Jeni’s Ice Cream – Columbus

San Francisco has Bi-Rite Creamery and Humphrey Slocombe, Austin has Amy’s Ice Cream, and Delaware has Woodside Farm Creamery. In Columbus, Ohio, it’s all about Jeni’s Ice Cream. They’ve got a little bit of a dynasty going on here, and people are fine with waiting in long lines. You can also buy pints in Whole Foods.

All of the cream for these artisinal ice creams come from Snowville Creamery, in Meigs County, Ohio. There, a small herd of cows eat a variety of grasses. There are no antibiotics, growth hormones, herbicides, or pesticides necessary. The ingredients that go into their variety of flavors are found in the ohio countryside, whenever possible, or are sourced from responsibly-raised exotics from around the world. In other words, they put serious love into every batch.

All of the sauces, pralines, and marshmallows are also made in-house. And do they have a random variety of flavors! They happily give out samples, so I tried my fair share. So here’s a quick rundown of the more unusual ones I tried. Queen City Cayenne – deep chocolate with a crazy burning spice at the end. Did not enjoy. Kona Stout – like burnt coffee grounds. Wasn’t crazy about this either. Mackenzie Creamery Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Cherries – tastes like goat cheese. What was I thinking, I don’t like goat cheese! Backyard Mint – not sweet, and very minty, like toothpaste. Not for me!

I ended up getting a trio of Salty Caramel, Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries, and Riesling Poached Pear. The salty caramel is like the salted caramel from bi-rite, which I just love. It’s my crack! The sweet corn didn’t have as much corn flavor as I would have liked, but I still liked it. The black raspberries were fresh and tart. And the pear sorbet was so fresh and tasted exactly like pear, it was crazy. We stopped by the Dublin location because that was the one closest to my bro’s house. And is it freakin adorable. There is a good amount of seating and the ice cream slingers were nice and patient.
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