Saturday, August 29, 2009

Memories of Vermont

So, as perhaps I mentioned, I was recently in Vermont for one of my very exciting reunions with my high school girlfriends. Now Vermont has one major detraction--the giant spider that scurried out of my pants Sunday morning--but otherwise seems to be a freakishly idyllic place full of flowers, dairy products, and people wearing bright colors. Also, neighbors say HI to each other, as do--shudder--strangers! Hard for me to wrap my head around, but... what's the word. Oh yeah, NICE.

One major NON-detraction of Vermont turned out to be the Ben & Jerry's factory, a 4-minute drive from my friend's house. Tours are $3 and include a LARGE free sample of ice cream. For others with non-ice cream tastes, there is also the Magic Hat Brewery, the Cabot Cheese Factory, and the Green Mountain Coffee Factory, all of which can be toured.

My favorite part of the Ben & Jerry's tour was the Flavor Graveyard. The headstones--there were probably 20 or 25 total--were hilarious. It was also my least favorite part of the tour, because some of the dead flavors sounded pretty delicious.

My People weep that the Holy Cannoli was discontinued.


I love sweet potato pie. I'm not sure if it would be a great ice cream flavor, but this sure makes me curious to try...


Plum favored ice cream... yum. With caramel swirl? Humm. (This one only lasted two weeks, apparently.)


Raisins I don't like. But look how long this one lasted!!


How could this one have gone away?! I don't understand!!!

39 comments:

I_am_Tulsa said...

chocolate peanut butter cookie dough...not enough PR? How could they let such a wonderful sounding ice cream die?!

Ann Finkelstein said...

The last time I was in Vermont, we visited the factory where our canoe was made. Hmmmm. B&J might have been a better choice.

lale said...

The flavor graveyard's my favourite part too- the free sample was disappointing, seeing as I'm not a choc chip mint fan, and that's what they had that day! We had to drive two and half hours to get there though, and so I felt justified in making up for that disappointment with an enormous cup of cake batter and choc fudge brownie with hot fudge sauce. :)

Chris Eldin said...

Wow!!! Those are hysterical!!!! And what a dream job, to be a writer working for an ice-cream factory...
:-)

moonrat said...

Chris--HA! Never even THOUGHT of that!! Talk about dream jobs!

moonrat said...

lale--that was our flavor on the tour, too! maybe that's what they always use, hmm. i ended up buying Coconut Seven Layer Bar, which is one of the specialty flavors.

Rick Daley said...

Oh, the grief is renewed! After all these years, Chubby Hubby had finally erased all memory of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, but now I can remember its taste as if it just melted off my tongue, never to be tasted again.

Chocolate ice cream, regular cookie dough, and gobs of peanut butter mixed in. More perfect a treat the never will be...

moonrat said...

Rick--I'm a BIG fan of Chubby Hubby--but it's so hard to find!! I know they discontinued it awhile back, and then brought it back as a limited edition, but I'm not sure what the status is now.

Also, when will they get it? ALL ICE CREAM SHOULD HAVE PEANUT BUTTER IN IT. Nom nom nom.

Why did I put this post up today? I'm supposed to be on sugar detox.

Lydia Sharp said...

A whole post dedicated the memory of lost ice cream flavors?

I love this blog.

Ellen said...

Ice cream obits!! I want to apply for a job writing these.

DebraLSchubert said...

I think a grassroots campaign to bring back the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough is in order. Everybody, write your congressmen!!!

Natasha Fondren said...

Oh wow, I had NO ida! That is so cool! I'm with Chris: it would be a dream to be a writer working for them!

I now have an asthma attack every time I eat ice cream. :-( But I still eat a pint of Ben & Jerrys once a year. (Stupid, I know. BUT HOW CAN ONE LIVE WITHOUT ICE CREAM?)

Charles Gramlich said...

As long as they still have chocolate I will continue to live.

Sarah Laurenson said...

I don't eat ice cream often, but I'd sure try the sweet potato pie.

Vermont is where I saw the milky way in all its glory.

hannah said...

Can believe no one's commented on the typo on the peanut butter cookie dough. "It's trouble"??

Jenna said...

Chocolate peanut butter cookie dough?! HOW did THAT one die out? I'd LOVE to have some of that! Maybe I'll ask my dad to make some, since he's been on an I-want-to-make-ice-cream kick...

The other ones sound a little odd, though. Glad the trip went okay! :D

Suzan Harden said...

*sob*

and they killed Peanut Butter & Jelly

and Coffee Almond Fudge

and Coffee, Coffee, Buzz, Buzz, Buzz. . .

*sob*

Mostly Silent Partner said...

Gosh do I miss Wavy Gravy!

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Ink said...

Okay, now I have a serious craving for sugar plum ice cream. And I've never even had it. And it's gone.

Life is full of surreal cruelties.

Lily said...

Maybe all those yummy flavors will be waiting for us in heaven!

Literary Cowgirl said...

Ah, Vermont. Now i am all homesick. I went to Norwich, which is also a very interesting tourist stop. The campus is not only beautiful, but packed full of American history. So, if you're ever in Northfield, you should stop by. Tuesday afternoons you can see the cadets on parade (unless things have changed).

Our women's rugny team once went to Ben and Jerry's. Let's just say we took the place over, and some of those recipes might have died because we ate the factory out of them.

Oh, and the Christmas store (I can't remember the name- probably the Christmas store) is definitely not to be missed. Even if you hate Christmas, because it really covers every holiday you could possibly dream up.

Off to do some more writing, so I can be a big enough success to go back there one day.

Sara J. Henry said...

Ack, that's not Vermont.

This is Vermont. And this. And this.

Kim Kasch said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh I would soooooooooo love to tour Ben and Jerry's - I'm an ice creamaholic - with sprinkles.

moonrat said...

oh no, Suzan. i'm sorry i brought up these painful memories!

Sierra Godfrey said...

Everybody just HANG ON A MINUTE.

What giant spider crawling out of your pants? WHAT? WHAT? What was it? Why was is in there? Were the pants on you at the time? Cripes! The horror! What did you do?

pacatrue said...

Oh, this brings back memories of the long lost Rainforest Crunch to me. I remember sitting in TJ's pizza in Jersey in the late 80s, munching the stuff. I still keep an eye out for it, even though it's been long discontinued.

Oh why?!!!!!

McKoala said...

Chocolate peanut butter cookie dooooooooooooough. Bring it back!

moonrat said...

Sierra--THANK YOU!!! Don't fret, there was MUCH screaming.

Inkygirl said...

Thank you for posting pics of the Flavor Graveyard! I'm envious of your visit to B&J's! I'm not envious of that spider in your pants, though.

Larissa said...

Okay. First I have to say EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKK!!!! to the giant spider in your pants!

Second, I totally agree about the chocolate peanut butter cookie dough ice cream. There cannot possibly be a good enough reason to have killed it. Not one.

rosa68 said...

I miss Totally Nuts. It was wonderful.

Wendy S said...

After probably a good 10 years, I still miss Cool Britannia - strawberry ice cream with chunks of chocolate-covered shortbread.

moonrat said...

rosa--what was that?! it sounds totally delightful!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes--those samples are big! And we could get seconds. Cake batter. Not my fav--but still. We went in the winter so didn't get to tour outside-thanks for the photos. We also pigged on cheese from the cabot factory and looked at the overly expensive vermont teddy bears and the apple cider place.

glad you had fun!

Tara said...

Maybe we should start a campaign to bring back the dead flavors--you know, get Edward Cullen to sink his teeth into one. That would probably do it.

Lisa Dez said...

I’m a California girl now, but I went to high school in central Vermont. We used to go up to the original B&J’s in Burlington. (I’m dating myself, as this store in an old gas station closed many moons ago.) You had to pedal the stationary bike that churned their ice cream while you stood in line. It was hysterical, but always worth it.

Bill Greer said...

Last time I was in Vermont . . . no wait! I live here. Lovely views, nothing you might want is within a 20-minute drive.

Then there are the tourists. :)

I'm partial to Cherry Garcia.

Juniper said...

I still remember my first taste of Ben & Jerry's ice cream - 1995, a pint of White Russian given in exchange for my participation in the Humboldt Lupine Bash despite record snowfall - man, why'd they get rid of that one? It was so tasty...