Ben & Jerry’s Will Save Literature and Libraries
One of the best linguistic outcomes of Barack Obama’s run for president (remember those days?) was the Ben & Jerry’s flavor Yes Pecan! The name was witty and energetic, and the proceeds from scoop sales went to the non-partisan, non-profit Common Cause Education Fund.
Now that the din and excitement of the election has long passed us by, what are we to do for new Ben & Jerry’s flavors? Well, a New Jersey librarian has taken up the cause. On her Facebook page, she began a petition for the next Ben & Jerry’s flavor to be named after something library related. The idea has since morphed into all things writing and reading related. The petition, which she started in June, has now grown to 4,800 members strong, and along with these numbers, the witty names have been rolling in. Suggestions have included Gooey Decimal System (brilliant!), Sh-sh-sh-Sherbet, and Rocky Read. News of the petition has spread to Jezebel and to The New Yorker’s Book Bench blog, both of which had their stable of devoted readers leave more suggested flavors. (Bananas Foster Wallace is my favorite from The Book Bench.) The LA Times book blog, Jacket Copy, believes the best one yet is Malt Whitman, which was imagined by one of Ben & Jerry’s own flavor creators. So, in the name of snowballing web fun-ness, here’s a few more.
Heart of Darkness: This could be chocolate piled on top of chocolate. Anything chocolate you could fit in there. In honor of Joseph Conrad.
War and Pieces: Though it may be a bit brutal sounding, I think it has potential. One could swirl together French vanilla and cherry and blueberry (the Russia Empire flag was red and blue) ice creams with some ruble chocolate pieces thrown in.
Goosebumps and Berries: A fruity concoction with gooseberries and other berry-flavored “bumps.” Homage to R.L. Stine.
And a few more: “Henry Wadsworth Marshmellow,” “Alphabetical Porter,” and “It Was the Best of Limes, It was The Worst of Thymes Sherbet.”
What other library-related, or literature-related, flavors should Ben & Jerry’s consider?