Five Best Flavors of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Emily Swan
3 min readJun 9, 2020

How to choose? Let me help.

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Last I checked there were 26 flavors of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the ice cream costs more than the average pint, but it consistently delivers solid flavors and textures. Three years ago I decided to try them all and rank them (to my spouse’s … amusement? chagrin?). Flavor is subjective, yes — so take it for what it is: a self-declared amateur ice cream judge’s Top Five list. And, for what it’s worth, I like most things, and am partial to ice creams that are less sweet.)

#1 Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks

Chocolate and peanut butter is a winning combination every time. I attended a conference in Columbus the first time I tried this ice cream, where it went by the name “The Buckeye State.” I assume they changed the name because not everyone knows that Ohio is called the “Buckeye State.” In addition to being a type of tree, buckeyes are a popular midwest treat consisting of balls of peanut butter dipped in chocolate. Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flakes is aptly descriptive. I tend to avoid this flavor at the grocery because if I buy it, I will eat it more quickly than I’d like to admit.

#2 Supermoon

Close behind the Salted Peanut Butter is a flavor called Supermoon. The colors are striking — a beautiful soft blue ice cream swirled with a light yellow one. The blue is tangy and comes from the blue violet giving it its flavor, and the yellow is marshmallow-vanilla. While I find the marshmallow on its own too sweet, the tart blue violet balances it out. It was also the favorite of my (then) 7 year old niece (now, 8).

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#3 Brown Butter Almond Brittle

A perfect mellow buttercream ice cream mixed in with toffee-like bits that give it some crunch. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Salty, but not too salty. Rich, but not too rich. It’s my mom’s favorite.

#4 Boston Cream Pie

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Emily Swan

Co-Author with Ken Wilson of Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance, and co-pastor of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor, a progressive, fully-inclusive church. Queer.