Off the production line
CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman made a point, when planning Road Trip 2010, of ensuring that he would stop through this dessert mecca, and on Tuesday, he made it.
At this plant--which is open to the public for daily tours--Ben & Jerry's produces 20 flavors, all of which come off the line in pints. The company has another plant in St. Albans, Vt., that produces other flavors and different size containers.
Unfortunately, due to competitive concerns, the company doesn't allow photographs of its production process because it is worried that other ice cream makers may figure out the secrets of some of its machinery. But it did provide CNET with three archival images of pints coming off the line. Pictured is organic vanilla, a flavor the company no longer makes.
On one side of the production room, all the ingredients--sugar, cream, milk and eggs--are mixed together. Then flavors are added while the base mix is still at a temperature of 36 degrees Fahrenheit. Then it is pumped into freezers where it is brought down to 22 degrees. At that point, flavors that have chunks in them will have those additional ingredients mixed in, and then the finished mix is pumped into "cups," the pint containers. Finally, the pints are sped off on a conveyor belt into a deep freezer where they are stored at minus 40 degrees until they are shipped out.
Click here to read the related story on the Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory, and click here to check out the entire Road Trip 2010 package.
July 28, 2010 4:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Gordon Miller/Ben & Jerry's
| Caption by: Daniel Terdiman
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