42 Totally Random Fun Facts For Your Next Trivia Night

At Ben & Jerry's, we love a good game of trivia, so much so that we've been doing it together over video chat! We've been having so much fun, we thought we'd dig up 42 weird, random, totally unnecessary fun facts about Ben & Jerry's to share for your next Trivia Night! Maybe have a spoonful of Half Baked for each one, in our honor:

  • Bagel sundae


    Ben & Jerry’s was originally going to be a bagel company, but Ben and Jerry found the bagel-making equipment to be too pricey. Their plan was to deliver bagels, lox, cream cheese, and the New York Times on Sunday mornings.

  • Ben & Jerry's Original Logo


    Jerry was the first CEO of the company, so we made it up to Ben by putting his name first in “Ben & Jerry’s”.

  • A pile of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Pints with more being poured on


    Each employee gets 3 pints of delicious Ben & Jerry’s goodness a day.

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    Dastardly Mash (1979-1991) was the only flavor ever to contain raisins.

  • Graveyard of Ben & Jerry's flavors


    We have a graveyard where we bury our discontinued flavors. There are over 300 flavors that have been sent to the graveyard.

  • Running Track


    Founders Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield met in 7th grade gym class in Long Island in 1963. They were the two slowest kids in class.

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    Ben and Jerry moved to Vermont and completed a $5 correspondence course in ice cream-making from Penn State University. They got a perfect score because the test was open book.

  • Vanilla


    The first flavor ever created by Ben and Jerry was Vanilla. Gasp!

  • Ben & Jerry's office slide


    There is a tree house and a slide in the Ben & Jerry’s offices – both are used often.

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


    We created Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough after a fan anonymously suggested it at our first Scoop Shop. It’s since become an ice cream legend.

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    All of the meeting rooms at Ben & Jerry’s headquarters are named after ice cream flavors.

  • Ben & Jerry's hot air balloon


    Ben & Jerry’s has two hot air balloons that they break out on special occasions. One is shaped like a Cherry Garcia ice cream cone and is almost 100 ft. high.

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    The summer after their freshman year of college, Ben Cohen drove an ice cream truck, and Jerry parked cars at the local beach.

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    The first Ben & Jerry’s location in Vermont was a renovated gas station, where they shared space with a local farmer who sold produce.

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    Ben wanted to call the business “Josephine’s Flying Machine”, but Jerry didn’t like it.

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    The first pints were Oreo Mint, French Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge, Wild Blueberry, Mocha Walnut, Maple Walnut, Honey Coffee and Honey Orange.

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    Unfortunately, none of the original 8 flavors have survived.

  • Bannister’s Wharf


    There’s a Scoop Shop that sits on stilts in Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, RI

  • Canada Free Cone Day


    Canada was the first country outside the US to celebrate Free Cone Day

  • Dogs at work


    Ben & Jerry’s headquarters are dog friendly, and many employees bring their pups to work.

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    Jerry used to drop boxes of toffee from the top of a ladder to break them up to use in Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch.

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    In 1986, Ben and Jerry got into their “Cowmobile” and drove across the United States, handing out free Ben & Jerry's. Sadly, it burned to the ground on the way home. Ben said it looked like a giant Baked Alaska!

  • Pints of Ben & Jerry's Non Dairy Ice Cream


    Last year, PETA gave Ben & Jerry’s their annual Proggy award in recognition of the new vegan Non-Dairy line.

  • Waffle Cones


    Each waffle cone has an average of 259 little squares. Why so many? The textured surface holds more ice cream than a smooth surface.

  • Ben & Jerry's now serving


    When Ben & Jerry’s first started, we sold soup, crepes, and pottery alongside the now-famous ice cream.

  • Bourbon Pecan Pie


    Bourbon Pecan Pie can only be found in the state of Texas. Road trip?

  • A Bavarian Woody holding a mug


    The machinery we use to create our Cores flavors is based on a German sausage maker.

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    Including ice cream, light ice cream, low fat ice cream, no sugar added ice cream, Carb Karma, Greek and regular frozen yogurt, there have been 43 flavors with ‘Vanilla’ in the name.

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    We have Flavor Labs at our Waterbury, VT factory and at the Scoop Shop in Tokyo, Japan, where we create wild new flavors every week.

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    Chocolate Therapy and Oatmeal Cookie Chunk are the only Limited Batches we’ve ever made into full-time flavors.

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    Speaking of Oatmeal Cookie Chunk, we’re pretty sure it’s our most-missed flavor. Maybe.

  • Ben & Jerry's Gas Station


    The first Free Cone Day was in 1979 and was the founders’ way of thanking their customers for helping them get through their first year.

  • Woody Jackson


    The cow you see on Ben & Jerry’s packages is named Woody, after Woody Jackson, the artist who designed her in 1983.

  • Pints of Ben & Jerry's Core Pints


    We were the first ice cream company in the world to make Cores, pints of ice cream with a thick core of something euphorically awesome (like caramel or brownie batter) in the middle.

  • Greyston Bakery


    Since the late 1980’s, we’ve gotten all our delicious, fudgy brownie chunks from Greyston Bakery, a social mission-led bakery in Yonkers, NY that employs folks who have faced barriers to employment.

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    100% of the profits from Greyston Bakery benefit the Yonkers, NY community, and we are proud to be a part of it.

  • Free Cone Day


    These days we hand out around 1 million free scoops of ice cream each Free Cone Day. Whoa!

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    Co-founder Ben Cohen has no sense of smell, a condition called anosmia. This is the reason our flavors are so packed with flavor and CHUNKS! More chunks and swirls made it more satisfying for Ben.

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    There is one ingredient you'll never find in our flavors: Bacon. While It's one of the most requested ingredients from our fans, our  flavors are Kosher Certified.

  • A spilled bag of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Chunks


    Our Dough Chunks line is created from the actual chunks in our flavors, which means if Dough Chunks are available near you, then you can skip digging them out of your favorite flavor.