Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls | Found, eaten, reviewed
The latest installment in the grand tradition of kitschy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors based on pop culture (see: “Phish Food,” “Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream”), “Schweddy Balls” swept into stores this week in a flurry of snickering anticipation. The flavor, named for the legendary Saturday Night Live sketch from 1998 featuring Alec Baldwin, is a vanilla ice cream chock full of malted balls and rum balls.
Anecdotal evidence from my walkabout seems to suggest the limited edition is flying off the shelves at many stores. After a search from Dominick’s to CVS and ending at 7-Eleven, I procured a pint of Schweddy Balls and had a chance to sample the new flavor. The ice cream, as always with Ben & Jerry’s, is delicious and decadent—creamy vanilla with the hint of rum that the package advertises. The balls themselves (commence snickering) may not be what one expects—they're neither schweddy, sweaty or, uh, salty. Instead, they are crunchy, a (natural) result of being frozen. A little more creaminess wouldn’t be a bad thing, as it’d flow better with the vanilla ice cream. The pint was, somewhat surprisingly, not overwhelmed by the rum and malt balls (which are there perhaps to echo the holiday theme of the original SNL sketch)—they were instead dispersed throughout the vanilla ice cream, which I enjoyed. We don't want a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, of course, to be a bag of Whoppers, and the ice cream should lead the rest of the flavors. I will not be surprised if the limited run of Schweddy Balls is extended and the flavor becomes a permanent fixture on B&J’s kitschtastic roster, if only because it's just plain fun to say.