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‘Saturday Night Live’ Gag Becomes Latest Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavor

Sep 8, 2011  •  Post A Comment

An old "Saturday Night Live" gag has become the name of Ben & Jerry’s latest ice cream concoction, reports Time.com.

The name is Schweddy Balls, a reference to the decade-old skit featuring regular host Alec Baldwin, who played the owner of a holiday bakery called Season’s Eatings. His character, Pete Schweddy, visited a mock NPR show, hosted by Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer, to promote his holiday dessert, Schweddy Balls.

According to the story, the bit’s central joke went like this: "There are lots of great treats this time of year," Schweddy said. "Zucchini bread. Fruitcake. But the thing I most like to bring out at this time of the year are my balls." He then would add that he sells balls of every flavor, but adds, "No one can resist my Schweddy Balls."

The ice cream is a vanilla flavor with a hint of rum and studded with fudge-covered rum and malt balls, the story says.

Baldwin said in a Ben & Jerry’s statement, "For a long time, I thought that ‘Here Lies Pete Schweddy’ would end up on my tombstone. Now, thanks to Ben & Jerry’s, the goodness of the Schweddy family recipe won’t go with me to the great beyond. It is immortalized here, right now, and it’s an ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s and Schweddy. Two great names in American dessert, together at last.”

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