Wednesday, May 24, 2023


Visit the sweetest graveyard in the U.S. (and eat a treat while you’re at it!)

“I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream!” Did you cheer these words as a child? I did. In fact, I still love ice cream, don’t you? No matter what, I save space in our RV’s freezer for a pint or two of Ben and Jerry’s. It’s the perfect treat after a day of sightseeing, hiking, fishing, or simply relaxing. I thought I knew all about ice cream until I discovered Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard. It’s a strange (but entertaining) place to visit.

What is it?

You’ve heard the saying: “All good things must come to an end.” Well, when top-level officials at Ben and Jerry’s determine that a flavor is to be discontinued, that flavor dies. (Sniff.) It’s then committed to the official Flavor Graveyard with its own granite headstone which is engraved with a loving tribute. (No, I’m not kidding!)

An actual pint of the deceased flavor is not buried beneath its tombstone. Instead, your favorite, but discontinued, flavor is committed only to your memory. Forever.

Sweet history

The Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard began as an idea back in 1997. Soon after, four dearly departed ice cream flavors were memorialized in stone. The first four flavors to find their final resting place in Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard? (You may want to grab a tissue.) Ethan Almond, Dastardly Mash, Tuskegee Chunk, and Economic Crunch. Since it originated, the graveyard has added 35 additional flavors. May they rest in peace.

Why do they die?

You may wonder why such tantalizingly sweet flavors like Chocolate Comfort experience such a short life. Sadly, it’s because the public found other flavors more pleasing. With less and less Chocolate Comfort ice cream purchased, the writing was on the wall. Soon, this wonderfully dear flavor would join others in its final resting place.

Reasons to visit

The Flavor Graveyard sits on a hill overlooking Ben and Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, Vermont. You can purchase tickets to tour the factory here. After your tour, you can pay your final respects to your favorite discontinued flavors in the cemetery. Sounds strange, but certainly fun!

Have you visited Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard? Tell us all about it in the comments, please.



Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.


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Barbara Jean
1 month ago

We enjoyed a visit, tour, ice cream and buying our graveyard tee shirts years back. And then we made a stop at Cold Hollow Cider Mill a little over 5 minutes north of Ben and Jerry’s. Enjoyed cider and donuts.

Neal Davis
1 month ago

Funny. To each his own, but I prefer Bluebell’s (a Texas-based ice cream maker) take on such things. Bluebell does seasonal flavors only available for a small fraction of the year in addition to their year-round flavors. However, all flavors, year-round AND seasonal, are available at the in-house ice cream parlor that is the final stop on a tour at the home factory in Brenham, Texas. (Also, I find Ben and Jerry’s stuff far over-priced and repented after having one of their flavors 15 or 20 years ago.)

1 month ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

I’ve heard such great things about Bluebell ice cream. It’s definitely on my must try list! Thanks.

1 month ago

Used to live close to there. They used to be very philanthropic donating ice cream for various non profits such as our 4H group for fund raisers. My sister actually worked for Ben & Jerry’s when they first started the business in downtown Burlington and she used to tell stories of the many flavors that they experimented with and either put into production or quickly ditched.

Robin Deane
1 month ago

We visited there and had lunch. Yes, lunch. An ice cream sundae is the perfect lunch.

1 month ago

Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but Ben & Jerry’s is wholly owned by a world giant British conglomerate called Unilever, yeah the soap guys. No longer the quirky ice cream company it once was. RIP.

Tom E
1 month ago

Thank you Gail. We’ll be passing right through there on our way from northern NY to coastal Maine this summer. Now that’s a worth while stop.

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