Ben & Jerry's

American ice cream company

Ben and Jerry’s is an American ice cream company. It sells different kinds of ice creams. The company was founded in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont. In 2000, Ben and Jerry's was sold to Unilever, a British-Dutch company.

Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Holdings, Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryFood Processing
FoundedBurlington, Vermont (1978)
FounderBen Cohen
Jerry Greenfield
HeadquartersSouth Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
Key people
Jostein Solheim CEO[1]
Ben Cohen co-founder
Jerry Greenfield co-founder
ProductsIce cream
ParentUnilever NV



In 1977, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield took a course on ice cream making at Pennsylvania State University. On May 5, 1978, they opened a first ice cream shop. It was in a gas station in Burlington, Vermont. One year later, they had the first free cone day. This is now a celebration all over the world. In 1980, Ben and Jerry got space in a building in South Champlain Street in Burlington. They started packing their ice cream in pint containers. This is still the most common size of container. In 1981, the first Ben & Jerry’s store opened in Shelburne, Vermont. In 1983, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was used to make“the world’s largest ice cream sundae” in St. Albans, Vermont. The sundae weighed 27,102 pounds. In 1986, Ben & Jerry’s made its “Cowmobile”. This was a Ben and Jerry’s van. It was used to pass out free ice cream. The Cowmobile was driven by Ben and Jerry themselves. Four months later, the “Cowmobile” caught fire near Cleveland. Ben said it looked like “the world’s biggest baked Alaska.” In 1988, Ben and Jerry’s won the title of U.S Small Business Persons Of The Year awarded by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Flavors and Sizes

Ben & Jerry's display freezer at a local Dominos.

Ben and Jerry's ice cream are sold in pints, pint slices, non-dairy pints, scoop shop flavors, frozen yogurt pints, mini cups and quarts. Top ten flavors:

Former flavors

  • Schweedy Balls[2]
  • Wavy Gravvy[3]
  • Fossil Fuel
  • Turtle Soup
  • This is Nuts
  • Aloha Macademia
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt[4]
  • Sugar Plum
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Urban Jumble
  • Créme Brulee
  • Devil's Food Chocolate
  • Cow Powder
  • Dublin Mudslide
  • Tennessee Mud
  • Coconutterly Fair
  • Chocolate Macadamia
  • Holy Cannoli
  • Wild Maine Blueberry
  • Purple Passion Fruit
  • Economic crunch
  • White Russion
  • Peanuts! Popcorn!
  • Rainforest Crunch
  • Magic Brownie



Ben & Jerry’s has stores all over the world. There are stores in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand,[5] Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.



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  1. "Ben & Jerry's new CEO". Ben & Jerry's Press Release. Archived from the original on June 4, 2007. Retrieved April 23, 2007.
  2. "Schweddy Balls". Archived from the original on 2022-01-10. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  3. "Wavy Gravvy". Archived from the original on 2022-01-10. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  4. "Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt". Archived from the original on 2022-01-10. Retrieved 2022-01-10.
  5. "Ben & Jerry's coming to New Zealand".