Ben and Jerry's Newest Ice Cream Flavor Is. ... Schweddy Balls

September 8, 2011 Updated Sep 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM EDT

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Ben and Jerry's Newest Ice Cream Flavor Is. ... Schweddy Balls

September 8, 2011 Updated Sep 8, 2011 at 1:04 PM EDT

Ice Cream giant Ben & Jerry's unveiled its newest flavor this week -- Schweddy Balls.

Ben & Jerry's made the announcement in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

According to the news release:

The flavor is an ode to the classic “Saturday Night Live” sketch, which is viewable at www.benjerry.com, starring Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon, as hosts of the “Delicious Dish,” a National Public Radio program parody, along with Alec Baldwin as Pete Schweddy, the fictional owner of Season’s Eatings Bakery.

The legendary actor, comedian, and perennial favorite SNL host appreciates keeping the laughs going.

“For a long time, I thought that ‘Here Lies Pete Schweddy’ would end up on my tombstone,” said Baldwin. “Now, thanks to Ben & Jerry's, the goodness of the Schweddy family recipe won't go with me to the great beyond.” The flavor, available nationwide, features Fair Trade vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and is loaded with fudge covered rum balls and milk chocolate malt balls. The combination is a melding whose time has come, deadpanned Baldwin, “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.”

Gasteyer shared a cup of cheer at the announcement of Ben & Jerry’s latest flavor as well.

"The Schweddy Balls sketch was a personal favorite from my SNL run, so I am pleased as holiday punch that Ben and Jerry's has taken it upon themselves to share the Schweddy Family recipe with the world. As a person and a performer, I am a sucker for holiday balls. And I have no doubt this ice cream will cause many to scream 'Good Times,'" said Gasteyer.

While the actors poked fun at the joint effort, the ice cream makers spoke openly about their affinity of the show and of how honored they are to work together.

“We’re HUGE ‘Saturday Night Live’ fans here at Ben & Jerry’s and admire the writers, the crew and the players for their unparalleled ability to bring levity and laughter to America for decades,” said Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s. “No other show has made such an impact on our culture, poking fun at our accomplishments, our failures, and our history: the good, the bad and the ugly. Since 1975, ‘Saturday Night Live’ has allowed us to laugh at ourselves and for that we say thanks.”