What do you do on a rainy Sunday? You visit the nearest Ben & Jerry's factory of course (oh travel, I love you!) On the way back from Boston, we happened to drive through Vermont so naturally, that meant a stop off at the Ben & Jerry's factory. You should all know by now (mainly because of the amount of photos I put on my Instagram @emshelx) that I love ice cream, I'm forever putting photos of huge ice creams up on my account and it's really not okay, so naturally I squealed a little bit (okay a lot) when I heard I was going to the King of all ice creams to take a look around...
We pulled up outside and admired the Ben and Jerry's van, a remake of their original, the cowmobile which was used to give out free scoops of ice cream all around the world by Ben & Jerry in 1986 - unfortunately it burnt to the ground at the end of the trip.
We then noticed some huge cream tanks...
and then went inside.
I instantly fell further in love with Ben and Jerry's - their brand ethos and the quotes all over the walls were really great to read and actually quite interesting. Ticket in one hand, something was missing from the other hand... it was time to get an ice cream to start the tourI should have gone for a sprinkle chocolate dipped waffle conebut I just went for a plain one with good old cookie dough - don't fix what ain't broken and all that. I'm sad that most of these flavours don't exist in the UK. Trying not to dwell on the lack of UK Ben & Jerrys flavours, a bell rang, meaning it was time to go on the tour. We went through the secret doorAnd peeked in the tank room on our way through. We saw huge tanks making ice cream and then we were made to turn our cameras off because we went into a hidden section (apparently we could be spies from Haagen Dazs) - I'm so sad that I can't share that part with you - even the cow painted walls were worth a photo. We basically learnt all the B&J tricks when it comes to making ice cream.
What I can tell you though is that a lot of work goes into making Ben & Jerry's and I did get to turn my camera back on for the 'flavor lab' - flavour to British people!
The 'flavor lab' is where it all happens and it's probably the most important part of the factory; they taste, test and make new exciting flavours inside this very room.
I got to test a flavor which is never going to be sold - so I'm probably one of the few people who will try it. It was Apple Pie a la Mode and it tasted like gooey heaven...
The gooeyness was just perfect - I never wanted it to stop.
After eating lots of ice cream, I checked the leader board to see which the top sellers were - My poor efforts showed I've only tried 3 of the 10. Looks like I need to get back into my ice cream...
I couldn't leave empty handed...
I made sure I bought lots of Ben & Jerry's themed treats! Look out for a new haul video on my channel soon and I'll talk you through what I bought!
Jumper: Primark, old, similar here (£12.99) and here (£14.99) / Scarf: H&M similar here / Bag: Longchamp / Skirt: American Apparel - old, similar here and here. ASOS also sell so many amazing ones here.
I'm jealous to hear that if you work at the Ben & Jerry's factory, you get to take home like 5 pints of ice cream a week (or maybe it was 9, I can't remember but a ridiculous amount anyway!). I would do anything for 1 pint a week, let alone 5.
Dear Ben and Jerry, it was love at first taste, but now I've got to know more about your fantastic company, your marvellous work ethic, both charitable and entrepenurial and tasted more of your amazing delights, I love you even more. Please sir, can I have some more?
Do you like Ben & Jerry's? Have you ever visited a factory like this? Would you like to visit?
Lots of love, Em x
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