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 Shop in Chapel Hill.
Ben & Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from milkshakes ($4.85) and smoothies ($4.85), to traditional cones in single ($2.75), double ($3.70), and triple scoops ($4.25). Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Therapy, Milk & Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz, New York Super Fudge Chunk, and more. 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, banana, cookies, brownies, and toppings of your choice ($34). Low-fat 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 ($19.50–$34.50). The website even boasts a virtual cake builder that helps to walk cake couturists through the steps of designing their own delicious desserts, including 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 Scoop Shop
From its quiet perch on Franklin Street, Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop slings premium fair-trade ice cream right alongside warm hand-rolled soft-pretzels from Auntie Anne's Pretzel. Friendly staffers fill cups with famous flavors such as Cherry Garcia, a smooth blend of cherry ice cream speckled with cherries and flakes of chocolate fudge. Phish Food infuses chocolate ice cream with marshmallow and caramel swirls, paying homage to the mellow tunes of the jam band Phish with fish-shaped fudge pieces that play eight-minute guitar solos. The shop was recently renovated to include an Auntie Anne's, whose pretzel professionals prepare a wide array of sweet and salty snacks, spiraling them into ornate knots with the delicacy of a grandmotherly sailor, and baking them to golden brown in full view of customers.
102 W Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516