Jeni's Goat Cheese with Red Cherries Ice Cream
Sweet/tart cherries balanced by the natural tang of pure goat cheese
They really only have a few options that I'm interested in so I opted to go with their Goat Cheese with Red Cherries first. I've heard great things about this flavor plus Jeni's describes it as a cherry cheesecake, there was no way I was passing this up. Sure the goat cheese factor is a little intimidating but my first review for On Second Scoop was a goat milk ice cream so I'm not too afraid.
While the outside of the pint looks pretty with all of the red contrasting the white base, the opening shot isn't too exciting. Digging down doesn't reveal any noteworthy shots either.
They were dead on with the cheesecake part in their description. The base is basically the ice cream version of the richest, densest cheesecake you've ever had. Jeni's really know how to pull of magic with their bases. There is a little tanginess from the goat cheese but nothing off-putting and I find myself enjoying it more and more. The problem here like in their Brown Butter Almond Brittle is the mix-ins. While that pint was skimpy on the mix-ins but strong with their flavor, this one is the complete opposite. There is an abundance of the swirl as well as the cherries but their flavor is mute. At first I thought the goat cheese in the base was cancelling this out. I decided to isolate a cherry and some of the swirl and there was literally no flavor. All I got was some texture and added tartness but there's no way I'd be able to tell you that cherries were involved at all from a flavor standpoint.
Once again Jeni's has blown me away with their base execution but have let me down with their mix-ins. Now this brings me back to the price aspect. Do I think that this ice cream is worth the $10+ price tag? Not a chance. I'm mad that I spent $6 on it to be honest. Sure the base is awesome but I'm not buying this for just the base. I want to have the full on cherry cheesecake experience as I was promised. What makes things worse is that I could've bought a pint of Gelato Fiasco's Torched Marshmallow S'more Gelato for only 50 cents more without using a coupon. I understand how Jeni's is a craft company and all that but so are these other brands like The Gelato Fiasco and they're putting out a superior product for a way better price.
If you're looking for a cherry cheesecake fix, look elsewhere. I really can't recommend this flavor at the price that it is. If it was under the $5 price tag or the flavor of the cherries made an impact I might change my mind but that's just not the case. If you want to try Jeni's I’d recommend their Dark Chocolate or Brown Butter Almond Brittle well before this one.
Verdict? So much potential but the cherries need to be fixed
Buy Again? Nope but there are a couple of others I'll use my coupons on for future reviews