Online Dish: Conservative Moms Hate "Schweddy Balls"

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Gotta love Ben & Jerry's and their unique ice cream flavors. But their latest flavor, "Schweddy Balls", is leaving a bad taste in some conservative moms' mouths.

One Million Moms, who are affiliated with the American Family Association, have branded it 'vulgar'. They think it is in such "bad taste" they have called for a boycott of the ice cream.

A statement read: 'The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive. Not exactly what you want a child asking for at the supermarket.'

The group went on to claim the name is sexually suggestive and shows a lack of respect to customers.

OMM doesn't just have a problem with "Schweddy Balls", they also weren't fans of the special edition of Chubby Hubby called Hubby Hubby, last year, which celebrated gay marriage.

Their spokesman added: "It seems that offending customers has become an annual tradition for Ben & Jerry's."

On the flip side, Sean Greenwood, a spokesman for Ben & Jerry's, says they were simply having a bit of fun. "The name is irreverent. But we've always been about having some irreverence and having some fun. We're not trying to offend people. Our fans get the humor," says Greenwood.

The new flavor sounds delicious! It is vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and has fudge covered rum balls and malt balls. Yummy!

In case you're not familiar with SNL the name "Schweddy Balls" comes from the infamous sketch which featured Alec Baldwin, who played a baker called Pete Schweddy.

Baldwin released a statement on the flavor saying, "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."

So what do you think about "Schweddy Balls"? Do they leave a bad taste in your mouth?

Viewers scoop up their thoughts:

Julia writes on Facebook: "Think the SNL reference is lost on most people"

Ricks Piano Bar writes on Facebook: "No! In fact, there should be a complimentary ice cream next to it like....oh I don't know, cherry Va-jay jay's, stinky ho-crunch, poon full of sugardrops. That will help the medicine go down, right? (mary popins ref.) haha all in fun. It's always those uptight conservatives who whine, yes?"

Karrah writes on Facebook: "People are just ridiculous, really boycott an ice cream because of the name, If they dont like it they dont have to buy it! Quit RUINING IT for the people out there who actually have a sense of humor. Instead of boycotting it just walk past it in the grocery store dont buy it! I swear if they get this product taken away i wont beleive in any of our rights anymore."

Tammy writes on Facebook: "I just wonder why these up-tights didn't make a fuss over "What the Fluff" or "Karmel Sutra" or wait, what about "Bonzaroo Buzz" since it implies that you'll get a buzz from it. Aren't there more important things for these moms to be concer...ned with then ice cream names? How about the fact that their children can get their hands on bath salts? Or that Meth is quickly becoming the newest way for kids to get high? Or maybe the fact that children are given the option to eat pizza every day at school? Get a grip, it's just ice cream. Boycott it if you want but I'm stocking up!"

Lisa writes on Facebook: "wow. war, drugs, jobloss etc, and they wanna cry about a name put on ice cream, really? get a life, please and let the rest of us enjoy the humor in it."

Curtis writes on Facebook: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA you know stop being so up tight cause its you up tight parents that make this world a dull place. To get pissed over a name it is so common and judgemental. I think its horrible for a few stuck up people to always complain when something doesn't favor how they look at life dull. Let real people have a few laughs at something that is truly funny and hilarious. Don't take sh*t till you try it because who knows you might actually like balls in your mouth."

Laura writes on Facebook: "All I want to know is: where are they selling it in Houston? I want some!! I haven't seen it in the grocery stores yet!"

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