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Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's Today

The reign of peace, love, and ice cream began more than three decades ago in a converted gas station in Burlington, Vermont, where two childhood friends took a risk and opened an ice-cream shop.

A year later, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were so surprised and delighted that their endeavor was still open they decided to give away ice cream as a thank-you to their customers. Thus, Ben & Jerry's free ice-cream day was born in 1978 and has been celebrated annually ever since.

Stop into any Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop today from noon until 8 p.m. and you'll receive a free cone in your choice of flavor. It's that simple.

Although the limited-release Ron Burgundy Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch is no longer available, if you're into celebrity-inspired frozen treats, there's still Liz Lemon Greek fro-yo (named after the slightly neurotic character on 30 Rock) and Phish Food, a tribute to the band and fellow Vermonters.

We're still on the eternal hunt for Pete Schweddy's favorite treat, because who wouldn't want to lick some Schweddy Balls?

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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