Updated 2020! Jeni’s is an Ohio-based creamery that has garnered national acclaim for inspired flavors and high-quality ingredients. They have a few dozen Scoop Shops throughout the United States, but they also sell ice cream by the pint. Up until recently, they were all dairy-based, but Jeni’s Dairy-Free ice cream line has officially been released.
Jeni launched her first creamy dairy-free flavor, Dark Chocolate Truffle, about two years ago. That initial variety took five years of recipe development. But once she was able to master the base formula, more test flavors quickly followed. As a result, you can now purchase this whole collection of unique but enticing non-dairy pints.
Jeni’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream Packs Pints with Decadent Dessert Flavors
All of the current Jeni’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream flavors are made with a rich creamy base that is unabashedly coconut. The flavor does mildly assert itself, even in the chocolate, so this brand is best for coconut connoisseurs.
Caramel Pecan Sticky Buns (new in 2020!)
The rich coconut cream base is loaded with vegan sticky bun pieces, dark dairy-free caramel, and roasted pecans.
Ingredients: coconut cream, caramel sauce (coconut cream, tapioca syrup, brown sugar, sugar, water, corn starch, sea salt, vanilla, sunflower lecithin), water, sugar, roasted pecans (pecans, peanut oil, salt), tapioca syrup, pastry pieces [enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), palm oil, water, sea salt, natural flavor], molasses, sea salt, madagascar bourbon vanilla extract, carob bean gum, sunflower lecithin. Contains: tree nuts (coconut, pecans), peanuts, wheat. May contain other tree nuts.*
Nutrition (per 2/3 cup serving): 280 calories, 17g fat, 29g carbs, 0g fiber, 21g sugars (includes 20g added sugars), 2g protein.*
Cold Brew with Coconut Cream
Intense Slingshot Coffee cold brew sorbet is twisted with lush coconut cream in their lightest flavor. It’s made with organic, Direct Trade coffee beans, and provides a taste that will wow most Frappuccino fans.
Ingredients: coconut cream, cold brew coffee (coffee, water), cane sugar, water, tapioca syrup, madagascar bourbon vanilla extract, sea salt, carob bean gum, sunflower lecithin. Contains: tree nuts (coconut).*
Nutrition (per 2/3 cup serving): 180 calories, 8g fat, 28g carbs, 0g fiber, 24g sugars (includes 23g added sugars), 1g protein.*
Dark Chocolate Truffle
Rich with Fair Trade cocoa, this flavor takes it’s name seriously. The luxurious chocolate base tastes very dark, but the whipped coconut cream helps to lighten the consistency.
Ingredients: coconut cream, water, cane sugar, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), coffee extract, cocoa extract, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, carob bean gum. Contains: tree nuts (coconut).*
Nutrition (per 2/3 cup serving): 280 calories, 17g fat, 28g carbs, 2g fiber, 24g sugars (includes 23g added sugars), 3g protein.*
Roasted Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam
The very creamy peanut butter and coconut base is heightened with a generous pinch of sea salt, and swirled with sweet-tart strawberry jam that’s made from scratch. It’s very dense, but perfectly composed with sweet, salty, and tart notes.
Ingredients: coconut cream, sugar, water, roasted peanut butter (peanuts, peanut oil, cane sugar, salt, vegetable stabilizer), strawberry sauce (strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch), tapioca syrup, sea salt, carob bean gum, sunflower lecithin. Contains: peanuts, tree nuts (coconut).*
Nutrition (per 2/3 cup serving): 270 calories, 17g fat, 27g carbs, 0g fiber, 22g sugars (includes 20g added sugars), 3g protein.*
Texas Sheet Cake
This has been Jeni’s most talked about dairy-free flavor. Though the coconut is notable in the chocolate ice cream base, it takes a back seat to the big chocolate cake crumbles and bittersweet fudge.
Ingredients: coconut cream, sugar, water, fudge sauce (corn syrup, water, sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate liquor, cornstarch, salt, natural flavors) chocolate cake [sugar, unbleached unenriched wheat flour, natural cocoa, palm and palm kernel oil, cocoa (processed with alkali), salt, sodium bicarbonate, natural flavors], sunflower lecithin, sea salt, carob bean gum. Contains: tree nuts (coconut), wheat.*
Nutrition (per 2/3 cup serving): 320 calories, 14g fat, 35g carbs, 2g fiber, 25g sugars (includes 23g added sugars), 3g protein.*
More Facts on Jeni’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream
Price: $12 per pint (online; will likely be less in stores)
Availability: Jeni’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream is now available by the pint in Jeni’s Scoop Shops and it can be ordered online. They ship frozen desserts direct to customers throughout the United States, and are currently working on distribution in grocery stores. Their regular ice creams are available in Whole Foods, so we might see the dairy-free ones pop up there soon.
Certifications: We did not note any certifications on Jeni’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Jeni’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free (contains coconut), soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select flavors are made without gluten or peanuts.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams website at jenis.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
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I can only speak for the Texas Sheet Cake, but this stuff is incredible. Although my mental image of a sheet cake is more on the vanilla side, I’m not complaining about this super chocolatey rendition one bit. The fudge and cake chunks add such a delightful chewy texture to each scoop, and while the overall effect is definitely high on the sweeter end of the scale, it’s not overwhelmingly so. This would be a hard pint to keep for more than one sitting.