Our first visit to Jodi's - we were definitely in our dessert happy place! Some of our favorite flavors of the day included Sour Patch Kids, Green Apple, Mango, and Coconut. As I said to Diana, the coconut was so incredibly refreshing that it tasted like Jodi had frozen a coconut overnight and just scraped out the insides!
Owner/Chef extraordinaire (and namesake!), Jodi Tillman
Left: Green Apple and Cherry Italian Ice
Right: Cap'n Crunch Berries Ice Cream
During our most recent visit, I fell hard for this Cap'n Crunch Berries Ice Cream. While the focus of the business is on Italian ice, Jodi occasionally whips up limited batches of ice cream and gelato (which are both just as delicious her Italian ice!). The vanilla ice cream has actual bits of Cap'n Crunch ground into it - as Diana mentioned, it's like a big cup of frozen milk and cereal!
Another customer favorite: the Mocha Gelato/Ice Blend
The aforementioned amazing Swedish Fish Italian Ice!
The adorable crew at the Whiting store, led by son Jesse.
The crème de la crème: Horchata Italian Ice. Anyone who knows me knows that I have some hardcore love for horchata - I cannot tell you how excited I was to find it in Italian ice form! This flavor alone is what has fueled several of our spontaneous trips back to Indiana!
Along with her frozen treats, Jodi also sells her handmade cinnamon rolls out of the Hammond location; however, you have to get there early to snag one because these delicious rolls go fast!
Check out that frosting ooze action!
You can try all of this deliciousness and more (and you really should!) at Jodi's Italian Ice Factory. It's a quick 45-minute drive from downtown Chicago and the Whiting location is only 15 minutes from the must-visit Calumet Fisheries. It's the perfect foodie day trip!