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'Schweddy Balls' Banned From Super Markets

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By Christine Thomasos, Christian Post Reporter
October 21, 2011|6:06 pm

The One Million Mom March is working to stop the sale of Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls ice cream in supermarkets.

The One Million Mother’s group, an organization based in Mississippi, encouraged people to contact their local stores and the Ben & Jerry headquarters. The moms aimed to end production of the product, according to The Huffington Post.

The organization is calling for a boycott of the ice cream, and said the flavor may be inappropriate for children, who are fans of the cold treat. The flavor was named “Saturday Night Live” skit where a character named Pete Schweddy, played by Alec Baldwin, showcases his homemade Christmas candy, known as Schweddy Balls.

In a letter written by and for One Million Moms, the organization spoke about the controversial flavors that the Ben & Jerry’s company has produced in the past.

“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,” the passage of the letter obtained by NBC stated. “It seems that offending customers has become an annual tradition for Ben & Jerry’s.”

Some stores have already stopped selling the controversial Ben & Jerry’s flavor.

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Suzi Robinson, spokeswoman for the Quincy, Mass., based Stop & Shop chain, admitted that the store would not sell the Schweddy Balls flavor. Although Robinson said she would not disclose the reasoning for the flavor not being sold, the company was willing to reassess their decision if customers complained.

"We haven't received any complaints that we're not carrying that flavor,” Robinson said, Huffington Post wrote. “However, if we do get feedback from customers that they want it, we'll certainly revisit the decision."

Despite the controversy surrounding the flavor, Ben & Jerry's spokesman Sean Greenwood said Schweddy Balls was the company’s most popular limited-edition flavor.

“We've heard from lots of folks who are fans of the flavor," he said in a statement obtained by The Huffington Post.

"Yes, some supermarket chains decided not to carry Schweddy Balls. That is true, possibly because they found the name too irreverent. We respect their decision,” he added.

 

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