A Visit to the Ben & Jerry’s Factory

A Visit to the Ben & Jerry’s Factory

When we decided to go to Vermont, the Ben & Jerry’s factory was on my short list of places we couldn’t leave the state without visiting. I am a long time fan, as is the rest of my family.

We arrived at the factory without any difficulty and were impressed with how fun it was right from the start. If you enjoy reading the Ben & Jerry’s containers, you can imagine the sort of vibe. Almost the first thing you see is a big bus:

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There was also a cut-out to make it look like you and a friend had your pictures on the Ben & Jerry’s lid.

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Once inside, you pay for your tour ticket and wait for the tour to start. Not to worry, though, there is plenty to look at while you wait:

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And finally, it was time to see where they magic happened! We were led by our guide through this doorway…

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…and up a flight of stairs. There, we saw a short movie about Ben & Jerry and the history of their company. It was really interesting but right now all I can remember is that their bus caught on fire. (Odd, the way memory works!)

After the movie, we were led to an observation deck over the production floor. Sadly, we were not allowed to take photos there. Our guide told us about how the ice cream is made, and also let us know that as a Ben & Jerry’s employee, he gets to take home three pints every day. What a great perk!

At the end of the tour, we were given samples (that day it was Cherry Garcia). Taking the tour was a really great experience and I recommend it for anyone who loves ice cream!

The Ben & Jerry’s factory tour and ice cream shop is located at 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road, (Route 100), Waterbury, VT 05676. Telephone 866-258-6877. They are open seven days a week, year round except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Hours vary by season; call or check the web page for details.

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