My Ben and Jerry’s Visit

QB2A9652photoKWhen Ben and Jerry’s offered to bring me out to their headquarters in Vermont for all an all-you-can-eat, exclusive adventure it took me about 3 seconds to say yes. There were 15 bloggers from all over the country: L.A., Boston, Chicago, and Nashville.QB2A9634

You see we’ve already shared so many moments over the years that it kind of felt like going home. Back in college I took a trip down to Havasupai which is at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. After a couple of days of camping and eating what little supplies we brought, we hiked the 13 miles straight up out of the canyon. Covered in dust, fatigued, and down a good 10 pounds we pulled into the nearest convenient store. I seriously had probably $10 to my name at the time and all I wanted was something cold and decadent. I bought a pint of “Phish Food” and ate the entire thing. That moment still stands in my memory as one of the best things I’ve eaten to this day. And I’ve eaten a lot.photoM-001The nice people at Ben and Jerry’s welcomed us bloggers with a round of applause. Then they took us around the office and showed us the place. Every major flavor has a dedicated room. They have a massage room, a gym, and a slide.

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Every employee can take up to 3 pints home a day – hence the gym.

QB2A9628We spent most of our day at Scoop U where we learned about the ins and outs of Ben and Jerry’s. This is also where employees are trained and when training is in session the employees gather to taste the successes and failures.

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Our first meeting was at 9AM and of course I had to have a little snack while I listened.

photoTThen we headed down to work with the Flavor Gurus, Peter and Dave, to create our own flavor. If there was one job in the world that I covet, this is it. Their palettes are works of art.

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Tina, from Carrots n’ Cake, was my partner in crime and we had way too much fun swirling our flavor.photoBWe chose chocolate covered potato chips, toffee, and a honey caramel swirl for our creation. It was the perfect mix of salty and sweet.

photoJphotoJThere was a LOT of taste testing.

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Then we tasted all of the other creations. Did I mention this was after we had sundae’s at Scoop-U?

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photoKWe worked with the creative team to create a cover for our signature flavor. Tina is 6 months pregnant so she inspired our flavor. Basically it was made up of goodies you would want to eat when you’re pregnant. The Flavor Gurus judged all of the flavors and ours didn’t win. :(

photoDThen I went down this slide in their office 456 times to burn off all the calories I ate.

benWe ate that night at the Farmhouse. Amazing food. When you go out to eat with food bloggers the first 5 minutes of the meal no one touches their food. There are lots and lots of pictures.

photoVThe second day we headed to the dairy to see where the milk for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream comes from. No cameras were allowed but I snapped a picture of Bobby’s beard hair net before we went in. I thought my husband would appreciate it. One thing Ben and Jerry’s supports is mandatory GMO labeling. You should be able to know what’s in your food. I couldn’t agree more.

They also believe in fairtrade which means farmers get a fair price for their product. So instead of trying to make the product the cheapest way possible they can make quality product and get paid fairly. Ben and Jerry’s gets all of their ingredients using fairtrade. Like I said. These are good people.

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photoQWe then headed to the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury. We were able to watch all of the ice cream be made and dug in right after it came off the conveyor belt. We also tasted the new ChocoBanana flavor. Um, wow. Tastes like banana bread. I was thoroughly impressed.

I walked away from the trip loving Ben and Jerry’s ice cream even more. So usually when a company invites you out they expect something in return. Ok. Not usually. Always.

Not Ben and Jerry’s. They didn’t ask me to write this. They didn’t ask me to tweet. They legitimately just invited me out to experience what they do. They are full of love and integrity. Which is why they offer FREE CONE DAY (April 8th)every year. Because they are nice. They want to give back when they can. And that’s why I wanted to tell you all about them. Because I respect that.

So thank you Ben & Jerry’s for the once in a lifetime opportunity.

And if you need me, I’ll be here…

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  1. so jealous right now

  2. Jennifer Ammerman says:

    WOW! What a cool trip! I looooooooooooove Cherry Garcia, I usually get the fro-yo so I feel less guilty.

  3. This sounds amazing! I have similar memories of Ben & Jerry’s – it was very rare in Australia when my best friend and I went to the UK on holidays and there was a Ben & Jerry’s vending machine in the lobby of the hotel we were staying in. Despite being on budgets (and having my money stolen) we managed to spare a few pound everyday to treat ourselves. My favourite is still Strawberry Cheesecake.
    Their offices look like a great place to work, lots of perks!

  4. I’ve been there! It’s amazing! Except the Flavor Graveyard stressed me out because what happens if you really want an ice cream flavor that died??!?

  5. I am so jealous right now Christy. Looks like a really amazing trip. So so jealous lol

  6. So much fun!! We toured the factory a few years ago and had a blast!!

  7. I want to cry because this isn’t in Europe. And then I want to cry some more because my stupid Italian boyfriend doesn’t understand the value of ice cream that isn’t gelato and so probably won’t accompany me on a B&J based trip. Thanks for showing me what I’m missing! :) xxx
    La Lingua : Food, Life, Love, Travel, Friends, Italy

  8. Just discovered your site…love it! I’ll be back. Except since I’m from Buffalo, I’m partial to Perry’s Ice Cream =)

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I’ll have to try that. My brother-in-law played for the Bills for 9 years so I feel like I know Buffalo.

  9. SO jealous! That sounds like the best day ever!!!!!

  10. Wow, that must have been a fabulous trip! Sounds like a wonderful place to work! Imagine going for coffee and picking up a litre of ice cream instead! I really would have enjoyed creating a flavor too!

  11. I read this post this morning and now Just got back from the grocery store. What did I buy? 2 pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Peanut Butter Cup and Hazed & Confused Core. Your blog post was in my head, amazing, how the power of suggestion works. These are insane! So glad you had an awesome time.

  12. I love Ben & Jerry’s and this post just made me love them more

    –and be super jealous of you :P

  13. I am sooooooooooooooo envious that I can barely type this comment. What an absolute fun experience in every way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. I love Ben & Jerry’s. Another great thing is that they are B Corp certified. This means they strive to be sustainable & give back to their community. Fully support giving my money to a company like that .

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  17. Fun to read about your experience! Why is there a room dedicated to each flavor? They are made in that room? What is in side?

  18. WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for all recipes

  19. A trip to Ben & Jerry’s would be a good way to spend $1000. But I think I would prolly use it to help buy a car.

  20. I heart Ben and Jerry’s too. I think I’d die of pure joy to see it all firsthand. So nice to know they are actually a real, live, GOOD company too. I think I’ll eat some Chunky Monkey in their honor tonight.

  21. What a treat!

  22. I love Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and I love what they as a unique company stand for, but sadly, I boycott them because they are owned by Unilever, a company that is decidedly pro-GMO and anti-GMO labeling; Unilever actually donated 460,000 to help STOP California’s GMO labeling initiative in 2012.

  23. Just happened across your blog! I am a dairy farm member of the St. Albans Coop that Ben & Jerry’s purchases milk from ! I also have two brothers that have worked at Ben & Jerry’s for over 15 years! We are very proud of our milk being utiliLized by Ben & Jerry’s ! Glad you enjoyed your visit to our state!

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