Review: Jeni’s Splendid Holiday Collection

Just the other day I received my online order of Jeni’s!  If you follow my blog or twitter feed regularly, then you know how much I love Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, so I won’t go on and on about it like a sappy, love-struck teenager (if you haven’t read about my love for this ice cream, check out my About Me page).  I will instead focus on the important part…the ice cream!

jenis splendid holiday collection box

I pre-ordered my ice cream in early November.  I picked the earliest shipment date possible and then waited three long weeks for my order to arrive.    Patiently I waited, still making and surviving off of my homemade ice cream creations, and then two days ago package arrived!  Beneath a layer of dry ice, I found all nine pints nestled in their packaging safe and sound.

jenis splendid holiday collection pints

I ordered the Splendid Holiday ice cream collection which included the following flavors:

Black Currant Yogurt, Blackstrap Praline, Cocoa Zin, Cranberry Royale Sorbet, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, Saigon Cinnamon

I also added three pints of ice cream from the Holiday Jul collection (inspired by Norway):

Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Scandinavian Winter Spices, White Chocolate Evergreen with a Red Currant Garland

9 wonderful flavors just waiting for me to try!

jenis splendid holiday collection pints 3

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Below you will find my review of each of the flavors.  As you may expect, I loved them all, but I attempted to provide a thorough description of each flavor so you can determine if you will enjoy them!

I’ll start with my three favorites:

Brown Butter Almond Brittle – Jeni’s homemade almond brittle is nestled in a light butter and almond ice cream (at least that is what it tastes like to me).  The brittle is crunchy and sweet but not so sticky that it sticks between your teeth.  Buttery, crunchy, and smooth…yum.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint – What can I say…this flavor melds two of my favorite Jeni’s flavors, dark chocolate and backyard mint (may not be the same mint but tastes like it).  Jeni’s dark chocolate is the darkest chocolate ice cream I have ever had.  It is smooth and rich with a great depth in flavor.  The mint is present but not overpowering, just enough to give you a nice tingle inside your mouth.

White Chocolate Evergreen with Red Current Garland – This flavor, by far, is the most “holiday-ish” to me.  I celebrate Christmas and this flavor reminds me a Christmas…reminds of the smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree.  With slight hints of balsam fir (seriously who thinks of putting balsam fir flavoring in ice cream?) and the decadence of white chocolate, the ice cream base is a nice balance to the sweet swirl, or garland, of gooey red currant goodness.

And the rest of the flavors, all still very good in their own way:

Black Currant Yogurt – I have had the pleasure of trying this frozen yogurt in Jeni’s shops.  It provides the eater with a nice balance of sweetness of the currants with the tanginess of yogurt.  Refreshing and satisfying.

Blackstrap Praline – Taking a bite of this ice cream is like eating a spoonful of molasses minus the slow-running stickiness.  The flavor is very bold but not too bitter and it is complemented well with cinnamon pecan pieces sourced from Krema Nut Company. The nuts are well mixed into the ice cream and appear to have a light coating of molasses (or maybe the cinnamon has seeped into the cream).

Cocoa Zin – A standard flavor at Jeni’s, this ice cream provides the eater with bold tastes of dark chocolate and red wine all in one bite.  The wine taste is very prominent, but I doubt you can drunk off of this stuff.

Cranberry Royale Sorbet – Get ready with your camera when you take a bite of this sorbet…the tart face is coming!  Each bite starts out with a sweet berry flavor, but as it melts on your tongue you will experience a noticeably tart finish provided by the cranberries as well as the added grapefruit juice.  Bits of cranberries float throughout this refreshing sorbet.

Saigon Cinnamon – I have also previously tried this ice cream and I think it pairs very well with chocolate ice cream.  Flavored with both Saigon cinnamon and “red hot” cinnamon flavors, each bite will remind of those little red candies from your younger years.

Scandinavian Winter Spices – When I first took a bit of this ice cream I thought I tasted nutmeg or cloves, but the longer it sat on my tongue the more I noticed the complexity of this flavor.  Cinnamon, maybe? Something peppery?  A look at the label revealed an interesting mix of spices that includes cardamom and black pepper. A very “wintery” and intriguing tasting experience.

 

If you think you may enjoy some of these flavors, you can order them for shipment directly to your home!  The ice cream arrives in 1-2 days (if ordered before Wednesday) packed in dry ice.  A little thawing on the counter results in the perfect consistency.  The Holiday Jul package even comes with an olive wood ice cream paddle! Check out Jeni’s blog or website for more information. Enjoy!

(I was not solicited by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream or any of its affiliates to review this ice cream)

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