In honor of Pride Month, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams announced Monday the release of an ice cream flavor, online collection, and t-shirt partnership with one of our favorite queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11… breakout star Nina West. In continued and long-standing support of the LGBTQ community, Jeni’s is donating 100% of profits from each item during the month of June to The Nina West Foundation, which supports LGBTQ causes.
“We recognize that the fight for equality continues on multiple fronts and we are a company that will stay in this fight until the very end,” said Jeni’s founder Jeni Britton Bauer in a statement to Instinct. “Working to advance equality for all is front and center to who we are as a community.”
Britton Bauer and West, who won Miss Congeniality on this past season of Drag Race, are long-time friends and colleagues who have known and supported each other for nearly 20 years.“I’ve known and been a fan of Jeni as long as I can remember, so this is a dream come true,” said Nina West. “Dream Puff is exquisite. Thank you, Jeni, for this incredible experience and for supporting The Nina West Foundation.”
“Nina West has done amazing things for our community,” Jeni said. “Over his 18 years as Nina, Andrew has raised more than $2.5 million for local and national charities, including The Nina West Foundation. At Jeni’s, we’re thrilled to support his passion and generosity for the LGBTQ+ community through this partnership.”
Available now at Jeni’s scoop shops nationwide, Nina West’s Dream Puff is “a slightly salty vanilla custard ice cream with pastry flakes and a ribbon of strawberry sauce, inspired by Nina.” The limited-edition flavor will be available while supplies last.
And while we haven’t tried her flavor ourselves yet, we’ve heard from some of our sources in Ohio that the Dream Puff is actually quite delicious.
“We based the flavor on our Cream Puff ice cream because it’s one of Nina’s favorites,” said Jeni. “But we wanted something punchy to it. So we added fresh strawberry sauce because it’s one of her favorite fruits. And, for some reason, whenever I think of Nina, I always picture her in a red dress.”
The Nina West Pride Collection is a curated lineup of four of Nina’s favorite Jeni’s ice creams of the moment: the never-gets-old Gooey Butter Cake, returning seasonal best-seller Sweet Cream Biscuits and Peach Jam, the new hit Blackout Chocolate Cake, and the new dairy-free flavor Cold Brew with Coconut Cream.
We love Nina West and the fact that she is working with a brand like Jeni’s to generate more funds for her non-profit. Her foundation siphons money into countless LGBTQ causes such as the Kaleidoscope Youth Center, an organization that serves and supports LGBTQ youth and young adults.
So in conclusion, go big, go kind, and now, go get yourself some Nina West ice cream! Okurrrrrrr!!!
Shop the Nina West Pride Collection here.