Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will now be carried at Publix


  • image via Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams website
If you haven't tasted Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams before, Orlando, you're in for a treat. We learned today that Central Florida Publix stores will be carrying Jeni's pints, which until now have been hard to find in local freezer cases.

Jeni's super-premium ice cream boasts big flavors and all-natural ingredients, and their business model involves forming partnerships with smaller businesses (local dairy farms, fruit orchards, chocolate importers, etc.) who provide the building blocks of the product.

Flavors carried in Orlando and Winter Park will include Salty Caramel, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Salted Peanut Butter With Chocolate Flecks, Frosé Sorbet, Brambleberry Crisp and something called Supermoon.

Jeni Britton Bauer has had a cult following since her start in 2002, pre-dating the artisanal ice cream and gelato explosion by several years. In this WNYC interview, she talks about her life and business, and how she comes up with her unique flavors like Lemon Buttermilk and Ricotta Toast with Red Berry Geranium Jam. Bauer will be giving away free scoops from the Jeni's truck from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Tampa's Oxford Exchange; closer to home, the truck (sans Bauer) will stop at the New General in Winter Park from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.

  • image via Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams website
Jeni's also operates retail scoop shops with rotating seasonal flavors. (While in Portland last year, this reporter tasted a scoop of Southern Biscuit and Peach, a flavor experience that was pretty much like being punched in the face by an angel.) So ... today pints, tomorrow scoop shops, eh, Jeni? Hello? Pretty please?

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