Taste Artesanal Ice Cream at Jendys

12/20/17- Post Maria- Jendys is now open and serving their delicious ice cream!.

Jendys Ice Cream

Do you love ice cream like I do? Then a trip to Jendys Heladería (ice cream parlor) is a must-do stop. No matter what you are in the mood for, they have probably made that flavor. They specialize in odd, unusual, tropical, and totally delicious flavors of small batch ice cream.

It used to be that, if you wanted odd flavors of ice cream, you would have to drive far into Puerto Rico to Heladería Lares to get it. Now, these specialty flavors can be had much easier (and closer) when in the San Juan area.

Jendys Heladería is located in Caguas, just a 30-minue drive from San Juan. It is a newer (opened in 2002) and maybe less well known place as Heladería Lares, but it is just as note-worthy.

Specializing in Odd Flavors

Each day they have a big selection of flavors. The day we went they had about 30 flavors available, which included some sugar free options.

They have ice cream with odd flavors like garlic, sangria, avocado, carrot and ginger. Some other exotic flavors come from local fruit/veggies like ripe plantain, calabaza (pumpkin), acerola, guaynabana or tamarindo. They have yummy things like choco-avellanas (Nutella flavor), Baily’s, tres leches, and corn. The list goes on and on, and changes every day.

Can’t decide on what flavor to get? They give 2 free taste samples, though I don’t think that 2 test limit is written in stone (as we tried about 5 flavors each). And this is actually really good quality ice cream too — nice and creamy.

Jendys Ice Cream

We got an Arcoiris (rainbow) sampler of 7 "small" scoops (they weren’t that small!) of different flavors. It was amazingly good! I think it was enough for 2 people, and it was a great way to try a bunch of flavors. They also have cups, cones, waffles, brownies and about 8 different toppings for sundaes.

So why drive all the way to Lares, when Jendys is so close? The drive is quick and easy, and parking is easy to find. They are open almost every day, the shop is air conditioned (though they also have a few tables outside) and the ice cream is creamy. Yum!

And while you are in Caguas, make time to enjoy the botanical garden, or go to some of the many free museums. You could even make Jendys a side-trip on your back from an afternoon of lechon in Guavate.

Details

Jendys Ice Cream

We didn’t write down prices, but a large scoop was about $3.00, and the 7-scoop sampler was about $7.50.

Jendys is closed Tuesdays, open Monday, Wed, thursday from 12 noon to 6pm, Friday 12m- 7pm, Saturday 12 noon to 8pm, Sunday 2pm-8pm.

You can call them at 787-745-1110. They are bilingual.

You can check out their Facebook page for more info.

Jendys Heladería is on Luis Munoz Marin Avenue in Caguas, on the corner near the SalSoul radio station.

Caguas is about a 30 minute drive from the San Juan area.

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We went out of our way to make it here, after struggling with our smart phone GPS. Finally made it, and stuck to the 2 sample limit. We were a group of 6, and the only one who requested more than 2 was my mother-in-law, and got the "you're supposed to only get two samples" scolding, as they handed her the third. I got corn, which I really enjoyed and was my favorite, even after sampling everybody else's. Then when it was time to leave, I went to the counter and the guy behing the counter gives me an annoyed look over his glasses. I told him that I was going to buy another one, and wanted to sample blank and blank. He replied, "You're only supposed to get 2 samples." And I replied, "But dude, I'm buying another one," kinda in disbelief. I could understand if I just asked for two more samples, but I opened up by saying up front that I was buying another. I'm thinking, dang, you don't have to be so jealous/uptight with your samples. I got my two samples, made my choice, paid, and left with my second serving for the road. If I could do it again, I would have taken my samples, and left without the purchase because of being annoyed. I didn't think about it until after I was in the car back on the road. Still annoyed when I think about it. The seven scoop sampler sounds like a pretty good deal, compared to the single scoop purchases.

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