It was founded by Ben Cohen and Jerry's Greenfield in 1978. It all started when they renovated a gas station and turned it to an ice cream parlor. And in 1979, they marked their anniversary by holding a "free cone day" now an annual event at every Ben & Jerry's store.
As time and time went by, more flavors were released, more locations were added and the company was getting bigger. English-Dutch Food Giant Unilever eventually acquired it in April 2000, hoping to carry the traditions of the critical, social and economic missions Ben & Jerry's had.
Also, as time went by the ice creams were made more eco-friendly. Unilever switched to eco-friendly paperboard in 2001, but later switched back to the generic paperboard in 2006. Also in 2013, they stopped making their products with GMOs in support of mandatory GMO labeling.
FlavorsBen & Jerry's has had many flavors throughout the years. Their most famous one is cookie dough.
Ben & Jerry's also has many other flavors like Cherry Garcia, Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, Chocolate Chip Brownie and Ice Cream Sammy.
Sometimes, the temporariliy rename their flavors for certain reasons like LGBT rights. For example, they renamed "Chubby Hubby" to "Hubby Hubby" in September of 2009 to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in Vermont. Great job Ben & Jerry's, thank you for caring about LGBT rights!
The founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are both liberals. They support Bernie Sanders and are also pro-LGBT as well.
In 2019, they produced a flavor called "Bernie's Back" in minimal quantities, only making 40 of it. Ben Cohen has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.