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Malt Whitman

August 2, 2009

You don’t have to twist our arms to get us to say it: all ice-cream flavors should be literary themed!

“People for a Library-Themed Ben & Jerry’s flavor,” a facebook group, definitely has more members (5,361!) than your reading series fan page.  We’d be happy to get behind their push for a flavor like Sh-sh-sherbert or Gooey Decimal System, but these author themed suggestions from BookNinja are the kind of caloric intake we’re after:

  • Joyce Carol Floats
  • Peanut Blyton
  • Cherry Higgins Clarke
  • Almond Rushdie Slushie
  • Edgar Ice Mallows
  • Agatha Chipsy
  • Roald Dahlop
  • Swirls Dickens (Please, Sir, Can I Have Some More?)
  • Martin Anise
  • Fill-up Roth Froth
  • Three-dough Tolstoy
  • Vanillan Thomas
  • Chewy L’Amour
  • John “Heavenly” Hashberry

Arnold Carbone, Ben & Jerry’s flavour guru, says:

“From Cherry Garcia to Bohemian Raspberry, some of our best-loved flavours have been fan suggestions. We’ve honoured rock’n’roll icons, so why not librarians?”

He suggested a Malt Whitman: “a malt ice-cream, with chocolate alphabet letters and two decadent rivulets – one caramel and one fudge – as an ode to writer Walt Whitman”. If Ben & Jerry’s went ahead with the flavour, it would be the latest in a stream of recent endorsements for America’s first “poet of democracy”. Whitman is currently starring in a Levi’s commercial, has been selected for Jonathan Ross’s new Twitter book club, and is the author of JK Rowling’s favourite poem, Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances.

here are some other good ones we found floating around the internets:

  • The Judy Blume coming-of-age homage Are You There God? It’s Me, Marshmallow, from the comments on Jezebel.
  • Two from the New Yorker’s Book Bench: Writer’s Block (coffee with fudge chunks and nicotine stains) and Chick Lit (fat-free peach-mango swirl with pieces of Chicklets chewing gum).
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One Comment leave one →
  1. August 5, 2009 12:29 am

    Stephane Mallomar (subject to licensing)
    Cherry Garcia-Marquez (B&J’s classic flavor, now with a Colombian coffee base)
    Maya Angelfood (may be too cloying for some)
    Rumi Raisin
    Flan O’Brien
    Filbert Larkin (might leave a sour aftertaste, but sweeter than you’d expect)

    I don’t have a clever name for it, but I’d enjoy a flavor based on Emily Dickinson’s black cake.

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