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Ben & Jerry's factory in Vermont

While driving through Vermont on our way home from Montreal, we couldn’t resist stopping in for a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory tour. We watched a short film about the company, admired the factory floor (not working the day we were there as their employees were off doing volunteer work), and were treated to a small sample of their excellent mint chocolate chunk ice cream, which Johnny got all over his face and shirt:

Johnny enjoying his ice cream sample

And Lily consumed completely, down to the last drop:

Lily getting every last bit of ice cream

Emma thought it was good, too, but no goofy ice cream face pictures of this girl, who ate spotlessly, as always. She did think that the graveyard for the retired ice cream flavors was silly.

The retired ice cream graveyard at Ben & Jerry's

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

16 thoughts on “Ice cream!”

  1. I am jealous…I love to stop at ice cream factories..and when we went through Vermont…we were on a health kick…and missed that opportunity! Love the children’s faces!

  2. I would love to take my cherubs to an ice cream factory. It would be fascinating to see the production process. Even though the factory wasn’t in operation the day you visited it looks as though you got to enjoy the best part of all – the sampling of the products (good to know that this company supports the community and helps out with volunteering).

  3. They sure loved the ice cream! That was a really fun trip with you, sweetie… I’ve been wanting to go to that factory for the past 20 years.

  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    Great post! I especially love the silly ice cream photos! :) I’ve been to the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory in Texas, a fact which I had forgotten until I saw your top photo. Yum yum!

  5. Yum! That looks like a fun place to visit! A graveyard for retired ice cream flavors is hilarious. I’ve never heard of Economic Crunch. Around these parts we love Blue Bell but my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor is Cherry Garcia!

  6. Ha! I was just thinking as I read your post we needed to go to the Blue Bell factory and then the first commenter said they’d gone there.

    Factory visits are always interesting to me.

    1. I love factory visits, too. I was a little disappointed the factory wasn’t running, but it was for a good cause – they were out scooping ice cream at a camp for kids with cancer.

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