First of all, I am thrilled to report I am a finalist in The Kitchn’s The Homies Awards for the best baking and sweets blog! I can’t believe it. It really is a dream come true. Thank you so much for your support! It would mean the world to me if you’d head over to The Kitchn’s site and vote for Pies and Plots again. Please spread the word. With your help, anything is possible 🙂 Now on to today’s post
Though I don’t eat ice cream very frequently, it’s one of my favorite treats. It brings back memories of stopping after school for a sundae or sharing a pint with Mom and Granny. Whether from the grocery store or ice cream parlor, whether ice cream, custard, sorbet, sherbet, or gelato, I love the chilly treat, even when the temperature outside is colder than my freezer!
I have to say of all the ice cream I’ve tried (including ice cream I’ve made), Jeni’s is my favorite. I’ve ordered from Jeni’s several times. They are the nicest, most helpful people, always willing to accommodate my chocolate allergy. Plus, these people know how to ship ice cream! It always arrives icy cold and ready to head to the freezer . . . or my mouth 😉
Prior to my latest order, I’d only tried the ice cream sandwiches, but this order, the Sweet Potato Torched Marshmallow Pint was calling my name. It did not disappoint. The ice cream is so silky smooth, not a single ice crystal in sight. The spicy-sweet ice cream is so perfectly complemented by the marshmallows which have been roasted. They add a slight sweetness, but also complexity from that campfire s’more like flavor of the burnt marshmallows. I can’t wait to have more.
I also tried the Salty Caramel Sauce. I love the Salty Caramel ice cream (more on that in a moment), so I couldn’t wait to try the plain sauce. Full of vanilla bean specks, the sweet-salty balance is spot on. The sauce is also the star of my Caramel Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars.
The ice cream sandwiches still have my heart. They make me stop in my tracks, they are so delicious. The Pfeffernusse were a new find. The Oatmeal Cream are solid, but the Orchid Vanilla and Salty Caramel are in another league. I could never choose a favorite.
The Orchid Vanilla begins with two huge almond macarons. In between them is a giant scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and black currant jam. I never knew how much I loved black currant jam until this. It’s addicting! And then there’s the Salty Caramel sandwich with two more macarons with Salty Caramel ice cream in the middle. Oh, that Salty Caramel ice cream; just the thought of it makes me swoon. It is then rolled in smoked almonds. Neither Mom nor I were sure about the almonds, but the crunch and flavor they add is genius. Of course everything from Jeni’s is pretty genius!
This isn’t a sponsored post, but I wish it was. Jeni’s, if you would like to send some samples of new products my way or hold a giveaway for my readers, I promise no one would complain 🙂