One of the #1 Vermont bucket list experiences has to be touring the infamous Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, so when my best friends and I ended up in Vermont after a 5 hour road trip we knew exactly what our first stop would be. We woke up and tried to get to the factory fairly early in the day as it was Saturday and we assumed it would be busy. We assumed right! If you are planning on visiting the factory, go a bit earlier, as we were leaving in the afternoon it was really starting to get packed!
We arrived around 11:30 am excited to dive into one our favourite girls night snacks. Is there any slumber party, ladies night or girls getaway complete without ice cream? No! When you walk up to the front there are a bunch of fun picture spots that we took full advantage of.
The tour was 4.00, which if you ask me, makes it a pretty inexpensive way to have fun. We bought our tickets and immediately joined the next tour group! The entrance room was popping with colour and information on the history and mission of the company. There was even a section with ice cream scoops through the years- for all you history lovers out there, they were pretty interesting.
Starting the tour we were lead upstairs to a screening room where we watched a video on the history of the company. What I didn’t know was how much of an activist company Ben & Jerry’s is. Their commitment to their products, which remain completely fair trade certified (all ingredients!), and the farmers who provide the dairy to make their products was amazing. They ensure, from family dairy farms to coffee bean farms thousands of miles away, that the communities they are sourcing their ingredients from remain sustainable & ethical. Something I believe, more companies should do. Their social activism missions were just as compelling as their product sourcing. Ben & Jerry’s focuses in 3 main areas: Marriage Equality, Peace Building & Climate Justice. You can learn more about all the initiatives they are a part of here!
After the screening room we headed into the factory to see where everything got made. Here, there were no photos allowed however (ice cream spies, no photos for you!).
Then came the best moment- the samples! We got a scoop of strawberry cheesecake ice cream and I have to say, it was THE best scoop of ice cream i’ve ever had. We loved it so much that Jackie grabbed one of the extra left over scoops and we all shared.
Then the tour was over! We wandered around the gift shop for a while, admiring all the genius ice cream products such as an ice cream cozy (because hands get cold!). Walking outside we followed the signs to the Flavour Graveyard- a place where retired flavours have a peaceful resting place!
It was a fun little area to walk around. I was surprised at how many flavours I wished they’d bring back!
The factory was a fun hour long activity. I definitely recommend everyone do it if you find yourself in Vermont!