Ben & Jerry’s Unveils New Flavors Inspired by Saturday Night Live

06/19/2014 at 12:56 PM ET

Ben & Jerry's SNL ice cream
Courtesy Ben & Jerry’s

Good news for ice cream lovers and Saturday Night Live fans (so, everyone?): Ben & Jerry’s is celebrating the sketch show’s upcoming 40th season with something sweet!

The ice cream giant has unveiled two flavors based on recent SNL sketches — and if you’ve been watching lately, these names will give away which ones. Introducing:

• Gilly’s Catastrophic Crunch, a combo of chocolate and sweet cream ice creams mixed with caramel clusters, chocolate-covered almonds and a marshmallow swirl

Lazy Sunday, a cake batter ice cream with chocolate and yellow cupcake pieces and a chocolate frosting swirl

Starting Thursday, both flavors are available at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops only. Read: Don’t go rummaging around the freezer case at the grocery store.

Lazy Sunday is inspired by — you guessed it — the digital short ‘Lazy Sunday’ starring Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell. On their way to see The Chronicles of Narnia, Samberg and Parnell “hit up Magnolia and mack on some cupcakes,” which inspired the ice cream’s cake-batter base and cupcake mix-ins. We tried it, and just like Mr. Pibb and Red Vines, it’s “crazy delicious.”


Gilly’s Catastrophic Crunch, pictured at top, is based on Kristen Wiig’s mischievous elementary school student character who is always pulling pranks and getting her classmates to take the fall. Caramel and chocolate totally equals mischief, guys; don’t question it.

Gilly’s was the resounding favorite in our offices, but we’d also love to try a flavor based on the Target lady — our all time favorite Kristen Wiig character.

These two scoops aren’t the first SNL-themed flavors, however. In 2011, Ben & Jerry’s released Schweddy Balls, based on the show’s NPR spoof starring Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin. And there will be two more flavors coming this fall, when SNL‘s 40th season debuts. What sketches or characters would you love to see turned into ice cream flavors?

—Kristin Appenbrink

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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bitsy on

those sound DELICIOUS. especially the Lazy Sunday!!! can’t wait to try them.

Jester on

Bass-o-matic would be hilarious!!! Extra fish heads, please…

Mark Robinson on

Matt Foley’s Down By the River – could be rivers of fudge

Anonymous on

WHAT! NO Schweddy Balls??? The 80s & 90s casts were the best!

lee on

WHAT!!! NO Schweddy Balls???? The 80s & 90s casts were the best.

Angela on

Wayne’s World – a jelly donut ice cream

AG on

Sorry Lee, the cast in the 70’s was the best.

MSS on

I also think the original cast was the best.
My flavor would be Roseanna Danna Banana

MSS on

The original cast was the best.
My Ice Cream flavor would be Roseanna Danna Banana

Gretchen on

No question, there has never been anything funnier than the Samurai with John Belushi, and the “Cheeseburger, cheeseburger!” diner skit. Gotta be something they could do with Samurai, for sure! Gilly’s sounds great….we are in Ben and Jerry’s country; gotta look for it!

Gretchen on

Freak! Can’t believe I didn’t read all the comments first…YES! to the Roseanna Danna Banana, with real bananas! Gilda, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Ackroyd…they were the best! They had great guests, they were sooooo funny, and it was an amazing show.

Tracie on

How about Mango…I love when Chis Kattan did that skit! That would make a great ice cream flavor or The Continental with Christopher Walken!

NeeNee on

There actually was a Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls a couple of years ago. It wasn’t out long because uptight people couldn’t handle the name. I remember it was rum flavored or had a hint of rum flavor with of course malted milk balls.

Anonymous on

Can’t wait for the 40th seasson!

Chrissy on

What’s even better, since Vermont has passed the GMO labelling law Ben & Jerry’s are working to remove all GMO ingredients from their products!

karen on

With all the classic sketches from the beginning years of SNL and they created flavors based on recent skits…….WHY??? Gilda, John Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Jane Curtin…..need I say more? SMH!!! What a shame-this would have been a great vehicle to honor those who paved the road for today’s comics.

Sam on

More cow bell!!

Carol B on

How about New Shimmer– it’s a dessert topping. And a floor wax. Original cast rocks.

juli333 on

A *new* flavor?!!! I’ll *never* be able to go vegan at this point ! Damn you Ben & Jerry ! You guys a worse than crack dealers!
And just when I was getting over my addiction to “American Dreamcone”, too : (

*sigh* Well, off to the grocery store…


They canned “d*ck in a box” because nobody would taste it.

Pat on

Ice cream flavors based on SNL, and there’s no mention of the CONEheads?!?

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