Updated 2020! After five years of recipe development, Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, unveiled the company’s first dairy-free flavor: vegan Dark Chocolate Truffle. Jeni’s goal was to create an entirely new type of ice cream while upholding the same quality in texture and flavor as her celebrated ice creams.
We didn’t try to make something that would pass for a dairy version of ice cream. Instead, we looked to make something new and different and wondrous all on its own. The resulting Dark Chocolate Truffle is so deeply satisfying that since the first time I had it, I think about it and crave it just as much as dairy ice cream. This flavor is for anyone who wants a truly beautiful, memorable frozen dessert.
Jeni’s dairy-free Dark Chocolate Truffle ice cream is also gluten free and soy free. It is made from a combination of high-quality coconut cream and Fair Trade cocoa. Since fat carries all the flavor in ice cream, the wonderful fat content in coconut proved to be a superior base. And Jeni’s team found a way to push coconut to the point that it yielded the same bouncy body as butterfat. Coupled with the right stability and scoopability—a result of the cocoa absorbing water—Dark Chocolate Truffle became the ultra-creamy vegan ice cream Jeni set out to make.
Since that time, Jeni has launched four more dairy-free ice cream flavors that are available online and on rotation in her ice cream shops. You can see the ingredients, nutrition facts, and more details here: Jeni’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream Flavors.
Beyond these new creamy flavors, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams offers several popular dairy-free and vegan sorbets. Flavor availability may vary by store, but the sorbets can include Frose, Riesling Poached Pear, Blackcurrant Lambic, Hot Toddy, Hard Cider, or Brambleberry.
Their Extra-Bitter Hot Fudge Sauce is also made without any dairy, gluten, nut, or soy ingredients. For concerned strict vegans, Jeni’s uses only bone char-free sugar for sweetening.
Where to Find Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
At last count, they had 30 scoop shops dotted across the U.S. They started in Ohio (Columbus and Cleveland), but now also serve Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, Charleston, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Washington D.C. For addresses, hours, and phone numbers, see the website below.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are available in pints at stores across the U.S. They also take online orders and ship direct to consumers. However, the dairy-free ice cream is not yet available in pints.