Columbus-based Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams has received plenty of love over the last couple years, so when 20 pints of the stuff arrived at Serious Eats HQ, well, it was like Christmas came for an encore. And it brought smoke machines.
Jeni's is a favorite among ice cream geeks for its creative flavors, clean, ultra-creamy texture, and stellar ingredients. Unlike most ice cream makers, Jeni's eschews egg yolks for a mix of cream cheese, tapioca starch, and tapioca syrup, which lets the other ingredients shine their brightest. The resulting texture is wonderfully rich but never heavy.
We tasted all of Jeni's Winter season ice creams, and while we weren't in love with every flavor (which clock in at $12 a pint), we'll have no trouble making these pints disappear well before spring. Click through the slideshow above for all the ice cream love. (Note: The Super Pop Cakes! collection, including all the cake-incorporating flavors you'll read about, won't be available until March 2.)
About the author: Max Falkowitz writes Serious Eats' weekly Spice Hunting column as well as ice cream column Scooped. He's a proud native of Queens, New York, will do just about anything for a good cup of tea, and enjoys long walks down the aisles of Chinese groceries. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.