This is a timeline to show the history of ben and Jerry's ice cream.
The very first Scoop shop was situated in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont.
Ben and Jerry's Started
In 1980 Ben & Jerry decided to rent an old school and bobbin mill in Burlington and started to pack their ice cream in pints, so that they can distribute to groceries and restaurants in the Vermont area.
To celebrate the first year in business Ben & Jerry created the first ever free cone day, which entitled customers to a free scoop for their help in keeping the business open.
Free Scoop day
By 1981 news of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream had spread and their demand became even higher, therefore ben and jerry decided to open another ice cream shop in Shelburne, Vermont.
More Scoop Shops
The gas station scoop shop
is knocked down to make car park spaces but luckily Cherry street scoop shop had just opened.
End of an era
World's Largest Sunday
Ben and Jerry created the worlds biggest ice cream sundae in St Albans which weighed in at 27,102 pounds.
1985 arrived and Ben and Jerry gave 7.5% of the company’s annual pre-tax profits to a Ben and Jerry’s Foundation to help fund community-oriented projects.
Market Drive Free Scoop
In 1986 the Cowmobile launched, it was a customised mobile home allowing to distributed free scoops in a unique, cross country way. Unfortunately, on the way back in to Cleveland, Ohio, the Cowmobile burnt to the ground, thankfully nobody was hurt in the fire.
In 1987 Ben and Jerry’s decided to bring out a new ice cream flavour called Cherry Garcia named after Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia, Cherry Garcia became the first ever ice cream to be created after a rock legend.
Met the President
1988 was when President Reagan presented Ben and Jerry with the U.S. small Business persons of the year award in the white House Rose garden.
Cookie dough is born
In 1991 after years of research Ben and Jerry's released chocolate chip cookie Dough in pints.
In 1993 Ben and Jerry’s brings out a new flavours wavy Gravy the decided on the name after the famous 1960’s Woodstock, who was a one man non profit charity for helping kids.
Venture to the UK
Ben and Jerrys ice cream first appeared in the UK back in 1994 and is still known as one of the best ice cream brands to this day.
In 1995 Ben and Jerry’s website took off, thousands of people visited their website when it was launched.
1996 brought Ben and Jerry an ice cream flavour with no fat and no lactose meaning more people could enjoy their flavours. They decided to call this ice cream Doonesberry Sorbet after the popular “Doonesbury” comic strip character.
1997 Ben and Jerry’s brought out Phish food ice cream inspired by a musical group Phish.
Ben and Jerry’s customers had been saying that their packaging was hard to read, so in 1998 to celebrate 20 years still in business, Ben and Jerry’s decided to change it up and give their packaging and brand a new look.
In 1999 Ben and Jerry’s launched the “Flying Friesian,” a tour buss they made in the UK to focus on fundraising for UK children in need and the charity Childline.
The Uk Tour Bus
The year 2000 meant Ben & Jerry’s becomes a part of Unilever, which means an independent Board of Directors is created to provide a focus on preserving and expanding the Ben & Jerry's social mission, brand and product.
Move to Unilever
The UK Tour Bus
In 2001 a documentary about people making a positive impact on their communities called Citizen cool. To celebrate the documentary Ben and Jerry’s realised a new flavour inspired by movie treats, called Concession Obsession.
To start the year off in 2003 Ben and Jerry’s had a birthday bash in their factory in Waterbury, Vermont as their first ever Winter fest celebrating 25 years.
One Sweet Whirled
In 2002 Ben and Jerry brought out One Sweet Whirled to help in a campaign to fight against global warming. In 2002 Ben and Jerry’s brought out One Sweet Whirled to help in a campaign fight against global warming In 2002 Ben and Jerry’s brought out One Sweet Whirled to help in a campaign fight against global war In 2002 Ben and Jerry’s brought out One Sweet Whirled to help in a campaign fight against global w
In 2005 Ben and Jerry’s built a 900-pound Baked Alaska with their fossil fuel ice cream. To help in protesting proposed oil drilling in the Arctic National wildlife, they served the Backed Alaska with the help of the Green Peace and the Alaska wilderness league on the US capital lawn.
2006 and Ben and Jerry’s still fully support Fair Trade since 1996.
Big Baked Alaska
Fair Trade Awareness
2009 meant Ben and Jerry’s held an international “Do the world a flavour” contest, to encourage people to put their ideas across for a fair trade flavour and to also help spread awareness about fair trade and what they do. The flavour that was chosen was Almond Delight, it was featured in scoop shops over the world but only for a limited batch for a limited time in 2010.
In 2008 Ben and Jerry’s decided to introduce Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road in acknowledgment of Elton John’s first concert in Vermont.
Another New Flavour
Non Dairy ice cream?
The customers of Ben and Jerry’s wanted a non-dairy option, therefore in 2014 the public went as far as starting a petition for Ben and Jerry’s to make a non-dairy option.
Ben and Jerry’s decided to mix it up with real Greek yogurt. In 2012 they introduced a selection of Greek Yogurt flavours that where uniquely creamy they are also filled with chunks and swirls.
The Tonight Dough
In 2015 Ben and Jerry’s brought out a new flavour called The Tonight Dough it is made with caramel and chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookie swirls and bits of chocolate chip cookie dough along with peanut butter cookie dough.
In 2016 Ben and Jerry’s first non-dairy ice cream, created with almond milk, just what the customers wanted the first 100% certified vegan ice cream. The first non-dairy flavour in their line-up was, Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
Non Dairy Ice cream becomes real
In 2017 they brought out pint slices, inspired by the best part of the pints, to give customers a way to enjoy euphoric flavours, chunks and swirls in a round tasty single serving to be able to enjoy to goodness of Ben and Jerrys ice cream on the road.
In 2018 Ben and Jerry’s brought out Moo-Phoria, an ice cream with less fat and calories. Moo-Phoria pints are full off chunks and swirls just like the other Ben and Jerry’s ice creams, but it is 60% to 70% less fat then in traditional ice creams. Each ½ cup serving of moo-phoria has 140 – 160 calories and just like the rest of their ice cream it does not continue artificial sugar substitutes or sugar alcohols.