Six years ago after I moved back from France (I can’t believe it has been six years), I spent some time in Columbus, Ohio. My boyfriend at the time was working there during the summer so I went to stay with him for a week. I came to see him; I fell in love with Jeni’s.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is, in a word, magic. I know this. Joe Biden knows this. Anyone who calls themselves a true ice cream lover knows this. It’s just BEYOND. Their flavors are inventive and bold, and quality is on point. I ended up going to Jeni’s three times during my Columbus visit and I was only there for five days.
I was sad when I left Ohio because I didn’t think that I’d be able to try Jeni’s again unless I paid an obscene amount of money to ship pints to my door. Luckily, Jeni’s decided to expand. There are now stores in Chicago, Nashville, and St. Louis. I’ve been to them all.
Yesterday on my lunch break, I walked to the one in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood. It was a beautiful day that tricked me into thinking that it was spring, and to me, spring means ice cream. I got a scoop of the juniper and lemon curd and a new flavor called “The Matterhorn” with wildflowers, honey and almonds. I cried a few tears of joy but I tried to hide it as I walked down the sidewalk with my cone.
Anyway. If you’re ever in Columbus/Chicago/Nashville/St. Louis, find a Jeni’s and try their ice cream immediately. If you’re not, you’re still in luck because Jeni’s now ships to grocery stores. I managed to find the ice cream (albeit for a price) at Whole Foods in D.C. and California.