14 Things You Didn't Know About Ben & Jerry's
Who hasn't soothed their soul with a rich, creamy pint of Ben & Jerry's after a tough day? Or, for that matter, celebrated with a cone or sundae from one of the many Scoop Shops? But what do you really know about the beloved brand? We've rounded up 14 fun, quirky facts about the Vermont-based ice cream company here. (Obviously, these facts are best paired with a pint of your go-to flavor.)
All Ben & Jerry's flavors begin with either a chocolate or sweet cream base — a mixture of heavy cream, condensed skim milk, and liquid cane sugar. Unique bases are made by mixing in extracts or purees and adding a variety of chunks, swirls, and/or core fillings.
Fanciful flavors like Vermonty Python and Wavy Gravy aren't the only ones that have been retired. None of the original flavors — Oreo Mint, French Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge, Wild Blueberry, Mocha Walnut, Honey Coffee, and Honey Orange — are currently sold by the pint or in scoop shops.
Employees at Ben & Jerry's Burlington, VT, headquarters enjoy a variety of perks, including a pet-friendly office and three pints of free ice cream per day.
The wildly popular Core flavors released in 2014 — Hazed & Confused, Peanut Butter Fudge, Salted Caramel, and That's My Jam — weren't the first of their kind. The Core concept was introduced in 2002 with Karamel Sutra and is meant to emulate a sundae in a pint.
Core flavors are manufactured using a proprietary funnel-like piece of equipment, inspired by a sausage maker.
As of 2014, the 10 most popular Ben & Jerry's flavors are as follows: Half Baked, Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Phish Food, Strawberry Cheesecake, Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch, Chunky Monkey, Americone Dream, Peanut Butter Cup.