Ben & Jerry’s has revealed that it has a “flavor graveyard” where all of its discontinued flavors are laid to rest. The ice cream giant has had some delicious varieties over the years, many of which were only available for a limited time and are no longer available. However, gone doesn’t mean forgotten, and all of them are memorialized with their own headstone.
- No, it’s not a real graveyard. Sadly, you can’t visit the Ben & Jerry’s flavor graveyard because it’s not a real place. Instead, it exists digitally on the Ben & Jerry’s website. Luckily, that means it’s open year-round, day or night, and doesn’t take any upkeep, nor is it at risk of vandalism.
- There have been so many crazy flavors over the years. Turtle Soup was vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered caramel cashews and a caramel swirl. That one was around from 2006 to 2010. Back in 1988, Rainforest Crunch brought a cashew and Brazil nut butter crunch to vanilla ice cream and I’m so sad it only lasted a year! I could literally go on and on.
- What a way to pay tribute to the “dearly de-pinted.” As Ben & Jerry’s writes on the flavor graveyard’s homepage, “Ice cream flavors, like everything else, have a beginning and an end. While some of our flavors have proven to live long and happy lives, others were cut down before their time (or in some cases just in time. Here we pay tribute to our dearly de-pinted.” If that’s not a moving eulogy, I don’t know what is.
- It’s a great way to see how far Ben & Jerry’s has come. Not only that, but it gives fans and even Ben & Jerry’s themselves inspirations for future flavors or maybe even resurrecting some of the dead ones. After all, most of them look pretty delicious to me and I won’t be the only one!