A Sweet Taste of Norway
Jeni’s Ice Creams in Columbus, Ohio, is serving up a sweet treat with its Flavors of Norway holiday collection
By Christy Olsen Field
Norwegian American Weekly
Jeni Britton Bauer became inspired to make artisan ice creams while working at a French patisserie. Drawing on the practices of a traditional pastry kitchen, Jeni created her own techniques to make American ice creams that are less sweet and more flavorful. All of Jeni’s ice creams, sauces, pralines and marshmallows are handcrafted in Jeni’s production kitchen in Columbus, Ohio.
While planning her holiday themes and flavors this summer, Bauer was inspired by a conversation her friend Lisa, who had just returned a visit to her hometown of Oslo.
“Hearing her talk about the foods and traditions of her family put me in a holiday mood– in August!” said Bauer.
Bauer went to lunch with her friend Lisa to learn more about the Norwegian palate and favorite desserts, and read up on some Norwegian cookbooks. Though not a Norwegian-American herself, Bauer was inspired by the Norwegian flavors.
“One thing I learned is that almonds are to Norwegian desserts as chocolate is to American desserts!”
The Flavors of Norway collection consists of six flavors: Brown Butter Almond Brittle, White Chocolate Evergreen with a Red Currant Garland, Goat Cheese with Cognac Fig Almond Compote, Scandinavian Winter Spices, Lime Cardamom with Lingonberries, and Cranberry Royale Sorbet.
“We’ve gotten great response on out blog and Facebook page, especially from Scandinavian-Americans. My favorite response is one who asked for lefsa and lutefisk!”
When asked about her favorite flavor, Bauer said, “The Brown Butter Almond Brittle is so good! It’s based on krokan, and my friend Lisa told me it’s as good as any krokan she’s had in Norway! I also love the White Chocolate Evergreen with a Red Currant Garland– it’s such a sensory experience. Though not necessarily based off of traditional Norwegian flavors, it really tastes like Christmas.”
In regard to the choice of her seasonal flavors this year, Bauer says, “I’m really proud of this collection. It makes a beautiful gift!
The Holiday Jul: Flavors of Norway collection is $75, which includes an olive wood ice cream paddle made by ScanWood and a small holiday Jul poster with flavor descriptions. They will be accepting orders until Dec. 22 at noon EST!
For more information, visit www.jenisicecreams.com/buy-norway.html.
This article was originally published in the Norwegian American Weekly Christmas Special issue. For subscription information and to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.