Jeni's is making ice cream again! Shops to reopen on May 22

Brad Keefe, Columbus Alive

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Weeks after a voluntary shutdown, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams officially resumed production this morning - fittingly enough making caramel for a run of their signature Salty Caramel.

"The support from the community here in Columbus and throughout the country has kept us going these past few weeks," said founder Jeni Britton Bauer in a press release from the company. "We're excited to be making ice cream again and can't wait to share it with everyone."

And we, coincidentally, can't wait to eat it.

The rollout of the full slate of flavors will take time, but Salty Caramel, throwbacks such as Root Beer, and the new Sun-Popped Corn will be available when Jeni's scoop shops in Columbus and around the country reopen at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 22. (You might want to get in line now.)

Jeni's shut down production and pulled all products from shelves and their stores after a sample tested postive for Listera. The company estimated the cost of the destroyed products at $2.5 million.

After consulting with experts and making some equipment changes in their kitchen, the company's production facility is ready to start pumping out ice cream, but due to the demand of restocking Jeni's myriad flavors, they'll be getting some help in the short term. Smith's, a 110-year-old dairy in Orrville, Ohio, will be producing some of Jeni's simpler flavors, while the Jeni's team focuses on those that require specific skills and technique.

"While we are getting back on both feet, Smith's will use our recipes primarily to make our frozen yogurts," said Britton Bauer. "What they make will have the same texture and flavor."

Also of note for Columbus Jeni's fans, the North Market location will reopen on the day after the other shops due to limited business hours. The reopen dates for Jeni's seasonal shops in German Village and the Columbus Commons are still to be determined.