I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's, ice cream, Vermont

Welcome To Ben & Jerry’s

No visit to Vermont is complete without a visit to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury, Vermont. So when we were looking for something to do on a cloudy day with a high possibility of rain we headed north on Vermont Route 100. They must have known I was coming. The “flavor of the day” at the tasting bar was Triple Carmel… to die for! About 20 years ago I’d read a biography of Ben & Jerry. I remember laughing out loud. Two more unlikely people to become entrepreneurs and millionaires I can’t imagine. 

Ben & Jerry's

The Moo-vie Theatre

Ben & Jerry's, ice cream, Vermont

Chari & Steve In The Ben & Jerry’s Test Kitchen

The tour started with a short moo-vie (we told you cows were all over the place). Then we toured a small plant and observed the factory in production. Production is done Monday-Friday so if you want to see it in action schedule your visit during the week. Their main factory is elsewhere in the state and that one is responsible for 70% of the US production. There is another plant in Nevada, one in Canada, one in Holland and one in Israel. Everyone was eagerly awaiting the stop at the sample room which is housed in the original test kitchen. The small sample was just enough to whet your appetite so we went to the store and bought a cup each. Steve had Coffee Buzz, Buzz, Buzz and Chari had Late Night Snack complete with chocolate covered potato chip balls.

Then we walked up the hill to the Flavor Graveyard complete with gravestones and epitaphs for all the “thought it sounded good at the time” flavors that never made it. Steve used to buy Rainforest Crunch and hadn’t found it in a long time. We located Ol’ RFC in the graveyard and paid our respects.

In Memory Of Rainforest Crunch

In Memory Of Rainforest Crunch

We decided to take the scenic route home following Vermont Route 15A through the Green Mountain National Forest to Route 7 then heading south to Middlebury where we stopped and had dinner at the Stone Mill Cafe.

A great, if fattening, way to spend a day.

Now for today’s Trivia: Can you name the top ten Ben & Jerry’s flavors?

The answers are below…… Now NO PEEKING!

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Did that look like an ice cream cone to you?  Well, so much for our computer art. Now for the answers…..

#1 Cherry Garcia

#2  Cookie Dough

#3  Chunky Monkey

#4  Chocolate Fudge Brownie

#5  Half Baked

#6  Coffe Heath Bar Crunch

#7  Strawberry Cheesecake

#8  Phish Food

#9  Peanut Butter Cup

#10  Red Velvet Cake

Was your favorite flavor there? I was really surprised that none of the carmel flavors were there. They are my favorite.  I’ll bet you’ve got your car keys in hand and are headed out the door to buy a pint.… Enjoy!!!

2 thoughts on “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream

  1. What a fun day you had, sounds like a real interesting place to see. Carmel anything is my favorite too! You both look wonderful!! Chari, you look like you lost some weight since I saw you last. no kidding, did you?

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