Yes, the name of the establishment I’m about to write about is Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. It sounds silly, but you know what? The name is an absolutely perfect descriptor of Jeni’s product.
This ice cream will turn your toenails neon pink*.
There are a lot of ways ice cream can be good. It can be good in the way that all ice cream is good (sugar and cream). It can also be high-quality good but fairly standard (Graeter’s), it can be down-homey and lovely (Blue Bell), it can be fairly creative in ways that make you and your taste buds smile (Pied Piper). I suppose that when you talk about Jeni’s the Pied Piper is probably the closest in similarities, but Jeni’s is still something completely different.
Cherry Lambic Sorbet, Brambleberry Crisp, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Queen City Cayenne, Wildberry Lavender, Rockmill Golden Ale & Apricots. These are just a few of Jeni’s “I never would have thought this would be good as ice cream but now I can’t imagine my life without it” flavors. They start with cream made from milk of grass-fed cows and then pick the finest ingredients and let the creative juices flow. At first you might scratch your head at Rhubarb Lemon, but then you taste it and it is really, really good.
Oh yeah, and Thursday night they’re giving it away for free.
That’s right, to celebrate the grand opening of the first Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream outside of the great state of Ohio, Jeni’s is giving away her wonderful sweet treats for free. Just beware: you’ll be hooked. Jeni herself will even be there to talk about her ice cream, which is reason enough to go.
The free ice cream is from 7-10pm at their new store at 1892 Eastland Ave in East Nashville. It’s right by Ugly Mugs apparently, if that gives you a better idea of its location. My advice? Get there early and bring a disguise so you can go through twice. And bask in the glory of Ohio ice cream.
Editor’s note: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream will not, in fact, turn your toenails pink.