Tasting Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls
Any long-time reader of this blog knows I have a major sweet tooth. I love cookies, cake, donuts and I try to indulge in moderation. But my favorite thing I always have room for is ice cream. I love eating sweet, creamy ice cream, regardless of weather. So when it’s combined with pop culture, say a favorite Saturday Night Live television skit, I’m all over it.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream has always been on top of pop culture references. Previous ice cream incarnations have included Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream (vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and caramel) and Late Night Snack (potato chips, caramel swirl and fudge in vanilla bean ice cream) featuring the mug of Jimmy Fallon. When Ben & Jerry’s announced Schweddy Balls for release this winter, I’ve been on constant lookout at grocery stores.
There have been several reports about people protesting the flavor due to the name. It may be due to theses protests that this flavor isn’t available in grocery stores— including right here in San Diego— but I recently spied it at the Ben & Jerry’s Seaport Village location.
Yes, Seaport Village, the dreaded (but scenic) tourist trap. If I hadn’t been attending San Diego Wine & Food Festival last weekend AND if ice cream was featured at the festival, I would never have made an impromptu stop at Ben & Jerry’s on the way back to the car. Well, the planets must have been in alignment because right up there on the board was Schweddy Balls— and they were selling their test batch!
Other test batch flavors included Pumpkin Pie, Rainbow Sherbrrrt, and Spiced Chocolate but nothing could dissuade me from Schweddy Balls. Schweddy Balls is vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum with fudge-covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls.
While fans of rum flavoring will enjoy this flavor, it’s definitely for mature tastes. Thick, rich and creamy — there’s no surprise in this ice cream base. The actual balls themselves are quite, ahem, impressive with a nice chocolatey crunch. The entire ice cream serving did not leave me wanting for more balls. Mmm… balls…
A small, medium and large scoop of ice cream at any Ben & Jerry’s shop will cost you $4.75, $6.20 and $7.50 respectively (tax included) but prices can depend on location. The cost of a large serving alone can get you two pints of Ben & Jerry’s at most grocery stores. But if you can’t wait to try this limited flavor yourself, check out the store locator for more places. I would recommend calling in advance to see if the flavor is in stock.