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  • Michelle Bucher | March 17, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    Ben & Jerry’s: An Ice Cream Roadside Attraction

    Ben & Jerry’s: An Ice Cream Roadside Attraction

    While road tripping through Vermont, we were thrilled to learn that not only is Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory located here, but they also do factory tours! For only $4, you really can’t go wrong touring their factory and eating ice cream.

    Before we arrived, I read online that the tours fill up quite quickly, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, so we chose to arrive at 9 a.m. when the factory opened. There were already 15 people in line when we arrived; some were even fellow road trippers!

    There’s something about “how it’s made” tours that really fascinate me, so this was a pretty cool experience for us.

    We went on an amazing 45-minute tour of the factory, learning the different stages of ice cream making, before ending our tour at the factory sampling area. We were able to try one of their new cotton candy flavored ice creams that they were just launching. The best part about eating ice cream at 10 a.m. was, since we’re from the west coast, it was around 7 a.m. our time, but that didn’t stop us from eating ice cream. We even bought a mini tub of ice cream and continued on our road trip journey while eating ice cream.

    All and all this was a pretty cool experience, and well worth the price! Mark this down on your road trip itinerary for the next time you`re heading through Vermont.

    Road trip addition:

    After our factory tour, we learned of a cheese factory down the road that also did factory tours. We figured we`d make a day of touring factories and sampling food, so off we went to Cabot Creamery. 

    This was a fun experience learning of the company history, information about the local town, and sampling a ton of cheese. This tour only cost $2, so between the two factories, you can really make an afternoon road trip adventure.

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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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