Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

By: Linnea

Who are we & Where did we come from?

From a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, to far-off places with names we sometimes mispronounce, the journey that began in 1978 with 2 guys and the ice cream business they built is the best in the world



Ben And Jerry's Ice cream helped lots of poor city's by setting up shop there and creating jobs in the slums.
Ben & Jerry's commercial

The Start of Life

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were childhood friends from New York. While Jerry finished college, he found himself unable to make his way into medical school. Ben dropped out of college. In 1977 Ben and Jerry completed a correspondence course on ice cream making from Pennsylvania State University's Creamery. Cohen has anosmia and so relied on "mouth feel". This led to the company's trademark chunks being mixed in with their ice cream. On May 5, 1978, with a $12,000 investment the two business partners opened an ice cream parlor in a renovated gas station in downtown Burlington, Vermont. In 1979, they marked their anniversary by holding the first-ever free cone day, now an international annual celebration.

Ben & Jerry Bio

Ben Cohen was born on March 18, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York, at the same hospital where his future business partner, Jerry Greenfield, was born just four days earlier. The two grew up less than two miles apart, but they did not meet until their seventh-grade gym class.After high school, in 1969, Cohen began his brief college career at Colgate University. The summer between his freshman and sophomore years of college, he served ice cream out of a Pied Piper truck, and after the second semester of his sophomore year, he dropped out and moved to Long Island. From 1971 to 1974, Cohen enrolled in the University Without Walls at Skidmore College, where he took courses in jewelry making and pottery. He worked menial jobs until 1977, when he moved to Saratoga Springs, New York, where he planned to go into business with Greenfield.

Monday, June 29th, 8pm

Waterbury, VT, United States

Waterbury, VT

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