As if one needs a determined day to enjoy some ice cream. But just in case today Sunday, July 16th is National Ice Cream Day and what better day than today to bring you a review of the newly released Jeni’s Mocha Black Cherry Ice Cream. This ice cream is a designed and inspired as a pairing between Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Stone Brewing.
Jeni’s Mocha Black Cherry Ice Cream is made with pairing Stone Brewing’s Mocha IPA to enhance the full flavors of both the ice cream and the beer. Mocha Black Cherry uses a coffee ice cream as its base and then adds a sweet-sour cherry sauce and bitter cocoa nibs and compliments the Mocha IPA very well! But this is not the first time that Jeni’s worked with Stone Brewing as the 15 year old ice cream company had previously suggested an ice cream pairing with Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout.
“Our ice creams typically start with an idea—a single flavor or a combination of ingredients that we build upon,” said founder Jeni Britton Bauer in a statement. “But to create our second collaboration ice cream with California’s lauded Stone Brewing, we worked backward, allowing the flavors in their Stone Mocha IPA to lead the way. The beer has the bitterness of an imperial IPA, that cocoa-coffee indulgence of a mocha stout, and hints of fruit. Our Mocha Black Cherry hits all these notes: soft ice cream that clashes with sweet-sour cherry sauce and bitter cocoa nibs.”
When it comes to the beer, Jeremy Moynier, Senior Innovation Brewing Manager for Stone Brewing made the following statement. “We thought it was about time we use two amazing ingredients together, coffee and chocolate, and apply them to our favorite beer style: IPA,” said Jeremy Moynier, Senior Innovation Brewing Manager for Stone Brewing. “The interplay of the coffee and chocolate along with lactose, which gives a milky creaminess, and then rounding out with bright, intense, fruity hops, makes for a complex and layered beer. A true feast for the senses.”
The pairing of the Mocha Black Cherry Ice Cream and Stone Brewing Mocha IPA melds quite well with one another. The coffee and mocha flavors of the IPA and the ice cream is enhanced by the crunchy cocoa nibs that are blended into the ice cream.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams can be found locally in the Portland area at Zupan’s Market and Bales Market Place. You can also use the Jeni’s Ice Cream locator by clicking here. Or the Mocha Black Cherry Ice Cream can be ordered directly from Jeni’s by clicking here.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.