Food and Nutrition

Ben & Jerry's to Make "Schweddy Balls" Ice Cream, Based on SNL Skit

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Ben & Jerry's is known for its crazy flavors of ice cream, but no one expected "Schweddy Balls." If this sounds familiar, that's because it is based on a "Saturday Night Live" skit starring Alec Baldwin.

The skit mocks NPR, which writes:

In case you don't get the reference, the skit is a hilarious commentary on NPR's, um, uniquely soothing sound. 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.

"We've always been a company that has had a sense of humor," Ben & Jerry's spokesman Sean Greenwood told NPR, which despite its serious on-air nature seems pleased by all of this. "We just do fun. This is just plain silly," he added.

Greenwood said it will be available for a limited time in just 30% of the stores that carry the company's ice cream. He described the flavor as "vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and is loaded with fudge covered rum balls and milk chocolate malt balls."

Here is the SNL sketch: