Sunday, March 8, 2009

Waterbury, Vermont: Ben and Jerry's Factory Tour

One of the biggest tourist attractions of Vermont is located about a half-hour east of Burlington. Apparently no one can resist the temptation of free ice cream.

Ben & Jerry's offers a nice 30-minute tour of its factory in Waterbury. Visitors aren't allowed to take pictures, but they do learn about the production process and the company's history. At the end, there are -- you guessed it -- free samples. Yum. The plant has a store with all sorts of Ben & Jerry's products; it's a good place to browse before and after the tour.

The company always has had a sense of humor about its work, and it is evident in the "Flavor Graveyard" located on the factory grounds. Ben and Jerry's marks the flavors that didn't quite become a commercial hit with tombstones. Here is a picture of a few of them, including "Peanuts Popcorn."

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