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Carmageddon Eats: Ben & Jerry's honor 405 Freeway closure with free scoops of What a Cluster

July 15, 2011 | 11:49 am

Carmageddon_Ben_and_Jerrys_new_flavor Carmageddon, so far, isn't all bad. Carmageddon made for a sweet Friday morning commute, and now comes news that Carmageddon brings us free scoops of a new Ben & Jerry's flavor called, appropriately enough: What a Cluster. Those shrewd marketeers -- I mean ice cream makers -- are offering free scoops from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ben & Jerry's shop at the Promenade at the Howard Hughes Center.

One catch: The free scoops are located a short distance from Carmageddon's ground zero.

Carmageddon is scheduled to begin later this evening, when the 405 Freeway will be shut down between the 10 and 101 freeways for about 50 hours for bridge work. The Howard Hughes Center is located off the 405, a few miles south of the 10 Freeway.

That better be some good ice cream. Sure sounds like it, though: It's a peanut butter ice cream with streaks of peanut butter, marshmallow swirls and caramel clusters. It was a new flavor unveiled in shops earlier this year. The "nuttiness" in the free offering is especially appropriate given that everyone seems to be going nuts over the freeway closure. The latest: Bicyclists have challenged JetBlue -- an airline -- to see who can make the Long Beach-to-Burbank trek faster. Can't wait to see how that bike-versus-plane race turns out.

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-- Rene Lynch
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Photo: Ben & Jerry's