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Parents Call for Boycott of Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls Flavor

9:29 AM, Sep 21, 2011   |    comments
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Schweddy Balls ice cream is the latest in frozen threats facing your children, at least according to One Million Moms. The conservative organization, an offshoot of American Family Association, has called for a boycott of the newest Ben & Jerry's flavor because they find it offensive.

"The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive," the group posted on its website. "Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket."

The flavor is named after the classic Alec Baldwin sketch on "Saturday Night Live," in which he plays a bakery owner named Pete Schweddy. The most famous line (and the one most often repeated by drunk frat boys) is his end note: "No one can resist my Schweddy Balls."

Clearly there is a double entendre here, but is it really worth protesting vanilla ice cream with rum and fudge-covered malt balls? After all, Trix may be for kids, but rum ice cream is for the rest of us.

"We've been hearing from many fans. It appeals to those who love our irreverent sense of humor," Ben & Jerry's spokesperson Sean Greenwood told Gannett News Service. "If you watch the skit, it's a lot easier to get the joke," he said.

Well, One Million Moms watched the skit (they give a play-by-play in their call to action), and they are still not amused. They are asking for people to write to Ben & Jerry's and ask them to refrain from producing another batch of what's currently a popular flavor.

They also cite their disdain for the special addition of Chubby Hubby called Hubby Hubby, created in 2009 to celebrate the start of legalized gay marriage. "It seems that offending customers has become an annual tradition for Ben & Jerry's," One Million Moms writes.

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