New Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Flavor Boycotted for Bad Taste

ben & jerry's schweddy ballsBen & Jerry's may have made Saturday Night Live fans happy with the announcement of its newest ice cream flavor: Schweddy Balls (inspired by the classic 1998 sketch with Alec Baldwin and Molly Shannon). But a group of angry parents has no patience for the tongue-in-cheek flavor reference. In fact, this feisty group has even gone so far as to call for a boycott of Schweddy Balls ice cream because it thinks it's offensive and in bad taste.

And I for one can't help but AGREE!


It's very, very rare that I find myself on the same side as the group behind the boycott: One Million Moms. In fact, this might be the first time in the history of my conscious existence. (One Million Moms is an offshoot of the conservative American Family Association that rallies around many issues, including the recent boycott of Dancing With the Stars after it was announced that Chaz Bono would be involved.) But the group does make a good point with respect to the boycott of Schweddy Balls:

The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive. Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket.

As someone who appreciates food -- particularly ice cream -- I couldn't agree more. Ice cream isn't just innocent: It's lovely and magical and therapeutic after a bad day. Why in the world would we take something as marvelous as ice cream -- especially one that consists of vanilla ice cream with rum flavor, mixed with fudge-covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls -- and give it a horribly gross name no matter how clever?

I have a sense of humor and still I don't want to put Schweddy Balls into my mouth -- there I said it! Just because it's funny doesn't mean people will want to eat it. Sure, I'll watch the clip over and over again and laugh; but I'll be eating Chubby Hubby when I do it.

Do you think Schweddy Balls is offensive?


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