Free ice cream - how cool is that?
In celebration of their 34 years of business, on April 3, Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops around the globe will serve up complimentary cones from noon to 8:00 pm.
Founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield began the Free Cone Day tradition as a staff and customer thank you on the first anniversary of their Burlington, Vermont, store in 1979. The company was acquired by Unilever in 2000, but the custom remained.
The company is expected to give away more than 1 million cones of ice cream or Greek frozen yogurt worldwide during the event. Most Scoop Shops will partner with a local charity to raise money and awareness for the cause of their choice.
Says Cohen, "Business can be a force for good." Not to mention cold, creamy, cost-free deliciousness.
More about Free Cone Day at benjerry.com
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It's afree scoop of ice cream for frigs sake...everybody just take a deep breath!
I didn't put any money in the tip bucket. When the hippie asked why, I said that I like the ice cream but their politics disgust me and I wasn't going to bankroll Occupy Wall Street.
Bad Karma, dude. Someone will surely spit in your food somewhere down the line. Take, take, take...tsk, tsk, tsk.
Now here's something I kind of sort of agree with you on (except your choice of the word karma). HIGH FIVE! :)
And then you woke up.
One of my favorite days!! Now isn't there a day where someone gives out free donuts??!!
.... Dunkin Donuts. I'm a 99%-er and I deserve the right to a free donut.
For the past 5 years 3 of the local Miami/Ft Lauderdale Ben & Jerry's (all franchises, independently owned) have graciously opened their hearts and freezers to the public, and provided thousands of free ice cream cones and cups to kids, parents and grandparents – while donating all tips to charity. Each store has to pony up and pay for the ice cream themselves – which is why many do not do it.
We are very fortunate that Olga and Dmitri – who started with one location and now have 3 – have chosen to participate -and so are their customers, who lined up around the corner on Hollywood, FL Broadwalk today.
Over the past 5 years we have been able to raise about $10,000 for SuperSibs! (www.supersibs.org) from the local stores and local patrons from their tips and donations on Free Cone Day – and we cannot thakn the local franchisees, customers, friends and family and Ben & Jerry's enough for their graciousness and help.
He looks Greek!
I'll spend about $18 in gas to get my free scoop of ice cream....
Your car would use less gas if you weren't so fat. Maybe more ice cream isn't the way to go.
And we wonder why there is a HUGE obesity epidemic in this world?! Common now Ben & Jerry! Until you invent a calorie, fat, sugar and carb free ice cream... you should CHARGE up the wazoo for your scoops! LOL!
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Yes, you are.
I agree with you 100%
well a free scoop of icecream makes my day. jerrys "Cherrys" garcia is my fav
Sorry, I don't support corporations that donate money to support defending cop killers. Take your ice cream and choke on it.
Prove this happened. Sources, and do NOT use Wikipedia.
Hope they can survive without you. Now I gotta order twice as much to cover your shortfall?
what do the "scoop shops" offer that the grocery store doesnt? Its $3.25 for a thing of Ben & Jerrys at walmart, I would imagine its about that much for one serving at these shops. When I saw one on food network it didnt seem to have any extra flavors or have better quality, it was just standard Ben & Jerrys.
If you are going to pay a premium for shop ice cream why not choose higher quality ice cream instead of grocery store quality?
Not only do I agree with this, but after the occasional evening dinner at a restaurant I'd also suggest getting dessert over at the grocery store and taking it home. Unless it's an amazing restaurant with a specialty dessert, it's basically the same thing at the grocery store but at 1/4 the price. :)
ouch & cp, check out their website. Some of their flavors are exclusive to their scoop shops.
Ya know, sometimes it's nice to just be out with the family and stop in for a cone. If my budget was that tight, I'd probably not buy Ben & Jerry's at the grocery store either, as it is on the pricy side. Sometimes you pay a premium for getting service from a shop while you are out of the house. Just like when you go out to dinner.
Around here one of the only decent restaurants in town charges $6 for dessert for one person. A party of 4 would pay $24 just for a round of dessert. But a decent pie at the grocery store is $6-8 and is just as large as the 4 desserts combined, if not more. Charging a premium is one thing, especially when quality is a factor, but inflating the price 3-4 times for something just about the same quality is a little hard for me to swallow. :)
Have you seriously just figured out that eating in restaurants is way more expensive?
At what point did I say "I just now discovered this!" ? :)
I eat out when the restaurant can cook something better than I can, which isn't often. Like I said, charing a premium is fine when quality is a factor.
What a maroon. Please look up "food costs" somewhere. That slice of pie has to cover many, many more "costs" than just the serving of that slice of pie.
Oh, and by the way, alcohol is much cheaper if you by the wine in the box and drink it in your bedroom...all alone.
People here sure are making a lot of assumptions about me and what I know or don't know. I guess now people think I also never realized there's such a thing as people -working- in a restaurant and being -paid- for it. I'm such a dummy sometimes. ^__^
Seriously though, my point stands. Which is simply- you can save a few dollars and get the same thing right down the street at the grocery store. What's the big deal about that? Sometimes I just don't get you guys. Unless maybe you two work at a restaurant and want to refute me advising against the dessert menu? ;)
By the way, I don't drink.
Check the Ben and Jerry's website, because over half of the 24 stores in MA were not participating in free cone day. Disappointing!
That is what happens when you sell the business to the highest bidder. The highest bidder gets to say what stores will par take in this and what stores won't.
Glad I checked the internet first. There are three stores in Atlantic City and not one participates. The closest in 75 miles away. What a disappointment..they should just either have 100 percent participation or do away with it..
I believe it is up to the franchise owner's discretion. The reimbursement from HQ can be pretty dismal. My experience from when I managed a Subway shop for BOGO days. People come out of the woodwork for anything free, the freebie day is the only time of year you see most of the people come through that day.
So true! After 18 years as a franchisee of two major corporations, I can attest to the fact that there is seldom ANY reimbursement from the corporation, and the new customers drawn in by the freebie are never seen again.
Please as much as Ben & Jerry charges for ice cream they should be able to afford to give back once a year!
ya, i know that's right! ice cream shouldn't be that expensive $$$, especially when it's not healthy for you anyway
ben and jerry – good example of capitalism at its best. had an idea, ran with it, built a profitable business and then sold it for a fortune. and they were charitable, like most capitalists tend to be.
How appropriate that this piece is next to a story on obesity.
It's not. Don't be a turd. Tenacious Use of Regurgitated Diatribe=TURD
Don't be a d*ck.
17 in nj and the overwhelming majority do not participate in free cone day. Sounds to me like it started out as a nice thing but now its just free advertising by the news for a company that does not have 100% participation by its stores. So Sad.
Thanks Ben and Jerry! There's not too many businesses that will do that!
The closest Scoop Shop to us is 22 miles away. Wah.
But (and it's a big one) I got some Everything But The ... in the freezer. Yum!
My closest one is 42 miles away. :(
I just checked and four are listed as "close". One is on a cruise ship that leaves from our port and the other three are all in various Six flags locations more than 50 miles away. Boo.
I am lactose intolerant. A tablespoon of ice cream is enough give me problems the next day. But the day before the world ends I will be driving to every Ben & Jerry's the GPS can find. I will be happy.
hahahahaha that's great. I'm not an icecream person but Ben and Jerry's is brilliant.
Just got it! Hillarious!
Reblogged this on Food and the City.
I just finished a pint of the raspberry greek frozen yogurt. It was pretty good, but not my favorite.
A pint? Hellllooooo diabetes.
Diabetes? Not from one pint of anything. Turn in your MD card.
You're right that it's not the best thing I could have eaten, but then again it's not like I ate it all at once either. Regular people, and even diabetics, can eat basically anything. The key is -quantity- and whether you're getting a good balance overall. Being diabetic, which I'm not, just means tighter restrictions on how much is too much and how often is too often. Although in retrospect I probably didn't eat that pint over a long enough period of days. :)
It's the one birthday present I can count on every year.
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