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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/22/2011

Schweddy Balls: The cold, hard (nutrition) facts

You may have read that premium ice-cream purveyor Ben & Jerry’s has introduced a new flavor, Schweddy Balls, named for what may be the funniest skit in Saturday Night Live history (watch the video via Hulu here). Schweddy Balls is made with vanilla ice cream, with a bit of rum flavoring and fudge-covered rum and malt balls mixed in.


Since its introduction in early September, Schweddy Balls has attracted plenty of media attention. Now the ice cream’s attracted the attention of a group called One Million Moms, an offshoot of the American Family Association, which finds the dessert’s name offensive and calls for its production to cease.

Whether you agree with that humorless approach or not, there’s more you should know about Schweddy Balls before you buy it:

One pint of Schweddy Balls contains four 1/2-cup servings.

Each serving has 270 calories (140 of them from fat). So if you, like most of us, tend to sit down with a pint and a spoon and eat it while watching “Dancing With the Stars,” you’ll down 1,080 calories.

Each serving also contains 15 grams of fat, 10 of them saturated. That’s 50 percent of the sat fat you’re allowed on a 2,000-calorie daily diet.

As I write in this week’s “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy” column, sometimes it’s appropriate to indulge in a treat. So if you can’t resist Schweddy Balls, then I say go for it. Just choose more healthful foods for the rest of the week, and maybe walk or run a few extra miles.

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