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Beyond Schweddy Balls: 10 Discontinued Ben & Jerry's Flavors

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Today Ben & Jerry's announced their newest flavor—the Saturday Night Live-inspired Schweddy Balls ("Vanilla Ice Cream with a Hint of Rum and Loaded with Fudge Covered Rum and Malt Balls"). Here's a list of Ben & Jerry's flavors Schweddy Balls will one day join in the Flavor Graveyard.


1. Black & Tan. Chocolate & cream stout ice cream topped with a cream stout ice cream head. This guy was not even two years old - he lasted from March 2006-December 2007.


2. Capecodder. I can't find a single reference to what was actually in Capecodder. Chocolate-covered lobster bits and cranberries, perhaps? I know there are some Ben & Jerry's executives who occasionally peruse our site—if you're still reading, give us a hint!

3. Chips 'n' Dip. This one was listed along with some other dubious flavors (pepperoni pizza with anchovy swirl?!) during a 2006 call for new flavor ideas from the general public.

4. Economic Crunch, which we could probably use right about now. It was vanilla ice cream with chocolate-covered almonds, pecans and walnuts. It was created in response to the tanking stock market in 1987. Following the development of Economic Crunch and it's sister, That's Life (apple pie flavor), Ben & Jerry's sent their free scoop vehicle to Wall Street to try to soothe the panicked stockbrokers with a little sugar.

5. Jalapeno Lime Ice. 'Nuff said.

6. Tennessee Mud. I'd be all over this one, since it combines two of my favorite beverages: coffee and Jack Daniels. The base is coffee ice cream, mixed with Amaretto, JD, and roasted slivered almonds. Yum. Alas, I'm apparently alone in thinking it sounds good - it lasted only a year, from 1988 to 1989.

pbj7. Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich also sounds pretty delicious to me - peanut butter ice cream with peanut butter chips and a swirl of strawberry jam. One scoop of that and one scoop of Chips 'n' Dip, and you've got lunch!


8. Concession Obsession sounds really wonderful, but I think I feel diabetes coming on just reading about it: vanilla bean ice cream with nonpareils, fudge-covered crisped rice candy (like Nestle's Crunch, I'm assuming), peanuts dipped in fudge and a caramel candy swirl. So good.

9. Bloody Mary Sorbet. This one might not have made it out of development, but it was in the running to become an actual flavor at one point.

10. Duff & D'oh!Nuts was part of The Simpsons Movie publicity blitz in 2007. It was chocolate and cream stout ice cream with chunks of glazed chocolate doughnuts. It was only available at the premiere of the movie in Springfield, Vermont, and in Scoop Shops the night before the DVD release.
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If you liked this post, be sure to check out Jason English's "Discontinued Ben & Jerry's Flavor or Band I Found on MySpace?" quiz. I think I only gave one of them away.

And if you don't get the Schweddy Balls reference, here's that Alec Baldwin SNL sketch...

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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Australian Scientists Discover First New Species of Sunfish in 125 Years
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Scientists have pinpointed a whole new species of the largest bony fish in the world, the massive sunfish, as we learned from Smithsonian magazine. It's the first new species of sunfish proposed in more than 125 years.

As the researchers report in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, the genetic differences between the newly named hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) and its other sunfish brethren was confirmed by data on 27 different samples of the species collected over the course of three years. Since sunfish are so massive—the biggest can weigh as much as 5000 pounds—they pose a challenge to preserve and store, even for museums with large research collections. Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of Murdoch University in Australia traveled thousands of miles to find and collected genetic data on sunfish stranded on beaches. At one point, she was asked if she would be bringing her own crane to collect one.

Nyegaard also went back through scientific literature dating back to the 1500s, sorting through descriptions of sea monsters and mermen to see if any of the documentation sounded like observations of the hoodwinker. "We retraced the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have evaded discovery all this time," she said in a press statement. "Overall, we felt science had been repeatedly tricked by this cheeky species, which is why we named it the 'hoodwinker.'"

Japanese researchers first detected genetic differences between previously known sunfish and a new, unknown species 10 years ago, and this confirms the existence of a whole different type from species like the Mola mola or Mola ramsayi.

Mola tecta looks a little different from other sunfish, with a more slender body. As it grows, it doesn't develop the protruding snout or bumps that other sunfish exhibit. Similarly to the others, though, it can reach a length of 8 feet or more. 

Based on the stomach contents of some of the specimens studied, the hoodwinker likely feeds on salps, a jellyfish-like creature that it probably chomps on (yes, sunfish have teeth) during deep dives. The species has been found near New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and southern Chile.

[h/t Smithsonian]

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