Ben & Jerry celebrate The Simpsons

a couple of weeks ago, and I mentioned the Springfield Contest wherein each of 14 Springfields across the country competed for the coveted privilege of hosting the The Simpsons Movie premiere this past Saturday?

Well, I knew that Springfield, Vermont won the contest. I don’t live in (or near) Vermont, so I kind of nodded and went on my merry way. But then over the weekend I found myself very much wishing that I did live in or near Vermont, because I found something that made me very sad indeed that I hadn’t been able to attend the big weekend gala.

What did I find? Why, that Ben & Jerry’s did the celebrating up right:

You can imagine Homer Simpson falling asleep at night and dreaming of ice cream with two of his favorite flavors — beer and doughnuts.

Vermont’s famous ice-cream maker, Ben & Jerry’s, [brought] that new concoction to Vermont’s newly famous town, Springfield, for the premiere of “The Simpsons” movie [last] weekend. The town won a recent contest among communities sharing a name with the fictitious home base of “The Simpsons[.]”

Ben & Jerry’s Homer homage is called “Duff & D’oh-Nuts,” and according to a news release from the ice-cream maker is an “extremely limited, one-time and one-day-only flavor” that’s “a combination of chocolate and cream stout ice creams with glazed chocolate donuts.” Duff is the brand of beer featured in “The Simpsons” television series, and doughnuts are Homer’s culinary raison d’etre.

Beer and donut ice cream. I mean, sure, I definitely would prefer a pint of Chubby Hubby, myself, but still, it’s brilliant. I wonder what the container looked like. I wonder if anyone ate it, or if it was more like the Gilroy Garlic Festival where everyone gets a little taste of the garlic ice cream because, well, it’s the Garlic Festival and that’s what you do even though it’s disgusting. (But you know, Ben & Jerry make a “Black and Tan” ice cream, so clearly someone enjoys beer-favored frozen dairy confections.)

For those not adventuresome enough to try the Beer & D’oh-Nuts, there was another alternative:

In another nod to Homer, Ben & Jerry’s will for one day rename its Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor “Chocolate Chip Cookie D’oh!” in reference to Homer’s famous exclamation.

That’s cute, too. It’s not beer ice cream with chocolate donuts, though.

Seriously, if anyone out there was in Springfield, VT this weekend and tasted that? I want to hear from you. I need to know if it’s as horrible as it sounds, even though the very idea makes me giggle.

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3 thoughts on “Ben & Jerry celebrate The Simpsons

  1. I was there. The Ben & Jerry’s Duff & D’oh-Nuts ice cream was very good. I liked the stout ice cream better than the chocolate donut. I’m not much of a chocolate fan. Unfortunately they didn’t have containers you could buy and take home. They were selling small cups for a donation to the Springfield Humane Society.

  2. I am one of 200 volunteers who appeared in the winning Springfield Vermont Simpsons contest video. I met up with one our leading ladies at the ice cream window. We both liked the D&D flavor well enough but not as much as we like the best of their regular flavors.

    One thing we did hate is how our Chamber of Commerce turned against us. After our group helped them so much to win the video contest, they chose to exclude us from the invitation list giving our seats instead to the elite members of the community. And not even a word of thanks or mention of us in the public ceremony outside the theater!

    It seems we were more appreciated on the internet so I created a website of our own. Experience the sights and sounds of a big movie premiere in a small town by visiting:

  3. I wish I had the talent to produce a good poster for the simpsons 20th anniversary contest. I love the simpsons. But at least there are others (as I see here) that share an interest still.