Friday, June 19, 2009

A Welcome Arrival

For ice cream lovers, there is a new brand available locally that is an absolute must-try.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has arrived from Ohio and is now being sold at Forager Market in Brooklyn. And apparently they will be stocking not only the best sellers, but also a rotating cast of seasonal flavors as well.

A few years ago, a friend surprised me with what was one of the greatest presents ever - a box of 10 pints of fun, funky-flavored ice creams from Jeni's. We had a party with an ice cream bar to taste and share. This ice cream comes in a great interesting range of flavors that are not shy. Each one is deep, pure and strong.

Black coffee was boldly creamy and ambrosial. When they say "It tastes the way coffee smells", they aren't kidding. Gravel Road, Jeni's version of salty caramel came mixed with smoked almonds. Thai Chili was strangely spicy, good only for a spoonful at a time for me, but it also had a coconutty flavor - I tend to shy away from coconut in sweet forms. Yet, it was still a fun tasting experience.

At $10/pint, it's a treat that comes at a premium, but one well worth it when looking for ice cream with some pizazz. And one I likely won't be able to resist indulging in at some point.

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