Jenis Splendid Ice Creams Giveaway & Recipe

If you know me at all or have followed this blog for any length of time you probably know I'm a bit obsessed with Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. We even featured it over at our travel site a couple of years ago. 

(by the way...there are lots of great links in this post. So grab a cup of coffee and stay for a while.)

waiting in line on a hot summer day at the Short North Jeni's location in Columbus.

When in Columbus (my hometown) we go to Jeni's for ice cream. Its non-negotiable. And my flavor scoop of choice is non-negotiable as well; fig and goat cheese. Ridiculously amazing. Although I've never had anything short of amazing from them and can't imagine I ever will (Hummingbird Cake is the schnizzle right now, I've heard). They make their ice creams with Snowville milk and cream and lots of local ingredients. Super impressive. Mike always gets a pot of french press coffee (they make awesome french press) and we sit and watch the buzz of activity on High Street. 
A Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich...I kid you not.

If you don't have a Jeni's near you (they are only in Columbus and Nashville right now), you can find their frozen goodness at Whole Foods Markets and online~

Without further ado...a recipe and a giveaway.

Which do you want first?
Oh heck...lets do the giveaway...

The generous team at Jeni's is giving a lucky Art of Homemaking reader one of their famous Jeni's tee shirts! These are no ordinary tee shirts, people. Oh no. I have been swooning over one of these puppies for 2 years now. In fact, even though it is completely unethical, don't think I didn't consider entering under some alias to win this American Apparel bad boy. Its soft. Its cozy. Its hilarious. Its up for grabs! (in your size...directly from the shop.)

The giveaway runs Monday, March 12 through Sunday, March 18th at 9pm. I will announce a winner next Monday, March 19th so check back! Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream will send you your lovely tee shirt in the mail directly.

Three ways to enter...and be sure to tell your friends:

1. Leave a comment and let us all know your favorite ice cream flavor.
2. "Like" The Art of Homemaking on Facebook by clicking that nifty button over there on the top right sidebar. Let me know in a separate comment if you do so.
3. "Follow" The Art of Homemaking on Twitter by clicking the other nifty button over there on the top right sidebar.  Let me know in yet another comment if you do so.

And now for the recipe.
Click below for the recipe~

Food and Wine featured Jeni Britton, founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, in a previous issue of their magazine. Along with the article, she also provided a recipe. I will say, Jeni's now has a great cookbook out. I've seen it multiple places, including Anthropologie and on Jeni's website.
Its on my "want" list...(hubby, my birthday is coming up).

I make all of our ice cream in this ice cream maker. I actually have three. Before you judge me, all three were purchased at thrift stores for under $5. And its great to make multiple flavors at once when company comes...which is often.

This is no ordinary recipe. First of all, it has NO EGGS. And for those with egg allergies, like my sister-in-law, this is a great thing. Secondly, it has just a tad bit of cream cheese to help give it that fresh-from-the-ice-cream-shop scoopablility.

Jeni's Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
(from Food and Wine Magazine)
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened (3 tablespoons)
    • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
    • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
    • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch. In another large bowl, whisk the cream cheese until smooth.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the remaining milk with the heavy cream, sugar, corn syrup and vanilla bean and seeds. Bring the milk mixture to a boil and cook over moderate heat until the sugar dissolves and the vanilla flavors the milk, about 4 minutes. Off the heat, gradually whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Return to a boil and cook over moderately high heat until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  3. Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the cream cheese until smooth. Whisk in the salt. Set the bowl in the ice water bath and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cold, about 20 minutes.
  4. Strain the ice cream base into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pack the ice cream into a plastic container.
  5. Press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the ice cream and close with an airtight lid. Freeze the vanilla ice cream until firm, about 4 hours.



  1. peach ice cream. i want that shirt!

  2. Really I have to post just one flavor?!! Like you Megan, whenever we make it to Columbus, we HAVE to stop at Jeni's. Unlike you, I never bring the kids. ;) A guilty adult please to a traditionally child's treat. When we spend a week in Nashville this spring, I may introduce the kids. Maybe. Thanks so much for posting the recipe!! Any chance you can talk them out of a recipe for a savory ice cream?? I like the Wildberry lavender, Queen City Cayenne Mint, and the Goat Cheese Cognac Fig. I'd love the tshirt--and a Jeni's in Atlanta, please!

  3. Since I'm lucky enought to live in Cbus, I'm able to enjoy Jeni's regularly (too regularly for my diet!) But I'd love a t-shirt for sure!
    My fav is anything with cayenne, I love the unexpected burn with the sweet creaminess. I'm a hot sauce junkie, so this always satisifies my sweet/hot tooth :)

  4. Usually I'm a big chocolate fan, but I absolutely love Brambleberry Crisp! Something about the fruit jam and streusel make it irresistible!!

  5. I am actually a vanilla fan, ultimately. But I adore a good peach or strawberry when they are in season.

  6. And I had no idea you were on Twitter?! Following you now.

  7. ha, i thought monday was diet tips! but there is always room for ice cream. fig and goat cheese ice cream sounds divine! i've never had it but imagine it to be dreamy.

  8. I've only been to Jeni's once and once I tasted their chocolate that was it, it was the best I have ever had. I am also now following you on twitter, I just recently joined myself.

  9. Vanilla. Plain and simple.

    Will have to pay a special visit to Jenis next time I'm in Columbus. Love the Short North area.

    Thanks Megan!

  10. milogoestocollege@hotmail.com13/3/12 2:23 PM

    Salty Caramel is my favorite classic go-to flavor. But man is that Hummingbird Cake amazing! The mango kiwi special cake is a close runner-up.

    I feel so fortunate to live in a city with 9 Jeni's Scoop Shops!

  11. I'm a huge fan of her salted caramel! I'm a little jealous that you went to the actual store (:

    I'm totally soliciting votes for a recipe I created. I'd love your vote(: Thank you!

  12. I remember when Cookies 'N' Cream first came out...and it's still a favorite! :-)

  13. I like you on Facebook!

  14. And how did I not know about your Twitter handle?! I have rectified that mistake!

  15. I think I would enjoy a goat cheese flavored ice cream if given the opportunity to try such a thing. However, I've not seen that in any of the ice cream joints I've encountered, so I'll just have to make my way to Jeni's to find out. My family is considering a mini-vac over the summer so maybe Columbus or Nashville could be in the works. Anyway, my favorite flavor of ice cream is good ol' butter pecan. I don't usually get to indulge as at least one of my children is allergic to tree nuts. But on occasion, I'll sneak a pint in the house for my own sweet treat (until my husband discovers the loot and then I am lucky if I get 2 nights worth before he devours the whole thing).

  16. I need an ice cream maker!!!

  17. My freezer is stocked with at least eight flavors of Jeni's right now. I cannot get enough of it! Any trip to Columbus or Nashville requires a stop (and I actually did both cities in one week in January!). My favorite flavor is the Dark Chocolate. My other faves are Salty Caramel, Passion Fruit Yogurt, Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Mango Lassi. I'm looking forward to trying the new cake flavors during a trip through Nashville coming up next month.

  18. BUCKEYE STATE!!!!!

  19. I love me a good chocolate ice cream, or vanilla with hot caramel on top.

  20. I love Jeni's Roxbury Road!

  21. I am a fan on Facebook!

  22. Wildberry Lavender. Absolutely amazing.

  23. I am also a fan on facebook!

  24. there was an awesome ice cream shop that I frequented when I was pregnant and my husband would let me... I always got one scoop of the Salted Caramel and one scoop of the Coconut. Maybe it only tasted good together in my pregnant brain.

  25. I love anything chocolate :)

  26. already follow on facebook