If you have already read my About Me page, then you know how much I love Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. Hopefully this review will shed some light on why I love this ice cream so much.
First is the look of the stores – simple, clean, and clever. Ice cream is the focus and it easily stands out against the white walls. I especially love the milk bottle lights hanging from the ceilings. All of the seasonal and classic flavors are easily visible and listed on the wall in front of you.
One of the best parts of the Jeni’s experience is being able to taste as many flavors as you want! The people in line behind you (and yes there will be a line) may look at you a little funny (because they are just as excited to eat Jeni’s as you are) but the staff will happily serve you taste, after taste, after taste. Speaking of the staff, they are great. I truly believe that the staff are just as excited about ice cream as I am and they want to make sure I have a good experience every time. They are full of good recommendations for flavor combinations.
If you are looking for a traditional ice cream shop, you may be in for a shock. Jeni’s has a few “traditional” flavors (Honey Vanilla Bean, Belgian Milk Chocolate, Strawberry Buttermilk) but otherwise be prepared to experiment. The Salted Caramel flavor provides an excellent balance of salty and sweet; add smoked almonds and you get the best-seller Gravel Road – sweet, salty, smoky, and with some added crunch! Thai Chili is spicy and smooth with peanut butter and creamy coconut milk adding texture and cayenne pepper giving you some bite.
Jeni is an artist that uses a local palette of seasonal and responsibily grown/raised ingredients. Every season she is adding new flavors to the already abundant menu – Sweet Corn and Blackberries, Backyard Mint, Blood Orange, Wildberry Lavender, Lemon Yogurt with Blueberries…to name a few.
Since the focus of this store is on the ice cream, there are very few toppings available to ruin the taste. Jeni’s does offer an enticing list of sundaes, including the current seasonal Mojito Sundae (pictured below).
In sum, you will not be disappointed with your Jeni’s experience. Be brave, experiment, and above all else, Enjoy!
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream