At Ben & Jerry's Flavors, R.I.P In Style

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Ice cream companies retire old flavors to make room for new ones constantly - Some companies simply toss the 'dead' ones, while others like Baskin Robbins, treat them with a little more respect, by listing them on their website - And then, there is Vermont based Ben & Jerry's who has dedicated an entire cemetery, complete with tombstones to ensure their dead flavors R.I.P.

Situated directly behind the company's popular ice cream factory in Waterbury, the flavor cemetery houses plastic tombstones for the flavors that have been killed, because they failed to impress consumers. To make them really personal it outlines not only the name of the flavor and length of life, but also, an emotional epitaph.

The company, which kills between 8-10 flavors every year, has to-date, over 200 flavors on its dearly departed list. Since the cemetery does not have enough room, it holds just a sample, about 27 tombstones - enough to delight the thousands of visitors who cross the white picket fence each year, to pay their respects.

Of course, unlike humans, ice cream flavors can easily be resurrected if enough fans write to the company, so the tombstones could magically disappear and be replaced with new ones. And, if you do not wish to trek all the way to Vermont to see the graveyard, you can check out the virtual one at www.benjerry.com/fun/halloween.

sources:odditycentral.com, roadsideamerica.com,

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  • hazel.lancasterTuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:42 pm
    rip flavors
    • queenisis7271
      queenisis7271Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm
      wow
      • otter
        otterFriday, January 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm
        :D That is awesome! Chocolate cookie dough frozen yogurt sounds delicious, though. Rest in peace, delicious yet rejected flavors.
        • chocolatemouse
          chocolatemouseTuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm
          i luv you icecreams each and every one of you *snifle
          • rainbowunicorn
            rainbowunicornSunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:18 am
            weird
            • inga_icecream
              inga_icecreamWednesday, December 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm
              As u can tell from my username
              • inga_icecream
                inga_icecreamWednesday, December 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm
                Haha I worship ice cream that much!!!!!!
                • cool girlSaturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm
                  Sooo cool!
                  • asiajonaMonday, October 21, 2013 at 5:42 am
                    that was cool
                    • Raquel rochaSunday, April 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm
                      The song was funny