Having an ice-cream flavor named in your honor is considered one of America’s greatest accolades, alongside winning a Tony Award for Best Use of Laser Pointer in a Musical. Today’s Groupon fills ice-cream chambers with famous flavors: for $5, you get $10 worth of frozen treats at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops. Choose between the following locations:
Ben & Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from milkshakes ($4.45–$4.99) and smoothies ($4.45–$4.99) to banana splits ($6) and brownie sundaes ($4.99). Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cherry Garcia, Triple Caramel Chunk, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Therapy, and New York Super Fudge Chunk. For social ice-creaming, ready a band of spoon-armed eaters and dive into the Vermonster sundae, a heaping pail of 20 scoops, hot fudge, bananas, brownies, and toppings of your choice ($32.99). Low-fat, fat-free, and dairy-free flavors are also available for the figure conscious or those still suffering from butter-fat-related night terrors.
The frozen creamery is also a proficient cakery, with a proud stock of ice-cream cakes ($15.99–$42.99). The website even boasts a virtual cake builder that helps walk cake couturiers through the steps of designing their own delicious dessert, such as choosing the shape, size, flavors, toppings, and whether they’d prefer it to say “Happy Birthday,” “Congratulations,” or “Congratulations on the Anniversary of Your Birth.”
Ben & Jerry's
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the US and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers—homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.