Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls leaves a bad taste in an American Family Association group's mouth

The American Family Association affiliate One Million Moms is vehemently against Fair Trade vanilla ice cream mixed with a hint of rum, fudge covered rum balls, and milk chocolate malt balls. That can be the only reasonable explanation for their crusade against Ben & Jerry’s latest flavor, the Saturday Night Live-inspired ice cream Schweddy Balls.

Actually, One Million Moms is calling for a boycott of the flavor for because of its “vulgar” title. In the opening paragraph, the group complains, “Schweddy Balls is the best they could come up with.” Valid point, “No one can resist my Schweddy Balls” would have been way funnier.

The letter, which goes into great detail describing the classic SNL skit that inspired the frozen treat, urges equally outraged folks to send a letter to Ben & Jerry’s “requesting that no additional Schweddy Balls ice cream be distributed. Also, highly recommend they refrain from producing another batch with this name or any other offensive names or you will no longer be able to purchase their products.”

Some of those other “offensive” names the OMM took issue with? “In the past, Ben & Jerry’s has released controversial ice creams, like a special edition of Chubby Hubby called Hubby Hubby last year which celebrated gay marriage. It seems that offending customers has become an annual tradition for Ben & Jerry’s.” Almost as great a tradition as having a delicious plate of Schweddy Balls courtesy of Seasons Eatings around Christmastime.

What do you think of the call to boycott Schweddy Balls, PopWatchers? What other names could Ben & Jerry’s come up with to appease the AMA group One Million Moms? Do you think they’d flip out if, say, Entenmann’s made a Tremendous Muffin, too? Share in the comments section below!

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  • Dominique

    Ridiculous. Period. I love Ben & Jerry’s, their irreverence and sense of humour.

    The only thing I don’t love is not being able to stop myself from eating an entire pint in one sitting.

    • Ben

      How many times do we have to make these people the bad guys in film and television until they get that no one like this boycotting crap? Did they not see Harry Potter, Footloose, or The Bible? Yeah the Bible. The Bible had bad guys and they were the religious nut jobs that hated people. These people probably know what I am talking about and still don’t get what buttholes they are.

      • jay

        Just because of them, I’m going to put Schweddy Balls in my mouth tonight, and enjoy the rich texture and out of this world taste. I don’t mean the ice cream either, I mean my roomate, Bob Schweddy’s balls. Neither one of us is gay, and he doesn’t know about it yet, so it will be quite a surprise for him. Take that One Million Moms!

      • @jay


      • jong

        Life is so lonely .I am a rich and single man at present .I need a woman who can love me back .I also uploaded my hot photos on MillionaireLoving.C om under the name of jeff1098..It’s the largest and best club for seeking CEOs, pro athletes, doctors, lawyers, investors, entrepreneurs, beauty queens, fitness models, and Hollywood celebrities.Please Check it out!I’m serious.Yep, something celebrating gay marriage is pretty offensive, no celebrating that. Idiots.


        These women have no balls.

      • candacetx

        @jay FTW! Best reply evah!!!

      • Casey Anthony

        Yawn. Maybe they should have called it: “1 Million Moms With Misplaced Priorities.” Yes, that would have been better.

    • LOL

      Uptight people should put my balls in their mouths.

      • LOL

        The GOP fears Schweddy Balls.

      • Please

        These dumb broads will scarf anything down once “Toddlers & Tiaras” is on.

      • kristina

        @jay-awesome! :)

    • DeJesus

      New ice cream flavor? Let’s see, how about Black Seaman. It could honor U.S. sailor Dorie Miller, the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Chocolate ice cream with two jumbo sized walnuts, and marshmallow cream drizzled throughout. We have waited far too long to honor this great man with his own ice cream flavor. My mouth is watering just at the thought of Black Seaman in my mouth.

      • dot

        that’s hilarious!

      • Please say yes!

        Can we have EXTRA marshmallow creme? Can we? Can we? I like a WHOLE lot.

      • Melisa

        What a comment!!! I haven’t laughed like that is a long time!!!! Thanks so much for your great sense of humor!!

      • Gin

        LOL@ DeJesus! If you don’t already work for them, you should totally see if B&J’s would hire you as a product developer.

      • wakeforcer

        I wouldn’t mind swallowing some Black Seaman myself. Sounds delicious.

    • Liz

      I think we should boycott One Million Moms. Bring on those Schweddy Balls.

      • ALM

        I’m One Mom starting the counter-group. One-Mom-too-busy-raising-her-daughter-to-worry-about-silly-ice-cream-innuendos.

    • besimon

      Went to 1 Millions Moms website – so obviously an ultra conservative, agenda pushing rant page. Opinions counter to theirs are not welcome. And I saw nothing about parenting issues or discussion on the entire website. Not even sure there are mom’s running it.

    • Cygnus

      I cant wait to get my mouth around those balls.

  • One of One Million Moms

    My mom jeans are cutting into my fupa and the pain is making me lash out and try to steal your joy.

    • MediumJ

      LOLOLlololOLOL! I actually cried after reading this.. still laughing as I type!!! :)))

    • Silv

      With so much wrong in the world, this? THIS? is what you’re making an issue over? Too much time on your hands, ladies. Life’s tough. Don’t take away my laughs. Just don’t buy any and be done.

      • ALM

        They can’t really be Moms if they have this much time on their hands.

    • Mark


    • Tom

      Let’s take away their cookie dough ice cream and see how much they complain then

  • JR

    Ok, fine, you don’t like it, don’t buy it. But why does it bother them so much that they think no one should be able to buy it? Is this harming someone?

    • sara

      No to big government!!…unless I want them to ban or make something illegal.

    • Regina George

      Yep, something celebrating gay marriage is pretty offensive, no celebrating that. Idiots.

      • james

        how bout you shove some schweddy balls in your pie hole.

      • ALM

        Nope, honey, YOU are the one who’s offensive.

      • Tarc

        Yup, you’re a billion times more offensive than any ice cream name… I hate bogots.

      • ummm

        I think Regina was being sarcastic.

  • abadstroller

    They have a right to complain…I suppose. If they’re this upset about it, maybe they’re are spending too much time in the ice cream aisle. Just a thought. Anyway, most of the children I know (whose sensibilities this group is concerned for) DON’T buy their own groceries and therefore would not be perusing the Frozen Foods section of their local supermarket on their own. Easy solution for the discerning and easily offended shopper: Uh, don’t buy this ice cream, bypass frozen desserts, and go right to the Fresh Fruit section. Maybe then they can complain about the shape of bananas….

    • naynay

      they WOULD complain about the shape of bananas! Too funny!

      • Monty

        I can now add this organization to the list of organizations (like the PTC) where I do exactly the opposite of what they call for. If they tell me to boycott, I will buy!

    • Reesagirl

      You’re right, those things are horrible and will put terrible ideas in our children’s minds! We should keep them separate in the store behind a curtain so impressionable children are not corrupted by fruit. LOL

      • abadstroller

        Perhaps they can be packaged in “safe” camouflage-colored latex sheaths, displayed in plain sight and labelled “Never Let Them See You C……” (fill in the blank, like-minded people!)

    • RaRa

      Great point, abadstroller. They should just keep the Ben & Jerry’s up high, where the precious little tykes’ delicate eyes can’t spy those naughty titles in the frozen section. If Mom doesn’t bring the ice cream home, most kids won’t even see it.

  • Reesagirl

    Of course they have the right to be offended and I have the right to laugh and eat ice cream if I want. They do not have the right to tell me how to make a decision about which to do though. Absolutely ridiculous!! It’s ice cream people!!!!!

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  • Mom #17,286

    I’ll lend you my pajama jeans!

    • abadstroller

      I would love to have a pair of pajama jeans, not just because they look nice and comfy and are also humorous and ironic. My 12 year old tells me, though, that if I get them, I may as well be telling the whole world, “I give up”! Ahem, I’m off to fight the good fight for fit and hot moms everywhere (I wish)….

      • Nee Nee

        Lol, your 12 year old is awesome. :)

  • Abby

    I don’t like groups to make decisions for me. I have no problem the the name. I think it’s cute! I love Ben & Jerrys for their ice cream not what they name it. Get a life & get off your high horse! Lets give our young children a little credit for being a little smarter then you are!

    • staci

      okay, I know there is no way my kids would figure out the humor on this one. I may have not either, except that Alec Baldwin skit on SNL was one of my all time favorites!!I have seen it 20 times!

  • Dom

    Look… I have 2 young kids, and I don’t have a problem with the title. In fact, if I have any complaints about the ice cream, it’s that I CAN’T EFFING FIND IT ANYWHERE!

    • Reesagirl

      I found it at our local Wal-Mart grocery store…so far only place I have been able to.

      • @Reesagirl

        Something tells me that those million moms aren’t going to be boycotting Wal-Mart.

    • Cara

      I also found it at Wal-Mart yesterday, and bought some. The only problem I have is that I didn’t really like it! Not nearly as good as Blueberry Cheesecake, which is a limited flavor right now.
      I have a 12-year-old daughter. I’ll have to ask her if that name means anything to her. Even if it does, so what?!

  • MikeB

    Whatever. I think there is someone to complain about everything. Boo Hoo. Don’t like it, don’t buy it. This flavor sounds good. I might have to try some. Don’t normally splurge for Ben & Jerry, but maybe this time, I will. I’m sick of hearing from The American Family Assoc. They don’t represent my family so who are they to pretend to speak for families. Bunch of Holy Rollers who won’t be happy until we are living in a Theocracy with Pat Robertson as the supreme leader. You know like Iran only Christian.

    • Tarc

      Personally, I’m just waiting for the time one of the people these ridiculous (anti-)”family” groups targets simply lets them have it. This American Family Association represents no family I know, nor would I hope that they ever. Frankly, I’m tempted to find the members list and send child services to their homes because they’re so badly raising their own children…

  • commentor

    Even more reason to buy it!

  • naynay

    I love Ben and Jerry’s and I’ll eat their shweddy balls and love it. These “million moms” are probably the same ladies that are a-okay with their kids bullying other children to death. If they want to live like they’re still in the 1950s that’s their prerogative, but that also means being seen and not heard. By which I mean they should STFU.

    • dave

      Not for nothing but why would they be “a-okay with their kids bullying other children to death”? That’s just a really dumb comment. Almost as dumb as boycotting ice cream.

      • Danny

        Because the kids that learn to hate and persecute gay kids or kids they perceive to be gay generally learn that kind of bigotry and hatred at home. The press release from the so-called Million Moms makes no bones about their homophobia.

      • Portia

        I think Naynay is referring to “Christians” who believe it is their child’s God-ordained responsibility to constantly remind gay kids that they are sinners and are going to burn in hell and are considered “anathema” in the eyes of God…you know, out of “love”. (My sister is in this camp. She doesn’t think it’s right for kids who “testify” to their gay classmates in this particular manner to be “persecuted” for bullying.)

  • Marissa

    I think they could probably enjoy some Schweddy Balls in their lives.

  • Shecky

    Can’t Ben and Jerry’s find better source material than weak SNL skits? I couldn’t care less what they name their products but borrowing from a show that’s rarely funny is just a bad idea.

    • BJG

      I thought the same thing, Shecky. I flavor that offends a Million Moms is not a bad thing, but they couldn’t come up with more current pop culture reference? Jersey Shore flavor with orange sherbert and fudge dumbells? … in a box flavor with little fudge boxes each with a single nut inside? Just spitballing here, but as funny as Schweddy Balls is, it was a while ago.

    • Edith-Ann

      I’m with Shecky on the SNL bit. I have only watched SNL a few times over the years and can’t stand it. Also have never seen that particular skit, so the name for the ice cream doesn’t make sense to me. The word balls isn’t vulgar just people’s minds. Ben & Jerry’s could have come up with a better name but this way they will sell more product. Perhaps it doesn’t taste as good as it sounds.

      • BJG

        Youtube the skit, Edith-Ann. It’s very funny and vulgar, just kinda dated.

      • Laura K.

        It’s a classic bit. Remember, Alec Baldwin used to be Justin Timberlake on SNL–only the show was also funny when he WASN’T on, so it was extra funny when he was.

  • Nee Nee

    Seriously? Don’t change the name. I’m all for “family friendly”, but you have to draw a line somewhere. The name is genious and people just need to get over it. Btw, where and when can I get some of this stuff?

  • abadstroller

    Just thought of an ice cream flavor and name that would get those folks’ grundies in a twist: Vanilla ice cream with bits of Jolly Ranchers candies in it, called…waiiiittt for iiitt…”Suck On This”!!! (so proud of myself….)

    • Reesagirl

      I would eat that watching reruns of SNL in my pajama jeans for sure!

    • jules


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