Schweddy Balls, a new Ben and Jerry’s flavor that actually sounds pretty unpalatable, is coming under some heavy fire from a group called One Million Moms, for its “vulgar new flavor.” To be fair, it’s just the name that sounds gross, right? Not the flavor?
Well, OMM is associated with right-wing Christian group the American Family Association, which would obviously have a problem with a flavor based on a Saturday Night Live sketch based on Alec Baldwin and NPR. This group also has a petition boycotting just about every other food/apparel/entertainment item on the market.
The One Million Mom’s website breaks down their Schweddy Balls argument on their website:
The name originated from a Saturday Night Live skit featuring Alec Baldwin as Pete Schweddy, owner of a holiday bakery called Season’s Eatings. “There are lots of great treats this time of year,” Schweddy says. “Zucchini bread, fruitcake, but the thing I most like to bring out at this time of the year are my balls.”
He then explains that he sells popcorn balls, cheese balls, rum balls—balls for every taste—and the ball puns proceed for about four minutes. Ben & Jerry’s chose to go with fudge-covered rum and malt balls for their flavor. The skit culminates in Baldwin stating that “No one can resist my Schweddy Balls.”
In the past, Ben & Jerry’s has released controversial ice creams, like a special edition of Chubby Hubby called Hubby Hubby last year which celebrated gay marriage. It seems that offending customers has become an annual tradition for Ben & Jerry’s.
The ice cream is being released in a limited batch, which means it will be distributed nationwide but only for three or four months. If it proves popular, another batch might be forthcoming, but we hope not.
“The name is irreverent,” says Ben & Jerry’s spokesman Sean Greenwood. “But we’ve always been about having some irreverence and having some fun … We’re not trying to offend people. Our fans get the humor.”
The original “SchweddyBalls skit”:
We wonder how OMM would feel about a Big Gay Ice Cream Shop?