March 16, 2018
The Original Crazy Idea
Without our amazing, ice-cream-obsessed fans, Jerry and Ben’s decision to turn a Burlington gas station into a Scoop Shop all those years ago would have just been a blip on the ice cream radar. But, wow, people came, had a little taste of euphoria, told their friends—and soon there were lines out the door.
A Critical Customer Connection
But we’ve learned that some fans of Ben & Jerry’s aren’t content to simply eat the ice cream. No, they’re the folks who dream about ice cream, who concoct the wildest, most imaginative combos in their kitchens late at night, and who are struck with flavor brilliance in the most unlikely moments. In other words, they’re our ice cream soul mates. And we love it. After all, flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Chubby Hubby only exist because of forehead-smackingly great suggestions from customers who love, and think about, ice cream as much as we do.
Of course, not every flavor suggestion we receive will become the next Cherry Garcia. We get A LOT of ideas sent our way, and while some of them sound ridiculously delicious, others are just hilarious. But hey, we know from experience that sometimes the craziest ideas turn out to the best. So with that in mind, here’s a list of the 25 funniest suggestions we’ve ever received. Maybe these will inspire you to concoct a fantasy flavor of your own!
Dark chocolate ice cream with raspberry jam and gorgonzola cheese.
Vanilla ice cream with candied pepperoni chunks.
Vanilla ice cream with swirls of sweet and salty licorice to create an amazing black-and-white striped experience.
Vanilla ice cream with coconuts, oranges, agave, pineapple, graham cracker, chocolate swirls, and a hint of tequila.
Sugar on Snow:
White chocolate ice cream with a maple caramel swirl. The maple caramel would be nice and chewy and smooth like maple syrup is when you pour it over snow.
When Life Gives You Lemons:
Vanilla or lemon ice cream with a graham cracker swirl and lemon curds.
Breakfast in Bed
Maple ice cream with fluffy pancake chunks, salty bacon bits (chocolate covered if need be) and a maple syrup swirl.
Raspberry ice cream with fudge swirls and turtle-shaped white chocolate and dark chocolate pieces.
Almond ice cream with champagne swirls with chunks of almond slices and toffee chips.
Mac and Freeze:
Macaroni ice cream.
Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy:
Salted caramel IPA ice cream with hops chunks.
Spuds and Fudge:
Chocolate ice cream with bits of candied French fries.
The Star Spangled Bananer:
Seasonal, around the 4th of July—vanilla and strawberry ice creams with red, white, and blue sprinkles and banana chunks.
Four different nuts—pecans, almonds, hazelnuts and cashews—in a rich almond ice cream with a swirl of chewy toffee with mini chocolate chips.
White chocolate ice cream with chunks of white wedding cake laced with white frosting.
The French Revolution:
French vanilla ice cream with a whipped sweet cream swirl and chunks of buttery croissant.
Wake and Bacon:
Vanilla ice cream with maple syrup swirls and bacon bits.
Pumpkin ice cream with a caramel apple core and bits of candy corn and gingersnap cookies.
Vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered Bing cherries and a marshmallow swirl.
Hotter than a Hot Texas Summer:
Jalapeno jelly, pecans, and chocolate.
Coffee ice cream with “bytes” of chocolate-covered cone pieces.
Pardon My French Toast:
Salted maple caramel ice cream with pieces of cinnamon-sugar-coated French toast and gooey swirls of chocolate caramel fudge sauce.
Vanilla ice cream with cotton candy swirls, sugar cookie crumbles, rainbow sprinkles, and edible sparkles.
Vanilla cinnamon ice cream with chunks of hazelnut, pecans, and walnuts.
The Almond Brothers:
Almond ice cream with almonds and chocolate chips.
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