Our ice creams have a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish (we don’t use synthetic flavorings, dyes, or off-the-shelf mixes). You may notice the absence of a long list of stabilizers and emulsifiers on our label; we prefer the more complex process of building texture and flavor without them. Our flavors stand alone straight from the pint or melt perfectly into a fruit pie, birthday cake, crumble, crisp, or cookie—the perfect accessory for your dessert.
Dairy is the foundation of everything we do, so we use the best we can find. We get our milk from cows that graze grass on small family farms within 200 miles of our kitchen. And, with the help of a network of partners across Ohio and beyond, we use our favorite ingredients, often grown in fields dedicated to us and just-picked. Making ice cream this way requires considerably more work and skill than traditional ice creams made with flavorings and colorings, but we think it’s worth it.
It takes a community of people to build ice creams from the ground up. Growers, producers, suppliers, makers. We’ve always worked with many partners to help us make ice cream the way we want to make it, and these relationships have enabled us to do what no other ice cream companies have done before us. We believe we get higher quality ingredients when we know and have a personal relationship with the people we’re buying them from, so we buy direct whenever we can.
Jeni’s is a Certified B Corporation endorsed by the international nonprofit B Lab as a company that meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Using Direct Trade and Fair Trade ingredients, employing a diverse team of people, working with women- and minority-owned businesses, paying beyond living wages at every position in every city—it’s all part of how we operate and an important part of our company culture.
Jeni Britton Bauer has been making ice creams professionally for nearly two decades. Before that, she studied art at The Ohio State University, worked in a bakery, and had a serious hobby blending perfumes and collecting essential oils. She founded Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002. Her latest cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts (May 2014), is the follow-up to her James Beard Award-winning debut, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.
Everything it takes to run an ice cream company, we do it ourselves, in-house: making ice creams, designing and installing store decor, photography, producing videos, writing, and graphic design. Packaging and delivering pints. Crunching numbers and paying the bills. We don’t always have spots to fill, but we’re always on the lookout for people with talent, hustle, and guts. Think you have what it takes?