Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream, known to everyone as simply Ben & Jerry’s, was founded in Burlington, Vermont, in 1978 by two college dropouts, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The pair took a $5 correspondence course on how to make ice cream, took their life savings and along with some borrowed money, opened their first ice cream store in a renovated gas station.
Today, Ben & Jerry’s is one of the largest producers of ice cream in the world. The company was sold to Unilever in 2000. Ben & Jerry’s is perhaps best known for its unusual ice cream flavors, chunky ice creams, and unusual ice cream names, such as Cherry Garcia, Chubby Hubby, and Apple-y Ever After.
The company sells ice cream, frozen yogurt, and frozen ice cream desserts in more than 36 countries in stores, supermarkets, and franchise outlets. To celebrate the company anniversary, the company has a “free cone day” at all locations somewhere between late March and early April every year.
Ben and Jerry’s has long been involved in social and political issues. In May 2017, the company announced that they would not serve two scoops of the same flavor until Australia legalized gay marriage.
Headquarters is still located in South Burlington, Vermont.