Writing about food and beverages is very fulfilling, but this story really hit the sweet spot. I was invited to try the new fall flavors from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at its “scoop shop” in Birmingham.
Jeni’s, if you’re unfamiliar, was founded in 2002 by Jeni Britton Bauer, whose bestselling cookbook, “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home,” won a prestigious James Beard Award in 2012. Her products are rich and smooth, made from natural ingredients without emulsifiers and stabilizers. Jeni’s Birmingham shop is located in Pepper Place, with another slated to open in Mountain Brook.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Jeni’s is a Certified B corporation, a for-profit business that prioritizes environmental and fair-trade concerns as part of the bottom line.
Jeni’s unveiled six new flavors in late September that evoke holiday treats and the weather’s transition from hot to cool. One, Banana Cream Pudding, even is non-dairy, joining a subset of milk-free iced treats by Jeni’s for the dairy intolerant.
The ice creams were served in one of Jeni’s “samplers,” 10 generous “half scoops” interspersed with shards of Jeni’s sweet and crisp waffle cones.
In addition to the newcomers, the sampler included four of Jeni’s most popular flavors, Darkest Chocolate, Salty Caramel, Wildberry Lavender, and Brown Butter Almond Brittle. They’re favorites for good reason.
Yes, journalism can be a tough job. But somebody has to do it. Here’s the scoop on the newcomers that I sampled (thankfully with the help of my wife):