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11 Ben & Jerry’s Flavors Inspired by Pop Culture

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For almost as long as Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have been dreaming up intriguing ice cream flavor combinations from their home base in Burlington, Vermont, they’ve been forging unique collaborations with icons of pop culture. The world-renowned ice cream pioneers recently introduced their newest partner in flavor-making: Ron Burgundy.

In conjunction with San Diego’s classiest newscaster’s return to the big screen in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Ben & Jerry’s is releasing Scotchy Scotch Scotch, butterscotch ice cream with a butterscotch swirl. Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. (In a press release announcing the new flavor, Burgundy noted that “I hope Ben and Jerry consider my other suggestions: malt liquor marshmallow, well liquor bourbon peanut butter, and cheap white wine sherbet.”)

Burgundy and Anchorman are, of course, not the only cultural figures (fictional or otherwise) to be paid tribute in frozen dairy dessert form. Here are 11 other delicious Ben & Jerry’s collaborations.

1. CHERRY GARCIA

Today, rock-and-roll-themed flavors are a hallmark of the Ben & Jerry’s brand. But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, it wasn’t until nine years after the company’s founding that such a product debuted. In 1987, two “Deadheads” from Portland, Maine gave Ben and Jerry the idea to debut a flavor in honor of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia. And Cherry Garcia—cherry ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes—was born. (It’s still one of the brand’s most popular flavors.)

2. DOONESBERRY

In 1996, Ben & Jerry’s debuted a line of sorbets, which were made with pure spring water and organic fruits and flavorings. The pints were fat-free, lactose-free, and cholesterol-free—but they weren’t without a sense of humor. Leading the original sorbet lineup was Doonesberry, named for the popular Doonesbury comic strip.

3. PHISH FOOD

Ben and Jerry paid tribute to fellow Vermonters Phish with what would become one of their most beloved and best-selling creations: Phish Food. Released in early 1997, a percentage of the product’s proceeds were donated toward the environmental restoration of Lake Champlain. The chocolate ice cream with gooey marshmallow, caramel swirls, and fish-shaped fudge pieces comes in a frozen yogurt variety, too.

4. SCHWEDDY BALLS

It takes a serious set of, umm, gall to launch an ice cream with this moniker, based on a famous Saturday Night Live bit with Alec Baldwin. While fans of the sketch comedy show got a chuckle out of the name, advocacy group One Million Moms—and, by extension, grocery store owners—weren’t laughing when the flavor was introduced in 2011. Many chains refused to carry the scandalously named treat, making it hard to come by and, as such, short-lived. Baldwin joked about the controversy when he hosted SNL in September 2011, saying that those offended by the name could try the company’s newest flavor: “Go Fudge Yourself.” 

5. STEPHEN COLBERT’S AMERICONE DREAM

“I'm not afraid to say it. Dessert has a well-known liberal agenda,” television host Stephen Colbert noted in a statement to announce the release of his very own ice cream in February of 2007. “What I hope to do with this ice cream is bring some balance back to the freezer case.” The flavor—vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered pieces of waffle cone and bits of caramel—has been selling strongly ever since, with proceeds going to several education-based charities. 

6. LATE NIGHT SNACK

Not to be outdone, fellow funnyman Jimmy Fallon released Late Night Snack in March 2011, a salty-sweet Fair Trade combo of vanilla ice cream, salted caramel swirl, and chocolate-covered potato chips. Yes, chocolate-covered potato chips. The collaboration came about in response to “Ladysmith Snack Mambazo,” an original song written and performed by Fallon and The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

7. LIZ LEMON GREEK FROZEN YOGURT

In conjunction with the series finale of 30 Rock, Fallon’s former co-star, Tina Fey (or at least her on-screen alter ego) received a sweet tribute: Liz Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt, a sweet and sour lemon-flavored frozen yogurt with a blueberry lavender swirl. Part of the proceeds went to Jumpstart, an early education organization helping to instill a love of reading in kids in low-income neighborhoods, a cause of which Fey has been a longtime supporter.

8. FESTIVUS

More than two years after Seinfeld made its television bow, Ben & Jerry’s celebrated the series’ holiday for the rest of us with this brown sugar and cinnamon ice cream swirled with chunks of gingerbread cookie and ginger caramel. The flavor—which flavor developer Rob Douglas declared “kicks fruitcakes’ ass!”—was in freezers for one year only.

9. VERMONTY PYTHON

Ben and Jerry’s ode to Britain’s most famous comedy troupe—a coffee liqueur-flavored ice cream with chocolate chunks and chocolate cookie crumbs—made its debut in 2006 and silly-walked off shelves three years later.

10. GOODBYE YELLOW BRICKLE ROAD

In 2008, Elton John performed his first-ever concert in Vermont. So Ben & Jerry’s, naturally, commemorated the event with a limited-batch flavor: Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, which the company described as “an outrageous symphony of decadent chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle, and white chocolate chunks.” Proceeds from the treat, which was made available in Vermont scoop shops for one week only, benefitted the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

11. WAVY GRAVY

Wavy Gravy—a caramel-cashew-Brazil nut concoction with roasted almonds and a chocolate hazelnut fudge swirl—spent a decade in grocery store freezers before it was discontinued in 2003. Named for the charismatic activist and entertainer who helped to organize Woodstock, proceeds from the pints went to Camp Winnarainbow, Gravy’s summer getaway for underprivileged kids. “I got dumped,” Gravy told Vanity Fair in 2011 of his flavor’s demise. “Poor Ben and Jerry were mortified. They were purchased by this big Dutch corporation called Unilever. And I was dumped for not being cost-effective. Mrs. Gravy said, ‘I knew you weren’t cost-effective all along.’”

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5 Subtle Cues That Can Tell You About Your Date's Financial Personality
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Being financially compatible with your partner is important, especially as a relationship grows. Fortunately, there are ways you can learn about your partner’s financial personality in a relationship’s early stages without seeing their bank statement or sitting them down for “the money talk.”

Are they a spender or a saver? Are they cautious with money? These habits can be learned through basic observations or casual questions that don’t feel intrusive. Here are some subtle things that can tell you about your date’s financial personality.

1. HOW THEY ANSWER BASIC MONEY QUESTIONS.

Casual conversations about finance-related topics can be very revealing. Does your date know if their employer matches their 401(k) plan contributions? Do you find their answers to any financial questions a bit vague—even the straightforward ones like “What are the rewards like on your credit card?” This could mean that your partner is a little fuzzy on some of the details of their financial situation.

As your connection grows, money talks are only natural. If your date expresses uncertainty about their monthly budget, it may be an indicator that they are still working on the best way to manage their finances or don’t keep close tabs on their spending habits.

2. WHAT THEY’RE WATCHING AND READING.

If you notice your partner is always watching business news channels, thumbing through newspapers, or checking share prices on their phone, they are clearly keeping abreast of what’s going on in the financial world. Ideally, this would lead to a well-informed financial personality that gives way to smart investments and overall monetary responsibility.

If you see that your date has an interest in national and global finances, ask them questions about what they’ve learned. The answers will tell you what type of financial mindset to expect from you partner moving forward. You might also learn something new about the world of finance and business!

3. WHERE THEY GET THEIR FOOD.

You may be able to learn a lot about someone’s financial personality just by asking what they usually do for dinner. If your date dines out a lot, it could be an indication that they are willing to spend money on experiences. On the other hand, if they’re eating most of their meals at home or prepping meals for the entire week to cut their food budget, they might be more of a saver.

4. WHETHER THEY’RE VOICING MONEY CONCERNS.

Money is a source of stress for most people, so it’s important to observe if financial anxiety plays a prominent role in your date’s day-to-day life. There are a number of common financial worries we all share—rising insurance rates, unexpected car repairs, rent increases—but there are also more specific and individualized concerns. Listen to how your date talks about money and pick up on whether their stress is grounded in worries we all have or if they have a more specific reason for concern.

In both instances, it’s important to be supportive and helpful where you can. If your partner is feeling nervous about money, they’ll likely be much more cautious about what they’re spending, which can be a good thing. But it can also stop them from making necessary purchases or looking into investments that might actually benefit them in the future. As a partner, you can help out by minimizing their expenses for things like nights out and gifts in favor of less expensive outings or homemade gifts to leave more of their budget available for necessities.

5. HOW THEY HANDLE THE BILL.

Does your date actually look at how much they’re spending before handing their credit card to the waiter or bartender at the end of the night? It’s a subtle sign, but someone who looks over a bill is likely much more observant about what they spend than someone who just blindly hands cards or cash over once they get the tab.

Knowing what you spend every month—even on smaller purchases like drinks or dinner—is key when you’re staying on a budget. It’s that awareness that allows people to adjust their monthly budget and calculate what their new balance will be once the waiter hands over the check. Someone who knows exactly what they’re spending on the small purchases is probably keeping a close eye on the bigger picture as well.

REMEMBER THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR TALKING.

While these subtle cues can be helpful signposts when you’re trying to get an idea of your date’s financial personality, none are perfect indicators that will be accurate every time. Our financial personalities are rarely cut and dry—most of us probably display some behaviors that would paint us as savers while also showing habits that exclaim “spender!” By relying too heavily on any one indicator, we might not get an accurate impression of our date.

Instead, as you get to know a new partner, the best way to learn about their financial personality is by having a straightforward and honest talk with them. You’ll learn more by listening and asking questions than you ever could by observing small behaviors.

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Where Do Birds Get Their Songs?
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Birds display some of the most impressive vocal abilities in the animal kingdom. They can be heard across great distances, mimic human speech, and even sing using distinct dialects and syntax. The most complex songs take some practice to learn, but as TED-Ed explains, the urge to sing is woven into songbirds' DNA.

Like humans, baby birds learn to communicate from their parents. Adult zebra finches will even speak in the equivalent of "baby talk" when teaching chicks their songs. After hearing the same expressions repeated so many times and trying them out firsthand, the offspring are able to use the same songs as adults.

But nurture isn't the only factor driving this behavior. Even when they grow up without any parents teaching them how to vocalize, birds will start singing on their own. These innate songs are less refined than the ones that are taught, but when they're passed down through multiple generations and shaped over time, they start to sound similar to the learned songs sung by other members of their species.

This suggests that the drive to sing as well as the specific structures of the songs themselves have been ingrained in the animals' genetic code by evolution. You can watch the full story from TED-Ed below, then head over here for a sample of the diverse songs produced by birds.

[h/t TED-Ed]

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