Monday, February 11, 2013

The Ice Cream Graveyard


Saturday, Feb 09 2013


Other attractions: In the winter the company also offers snowshoeing around the property and in the summer space for picnics alongside pastures stocked with grazing cows


 
Sweet heaven: The Ben and Jerry's ice cream graveyard where every discontinued flavor gets its own headstone and epitaph

By Nina Golgowski

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'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.

Welcome: The Flavor Cemetery is seen on the grounds of the Vermont ice cream factory in Waterbury

 
 
Not forgotten: Five discontinued flavors of Makin' Whoopie Pie, Oh Pear, Economic Crunch, Tuskeegee Chunk, and Bovinity Divinity are seen


Not forgotten: Five discontinued flavors of Makin' Whoopie Pie, Oh Pear, Economic Crunch, Tuskeegee Chunk, and Bovinity Divinity
 
Nestled behind a lavender-painted arch and white picket fence, guests come face-to-face with the individual memorials whose tombstones' witty poems beg for a moment of attention.

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.' 


A lavender-painted fence opens up the ice cream memorial to guests with such flavors as Urban Jumble, pictured right, featured

 
 
A lavender-painted fence opens up the ice cream memorial to guests

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.
 
Tennessee Mud, which held a short shelf-life of 1988 to 1989 is seen left of Economic Crunch which was a limited 1987 recipe

Tennessee Mud, which held a short shelf-life of 1988 to 1989 is seen


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.
 

Flavor Bovinity Divinity is seen which ran from 1998 to 2001


Selection: Flavor Bovinity Divinity is seen left, which ran from 1998 to 2001, along with Coffee, Coffee, BuzzBuzzBuzz, right, which ran only three short years from 1996 to 1999
 Selection: Flavor Bovinity Divinity is seen above, which ran from 1998 to 2001, along with Coffee, Coffee, BuzzBuzzBuzz, right, which ran only three short years from 1996 to 1999.
 
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.'


Flavor Peanut Butter and Jelly

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