s has started offering a dairy-free flavor, so even if you’re dairy-free, you can still scream for ice cream with the best of them.

When there’s so many irresistible flavors, you can’t settle for just one scoop. That’s why I love the trio — a mini sampler that allows you to try three different ice creams. Plus, it’s perfect for sharing (or not.)

Photos courtesy of Monica Rook.

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