Jeni Brixton Bauer, ice cream maker par excellence, started making ice creams 15 years ago when she was a mere 22 years old. Today she oversees Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a Columbus, Ohio-based company that includes quite a few stores and a thriving mail order and restaurant business.
On a recent visit to Ohio’s capital, I stopped by one of her shops and was greeted by a welcoming staff who offered me samples of some of their best selling sweets. I was swept into ice cream heaven while I savored Salty Caramel; Ugandan Vanilla Bean; Pistachio and Honey; Wildberry Lavender, plus Mango Lassi Frozen Yogurt. The flavor combinations were incredibly well conceived, and the tastes were amazingly clear and fresh.
When I bemoaned the fact that I lived 700 miles away in New England, the helpful servers suggested that I go online to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to find a location near me that sells their products. They were right—a new shop, Provisions, in Northampton, the next town over from mine, carries Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
These ice creams are definitely pricey, but keep in mind that they are carefully and beautifully crafted. One bite and you’ll notice how exceptionally smooth these scoops are and how much they burst with pure flavor.
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