I found Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a small company based in Columbus, Ohio, at the San Francisco Fancy Food Show. The company was founded in 2002 by James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Jeni Britton Bauer.
Every day Jeni is surrounded by an ice cream-making crew of artists, writers, photographers, bakers, big-brain mathletes, travelers with omnivorous cultural appetites, and world-class experience gatherers.
Jeni says, “We create ice creams we fall madly in love with, that we want to bathe in, that make us see million-year-old stars. We devour it out of Mason jars, coffee mugs—whatever we can get our hands on. Handmade American ice cream = Bliss with a big B. Every single thing we put in our ice cream is legit. Generic chemist-built ice cream bases and powdered astronaut-friendly gelato mixes? No, ma’am. We build every recipe from the ground up with luscious, Snowville milk and cream from cows that eat grass. With that exquisite base, we explore pure flavor in whatever direction moves us at any moment, every day, all year.”
They have nine scoop shops in Ohio and one in Nashville, Tennessee, an online shop from which you can have ice cream delivered anywhere in the United States, and you can find their pints at fine markets and groceries and across the country.
I tried small tastes of their ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt at the fancy food show last weekend. I wasn’t disappointed with any of the flavors. I wanted more… Please sir, I want some more…. But there was so much food to sample that I stopped after 5.
Here are some of their customer’s favorite flavors:
BANGKOK PEANUT, BLACK COFFEE, BRAMBLEBERRY CRISP, BROWN BUTTER ALMOND BRITTLE, CHERRY LAMBIC SORBET, DARK CHOCOLATE, GOAT CHEESE WITH RED CHERRIES, LEMON FROZEN YOGURT, PISTACHIO & HONEY, QUEEN CITY CAYENNE, RIESLING POACHED PEAR SORBET, SALTY CARAMEL, THE BUCKEYE STATE, THE MILKIEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD, UGANDAN VANILLA BEAN, WHISKEY & PECANS, WILDBERRY LAVENDER
Our from-scratch Ice Cream Sandwiches are made to share with friends. We offer the Oatmeal Cream—an old-time favorite with an exotic twist—and four lovely macaroon sandwiches: Orchid Vanilla, Chocolate Hazelnut, Salty Caramel with Smoked Almonds, and Cloverton Mango.