Splendid Profiles: Vol. 1

It takes a talented gang to make our ice creams, sorbets, and frozen yogurts, and now it’s time to meet some of these people.

Welcome to Jeni’s Splendid Profiles.

Profile No. 1 features Renata Harrison, who on her first day back in 2010 learned how to make stracciatella, which involves gently pouring melted chocolate into cold cream while whisking slowly to weave tiny ribbons.

“Before I started working here I assumed machines made every single thing,” Renata said. “I was really surprised when I walked into the kitchen and saw people actually chopping mint, whisking chocolate, and pouring cream by hand.”


Job title: Baker.

Hometown: Worthington, Ohio.

Favorite meal: Whatever’s on your plate. Can I have some of that?

Last book read: Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Adventure and Survival, Yossi Ghinsberg. Highly recommended.

Song in heavy rotation: Cowgirl in the Sand, Neil Young.

Last accomplishment: Seeing my sloth friends in person at the Cleveland Zoo!

Last movie seen: The Dark Knight Rises (for the third time).

Secret power/hidden talent: Cute dog detection.

Words that move me: Anything Missy Elliott says.

Favorite trio from Jeni’s menu: The Buckeye State, The Buckeye State, and The Buckeye State!

Favorite non-Signature Flavor: Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar Nuts.