Last week I was getting caught up on one of my favorite blogs, Eat. Drink. Smile., when I came across news of the Nashville, Tenn., ice cream-making contest Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin’. I myself am dairy intolerant (my sinuses are closing up just thinking about it), so I didn’t make it to the event on Sunday, June 12. Though I did think it sounded like a lot of fun for the rest of you lucky people who regularly indulge in ice creamy goodness.
Reading my June issue of Country Living brought me no reprieve from my cravings. Inside the pages I was introduced to Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio. How fun! I thought as I read on. She’s found her passion and is making the world happier by indulging her own sweet tooth. Love it! I also love that Jeni believes in buying local, quality ingredients, explaining, “Better ingredients mean better ice cream.”
And what divine ingredients they are: dark chocolate and lime cardamom, salty caramel, goat cheese with roasted red cherries, and wildberry lavender. That last one, all sweet cream, black currants and lavender honey, made me think of Meryl Streep’s character in “It’s Complicated,” making lavender honey ice cream when she can’t sleep. Needless, to say, I realized this was not your typical ice cream.
When I saw that Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are available in nine Ohio locations and one in my adopted hometown of Nashville, I knew my fate: dairy-schmairy! With the help of my Urbanspoon app, I was on the road and introduced to, truly, the most delightful ice cream ever at local treatery Hot and Cold.
I ordered the smallest portion available, not wanting to tempt fate, and dove into the wildberry lavender (read: sweet nectar of the gods). The taste pleasantly lingered on my tongue for hours, unlike the thick, sugary aftertaste of other ice cream treats–unless that’s just residual guilt. Regardless, I’m counting down the days for my next summer treat already.
For the record, you can order Jeni’s ice cream online, or better yet, make it yourself with her new book, “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.”