Recently I went up to Vermont with my husband and a friend for her birthday. We decided it would be the perfect day to check out the Ben & Jerry’s factory. In fact, it couldn’t have been better. Here are some of the highlights:
After our 3 hour we stopped at diner called McCarthy’s. Pictured above is the corned beef hash. Exactly what’d you expect from a diner such as this. If you’re ever in Stowe, VT, it’s an inexpensive place to get a bite.
After our late breakfast, we arrived at the factory to be greeted by sled dogs! The poor babies were a bit too warm to be in the sun. I wanted to take them all home.
A glorious sight to see after a long morning drive.
After we took the tour we all bought ice cream (of course!). I tried Cotton Candy since I’ve never seen it in stores. It was perfectly creamy and tasted just like you’d imagine. My husband bought Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz and the new Non-Dairy Peanut Butter Cookie. The non-dairy flavor was very light and if it weren’t a dollar more in stores I would totally buy it. My friend got a cone of Empower Mint, a flavor developed to bring awareness to the recent laws passed that make it difficult for citizens to vote in US elections. Since it was her birthday, she also got a cone for free which we all split. The flavor was Maple Walnut, which you can only get in the factory.
After our ice cream we made out way to the Flavor Graveyard. Inside are headstones of all the discontinued (deceased) flavors from Ben & Jerry’s.
All of the headstone sin the graveyard contain short poems that reveal insight to the ice cream’s demise. There are plenty that have moved on that I wish would return.
Finally, a view of the factory as we made our way back to the car. Just look at that view!
We then rode another 30 minutes from Waterbury to Burlington. While there we stopped at a place and split vegetarian poutine! This is something I wish I had more of in my life.
We had more adventures in Burlington, but the highlight of our trip was definitely the factory. In the future, I’m sure I will be back to Burlington and report back in more depth. For now, entertain the thought of making the trip to Ben & Jerry’s. You won’t regret it.