2013 sofi Gold Winner

Outstanding Product Line

Company: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Owner and creative director Jeni Britton Bauer opened Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in 2002 in the historic North Market of Columbus, Ohio, “because no one was making the kind of ice creams I wanted to eat,” she says. Today, in addition to her small company’s thriving business, which ships product to individuals, retailers and foodservice in all 50 states, Bauer and her small staff operate 10 scoop shops in Ohio and Tennessee, Bauer is also the author of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, which won a James Beard Award in 2012.

The Jeni’s crew makes every batch of the company’s more than 15 handcrafted ice cream flavors, six frozen yogurts, three ice cream sandwich flavors and three dessert sauces. The desserts are made using cream from local, grass-fed cows and carefully sourced whole fruits, vegetables and other ingredients from around the world.

Among the varieties are goat cheese with red cherries ice cream; mango lassi frozen yogurt (a blend of mango, biodynamic yogurt from Seven Stars Farm in Pennsylvania and cream from Snowville Creamery); and an orchid vanilla ice cream sandwich, which uses cookies made from almond flour and tinted with beet powder. Fair trade ingredients used in year-round flavors include Ugandan Ndali Estate vanilla and Askinosie chocolate.—Deborah Moss

MSRP: starting at $6.99/6 ounces

Website: jenis.com

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