Whole Foods is expensive and it is thus problematic. But, it is even more problematic when you are looking for a treat, feeling a tad in need, and there in front of you is an ice cream sandwich from Jeni's. This is how I discovered Jeni's -- wandering down the frozen food section, looking longingly at the various treats. I took one home. I ate it. It was amazing. I described it to my partner. And, lo, when I asked for a treat from Whole Foods, I got another one. I am spoiled.
What is all this about? Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. I have visited virtually -- and eaten two salty caramel with smoked almonds ice cream sandwiches. (Do not think the ice cream sandwich of your youth. Think not of cookie like exteriors of any kind, unless, like me, you are fond of meringue/macaroon-y type things. These are incredible. They are just at the right edge of soft, and have the right toothiness.) I have not visited any of Jeni's places in Ohio, where the "brand" began. Nor have I visited the place in the Windy City that is a Jeni's! In fact, I am only now learning that she won a James Beard Award for her book on ice cream making.
But, I can say this: the ice cream sandwiches are utterly and totally amazing. This may be one of the first times when frozen food delights sent me to a place to eat rather than sending me home to . . . . eat. And I do not say that every day.