Everything You Need to Know About Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's

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This Tuesday, April 9, is an unofficial holiday for Ben & Jerry's fans. The Vermont-based ice cream maker is giving out free ice cream cones at its stores for Free Cone Day, a promotion that dates back to the company's early history.

In 1978, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield opened the first Ben & Jerry's store in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont. The business was a success, and on the one-year anniversary of its grand opening, Ben and Jerry held the first-ever Free Cone Day as a way to say thank you to the customers who supported them.

That local giveaway has since exploded into an international event. Ben & Jerry's in Saratoga Springs, New York joined the fun in 1984 and became the first shop outside of Vermont to participate in Free Cone Day. By 1993, every Ben & Jerry's in the U.S. was giving way free cones at the start of ice cream season, and today the holiday is marked in stores around the world.

As the Ben & Jerry's brand has grown in popularity over the decades, so has Free Cone Day: The company gave away 1 million scoops of ice cream on Free Cone Day 2015. To take advantage of this year's offer, visit your local Ben & Jerry's shop on April 9 between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time. Just be prepared to wait in a long line with follow ice cream lovers. You can find a Ben & Jerry's store near you here.

Microwave Your Food Safely With This Soft Silicone Lunch Box

ParentDiary
ParentDiary

Even if the contents of your lunch are healthy, the container you pack it in may pose a threat to your health. Heating up some plastic food storage containers can release harmful chemicals, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics warns families to avoid putting such products in the microwave or dishwasher. (And there's still some debate as to what constitutes a microwave-safe plastic.) But the All-Silicone Lunch Box, a storage product currently raising money on Kickstarter, is strong enough to stand up to a range of temperatures, allowing you to safely put it in the freezer, the microwave, and the dishwasher.

This lunch container is made from silicone instead of plastic, making it a safer choice for kids and adults. The flexible box is easy to seal, open, and wash (either by hand or in the dishwasher). And whether you're using it to store leftovers in the freezer or heat up your lunch in the office kitchen, the All-Silicone Lunch Box is designed to maintain its shape and not leech anything unsavory into your food.

After originally releasing a single-compartment box, ParentDiary has now developed a lunch box with dividers, too. The container is now available with three compartments (perfect for snacks or bento boxes), or two compartments (with each side just big enough to fit half a sandwich).

The All-Silicone Lunch Box has over a month left to reach its $4000 funding goal and has raised $1000 so far.

Pledge $12 or more on Kickstarter by May 19 to reserve your own lunch box, with shipping set for June. For more packed lunch inspiration (including some other great silicone options), check out these products.

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The Joy of Breakfast: Bob Ross Cereal Is Here to Make Mornings a Little Happier

FYE
FYE

Bob Ross's sunny disposition is the perfect match for breakfast. The painter and television personality already has his own toaster, and now Food & Wine reports that he's also inspired a breakfast cereal.

Bob Ross: The Joy of Cereal channels the many landscape paintings Bob Ross produced on his television series, The Joy of Painting. It's loaded with toasted oat bites and colorful marshmallows shapes. There are seven distinct marshmallow pieces—happy little trees, happy little accidents, almighty mountains, guiding stars, rainbow hearts, charming little cabins, and lovely little bushes—but like a good artist, you may need to get creative to figure out which shape matches which description.

While starting your day with a bowl of Bob Ross cereal, you can further awaken your artistic side by looking at the back of the box. The package features a cutout “positivity paint palate” with inspirational quotes from the painter. Reading them first thing in the morning is the next best thing to watching reruns of the The Joy of Painting on YouTube.

Bob Ross: The Joy of Cereal is now available from FYE for $10 a box. For Bob Ross merchandise with an even longer shelf life, check out these products.

[h/t Food & Wine]

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