Giving In

Man it’s hot. It’s like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.

That’s how hot it’s been. It’s no wonder that I gave in and finally ordered some Jeni’s Ice Cream.

The box arrived 10 minutes before we had to leave for the chiropractor so we grabbed some spoons and a box cutter and dug right in.  Here are my “first minute” impressions.

Queen City Cayenne (This was pretty soft, even with the dry ice in the packaging.  No idea why because the box is insulated with foam on all sides.)

Site description – Rich chocolate reveals back-of-the-throat spice. Finish is tingly and complex.

My description –  Oh, yum, chocolate! And it’s so crea…OW OW OW!  There’s the cayenne!

Sweet Corn & Black Raspberries (This flavor was the hardest to attack with a spoon. Dry ice vampire?)

Site description – Buttery, milky sweet corn gives way flawlessly to sweet-tart black raspberry jam. Breath of honey on the finish.

My description – I LOVE CORN! Delicate flavor of creamed corn that melds well with the black raspberry.

Salty Caramel

Site description – Initial notes of burnt sugar give way to mouth-watering saltiness. A perfect salty sweet balance.

My description – Oh…yummmm….oh….! Reminds me of a flan and I think, even tho I’m a chocolate fiend, this might be my favorite flavor. Love the burnt sugar taste. Salty sweet is the way to go.

Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Cherries

Site description – Sweet-tart roasted Michigan cherries are balanced by the tang of pure goat cheese. Like a cherry cheesecake, but even better!

My description – I’ve never had Goat Cheese.  This is a very pleasant flavored ice cream and I’m not picking up the “tang” but the cherries are WONDERFUL.  You can tell that they’re fresh.

Backyard Mint

Site description – Pure, intense peppermint restrained and mellowed with sweet cream. Like a cool breeze on a hot day.

My description – Spearmint yumminess.  Not too strong but definitely there.

When/if I re-order, I’ll be getting the Salty Caramel and the Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Cherries.  I’d also like to try the Dark Chocolate, Honey Vanilla Bean and, maybe, the Kona Stout. You have to order at least 4 flavors but it’s like anything else.  Either you can’t come up with a 4th or you come up with 5 or more.

The Queen City Cayenne is a bit too cayenne for me.  Also, it kinda repeats and I’m not crazy about THAT after-taste.

I just took my spoon and dipped into every container, so I could get those descriptions accurate.

I did that for YOU, my readers.

5 thoughts on “Giving In

  1. And we, your lowly readers. . . Your lowly, sweltering readers, appreciate all you are doing on our behalf and on behalf of the culinary sciences.

    (Did you get the sarcasm, ’cause that’s how I meant it.)

  2. Well, it’s cold and very windy and wet here and we are Very Happy and want none of your Tarzan hot weather!!! Wow, those are some interesting flavours. Our ice cream is not as adventurous at all. I like fruity ice cream and sorbets.
    Hope it is cool soon!!

  3. OH MAN! I appreciate you research! I had Jeni’s ice cream last June while at Knitters Connection. YUMMY! At the North Market, near the convention center, they let you sample the flavors. I had some kind of pear that was so refreshing. Dorothy Lane Market sells it but it’s $9.99 a pint. I haven’t yet given in but I did stand in front of that case Saturday with my hand on the knob. I was sooo close to buying the Brown Butter Almond. I think it’s just a matter of time!

  4. Surely you need me to be your ice cream package-opener assistant in the future?! I could have been so helpful. (She says, packing a spoon of her own into the carry-on).

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