Yup, all-butter cookies. I think I'll pass on those. Jeni's Ice Creams, however, are another story.
I read so many food blogs that I don't remember where I first learned about Jeni's. One day this spring I noticed Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge started carrying this new ice cream line, but didn't think much of it. Only recently Formaggio tweeted that they had a new batch of Jeni's ice creams in that I coincidentally read a review that raved over the the unusual flavor of Strawberry Buttermilk. The artisanal quality behind its production is apparent on their website:
It was enough to convince me to try it, so off we went to Formaggio. The selection wasn't quite this bountiful (this picture is from Jeni's blog http://www.saltycaramel.com/), but there were enough flavors for my husband and I to become indecisive. We settled on both a signature ice cream flavor (Salty Caramel) and the Riesling Poached Pear sorbet.
It was an indulgent decision to go with two pints, and I'm glad I didn't know the price beforehand because they ended up being $13 each!!! I don't think we've ever paid that much for ice cream. It's a good thing we're not the type of people who can eat a carton in one sitting (my husband is very good at rationing a half cup for each of us to eat or whatever the recommended serving size is) because that is one expensive dessert. I do think it's worth it - the Salty Caramel is a little stronger tasting of burnt sugar than I expected but not offensively so. The pear sorbet is to die for though - intense pear flavor with a creamy consistency, not icy and grainy as is the case with many sorbets. I think it has to do with the tapioca in their recipe since there's no dairy. This is probably going to become my low-fat treat, and to heck with the expense.