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Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Ben & Jerry's Serves Up a Heaping Mouthful of Schweddy Balls

We've all imagined having a mouthful of Schweddy Balls at some point or another, and now 11 years after the fact, Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls flavor is making that dream a reality. "The name is irreverent," needlessly explains 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."

Based on The Delicious Dish Christmas skit that aired on SNL December 12, 1998, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon and, of course, Alex Baldwin's Pete Schweddy will be memorialized in a limited run of the flavor, which will be in stores nation-wide but only for a few months. Balls will apparently be a rum-flavored vanilla ice cream packed with fudge-covered rum and malt balls, which frankly sounds less appetizing than actual human-ball-flavored ice cream, but hey, maybe that's just me.

“For a long time, I thought that Here Lies Pete Schweddy would end up on my tombstone," Alec Baldwin said in a statement. “Now, thanks to Ben & Jerry’s, the goodness of the Schweddy family recipe won’t go with me to the great beyond. It is immortalized here, right now, and it’s an ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s and Schweddy. Two great names in American dessert, together at last.” Adds Ana Gasteyer, "As a person and a performer, I am a sucker for holiday balls. And I have no doubt this ice cream will cause many to scream 'Good Times.'"