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36 years ago today, Jerry and Ben started serving ice cream out of a renovated gas station in Burlington, VT. Get the scoop:

36 Years Later | Ben & Jerry's

17 years ago today, we launched Phish Food! To celebrate, we've compiled 17 of our favorite Phish moments from the past 17 years:

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    Marisa Espinosa

    Does this make you feel old Jill Quinn ?

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    Jill Quinn


Happy birthday to our co-founders, Jerry and Ben! Ben’s name may come first, but Jerry was born 4 days before him.

Happy birthday to our co-founders, Jerry and Ben!...

In 1986, Ben and Jerry got into their "Cowmobile" and drove across the United States handing out free Ben & Jerry's. Sadly, it burned to the ground on the way home. Ben said it looked like a giant Baked Alaska!

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People first went nuts for Rainforest Crunch in 1989. The chunks of Rainforest Cashew & Brazil Nut Buttercrunch Brittle in Vanilla Ice Cream were not only tasty, but they aimed to help save the rainforest! It has since been retired, but we’ll never forget this little pint with a big mission.

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    Rebecca Dugger

    I would pay 200$ for a gallon of this nectar of the gods! I've never found any ice cream (or food, in general) that could compare or even get close to this divine ice cream!

We first started producing Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream 22 years ago today. However, it was first invented in our Burlington, VT Scoop Shop back in 1984 when an anonymous customer suggested adding cookie dough to our vanilla ice cream. Let’s all thank that unknown hero! Here is a shot of the original pint.

Happy Birthday to our other co-founder Ben Cohen. His name may come first, but he was born four days after Jerry!

Ben and Jerry’s built the world’s largest ice cream sundae in St. Albans, VT on April 15,1983. It weighed a whopping 27,102 lbs! Now that's a lot of ice cream!

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In 1995 Ben & Jerry's introduces Chubby Hubby—vanilla malt ice cream with a fudge swirl, a peanut butter swirl, and chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels—a customer suggested flavor idea that began in York, Pennsylvania, as a practical joke played by two friends on a coworker.

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We began producing our ice cream in pints in 1980. Ben and Jerry rented space in an old spool and bobbin mill in Burlington to begin packing their ice cream in pints. The reason? To distribute to grocery and Mom & Pop stores along the restaurant delivery routes Ben services out of the back of his old VW Squareback wagon.

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The menu cover from the old Gas Station. August 1, 1978

Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield

Ben and Jerry opened their first Ben & Jerry's Homemade ice cream scoop shop in a renovated gas station at the corner of St. Paul and College Streets in downtown Burlington, Vermont, on May 5, 1978.

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In 1990 Ben & Jerry's introduced Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream in pints. The brownies come from Greyston Bakery in Yonkers, New York, which employs and empowers disenfranchised people from the local community. ((Beautiful thing when good food & good causes mix together!))

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    Beth Rindlisbacher

    im eating some right now, my fave!!

In 1986, Ben & Jerry’s launched its first “Cowmobile”, a modified mobile home used to distribute free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in a cross-country tour, driven and served by Ben and Jerry themselves. The Cowmobile burned to the ground outside of Cleveland four months later. Ben said it looked like “the world’s largest baked Alaska.” The picture above is of Cowmobile #2 at our Waterbury, VT Factory. #fanfotofriday by @melissameo. (Taken with Instagram)

Celebrating 15 years of Phish Food with Phish and the WaterWheel Foundation this weekend in Atlantic City. Here is the lid from the 1st Phish Food pint. (Taken with Instagram)

We had a great weekend with #Phish and the WaterWheel Foundation in Atlantic City! Thanks to everyone who came by to check out our gallery of 15 years of #PhishFood! (Taken with Instagram)