First launched in Ohio in 2002, Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream has become the gold standard in the artisan made frozen treats realm; founder Jeni Britton Bauer has 23 scoop shops around the country and two cookbooks, including the New York Times' bestselling Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, which earned a 2012 James Beard Award.
For its next limited edition flavor, the ice cream company looked to a local brewery for inspiration, namely Stone Brewing Co.'s Stone Xocoveza, the seasonal milk stout that was first brewed in 2014 with award-winning local homebrewer Chris Banker; the Mexican hot chocolate-inspired beer has become a holiday favorite, with the 2015 release brewed in collaboration with Baja's Cerveceria Insurgente. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams' rendition, called Xocorosa, doesn't have any beer in the recipe, but the chocolate ice cream has a similar flavors including jalapeño, smoked paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and rose to complement the 8.1% ABV brew.
The ice cream should hit store shelves next week, but San Diegans can get their first scoop this weekend when Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams rolls into town with its Street Treats truck for a noon to 6 p.m. pop-up at various Stone Company stores; on Friday, September 30 the truck will be parked in front of Stone Downtown San Diego on Kettner, on Saturday, October 1 it will pull up to Stone Oceanside, and on Sunday, October 2 it will be stationed at Stone Escondido. Pints of the ice cream will also be retailed at Stone Liberty Station, Stone Kettner and Stone Escondido.
Beyond the Stone Brewing Co.-inspired flavor Xocorosa, the truck will also be scooping Jeni's Salty Caramel Churro, Darkest Chocolate, Brown Butter, Almond Brittle, Brambleberry Crisp Lemon Buttermilk BFY (buttermilk frozen yogurt), and Riesling Poached Pear flavors priced at $5.50 for two scoops and $6.50 for three scoops.