Tasting Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls

Schweddy Balls capture

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.

Schweddy Balls

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!

Spoonful

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.

Ball closeup

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.

17 thoughts on “Tasting Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls

  1. Oh, yum! What does Paul think of the frozen balls?

    On a related note, if you serve people Americone Dream and Late Night Snack at the same time, make sure they know which is which. It’s pretty funny when they expect a waffle cone piece and get confused when it’s salty and tastes like a potato chip.

    • Paul liked the ice cream but thought it wasn’t his favorite flavor. We both love Bonaroo Buzz much, much more. The thing that really stood out was the price for a large — so expensive!

  2. Ah ha! Someone who found Schweddy Ballz ice cream! I remember reading that news bit several weeks ago and wondering if it was even being sold here! Well, well, well! I think people are way too uptight if they’re upset about this name…

    Bert would totally try this ice cream! Not just for the name!

    Now if only Ben and Jerry’s would market the Chef’s Chocolate Salty Balls (“South Park”) as an ice cream…

  3. Haha, I was just telling the hubby about the Schweddy Ballz ice cream yesterday! Love that skit. I will have to pick up a quart of these. You know, kind of to ring in the holiday season.

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  6. I’ve been looking for that flavor in grocery stores, but haven’t found it. Thanks for letting me know where I can get it! Did you see the fake Ben and Jerry’s ice cream based on the movie, The Big Lebowski, that’s been circulating the internet? It claims to be white russian ice cream with chocolate malt bowling balls. I could definitely go for that flavor if they made it!

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