Ben and Jerry’s Black and Tan ice cream

Via crooked Timber:

Black and Tan Ice cream

Yeah, not sure it’ll sell well in the Republic with that name. By Republic I mean the Cork one. Home of the other Ben and Jerry.

Mea culpa, Kieran over on Ice Cream Ireland blogged this yesterday. I was wondering what he’d think of this. Now I know.

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10 Responses to “Ben and Jerry’s Black and Tan ice cream”

  1. Liv says:

    You would thinkk they’d name icecream like that deliberately.

  2. Kieran says:

    I still don’t know what cream stout is… Do they sell it in the People’s Republic?

  3. Aaron Long says:

    That is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time ! My God! Do these people have a research department !

  4. EWI says:

    Maybe they can do a cross-promotion with Jaffa Cakes[1], and get Big Ian to front the TV campaign.

    [1] I was startled to find out ten years who this was slang for, when (being a smart-ass) I asked a friend who was bringing us in for tea (and happened to be Methodist) if he had any in the house.

  5. squid says:

    Why wasn’t the Ice Cream blog nominated for an award?

    Aside from that where else has the term “Black and Tan” been used. The only occourance of it that I know of is in relation to the unsavoury group who marauded the country in the run up to the treaty.

  6. Fergal says:

    Black and Tan is also a name for a drink, half stout and half ale, as far as I recall. It predates the War of Independance. But of course we Irish are the most oppressed people ever, so Ben and Jerry’s choosing that name is worse than genocide. The Bastards must be made to pay!

  7. squid says:

    yeah, after some googleing i discovered info on the black and tan drink.

  8. noreen says:

    Fergal, what makes you think that the drink predates the war of independence? It’s a lot more likely that it doesn’t and was named in an irreverent stab at history, as drinks often are – another good example would be the “car bomb”.

  9. Chris says:

    Black and Tan is a breed of dog, well several breeds actually, such as the American Black and Tan Coonhound, known since the 1700s amongst Native American trackers. Or the English Black and Tan Toy Terrier, apparently nearing extinction according to the UK Kennel Club. I wonder if the use of the term in the dog world was part of the reason that people applied it to the hated English police units in Ireland? I think the term is much older that the War of Independence.

  10. Helios Creed says:

    I don’t really care one way or the other but for some reason the reuters news article got my pantys up in a bunch. I could never be the spokesperson for a large company cause I would tell all the irish militant sensitive bleeding heart wankers to go back to there wee little island and grow some more potatoes, they will need them to throw at us cause our next flavor will be sunday bloody sunday – vanilla with strawberry and cherry syrup with a bunch of f’n nuts mixed in! Soon we will have “black face crunch”, our new line of vanilla cones will be called “whitey on a stick” or simply “cracker crunch” So next time I go to the bar and I want a dark & tan I will make sure I whisper my order under my breath and make sure afterwards that I make no mention of the queen of england, margaret thatcher or the boston tea party! I know how sensitive the blimey brits are about the boston tea party. Bunch of Irish wankers with nothing better to do then bitch at Ben & Jerry about an ice cream flavor…- I’m looking forward to the third world war if only it could be about something as funny as ice cream or potatoes, but no it will be about oil! Thank’s Bush – Our new flavor from Ben & Jerrys “Iranian Black Gold Crunch”