Ben & Jerry's Founders Are Totally Down With Weed Ice Cream When It's Legal

Ben & Jerry's Founders Are Totally Down With Weed Ice Cream When It's Legal

Ben & Jerry's reputation as a quirky ice cream company is no secret, and every one of their flavors is far from normal. In a HuffPost Live interview Wednesday, founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield hinted that they'd be open to a higher level of experimentation in the future — specifically, they would consider making a cannabis-infused ice cream should legal hurdles be removed.

"Makes sense to me," Cohen told host Alyona Minkovski matter-of-factly. "Combine your pleasures."

Greenfield seemed a little more hesitant, but he didn't rule it out.

"Ben and I have had previous experiences with substances, and I think legalizing marijuana is a wonderful thing," he said. "It's not my decision. If it were my decision, I'd be doing it, but fortunately we have wiser heads at the company that figure those things out."

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The original concept Ben and Jerry had was to open a bagel company.
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We'd probably love Ben & Jerry's Bagels too.
Ben wanted to call the company “Josephine’s Flying Machine.”
Jerry wasn't a fan.
The company started with a 12,000 dollar investment.
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And a $5 correspondence course in ice cream-making from Penn State.
The only thing Ben and Jerry ever fought about was the size of the chunks.
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Ben wanted big chunks and eventually got his way.
There's a real flavor graveyard.
Where discontinued flavors like Oatmeal Cookie Chunk (RIP) go to die.
Ben & Jerry's employees make the waffle cones fresh in stores.
They even make the batter from scratch. That's why they taste so good!
On average, there are 259 little squares on a waffle cone.
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(Or 259 crevices for the ice cream to fill.)
The Ben & Jerry's headquarters is a dog-friendly office.
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Because of course it is.
The first pint flavors were...
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Oreo Mint, French Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge, Wild Blueberry, Mocha Walnut, Maple Walnut, Honey Coffee and Honey Orange.
The worst-selling flavors of all time were...
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1) Sugar Plum: In the first three weeks it was on store shelves it sold ONE pint! And 2) Mocha Walnut: According to Ben, “Mocha Walnut is my all-time favorite flavor, but when we packed it in pints, it turned out to be our all-time worst-selling ice cream. Jerry is fond of saying that there is no accounting for personal taste.”
There's a special name for someone who mines through a pint for the big chunks:
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A Chunk Spelunker!
There is a slide in the Ben & Jerry's office lobby.
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It sounds like a real-life Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.
Ben & Jerry’s employees can take home 3 pints a day.
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The machinery used to create the Core flavors is based on a German sausage maker.
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The core flavors taste nothing like sausage, however. At least not yet.
Ben & Jerry's receives 13,000 flavor suggestions every year.
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New Core flavors are in the works.
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Ben and Jerry have been friends since they were little kids.
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Ben explains, "We were the two slowest, fattest kids in gym class. There was the whole class running around the track, and then half a lap behind there were two guys. So we were connected from the beginning."

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