Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, about 56 miles from our cabins, is the Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour! This yummy stop features a guided tour, beginning in the Cow Over the Moon theater with a company history moo-vie. Find out how two childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, turned a $5 correspondence course on ice cream making into a very successful worldwide business.
After the moo-vie, you go to the glassed-in mezzanine for a view and explanation of the ice cream manufacturing process. Then its off to the Flavoroom to indulge in the sample flavor of the day! There's a small fee for the 30-minute tour. You can also browse the gift shop and purchase a big variety of ice cream treats in their Scoop Shop. During summer months, visit the Flavor Graveyard in the upper field.
The plant churns out 110 pints a minute, 190,000 pints a day; all of the milk and cream comes from Vermont family farm cows with no rBGH growth hormones; the Spiral Hardener conveyor chills every pint for two hours at -40 degrees (-70 with the wind chill); the ice cream is packed in unbleached paperboard containers to spare the environment from "nasty toxic dioxins;" and each Ben & Jerry's employee gets three pints of free ice cream a day.
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The Ben & Jerry's Factory is located a mile from I-89 in Waterbury, Vermont - just a few miles south of Stowe.