If travels take you to picturesque Vermont, I highly recommend taking time to visit the Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury. The facility is clean, bright and cheerful...the gift shop has clever unique selections to bring home...the tour is fun and informative...and everyone receives a sample of freshly made ice cream...plus you can buy pints to go or single serving selections from the on-site Scoop Shop. Euphoria!
The company has come a long way since Ben and Jerry opened their first Scoop Shop in a dilapidated gas station in downtown Burlington, Vermont. Thirty years later and under new ownership, they are still living "Ben & Jerry's dream" of making the best possible ice cream in the nicest possible way.
Ben & Jerry's three-part mission statement has been a driving force behind the company since 1978, even with a change in ownership--Social: "to operate the company in a way that actively recognizes the central role business plays in society." Product: "to make, distribute and sell the finest quality all natural ice cream." Economic: "to operate the company on a sustainable financial basis of profitable growth."
One of the newest flavors embodies the company's three-part mission, as well as their support of the arts--plus it tastes beyond amazing! Bonnaroo Buzz (Coffee & Malt Ice Creams with Toffee Chunks & a Whiskey Caramel Swirl) was developed to capture the magic of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival--an annual celebration where world-clss performers play for days in the Tennessee countryside. It's available in most grocery stores as well as local Scoop Shops.
One of my favorite aspects of stopping at the Ben & Jerry's factory is visiting the Flavor Graveyard. It enables me to pay homage to my past--reminiscing about flavors-gone-by and the memories I have associated with them.
Here is an easy reliable chocolate sauce recipe to help send your Ben & Jerry's ice cream even more over the top:
8 ounces (1 cup) dark chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup light corn syrup
Place chocolate in a medium bowl. In a medium saucepan, combine cream and corn syrup and heat over medium-high heat until skin forms and the cream is just below a boil. Pour over the chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.
Serve warm. Or refrigerate, covered, for up to a week. Re-warm before serving.
Did You Know: The walk-away edible ice cream cone made its American debut at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Ice-cream-in-a-cone was served up by several vendors at the Fair. It is uncertain who invented the first ice cream cone. Documents reflect that edible cones were being served in England prior to the 1904 World's Fair. Regardless of the origin, ice cream cones are a wonderful invention!