Schweddy Balls: Hungry for some Ben & Jerry's?
We bet you never thought you'd want to eat an ice cream flavor called Schweddy Balls. Perhaps Ben & Jerry's can make you change your mind.
Schweddy Balls...does the name make you want a scoop of ice cream? Ben & Jerry's thinks it might. Back in June, NPR ran a story about a rumor started by Ana Gasteyer, funny lady and former Saturday Night Live star. She said you could soon eat your very own Schweddy Balls. Do you remember the Schweddy Balls skit?
NPR summed it up perfectly:
[T]he skit is a hilarious commentary on NPR's, um, uniquely soothing sound. [Alec] Baldwin plays Pete Schweddy, a guest on a fake NPR show called Delicious Dish. Pete makes holiday treats like cheese balls, popcorn balls, rum balls and his famous Schweddy balls. The skit is an exercise in double entendres.
Well, that rumor proved true! Ben & Jerry's created Schweddy Balls ice cream: Fair trade vanilla with a hint of rum that is "loaded with fudge covered rum and milk chocolate balls."
They just had to throw "balls" in the description, too, huh?
NPR talked to Ben & Jerry's spokesman Sean Greenwood. "We've always been a company that has had a sense of humor," he said. "This is just plain silly."
We agree, but it's pretty darn funny, too. Schweddy Balls ice cream is available in pints at about one third of the stores that sell Ben & Jerry's, as well as at Scoop Shops.
Riding the wave of silliness, Ben & Jerry's is taking this opportunity to make their marketing fun. You can even send a Schweddy Balls greeting card from the Ben & Jerry's Facebook page.