Local Kentucky Ice Cream Brands

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About eight years ago, one of our great friends at the Gaylord Opryland Resort introduced me to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.

JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAM IN NASHVILLE ONCE SPOILED ME

There are six locations in Nashville – my favorite is in East Nashville – and the flavors are unique, to say the least. Sweet creme cookies and peach jam, blackberry crisp, brandy burnt banana and maple dipped pancakes are just a small handful of the unusual yet decadent and amazing flavors that Jeni offers. Many flavors are seasonal as Jeni’s comes and goes throughout the year.

I’ve never been to Nashville JUST to eat at Jeni’s, but I eat at Jeni’s every time I’m in Nashville.

THANKS TO LOCAL KENTUCKY BRANDS, I’M NO LONGER SPOILED

And I actually said it spoiled me for ice cream elsewhere. But that’s no longer true. I have since visited The Comfy Cow in Louisville and Crank and Boom in Lexington. Although I don’t indulge in comparisons regarding ice cream, I can at least say that I am no longer “spoiled”.

THE COMFORTABLE COW

The Comfy Cow has five locations and they are all in Louisville. It’s ice cream from KENTUCKY, and flavors like Black Raspberry Chip, Chatty Cathy (a coffee ice cream – MY FAVORITE) and Georgia Butter Pecan are just a few of the reasons word of mouth is so strong for this local favorite.

CRANK AND BOOM

Down Interstate 64 in Lexington, you’ll find Crank and Boom, an ice cream shop that started out the back of the Thai Orchid Cafe. It was just ice cream on the dessert menu. Now there are two stores, and they “make” really delicious ice cream. Crank and Boom presented me with an interesting problem… I couldn’t try EVERYTHING. There’s only a little room in your stomach.

The one and only time I visited I mixed Coffee Stout with Gooey Butter Cake and Bourbon & Honey. By that I mean, I ordered a scoop of each, and during my indulgence, I swirled them together. I highly recommend it. It’s a miracle I’m not drunk. There’s real ale in the Coffee Stout and real bourbon in the Bourbon & Honey…as it should be.

CHANEY DAIRY BARN

But don’t think that only major metropolitan areas have cornered Kentucky’s homemade ice cream market. A few years ago we took a Tri-State Bucket List trip to Chaney’s Dairy Barn in Bowling Green. It’s also a restaurant, as well as serving some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. We were even able to go to the source; the cows that produce the cream that goes into Chaney’s delicious concoctions are raised on the farm.

If you’re craving ice cream, I understand that almost any brand will satisfy your taste buds. But be a little more demanding.

If you’re REALLY looking for ice cream, look local.

Always look local.

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