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.)

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Ben & Jerry's typically releases between five and eight new products annually. (Some are only available in pint form at supermarkets, others only at Scoop Shops.)

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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.

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Ben Cohen's initial name idea for the ice cream brand was Josephine's Flying Machine, after "Come Josephine in My Flying Machine," a song by Fred Fisher and Alfred Bryan. Thankfully, Jerry Greenfield was not on board, and it was instead named after the duo.

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Ben & Jerry's invented cookie dough ice cream in 1984. The flavor was born out of an anonymous fan suggestion, the team got to work developing it, and the rest is history.

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The iconic cow on Ben & Jerry's packaging is named "Woody," after the artist who drew it, Woody Jackson.

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Other iconic flavors, including Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Chubby Hubby, were also originally suggested by fans. The flavors made their debut in 1987, 1988, and 1994, respectively.

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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.

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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.

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The Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury is the biggest tourist attraction in Vermont; about 200,000 people visit annually and take the tour.

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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.

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Core flavors are manufactured using a proprietary funnel-like piece of equipment, inspired by a sausage maker.

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Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day, which typically occurs in late April or early May, has been around since 1979; the first Free Cone Day was in celebration of the ice cream shop's one-year anniversary.

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While Unilever acquired Ben & Jerry's in 2000, the ice cream brand's social mission continues to be managed by an independent board of directors to this day.

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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.