Bean's 100th anniversary Maine hunting shoe, which inspired the Muddy Bean Boots ice cream
Welcome to spring, or as we call it in Maine, mud season. In honor of spring and its 100th anniversary, L.L. Bean and Gifford's Ice Cream have created a Muddy Bean Boots ice cream flavor, inspired by the iconic outdoor boot.
The special-edition flavor, made with Gifford's Ice Cream of Maine, features Old-Fashioned Vanilla ice cream, caramel ripple, and chocolate brownie bites.
L.L. Bean is offering a line of 100th anniversary, limited-edition products, including: 10 wood-and-canvas Old Town Canoes ($7,500), a handcrafted canoe paddle made from softwoods reclaimed from the bottom of the Penobscot River ($169), and handmade white ash wooden snowshoes ($329).
And, naturally, there's a 100th anniversary Maine Hunting Shoe with classic rawhide laces ($139). A hundred years ago, Leon Leonwood (L.L.) returned from hunting in the Maine woods with cold, damp feet and an idea, which became the Bean boot. The 2012 boots are designed to replicate the first pair L.L. Bean invented and reintroduce the red brick bottom found on early versions.
Or you can just enjoy some boot-inspired ice cream. Muddy Bean Boots ice cream is available at Gifford’s Ice Cream’s five family-owned stands throughout Maine and at 1,500 independent stands, restaurants, colleges, universities, hospitals and hotels throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.
L.L. Bean and Gifford’s will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Muddy Bean Boots ice cream to Healthy Hometowns, a nonprofit Maine-based program that engages young people and their families in active, healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation.