Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are childhood friends and founders of the famous ice cream company, but did you know that Ben has a lack of sense of smell or taste? What the what? You may be wondering how someone without those vital things for eating can create such delicious ice cream. But that's where Jerry comes in. Penn State University is known for its sports, but it also has an ice cream making course at its on-campus creamery. That's where Jerry learned how to make ice cream. Since Ben couldn't taste or smell, he had to rely on the mouthfeel, meaning that you have him to thank for all the chunks and ooey-gooey additions to Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
Opening up their factory in Burlington, Vermont, the ice cream took off. They use local ingredients as often as possible, and when they can't, they use only Fair Trade certified ingredients. You may have noticed a little bit ago that some of your favorite flavors changed their name. That's because the original candy additions didn't match the standards that Ben and Jerry wanted for their ice cream. Pretty cool, huh? You can even go on a tour and get a free sample of a flavor at the Vermont factory. While there, brush up on your flavor knowledge! Until then, take this quiz to see if you can name all of these Ben and Jerry ice cream flavors!
This flavor is clearly named after Bob Marley and one of his most famous songs. It's a banana ice cream with swirls of caramel and graham cracker. It also comes loaded with chocolate peace signs, signifying Marley's efforts for it.
Glamping is a combination of the words "glamour" and "camping." It's no wonder that the flavor itself is just as fancy. It features additions like crunchy pretzel and marshmallow swirls and almonds covered in fudge.
This flavor is essentially all the best part of an ice cream sandwich but in scoopable form. It's got vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate sandwich cookies and copious amounts of fudge swirls.
Ben & Jerry's has had a long relationship with the band Phish, and this is the third flavor for the band. Not all made the cut, but this one digs way back to one that was considered for Phish food, then they enhanced it!
If you love mint, you will love this flavor. It's a dark chocolate mint base with almost s'more like additions. The ice cream also has a marshmallow swirl and more swirls of chocolate fudge cookies. Minter here you come!
This flavor aims to bridge the gap between all the flavors. It has dark and white chocolate chunks and just about all of the nuts you can think of. Bringing all of the flavors together to harmonize as one, this flavor does.
OK, if you haven't tried this flavor of brown sugar ice cream with deconstructed sticky buns mixed in, you're missing out so much. It's sweet, creamy and crunchy from the pecans. Or is it pecahn?
This patriotic ice cream flavor obviously has blueberries, but it also has raspberry and vanilla ice creams to round out the theme. There are also shortbread pieces in it, reminiscent of another summer treat, the strawberry shortcake.
If you've ever hidden around the corner as you lick the batter off of your mixing spoon after making brownies, you need this flavor in your life. It has the magic elixir all down the center of the pint.
This flavor is one of the many pop culture flavors Ben and Jerry have dished out. Named after Stephen Colbert, it features waffle cone pieces all throughout the pint.
If you love the classic ice cream parlor dessert, you'll equally love this pint flavor. It's got all the same flavors like banana and strawberry, but with the beloved chunks of nuts and fudge.
Sometimes it's better to keep it simple, and that's exactly what this flavor does. It's cherry ice cream with cherries and chocolate fudge flakes. It's also a tribute to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead!
When Ben and Jerry did a focus group for this flavor, the one suggestion people made was putting more cookie dough in there. That's started the revolution of having the chunkiest, most filled ice cream out there.
You got it! This flavor basically has everything you could possibly want. It's got chocolate, toffee, nuts, two flavors of ice cream, peanut butter cups, man, we're out of breath already!
Instead of marshmallow swirls, which would clearly be too basic, this flavor has straight up toasted marshmallow ice cream. Other classic flavors such as chocolate and graham cracker are making their way in.
Half Baked is another classic B&J flavor that features cookie dough and brownie pieces swimming within chocolate and vanilla ice creams. The dough and batter to ice cream ratio is right where you want it.
This flavor is heavy on the caramel and equally as heavy on the cookie. It was created to be the ice cream version of the popular saying, "Keep calm and carry on." It definitely keeps the clever names coming.
The flavor of milk and cookies is one you'll never forget. Whether it's a chocolate sandwich cookies or the chocolate chip variety, this flavor appeals to everyone.
This flavor was created in 1985 as a way for the ice cream friends to reach the great state of New York. They knew that if the flavor could make it in New York, it could make it anywhere.
This ice cream is like the best oatmeal cookie you've ever had, with ice cream on top. It's got the flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon and the chewy texture of oats. Pretty sure you can also eat it for breakfast.
It's your favorite candy bar mashed up and put into ice cream. Peanut butter is sweetened up for ice cream base, and then the whole thing is loaded up with chunks of peanut butter cups. How could you go wrong?!
Much like the actual cake version, this ice cream has a cream cheese frosting swirling itself around the cake flavored ice cream. Oh yeah, there are also chunks of red velvet cake, in case you thought they were missing.
There's no combination quite like vanilla, caramel and almonds. The only thing that makes it better is the addition of salt to the caramel. It really helps to balance out all that sweetness.
This flavor is named after, you guessed it, "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon. It also has almost every baked good flavor in one pint. There's cookie dough of the chocolate chip and peanut butter variety, plus brownie pieces.
Bourbon caramel swirls. Enough said. But if you want a little bit more, this ice cream flavor also has a burnt caramel base with almonds and those signature fudge flakes.
The name of this flavor changed once the company went non-GMO and Certified Fair Trade with all of its ingredients. They replaced a famous toffee candy bar with better ingredients for a more sustainable dessert.
The core line of ice cream is interesting because you get all the best flavor all the way down to the bottom. In this case, it happens to be a core of cookies and cream cheesecake. Sweet, tangy and crunchy. That's all you need, really.
Whoever invented coffee ice cream should win an award. But the people who invented putting brownie batter swirls and fudge chunks in coffee ice cream should be president.
Cheesecake ice cream. Graham covered cheesecake truffles. Chocolate cookie swirl. We'll let that sink in. If you love cheesecake and you haven't had this flavor, honestly what are you waiting for?
Save yourself a trip to the mall and just get this ice cream instead. With hunks cinnamon bun dough and a swirl of cinnamon streusel, it probably has more flavor than an actual cinnamon bun.
There's pumpkin flavored everything in the fall, but if you can get your hands on this pumpkin cheesecake flavor, you can eat it any time of year. It's perfect for right on the cusp of fall, but when summer ice cream is still a thing.
We're not sure when mint and chocolate cookies became a match made in heaven, but we're here for it. This flavor features mint ice cream and then is absolutely loaded with chunks of chocolate sandwich cookies.
If you're lucky enough to get a free sample of this after a factory tour, consider yourself lucky. It's sweet from the strawberries and ice cream, but tangy from the cheesecake flavors.
If by kerfuffle they mean a total hodge-lodge of flavors, then yes, kerfuffle away. Have you ever heard of a salted chocolate ganache? Well, this flavor has it and you need it.
Even though this flavor seems simple, your palate will not be bored. It's also good for those nights when you just want something sweet and smooth, as there are no chunks involved in the making of this.
What better way to satisfy your peanut butter craving than with an ice cream that has peanut butter cookie dough running down the entire center of it? We're drawing a blank.
Did you know the brownies in this ice cream come from Greyston Bakery in New York? It's so nice knowing exactly what you're eating and where it comes from. Way to go Ben and Jerry!
Ah, yes. The famous Chubby Hubby. People love it because of the name, but this flavor was actually born out of a workplace trick. It ended up being so good that it became part of the ice cream flavor family!
If you wake up and just can't deal with another plain cup of coffee, scoop up a bowl of this instead. The ice cream is coffee, sure, but there's also espresso bean fudge chunks. Wake up and smell the ice cream!
Fun fact! A portion of the band Phish's royalties from this ice cream go towards environmental efforts to help Vermont's Lake Champlain Watershed. Groovy!