This limited edition ice cream flavor was inspired by SNL’s skit and have been the target of some ‘nay-sayers’ since some consumers frowned upon the hidden innuendos behind the ice cream’s name (full story here). Personally, I think people should just lay off and stop being so stucked up. It is only an ice cream flavor and not to be taken seriously. I mean, there are bigger problems in the world than a mere ice cream and besides, kids are really not that innocent these days because of what they are exposed to on the internet, cell phones, TV and radio. The title was inspired by an innuendo-laced 1998 skit featuring Alec Baldwin as baker Pete Schweddy, who promises, "No one can resist my Schweddy balls."
But let’s forget about that. I recently special-ordered a few pints (some to give away) of this flavor because of the controversies behind it. Yeah, I am that way; I like it when people try to stop me from doing something. My favorite flavors are the Choco-Brownie Fudge, Phish Food, Cherry Garcia and NY Super-Chunk; suffice it to say, I do like Ben and Jerry’s quite a bit and I am a choco-holic in many ways. “Schweddy Balls” wasn’t anything I was expecting.
This flavor is more vanilla than anything. It does have some candy in it, I thought it had some of the “Whopper” Balls I used to like as a kid. It tastes ‘malty’ and it does have a hint of rum which I really liked; wonder if it can make me have a buzz? LOL. I have to say, this flavor is more refreshing than I thought. The vanilla is very smooth, and it wasn’t as sweet as I feared it would be. The “balls” themselves were the ones that gave it the sweet flavor as you bite into its crunchy crackers-like texture. I was amazed how they managed to keep the ‘balls’ crunchy and fresh even buried under so much ice cream.
So I guess “Schweddy Balls” may not be one of the best B & J flavors in existence, and it does appear to be more of a gimmick to capitalize on the SNL skit. Still, it is a good refreshing dessert, and ice cream is ice cream….balls may be included or not. It is a fun flavor….and the way folks just seemed to pay more attention to its innuendos may have just given B & J more publicity. There is no such thing as bad publicity after all.