There’s simply no question about it everyone loves ice cream. And whether I’m craving regular old vanilla or a truly out-there flavor, I knowBen & Jerry’s will do the trick.

There flavors are so unique, it can be hardto say “no” to a cone. It’s even harderto say “no” on Free Cone Day, an annual event that may as well be considered a national holiday.

But this company wasn’t always on the top of the market. Ben and Jerry started out as two friends with a very differentvision for what they wanted their business to be.

After a long, winding road, the two buddies arrived where they are today. But along the way, they accumulated some pretty fascinating tidbits of triviaabout their company.

Did you know all of these 12 facts about Ben & Jerry’s before? Who knew that while you were taking in those delicious, sweet spoonfuls, there was so much history behind it all?

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1. Employees Get The Ultimate Samples


Every employee gets three pints for themselves each day!

2. Ben And Jerry Are Old, Old Friends


Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield, the founders, met in 7th grade gym class because they were the slowest ones on the track.

3. They Are All About Fun


There is a treehouse and slide located in the corporate office, and they’re both used often.

4. They Take Suggestions


Chocolate chip cookie dough was invented thanks to an anonymous customer suggestion at their first shop.

5. They’ve Always Packaged Unique Flavors


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

6. They Have Strange Methods


When they first got started, Jerry used to drop boxes of toffee from the top of a ladder to use the shattered pieces in the Coffee Heath Bar Crunch flavor.

7. They Believe In Being Different


Every scoop shop is unique, with one in Newport, RI sitting on stilts above water.

8. They Pack In The Ice Cream


Each cone has an average of 259 squares. The indents make the cones able to hold more ice cream. Yum!

9. They Used To Serve More Than Ice Cream


Soup, pottery, and crepes were sold along with the ice cream at the original Ben & Jerry’s location.

10. They Are Very Selective


Chocolate Therapy and Oatmeal Cookie Chunk are the only Limited Batchesthat were ever made into full-time flavors.

11. They Know How To Say “Thanks”


The first Free Cone Day was in 1979, a year after opening, as a way to say thanks to the customers for helping them get through the year.

12. They See The Bigger Picture


All of the brownie chunks come from Greyston Bakery, a company that employs folks who have faced barriers to employment in the past.

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