Dec 31 2010

top 5 foodie finds of 2010

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Hands down the best ice cream I have tasted. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are hand-made every step of the way—they call it cow to cone. I love that Jeni thinks of her ice cream as a blank canvas before experimenting with flavor combinations because I truly believe she is an epicurean artist.

Read my full review of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream here.

s.a.l.t. sisters

Charmane Skillen began selling gourmet sea and mineral salts at area farmers markets in Shipshewana Indiana after learning about the incredible health benefits and unbeatable taste of unrefined sea salts. S.A.L.T. not only described her product, it was a symbol of her motivation – her four beautiful daughters, Sydney, Alexis, Lauren and Taylor.

Nutmeric Ultra

Turmeric + Almonds = Nutmeric Spreads

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and has been used historically to treat a wide variety of health ailments. It may have many favorable properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, heart healthy and much more.

Read tasting review for Nutmeric Ultra.

Sechuan Button

This little yellow flower R.O.C.K.S. When experiencing a sechuan button, it’s not just a flavor, it’s a physical sensations that happens in your mouth. It will actually change in taste from sweet, to sour, to spicy, to clean and refreshing. This tiny flower will have you asking: “Did I just lick Willy Wonka’s Wall? Because my tongue is, definitely, on a sleigh ride”!

Click here to read full review of the Sechuan Button.

Pure Inventions

a Revelation in Hydration

Pure Inventions is a revolutionary line of liquid extracts dedicated to promoting beauty and wellness from within. Developed by nutritionists, this unique line of liquid extracts turns ordinary water into something more – all without calories, artificial sweeteners, caffeine or preservatives.

Click here to read my full review of their calming elixir ~ Tranquility.

Dec 30 2010

jeni’s splendid ice cream

splendid |ˈsplendid|
magnificent; very impressive ; being out of the ordinary

If you have been lucky enough to taste Jeni’s Splendid ice cream then you will understand just how splendid her ice cream really is! Jeni has raised the bar on the standard of ice cream by providing a less sweet and more flavorful ice cream.

Earlier this year I hosted an ice cream tasting party and had Jeni’s ice cream shipped in from Ohio for the event. Tasting sheets were handed out to all the guests and I asked them to write their first impressions next to the corresponding flavors as they were sampled.

Below is a list of the flavors we tasted and just a few of the comments noted for each flavor.

Salty Caramel: I haven’t tried the others yet but this one has to be the best!

Pistachio & Honey: I liked this more than I thought I would. The honey really complements the pistachios.

Riesling Poached Pear: Very refreshing sorbet! Would be great between courses.

Goat Cheese w/Roasted Red Cherries: I was pleasantly surprised by this combination. It tastes like a cherry cheesecake!

Mango Lassi: My fav! Creamy mango, smooth taste, excellent!

Meyer Lemon Blueberry: Tart flavor – LOVED IT! The lemon and blueberry together are a wonderful combination with a lasting after taste.

Brown Butter Almond Brittle: My favorite! Love the crunch from the added almond brittle.

Strawberry Buttermilk: Yum, creamy!

Dark Chocolate: mmmm! Richest chocolate ice cream I’ve ever tasted!

My prediction: Jenni’s Splendid Ice Cream will be in gourmet grocery stores across the United States within a couple of years. They are that good!

Be sure to check out Jeni’s SIGNATURE and SEASONAL ice cream flavors. It was hard to pick a favorite (from the flavors I sampled) but I really loved the Brown Butter Almond Brittle. This flavor is based on a traditional Norwegian dessert and since I recently returned from a trip to Norway I could really appreciate this flavor combination.