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The Short Version: From sweet chocolate to salty caramel ice creams, Ben & Jerry’s has more than 60 unique and decadent flavors to satisfy any craving. Based in Vermont, the company’s flavor gurus continually develop unforgettable taste combinations using gooey fillings, nutty mix-ins, and smooth liquors. You can treat yourself (and a loved one) to a sweet treat by picking up a pint at the grocery store, ordering a cone at a Scoop Shop near you, or traveling to the Ben & Jerry’s headquarters for a factory tour. Sometimes all it takes is a spoonful of Chocolate Therapy, Strawberry Cheesecake, or Urban Bourbon to bring a smile to someone’s face and help you get to know your date on a personal level. The progressive social mission and innovative ice cream flavors draw many dessert lovers to this big-hearted brand. Whether you’re single or on a date, a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream can brighten up your day.
On my very first date, at age 13, we went to see a movie at the mall and barely had a chance to talk. As we left the theater, with my mom trailing behind us, I wasn’t ready for the night to be over. It was too soon! We were still awkward and shy around each other, and I didn’t want our date to be a failure.
Luckily, my mom swooped in for the save. “How about you two get ice cream while I run a few errands,” she suggested. She didn’t actually have errands — she’s just a good mom/wingman. She got us settled at Ben & Jerry’s, which was attached to the mall, and left us to flirt over our ice cream. We kept stealing spoonfuls from each other, so my chocolate was soon streaked with strawberry swirls, but I didn’t mind. Sometimes mixing it up makes it taste all the sweeter.
Since 1978, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream has been tantalizing the taste buds and melting the hearts of dessert lovers everywhere. The brand is known as the breakup ice cream, there to comfort broken-hearted singles on lonely nights, but it can also serve as a wonderful date night dish. Across the country, Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops provide fun venues for daters looking to create sweet memories together.
The Ben & Jerry’s blog even sprinkles in tips for going on a date to a Scoop Shop, including ordering something to share and making sure to grab extra napkins for your date. “You can also score points if you order the same thing your date ordered,” Laura Peterson, PR Manager, noted. “Going on a date to our Scoop Shops is nostalgic, and our ice cream tends to go over well with people with a sweet tooth.”
Or, if you’re looking to enjoy a night in with someone, you can try out fun recipes using Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Because what could be better on a date than making chocolate fondue or sundae waffles? Such a variety of decadent treats can top off any date perfectly.
At Ben & Jerry’s, there are so many flavors to choose from, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Some people like all the toppings they can get, while others are more traditional purists. Maybe you like the refreshing taste of Empower Mint, or maybe you enjoy the hint of saltiness mixed in Tubby Hubby. Generous diners may want to share a sundae like the Vermonster, while singles on the go may find a pint slice just the right size. Many vegans are really into the new non-dairy flavors at Ben & Jerry’s.
“[Chunky Monkey] was my go-to whenever I needed a pick me up… after a breakup, after a big fight with someone I loved.” — a diehard Chunky Monkey fan
Maybe your favorite flavor in the Ben & Jerry’s graveyard. If so, don’t despair — you can appeal to the ice cream gods to resurrect your dearly departed ice cream here. Come back, Deep Dark Chocolate! You complete me!
Ben & Jerry’s is passionate about ice cream, and for good reason. Ice cream unites us on a hot day, comforts us after a breakup, and adds a hint of sweetness to any meal. It’s perfect for a date. Whether you’re taking your date out for Free Cone Day or picking up a pint to share on a night in, Ben and Jerry’s delights the senses with over 60 original flavors available — and they’re always dreaming up more.
Different people are drawn to different flavors, and some flavors take on a personality of their own. On the blog, you can find out if you and your date are a good flavor combination based on your favorite ice creams. Or you can take a quiz on which flavor you should date. I got Chocolate Fudge Brownie, a dependable, rich, and fudgy companion. Yes, please!
If you’re wondering what your date’s flavor choice says about his or her personality, we’ve got some fun insights on the date types associated with seven popular Ben & Jerry’s flavors.
Named in honor of guitarist Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Cherry Garcia is a rockstar flavor. This cherry ice cream with fudge flakes is the bad boy you can’t help but love. It’s complicated, edgy, with a dark side — and yet so sweet!
The flavor has been so popular over the years that Ben & Jerry’s has introduced a vegan and chocolate version for Grateful Dead fans to enjoy. “The chocolate really dials up the flavor of this ice cream,” Laura told us.
When you’re in need of a pick-me-up, Chocolate Therapy is the obvious choice. This is the epitome of breakup ice cream — it’s right there in the name! Chocolate Therapy will be there for you through heartache and win your heart on the rebound. This is an indulgent, rich, and seductive flavor for sensitive daters.
Chocolate Therapy lovers know what they like, and it’s chocolate. This is my favorite flavor because it doesn’t let up on the deep chocolate flavors. It doubles down with fudgy chocolate cookies and gives you immediate gratification. As a good rebound should.
“Just wanted to say how much I love your ice cream,” a chocolate enthusiast wrote to the Ben & Jerry’s team. “With the breakup I’m dealing with today, if my bank account allowed it, I would go stock up on Chocolate Therapy… it’s the best thing ever.”
Ben & Jerry’s has many alcohol-infused ice creams, including Urban Bourbon, an adult flavor for sophisticated eaters. The burnt caramel, fudgy chocolate, and bourbon finish make this ice cream flavor really stand out. Daters who love to savor dark liquors and complex flavor combinations will lap up his upscale flavor.
Sweet, creamy, a classic favorite. Phish Food features chocolate ice cream with gooey marshmallow and caramel swirls and fudge fish. According to a Ben & Jerry blog post, “Judging it by its chocolate base, Phish Food may seem a little old-fashioned at first, but there’s so much more complexity.”
This traditional favorite never goes out of style. If your date’s go-to Ben & Jerry’s flavor is Phish Food, they’re gooey on the inside.
Ben & Jerry’s loves clever names and bold flavors, and both are well-represented in Americone Dream, the patriotic ice cream dedicated to Stephen Colbert fans. Do you want to know what freedom tastes like? Fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and caramel! We dubbed Americone Dream the Night Owl because of its roots in late-night comedy. Lovers of this ice cream likely have a great sense of humor.
New on the shelves is Oat of This Swirled, a brown sugar ice cream packed with fudge flakes and oatmeal cinnamon cookies. Nothing fancy or crazy, this flavor is a comforting choice for someone more at home when at home. Grounded and family-oriented daters gravitate toward Oat of This Swirled.
“It’s reminiscent of home,” Laura explained. “People who love Oat of This Swirled are nesters.”
Chunky Monkey is just bananas. People who like this one are nuts — in a good way. The banana ice cream packs a punch with fudge chunks and walnuts generously scattered throughout.
As a flavor, Chunky Monkey is a party animal, always monkeying around and full of salty and sweet surprises. “Chunky Monkey is a wild one,” Laura said. “It’s got a lot going on.
In addition to original ice cream flavors, Ben & Jerry’s is known for its longstanding social mission. The company maintains high ethical standards for all products while backing progressive causes like environmental awareness, equality, and social justice. According to their values, “Ben & Jerry’s operates on a three-part mission that aims to create linked prosperity for everyone that’s connected to our business: suppliers, employees, farmers, franchises, customers, and neighbors alike.”
Based in Vermont, a liberal mainstay, Ben & Jerry’s company maintains strong activist roots. When you partake in their ice cream, you’re showing support for the brand and its political agenda which covers everything from mandatory GMO labeling to world peace.
By supporting fair-trade ice cream and raising money for good causes, Ben & Jerry’s works to make a positive difference in the world. In 2017, the ice cream brand took to the streets with over 200,000 Americans during the People’s Climate March on Washington DC.
“If you share a love of Ben & Jerry’s, you likely share similar values as well,” Laura noted. “The social mission behind the ice cream can lead to an intriguing first date conversation about issues that matter.”
My first date was a rousing success thanks to my mom and Ben & Jerry’s. Sharing ice cream was a great way to break the ice (cream) and enjoy my date’s company in a friendly and low-key atmosphere.
Ben & Jerry’s offers ice cream lovers many great tastes and sweet memories, swirled with progressive values.
You can stop by a Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop to share an original treat with your date. From the CHILL-aco (an ice cream taco) to the Vermonster Sundae (a 20-scoop sundae), the passionate team is always imagining new fun ways to enjoy ice cream.
Their rich flavors, imaginative mix-ins, and clever names keep singles and couples coming back for more. Sara, a happily married Ben & Jerry’s customer, wrote, “Thanks for the laugh and keep my hubby ‘chubby’ with your delicious ice cream!”
“It’s so exciting to work here,” Laura said. “The team is really first-rate and committed to making delicious ice cream while making the world a better place.”