Whether you like their politics or not, you have to admit those guys at Ben & Jerry's are pretty creative when it comes to capturing pop culture cold.
There's the legendary Cherry Garcia, named for the late Grateful Dead bandleader. There's Schweddy Balls, which made storekeepers squirm with its head-scratching homage to a Saturday Night Live skit. There's my personal favorite: the short-lived Clusterfluff, which was later changed under pressure to What a Cluster.
Would an ice cream by any other name taste as sweet?
Lately, lifelong buddies Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have been working overtime in the advocacy ice cream business. Last week, they announced a new pro-gay marriage flavor, Apple-y Ever After, for the United Kingdom, where the government plans to legalize gay marriage. When Vermont passed such a law two years ago, the ice cream company celebrated by briefly repackaging its Chubby Hubby flavor as Hubby Hubby.
This isn't the only stand the scoopers have taken. Back in 1995, they created Phish Food, an ice cream flavor with chocolate, caramel, marshmallow and tiny chocolate fish, to honor the Vermont band Phish, with part of profits going to clean up Lake Champlain. In 2007, they came up with Willie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler to recognize the country singer's record for raising money for farmers and the poor through Farm Aid. The company renamed a flavor Yes Pecan after Barack Obama won the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.
And who could find fault with the non-partisan Imagine Whirled Peace, with caramel and sweet cream ice creams swirled with fudge peace signs and toffee cookie pieces?
They make damn good ice cream, but they're still human. Six years ago, the company apologized to the entire nation of Ireland after it named a flavor Black & Tan, the nickname of a beer drink, but also the nickname of a notoriously violent British militia that operated during Ireland's war of independence. Just last month, B&J apologized again, this time for being insensitive to Asians after they created a vanilla-flavored frozen yogurt, with lychee honey swirls and fortune cookie pieces, and named it "Taste the Lin-Sanity" in honor of Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin.
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If there was a Ben & Jerry's flavor that captured your life, what would it be?
I won't be putting anybody out of the name-calling business with these, but they do sum up some of my flavors:
Morning Fog – Coffee ice cream with chocolate-coated espresso beans and two-alarm chili spices.
Melon Drama – Watermelon yogurt with chocolate sprinkles so moody they bring tears to your eyes. (Two scoops of the melon but hold the drama for my neighbor Mary, who came up with that one.)
Mother Puckers – Lemon sherbert with Pez sticks and a dash of fruit punch in honor of my friend Kathy and other moms who support their sons' ice hockey habits.
Berry White Night – Sinfully sweet strawberry ice cream with Lucky Charms.
Super Chunk – Chocolate ice cream with fudge chunks, sticky toffee pieces and marshmallow swirls in honor of all the bodily fluids I've had to clean up as a mom.
Twisted Sisters – A tribute to my daughters made of chocolate and strawberry swirled ice creams with gummi bears, Twizzlers – and a shared celebrity crush on Josh Hutcherson.
Crunchy Mama – Vanilla yogurt with granola, nuts and a hint of breast milk.
Taxi Driver – Mango ice cream with bits of cones, juice and other food particles stuck to the ceiling of my car.
Do you have a flavor of your own?