It’s free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s!
Most people I know prefer to consume Vermont’s finest straight out of the pint with a spoon and some friends, but what kind of monster would pass up a free cone? Go. Go get yours now. Scream for ice cream. I’ll wait.
Enjoy these 10 free facts about Ben & Jerry’s with your free cone:
- The first annual Free Cone Day began in 1979, one year after the first Ben & Jerry’s shop opened its doors.
- Ben & Jerry’s ice cream became available in pints in 1980.
- The company is anti-GMO and vowed to stop using all genetically modified ingredients in 2013.
- Cherry Garcia, named for the late Grateful Dead guitarist, is the brand’s best selling flavor of all time.
- Ben & Jerry’s was initially supposed to be a bagel company, but they switched to ice cream because bagel-making equipment was too costly.
- The World’s Largest Sundae made by Ben & Jerry’s weighed in at 27,102 pounds.
- Ben Cohen, the “Ben” part of the company name, doesn’t have a very good sense of smell which is part of why the flavors are so rich and delicious. They have to flavorful enough for him to taste despite his anosmia.
- There’s a graveyard at the Waterbury Factory for discontinued ice cream flavors. How sweetly morbid is that?
- Ben & Jerry’s treats employees right: they can take home three pints of free ice cream a night.
- They even treat cows well. Ben & Jerry’s was awarded the first Compassion in World Farming’s Good Dairy Award last year.
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