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2015/01/14 13:10:33 (permalink)

Jeni's? Really?

For the longest time I thought I was the only person the face of the Earth who wasn't a fan of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. When mentioning this to lleechef today I learned that I am not alone. As far as I'm concerned Jeni's is nothing but overpriced hype. Sure, there are interesting sounding flavors. But I'll take Velvet ice cream over Jeni's any day (or night) of the week. And the same for Graeter's. Heck, even Breyer's.
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/14 13:25:26 (permalink)
The Publix supermarket chain in the south has it's own brand of ice cream, Publix Premium, with some excellent regular and seasonal flavors. It has a very smooth, creamy texture. It's the only store-bought ice cream I buy any more.
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/14 13:32:15 (permalink)
Of course, this is just my opinion, but Jeni's has too much "stuff" in it for me.  The last time I had it I ordered "Bourbon Pecan".  It was like eating nuts that were a little surrounded by a very little bit of ice cream.  I much prefer Velvet ice cream.
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/14 13:36:02 (permalink)
I am a fan on Jeni's, but some of the flavors, especially the fruit flavors, can be too intense.  Being a mint fan, their dark chocolate peppermint is the best ice cream I have ever had.
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/14 13:56:20 (permalink)
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Have you ever been to Velvet in Utica?
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/14 14:42:25 (permalink)
I love Jeni's.  I also like Velvet and Graeter's.  I don't think you necessarily have to dislike one to like the other.  There are some Jeni's flavors that I do not like - such as the bangkok peanut and the chocolate one that has cayenne pepepr in it.  And last year I think it was she had some special flavors with the essence of different woods like cedar.  I found that one downright nasty (I'm thankful for the tastes they give you before you choose).  However, the ones that I do like are in the best I've ever had category like Cliff mentioned above.  And yes it is expensive but that keeps it as a once in a while treat for me.
 
The first time we took my dad there he got back in line three times and only stopped becasue we made him leave the store. 
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/14 14:48:40 (permalink)
I think Jeni's is terrific, but I'm biased because a co-worker has a part-time job there and will occasionally bring some quarts to our freezer for all the staff to sample.  That French toast flavor, my God...
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/14 15:12:33 (permalink)
hatteras04 
The first time we took my dad there he got back in line three times and only stopped becasue we made him leave the store. 

That is great stuff right there!!! 
 
 
lleechef-
I have never been to Velvet Ice Cream in Utica because they are only open during the week, not on weekends.



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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/14 16:55:38 (permalink)
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They're open 7 days a week from May 1 to the end of October!
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/15 07:57:21 (permalink)
Okay, I know what happened.  It's the factory tour that is only available during the week.  Thanks for straightening me out.  I promise to make it there this summer!
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/15 09:49:09 (permalink)
I very occasionally get Jeni's at Jungle Jim's here in Cincinnati. The flavors are sometimes a nice change. But good Lord is it expensive.
 
I checked Jeni's book out of the library, and I have copied down some of the recipes. Her all-purpose ice cream and frozen yogurt bases have been very useful for me when I make my own. And her roasted strawberry buttermilk ice cream is exceptional. Otherwise? Kind of pricey and a tad odd. My wife even got tired of the salted caramel, which is a favorite flavor of hers for just about anything.
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/15 11:32:44 (permalink)
I alternate between Graeters and Jenis
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/28 11:07:54 (permalink)
I've never tried Jeni's ice cream. However, I understand that, despite its price, the taste and texture is among the best, if not THE best, ice cream on the market. Though to me, nothing beats homemade ice cream!!
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/28 16:18:01 (permalink)
The first time I had Jeni's was really outstanding. I loved the cherry lambic and the bourbon butter pecan. But they've cancelled those flavors, and I haven't found anything else I loved so much.
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/28 22:28:48 (permalink)
I've had Jeni's and I've had Graeter's.  Jeni's might have weird flavors but Graeter's has that rich, textural, dense, taste thing going for it. 
 
I checked the freezer at my market today thinking I'd pick up my favorite raspberry/chocolate (I don't know the name) flavor of Graeter's.  THEY DON'T SELL IT ANYMORE!
 
WTH?  They've replaced it with McConnell's.  Not as good!
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/29 11:06:23 (permalink)
Graeter's is solid ice cream. I agree with you, mar52, on the richness of the texture and taste. There's a reason it is high in fat and calories! :)
 
Personally I've only had a couple flavors. However, I hope that will change.
 
 
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/29 11:13:03 (permalink)
I agree on Graeters
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/29 12:03:19 (permalink)
Don't get me wrong, I like both Jeni's and Graeter's.  I know I am "Graetered out" because there's one of their ice cream parlors about 2 miles from us and we go past it nearly every day so I've had all their flavors, many times over.  But there is something really special about going to Velvet and sitting outside on a summer afternoon.....and the ice cream is truly wonderful.


 
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/29 12:08:13 (permalink)
Great photos
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/29 12:24:37 (permalink)
Thanks.  The ice cream really is excellent but I'm sure the atmosphere has a lot to do with it!
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/29 15:18:57 (permalink)
Beautiful picture of a beautiful building!  I love water wheels.
 
 
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/01/29 20:08:43 (permalink)
It's an old grist mill that was built in 1817!  I don't have a picture, but in front of the mill is a pond with ducks, geese, swans........it's really quite lovely.
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/02/03 13:07:32 (permalink)
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Thanks.  The ice cream really is excellent but I'm sure the atmosphere has a lot to do with it!




lleechef, what are your most preferred Graeter's ice cream flavors?
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/02/03 13:34:29 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby PieBakerM 2015/03/03 12:36:10
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Thanks.  The ice cream really is excellent but I'm sure the atmosphere has a lot to do with it!




lleechef, what are your most preferred Graeter's ice cream flavors?


They're all good but my favs are:  salted caramel, blueberry pie, butter pecan, black raspberry chocolate chip, caramel truffle gelato, hazelnut truffle gelato and in the summer, peach!  And out of all the wonderful flavors they have to choose from my husband gets..........vanilla. 
post edited by lleechef - 2015/02/03 13:35:54
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/03/03 12:36:13 (permalink)
Thanks, lleechef. I'll have to give those a try next time I see them at the store. 
 
I have to agree about the Blueberry Pie. I've tasted it before and that is delicious! 
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/03/03 13:41:29 (permalink)
Jeni's has a couple of new flavors out that I want to try:
Seven Layer Bar
 
Concentrated milk chocolate with pockets of sweetened condensed milk + coconut + Graham Gravel + smoked almonds + chocolate.
 
Toasted Brioche with Butter & Jam
 
A buttery ice cream with toasted brioche bread crumbs and fragrant ribbons of one of three sweet-tart jams (apricot, black currant, or raspberry).
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/03/03 14:15:20 (permalink)
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Thanks.  The ice cream really is excellent but I'm sure the atmosphere has a lot to do with it!




lleechef, what are your most preferred Graeter's ice cream flavors?


They're all good but my favs are:  salted caramel, blueberry pie, butter pecan, black raspberry chocolate chip, caramel truffle gelato, hazelnut truffle gelato and in the summer, peach!  And out of all the wonderful flavors they have to choose from my husband gets..........vanilla. 


Smart man....all those ingredients....how could it be bad....as purists know ,if they make a superb vanilla, they can make ice cream!!!
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/05/22 23:40:11 (permalink)
I've stayed out of this discussion up until now because I'd never had Velvet Ice Cream.  That has changed as of tonight.  After a huge plate of Chicken Paprikash and Pierogis at Sokolowski's University Inn I wound my way back to my hotel, making a stop at a CVS for a bottle of water.
 
Out of curiosity I checked the freezer case just to see if they had any interesting local Ice Cream products and what kind of exorbitant prices they were charging for same.  Lo and behold, there was a whole shelf of Velvet Ice Cream flavors.  The Dutch Chocolate was the most appealing option and it was only about three and a half bucks, so we both headed back to my hotel to get better acquainted.
 
I gotta tell you folks, I'm still in the Jeni's corner, even with the possibility of Listeria.  Don't get me wrong, none of this Velvet Ice Cream is going in the trash; I'll choke it down and even enjoy it a little.  There's nothing wrong with it, I'm just not getting the intense flavor I want from a pint of Ice Cream labeled "Dutch Chocolate".  Also, the texture is good, but nothing special.  It doesn't come close to the dense, rich quality of a pint of Graeter's.
 
OTOH, I'm in total agreement with the crowd who, given the choice between Jeni's and Graeter's, will pick the Black Raspberry Chip every time.
 
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/05/23 12:44:40 (permalink)
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Re: Jeni's? Really? 2015/05/23 13:34:17 (permalink)
if Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip is a choice, there is no other choice!
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