Artisan Ice Creams Now at breathe in Pittsford | Arts & Culture
I popped into breathe in Pittsford the other day to try the line of artisan ice creams they just started carrying: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Jeni’s is hailed as one the most delicious and creative artisan ice creams in the country by the New York Times, Bon Appétit, Food and Wine and many other publications. From personal experience, I can say that they are indeed "splendid."
breathe will offer 14 varieties year-round such as Black Coffee, Brown Butter Almond Brittle, Riesling Poached Pear, Backyard Mint, Strawberry Buttermilk, Goat Cheese and Cognac Fig, Wildberry Lavender and others. When I was there, I tasted Buckeye State, a heavenly concoction of peanut butter and chocolate; Salty Caramel, pure deliciousness on a spoon; and Lemon Cream, a lovely refreshing balance of citrus and cream.
breathe’s owner, Cyndi Weis, says that Jeni’s ice cream stands apart from the crowd because it is made from the finest quality of natural and whole ingredients. Interestingly, both Jeni’s and breathe have a shared goal: to offer the best, most flavorful and nutritious options that are prepared with our customers’ well-being in mind. Both businesses are also family-run.
All of Jeni's ice creams, sauces, pralines and marshmallows are handcrafted in Jeni's production kitchen in Columbus, Ohio. Each batch of Jeni's ice cream is carefully tended to, and each flavor is artfully achieved with fresh ingredients found in the Ohio countryside as well as responsibly-raised exotics from around the world. They even handwrite the name of the ice cream on every pint (check out the photos here to see this individual touch).
Drawing on the practices of a traditional pastry kitchen, Jeni has created techniques to make American ice creams that are less sweet and more flavorful than other brands. She uses single-origin milk and cream, and all the dairy comes from pasture-raised cows that graze freely on more than 350 acres of pesticide-free grasses.
The ice creams’ ingredients such as rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, red and black raspberries, maple and more come from the region’s prime soil and its long growing-season. Nuts, berries and other ingredients are roasted, toasted or turned into jam and blended into the ice creams. There is no high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, injected air or food coloring used in any of the ice creams. In addition, Jeni’s sources directly from partner farmers.
breathe is carrying this ice cream because they haven’t found anything like it around here. A good friend of Cyndi’s turned her onto the ice cream.
breathe will carry new flavors and favorites throughout the year. They even plan to offer ice cream sandwiches down-the-road made with cookies created by its own holistically-minded baker, Julie Goin. I have a feeling these ice cream sandwiches will be offered soon as the staff was raving about samples they’ve been trying. I certainly can’t wait for those!