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Jeni's Fresh Ice Cream

1281 Grandview Avenue, Grandview Heights, OH - (614) 488-3224
Posted By Jim Ellison on 4/22/2010 4:59:00 PM
Jeni’s Fresh Ice Cream is gourmet ice cream for gourmands. And it is plain old great ice cream for the rest. Jeni Britton scoops out creative flavors made with the finest ingredients that can be found, and about 50% of the time these are obtained locally in central Ohio. Jeni is an ice cream artisan and craftsperson. The mix of ingredients that combine in her Carpigiani gelato machine are her medium for artistic expression. Fortunately, this “art” is greatly appreciated and led her on the path of a successful businesswoman. Her dedication stirred her to take the respected Penn State ice cream short course as well as to study with an Italian gelato maker. Jeni knows ice cream. It is nice to see a sweet person and product achieve sweet success as well.

Flavors vary by season and inspiration. The quality of Jeni’s ice creams has earned accolades from the national press including Gourmet, Food and Wine, various web sites, some TV programs, every local media outlet, and at least two books. Jeni’s has melted the hearts of culinary critics on both coasts and put Columbus on the culinary map for ice cream. There is strong buzz that Columbus is the ice cream capital of the country (an argument that this writer can support with scoops of objective facts and subjective tastes). Putting Columbus on the gourmet radar is due in part to the raves that Jeni’s ice cream continues to receive, which in turn is supported by a growing online ordering business to supply the demand for this treat.

One customer favorite flavor is Salty Caramel; other flavors come and go based on the season and Ms. Britton’s creativity. These are a few of the signature flavors you can expect to see each time you peek in the ice cream cooler:

Dark Cocoa Gelato
Pistachio & Ashland County Honey
Black Coffee
Thai Chili
Queen City Cayenne

Depending on the season or sometimes, the day, you can expect up to 30 flavors to choose from; hard choices. Jeni's offers free tastes of ice creams before deciding on a scoop. Jeni’s also does combined half-scoops to cater to those wanting to sample with abandon.

An added bonus, at least at the Grandview parlor, is the ability to order an ice cream sundae. Consider this little treat as a preview of sundae attractions:

One Night in Bangkok (billed as the ultimate phad Thai)

Thai chili ice cream
Caramel sauce
Sliced bananas
Pineapple
A bit of white chocolate

Jeni’s is served at several fine restaurants in Columbus but is best experienced in an ice cream cone while strolling around the North Market or in a sundae dish in Grandview.

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Two more of Jeni's unusual flavors:  sweet potato and torched marshmallow in front, whiskey and pecans in back.
"Two more of Jeni's unusual flavors: sweet potato and torched marshmallow in front, whiskey and pecans in back."
Cliff Strutz





During a visit to a Jeni's in Nashville, we couldn't possibly so no to Loveless Biscuits and Peach Jam on the left.  On the right is Torrone, which is white chocolate, tupelo honey and toasted almonds.
"During a visit to a Jeni's in Nashville, we couldn't possibly so no to Loveless Biscuits and Peach Jam on the left. On the right is Torrone, which is white chocolate, tupelo honey and toasted almonds."
Cliff Strutz


By ordering a trio, you get three half scoops of Jeni's amazing ice cream.  Clockwise from left: pistachio & honey, bourbon buttered pecan, and black coffee.
"By ordering a trio, you get three half scoops of Jeni's amazing ice cream. Clockwise from left: pistachio & honey, bourbon buttered pecan, and black coffee."
Cliff Strutz


Here are three more of Jeni's exemplary flavors. Clockwise from the top: salty caramel, brown butter almond brittle, and my favorite so far, dark chocolate peppermint!
"Here are three more of Jeni's exemplary flavors. Clockwise from the top: salty caramel, brown butter almond brittle, and my favorite so far, dark chocolate peppermint!"
Cliff Strutz


The Black & Tan sundae is made with salty caramel ice cream, smoked almonds, hot fudge, caramel sauce, and hand-whipped cream.
"The Black & Tan sundae is made with salty caramel ice cream, smoked almonds, hot fudge, caramel sauce, and hand-whipped cream. "
Cliff Strutz


One Night in Bangkok sundae.
"One Night in Bangkok sundae."
Jim Ellison


Available flavors 5/10/09.  As you can see by these flavors, this is not your typical ice cream parlor.
"Available flavors 5/10/09. As you can see by these flavors, this is not your typical ice cream parlor."
Cliff Strutz


Inside Jeni's: they list many cult favorites as well as seasonal flavors.
"Inside Jeni's: they list many cult favorites as well as seasonal flavors."
Ben Morton



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Jim Ellison


Sign at Jeni's in Grandview.
"Sign at Jeni's in Grandview. "
Jim Ellison


Jeni's Grandview Heights location has plenty of outdoor seats for enjoying your ice cream in the sun.
"Jeni's Grandview Heights location has plenty of outdoor seats for enjoying your ice cream in the sun."
Cliff Strutz



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