Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Has Been Ready For Its Close Up
As common success stories go, a Midwesterner is more likely to move to Los Angeles to win over the city than the other way around. But not in Jeni’s case. When Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a beloved Ohio-bred company, announced plans to open a corner shop surrounded by Los Feliz palm trees, it was L.A. that patiently waited for a taste of success. Doors opened earlier this month to crowds who lined beneath and far beyond the shop’s playful orange sign, and Jeni’s proved to be well worth the wait.
Walk toward the counter from outside and the smell of handmade waffle cones will scent the air of a bright, cheerful space. Graphic gray tiles line the floor and a black-and-white menu hangs on the wall to complement the room’s many pops of color, from the signature orange hue on the stools at the front window to the variegated mugs in the small store at the back. But perhaps the room’s most concentrated shades are found, not surprisingly, in the ice creams themselves. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are made primarily from scratch using ingredients sourced either from the Midwest or internationally. Grass-grazed Ohio milk is the base of all that may be scooped into a cup or an ice cream sandwich.
Taste as many samples as you want before you decide. Dark chocolate and the Buckeye state are rich, while goat cheese with red cherries and wheatgrass pear and vinho verde sorbet – a flavor made for L.A. – are sweet. When you taste it, you’ll know you’ve arrived.