The most popular ice cream from the States. With flavors like no one else.

In 1977, lifelong, ex-hippie friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield completed a correspondence course on ice cream making from the Pennsylvania State University. On May 5, 1978, with a $12,000 investment the pair opened an ice cream parlor in a renovated gas station in downtown Burlington, Vermont. The parlor quickly became popular in the local community because of their innovative flavors, made from fresh Vermont milk and cream and "large portions of whatever ingredients they felt tasted good on the day of making!". In 1979, they marked their anniversary by holding the first-ever free cone day, now a nationwide annual celebration. They combined ice cream making with social activism.

In 1988, the pair won the title of "U.S Small Business Persons Of The Year," awarded to them by U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Also this year, the first brownies were ordered from Greyston Bakery, which led to the development of the popular Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavor. In 1992, Ben & Jerry’s joined in a cooperative campaign with the national non-profit Children’s Defense Fund; the campaign goal was to bring children’s basic needs to the top of the national agenda. Over 70,000 postcards were sent to Congress concerning kids and other national issues.

In April 2000, Ben & Jerry's announced its acquisition by multinational food giant Unilever. Unilever said it hopes to carry on the tradition of engaging "in these critical, global economic and social missions."


In 2001, Ben & Jerry’s U.S. completed transition to "Eco-Pint" packaging, which packaged all pint flavors in unbleached paperboard Eco-Pint containers. The use of brown-kraft unbleached paperboard was a critical first step toward a totally biodegradable pint made without added chlorine. However, due to what they described as increasing supply, quality, and cost challenges, Ben and Jerry's discontinued their use of the Eco-Pint in 2006, transitioning to a pint container made out of a bleached paperboard that they said was more readily available with superior forming characteristics. "Ben and Jerry's Social and Environmental Assessment 2006".

Although the founders are still engaged with the company, they do not hold any board or management position and are not involved in day-to-day management of the company.




The top 10 list. During last month we have been eating a lot of B&J ice cream. Okay I admit. Not all flavors but almost. “You know, There are plenty of them.” But I promise that our top 10 list will not make you disappointed.



ONE Cheescake Brownie


Cherry Garcia


Phish Food


Strawberry Cheesecake


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


Coffee Heath Bar Crunch




Chunky Monkey


New York Super Fudge Chunk



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