As a teen, Jeni loved learning from the French pastry apprentices at La Chatelaine, the Columbus bakery where she worked. One chef regaled her with stories of the “salty” caramel from his hometown in Brittany. What the chef meant to say was salted caramel. But, lost in translation, Jeni interpreted his version as extra-salty, like Scandinavian licorice—saltier than standard salted caramel.
So when she began making ice cream a few years later, in 1996, Jeni made a burnt sugar ice cream with vanilla and a heavy pinch of sea salt. What she imagined this salty French caramel tastes like. It was an instant hit. Now considered Jeni’s signature, we still make it the same way we always have—by caramelizing sugar in a kettle over fire. It’s a dangerous method that requires a lot of precision, but it’s worth it. This is why our caramel has such a beautiful, nutty quality. Adding cream and grass-grazed milk enhances the butteriness of the caramel.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – Columbus, OH
Jeni’s is a modern American ice cream company devoted to making the finest ice creams the world has ever known. Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2002 by James Beard Award-winning ice cream maker Jeni Britton, Jeni’s has emerged over the past 20 years as the new standard by which all other ice creams are judged. Today, we continue to make one-of-a-kind flavors with Direct and Fair-Trade ingredients and super fresh milk from family dairy farms. We build ice creams completely from scratch using a unique recipe honed and perfected over more than 20 years by our founder, Jeni Britton. Our ice creams have a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish. We’re here to set new standards for ice cream classics and to create our own. At Jeni’s, you’ll find flavors inspired by our curiosities—art, history, pop culture, and beyond—that simply don’t exist anywhere else.