Saturday, Feb 09 2013
Sweet heaven: The Ben and Jerry's ice cream graveyard where every discontinued flavor gets its own headstone and epitaph
By Nina Golgowski
'High on a Vermont hill there's a Graveyard that's haunted, by the ghosts of old flavors that nobody wanted,' or so it’s told on the lawn overlooking the Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory.
After nearly 35 years of making ice cream some flavors are bound to expire. But fortunately for ice cream lovers, this imaginative graveyard featuring clever epitaph-faced headstones in Waterbury, Vermont allows guests to remember those flavors gone, but not forgotten.
Not forgotten: Five discontinued flavors of Makin' Whoopie Pie, Oh Pear, Economic Crunch, Tuskeegee Chunk, and Bovinity Divinity
As read for the discontinued flavor Fresh Georgia Peach which graced store aisles from 1986 to 1991, its demise is creatively explained:
‘Fresh-picked peaches, trucked from Georgia, tasted great but couldn't last, 'cuz Georgia's quite-a-ways away, & trucks don't go that fast.'
Another for Chocolate Comfort which lasted just one year in 1999 reads:
'It's curtains for the chocolate pair, I ate alone in the comfy chair, One pint per night it might have been, But 'twas low fat so it weren't no sin.'
For 1987's Economic Crunch, it reads: 'A delightful mash, this flavor we remember For the stock market crash on the sixth of November.'
In memoriam: A lavender-painted arch opens up the ice cream memorial to guests at the Ben and Jerry's factory in Vermont with such flavors as Urban Jumble, pictured above.
Remembered: Tennessee Mud, which held a short shelf-life of 1988 to 1989 is seen left of Economic Crunch which was (perhaps most fortunately because of the inspiration) a limited 1987 recipe.
As the company dreamily tells of their cemetery: 'Pint-sized poltergeists now and then will appear, then leave you to wonder why they ended up here.
'Some aren't really dead - they're just chilling out; some are grave mistakes you'd rather live without.
‘Say farewell to the bad ones & give the best room to roam; 'cuz you never know which ones might follow you home.'
All gone! Flavors Ethan Almond along with Peanut Butter and Jelly.