[By Nick] Some people consider Steve's as a carbon copy of Jeni's. I can't disagree with them there. The original Steve's packaging is similar, flavors are close and methods for sourcing ingredients are reminiscent of Jeni's as well. The only difference I really see is that Steve's charges a lot less for their products and I've rarely have been let down by a flavor. With Jeni's still not in markets, Steve's has another Jeni's-esque flavor out. You remember Jeni's Brambleberry Crisp? Well, meet Steve's version.
Steve's Blackberry Crumble Ice Cream
Cinnamon-Oat Streusel and Blackberry Jam folded into Vanilla Ice Cream
This flavor sounds a lot like Jeni's and even looks the part. The difference is, this one tastes a lot better. First off, the vanilla ice cream is more of a vanilla bean. Very rich, slightly floral and all kinds of delicious. There's just something about a clean, vanilla bean flavor that's addicting. To add to that, there's a ton of blackberry jam mixed in. The vanilla is strong but it doesn't overpower the blackberry flavor too much. You get a nice, tart and refreshing berry flavor that compliments the vanilla bean perfectly.
To seal the deal, Steve's loads this flavor with tons of streusel chunks. There isn't any skimpiness going on here like in another brand. These nuggets add bursts off oat-y, cinnamon goodness. They're crunchy and add the perfect amount of texture to the ice cream. This is a well-executed flavor all around. For the Brambleberry Crisp lovers out there, I think Steve's has created a permanent replacement for you.
Verdict? Steve's > Jeni's once again Buy Again? Easily