If you haven’t been able to get your hands on Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls yet, you’re not alone. It seems the limited edition, delicious (dish) ice cream inspired by the oft-quoted Saturday Night Live skit hasn’t been available at certain grocer locations since it was unveiled last month.
According to the Associated Press, some chains have opted not to sell the flavor, which came under fire from the American Family Association group One Million Moms, who called for a boycott of the ice cream because of its “vulgar” name.
While stores won’t say whether it’s pressure from One Million Moms (that is a lot of moms to have to deal with, after all) or their own discretion as the reason why they’re not carrying the product, the ice cream — with ingredients that include Fair Trade vanilla ice cream mixed with a hint of rum, fudge covered rum balls, and milk chocolate malt balls — is still going strong despite being shut out of some freezers.
In fact, Ben & Jerry’s spokesman Sean Greenwood told the AP that Schweddy Balls “has quickly become the most popular limited-edition flavor the company has produced.” (Seriously, who could resist them?!) Greenwood, who noted that roughly one-third of the retailers that already carry Ben & Jerry’s other flavors are offering Schweddy Balls, also acknowledged, “Yes, some supermarket chains decided not to carry Schweddy Balls. That is true, possibly because they found the name too irreverent. We respect their decision.”
But, if you’re still salivating over Schweddy Balls and can’t seem to find them in your area, you may need to speak up. As a spokesperson for the chain Stop & Shop relayed to the AP, “If we do get feedback from customers that they want it, we’ll certainly revisit the decision.” Better make sure you make the request before the holiday season though, as Pete Schweddy would put it, “There’s lots of great treats this time of year: Zucchini bread, fruitcake. But, the thing I most like to bring out at this time of year is my Balls.” Seasons eatings, everyone!
Have you tried Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls yet, PopWatchers? Or have you not been able to find them? Share in the comments section below!