Armed with what they learned from a $5 correspondence course, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield set up shop selling ice cream in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont on May 5, 1978.

Today, Ben & Jerry’s iconic pints – including fun flavor names like Phish Food and Chubby Hubby – are staples in grocery stores across the country and world.

But did you know that the duo didn’t intend to become ice cream purveyors?

If the equipment to make them weren’t so expensive, we could’ve found ourselves noshing on Ben & Jerry’s Bagels.

According to the company website, the gents intended to sell their bagels, lox, cream cheese on Sunday mornings.

Cohen and Greenfield are just two famous faces associated with the state of Vermont, celebrated this coming week.

While they’re native New Yorkers, the men have said they chose the state to start their ice cream business because of its affordability. Their base of operations – including one of their two flavor-development factories – remain in the state.

And 40 years after Ben & Jerry’s started (and took off), the men realized their bagel dream.

In 2018, they offered “Ice-Ice-Bagels” – a limited time bagel ice cream sandwich sold at select Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops.

If you’re looking for a reason to indulge, honor Vermont (and Ben & Jerry’s humble beginnings) on Tuesday.

Other days to celebrate this week include:

Oct. 7: National LED Light Day, National Inner Beauty Day, National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day

Oct. 8: National Fluffernutter Day, National Hero Day, National Pierogi Day

Oct. 9: National Moldy Cheese Day, National Chess Day, I Love Yarn Day

Oct. 10: National Angel Food Cake Day, National Handbag Day, World Mental Health Day

Oct. 11: National Coming Out Day, National Online Bank Day, National Sausage Pizza Day

Oct. 12: National Savings Day, National Vermont Day, National Gumbo Day

Oct. 13: National Emergency Nurse’s Day, National Stop Bullying Day, National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day

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