Monday, September 26, 2011

Balls!


A grouping calling themselves “OneMillionMoms” is calling for a boycott of Ben & Jerry’s after the company released an irreverently-named new ice cream flavor “Schweddy Balls”.

“The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive,” the pseudo-political grouping issued a statement (Webpage http://onemillionmoms.com/IssueDetail.asp?id=422, accessed September 22, 2011).

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."

So if you read the above, it is not so offensive after all, right? Besides, what’s wrong with the word ‘balls’? In Malaysia, we have fish balls, sotong balls (also called cuttle fish balls), meatballs, chicken rice balls, rice glue balls (“tang yuen”), chana dal sweet balls – and they have not raised eyebrows as far as I know!


"The name is irreverent," says Ben & Jerry's spokesperson 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." And I agree. Anyway, the ice cream is being released in a limited batch only.

1 comment:

adamfonos said...

Yihong Ng
Ball, Ice-cream ball, it sounds funny when Mr.Victor first mentioned about this topic… At a very first moment, I thought those ice-cream balls are likely same as a kind of dessert called “fried ice-cream”, which I used to eat when I were in my secondary school. However, it does not the same! Feel like want to eat it!!! Haha
So, how does it differentiate themselves with other ice-cream competitors by just the flavor of fudge-covered rum and malt balls? What was so different when Ben and Jerry use the flavor of fudge-covered rum and malt balls? Will it be the same taste as maltose, or it tastes sweeter than maltose?
Besides, the name of “Schweddy Balls” was really irrelevant with this ice-cream!!! As my first thought was maybe they make the ice-cream into round shape like Wall’s ice-cream, mini poppers, but they don’t!!!
Obviously, from the picture above, their packaging is really nice, I think maybe most of the girls and children do love their packaging, I do love it too^^. Also their web design is attractive people to browse and read on it. http://www.benjerry.com/flavors/
Lastly, do all of their ice-cream are home-made?? Unfortunately, they do not available in Malaysia, Why? Why there is Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream available in Singapore but not Malaysia? Why.. Why.. Tell me Why...

Nisha Kaur,
I agree with the above post. After i read about this limited batch ice cream, i did not think it was vulgar. Boycotting Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls is totally not reasonable.
Okay, thats my comment...n i tink Maybe those group mums have never visited Malaysia because here, most of the food has the name balls at the back, so thats why they are making huge fuss on this particular product that is being released by Ben & Jerry's company

XhinagMing Ng,

I think it's because of our nature as Malaysian,we don't take things seriously that doesn't cause "balls" issue. Even our government is a joke!