Perhaps you've seen it on the news: "Ben & Jerry's apologize for new ice cream flavor name." After seeing this story on the news and reading about it online I was thoroughly intrigued.
It appears that Ben & Jerry's has upset a few people around the globe with their new flavor, Black & Tan. The ice cream was named after the popular beer drink made with Guiness and Harp so that it creates two layers, one black and one tan. However, Black & Tan is also the "nickname of a notoriously violent British militia that operated during Ireland's war of independence" (yahoo, 4/21/06).
While I absolutely DO NOT want to get in an argument, or even discussion, about whether or not Ben & Jerry's has chosen a poor name for the ice cream, I do want to comment briefly on the subject. I have been wondering what the hell they call a Black & Tan (the drink) in Ireland. Do they have a different name for it? If so, please clue me in! If they do have the same name, they should understand that Ben & Jerry's meant no harm by it.
As we all know, any publicity is good publicity. If I hadn't seen the story I wouldn't know the flavor existed. Especially since I try my hardest not to look at the Ben & Jerry's section of the freezer aisle since it's extremely fattening. However, I gave into temptation this past weekend and grabbed myself a pint of the cream stout ice cream mixed with chocolate ice cream.
Here is where I blush in embarassment. Yes, with the help of dear hubby, we managed to finish off an entire pint in one sitting. Not only in one sitting, but in what must have been 10 minutes or less.
You can quote me on this, Ben & Jerry, I am in LOVE with your new Black & Tan ice cream flavor. The cream stout ice cream is like nothing I've tasted before. When mixed with the dark rich chocolate it is truly divine. Usually I'm a gelato snob but Black & Tan is my new exception. There's nothing better. (At least not until I find a new flavor to obsess with.)
So, follow my lead, run to the grocery store and grab yourself a pint of this ice cream goodness. You might need a mature set of taste buds to appreciate the flavor as it is unique, but I think even the average ice cream lover with be pleased.
By the way, the Black & Tan ice cream doesn't taste like beer. It just tastes perfect.