Jimmy Fallon and Ben & Jerry’s announce new ice cream flavor – Late Night Snack

first_imgBen & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group and ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ are teaming with iconic ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s to introduce the new flavor entitled ‘Late Night Snack.’ The unique new flavor features a rich vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and crunchy fudge covered potato chip clusters ‘ the perfect mix of salt and sweet for a late night snack. The concoction was inspired by a ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ skit in which Fallon and house band The Roots performed an original song, ‘Ladysmith Snack Mambazo,’ about Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Late Night Snack begins arriving in supermarkets and Ben & Jerry’s locations around the country this week.‘When we learned that Jimmy Fallon was a fan of Ben & Jerry’s, and he was willing to support the Fair Trade effort, we jumped at the chance to develop a new flavor inspired by his skit,’ said Ben & Jerry’s Co-founder Jerry Greenfield. ‘Our team came up with a truly unique flavor that is one-of-a-kind, just like Fallon!’The research and development team at Ben & Jerry’s had long considered a flavor with potato chips in some fashion. After initial talks with Fallon, who suggested fudge covered potato chips as a chunk in his flavor, the Flavor Gurus at Ben & Jerry’s knew they had to make the combination work.‘Having our own flavor of Ben and Jerry’s gives everyone here at ‘Late Night’ an excuse to do what we were doing anyway, staying up late and eating pint after pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Only now we can call it ‘research,’‘ said Fallon. ‘And we came up with the perfect combo of salty and sweet. I can’t wait for people to try it!’‘It’s been really fun working with Ben & Jerry’s on Jimmy’s concept for Late Night Snack,’ said Kim Niemi, Senior Vice President, NBC Universal Television Consumer Products. ‘With this partnership, ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ has a great opportunity to create something delicious and do something good – by joining in the efforts to encourage Fair Trade food practices.’In February 2010 Ben & Jerry’s pledged to convert its product line to Fair Trade certified by 2013. Fair Trade supports fair wages, a safe work environment, sustainability for the land, animal husbandry and community development for farming communities. Accordingly, Late Night Snack is made with Fair Trade vanilla in the vanilla ice cream and Fair Trade cocoa in the potato chip cluster fudge coating. NBC and Fallon have pledged their share of the proceeds to Fair Trade Universities to encourage the use of Fair Trade products on campuses around the country.For more information on Ben & Jerry’s or to find your local Scoop Shop, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).About ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’In March 2009, ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ made its broadcast debut with Fallon as the third host of the NBC comedy-talk franchise. The show serves as a platform for comedy, music and A-list talent out of NBC’s Rockefeller Center Studio 6B. The show continually garners attention for viral videos, audience games, and prominent guests. Fallon’s choice of house-band, The Roots, has been universally praised.”Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is produced by Universal Media Studios and Broadway Video. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer. Michael Shoemaker produces. Gavin Purcell co-produces.For more Late Night, please visit http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/(link is external).About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2010 totaled over $1.8 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows.  NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

Year in Sports : Not again: Iroquois Nationals reflect on turmoil, prepare for new opportunity

first_imgIf all goes according to plan, the Iroquois Nationals will be playing in the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in the Czech Republic on May 21.They have already announced their 31-man roster for the games. They have been slotted in Pool B with the United States, the Czech Republic and Ireland. Their first game is set for that first day against the Irish.But Cody Jamieson won’t believe any of it until he steps off the plane in Prague for the tournament.‘Anything can happen,’ said the former Syracuse standout and current attack for the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League. ‘And I wouldn’t be surprised if the day before we’re supposed to leave, something came up and we started going through this all again.’‘Again’ refers to just one summer ago, when a passport controversy kept the Iroquois from traveling to England for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championship. That tournament was completed without the Nationals’ participation, even though its members are the inventors of the sport.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Czech Republic has already announced that they will accept the Iroquois’ Haudenosaunee passports as long as team members fill out requested documents and use the visa for their entry only, according to the Iroquois Nationals’ website. But the U.S. and Canadian immigration offices still need to approve of this process to ensure the team can return home from the games.‘I hope it doesn’t happen,’ Jamieson said. ‘But you never know.’Stuck in limboThe whole issue started with a lack of communication.Ron Balls, the men’s competition committee chair for the Federation of International Lacrosse, said in an email to The Daily Orange that the Iroquois Nationals first tried to contact the British Consulate just 12 days prior to traveling to the tournament a year ago.‘For an event of this nature and for a traveling party of this size,’ Balls added, ‘this is far too late to initiate visa approval.’The British Consulate soon recognized issues with the Iroquois’ visas. The United Kingdom would not allow the team to travel to England for the tournament if the United States and Canada would not let them back into their home countries.The consulate realized these problems one week before the tournament was to begin on July 15, a Thursday. The Iroquois team flew to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on the Sunday before the first game to try to work things out with the British Consulate.The players arrived in New York City expecting a couple days of practice before they left for England. Instead, what ensued was a lot of waiting.‘It was a whole lot of nothing,’ Jamieson said. ‘We sat on the bus and sat at the airport every day for a couple hours. We sat in hotel rooms. There wasn’t really much to do.’After three more days in New York City, the Nationals did catch a break. The U.S. Department of State granted one-time waivers, allowing the team’s American members to return to the United States after the tournament.But as the Iroquois were compiled of members from the Six Nations, some of which are located in Canada, only some of its players would have been allowed to go.Germany replaced the Nationals in the Blue Division — the tournament’s top grouping — and played in their place the next day to open the tournament. The Iroquois still had the opportunity to play in one of the lower divisions, the Plum Division, but that chance soon slipped away, too.‘That’s when it kind of set in with a lot of guys,’ Jamieson said. ‘We could go and prove a point, or we could just back off. We were still going to go if that was the case. And finally, the next day, it just got to the point where we missed out on the Plum Division and there was no chance of playing.’Something lostThe FIL had to make a lot of logistical changes to the World Lacrosse Championship last year with the late cancellation of the Iroquois Nationals’ plans.Schedules had to be changed. Team arrangements had to be altered. But Balls, the men’s competition committee chair, noted another aspect missing along with the Iroquois.‘The Iroquois Nationals, as founders of the game and with the history, always attract the most media attention and generate ticket sales,’ Balls said. ‘This was lost.’None of the other national teams have a link to ‘The Story of Lacrosse’ on their website. The Iroquois do, showing how the game came into existence and thanking the creator for allowing them to enjoy the sport.For them, lacrosse is played to heal the sick. It is also played to bring together a community.And for Jeremy Thompson, an SU midfielder and member of the Iroquois team from last year, that is exactly what lacrosse does on the world level.‘That’s the same idea when we go outside and go to a tournament or something like that,’ he said. ‘The world games, it’s the idea of bringing together and sharing, exchanging gifts, meeting new people.’Thompson started playing with the Nationals in 2003 as a member of their Under-19 team. He remembers a trip to Maryland where kids swarmed him with questions about the ponytail that grows from his otherwise nearly shaved head, his stick skills and the background of the sport.Jamieson played in the 2006 World Lacrosse Championship with the Iroquois team. He echoed Thompson’s statements, adding that as important as lacrosse is to the Nationals, their presence at the game means just as much to the other teams.‘We enjoy going to the Worlds and showing the world what the creator gave us that we shared with them,’ Jamieson said. ‘We are the originators of the game, so it’s important to go and share our knowledge.‘I think (the Worlds) are really important to the Iroquois Nationals, but I think it’s equally as important to other places who are excited we’re going to be there.’Prague and beyondThere has been a lot of change concerning lacrosse and the Iroquois Nationals since last summer.The FIL implemented a series of fines for teams that don’t show up for events or pull out on short notice. If a team withdraws 60 to 31 days before, the fine is $5,000. Thirty days before and the fine increases to $10,000. A team that doesn’t arrive has to pay $20,000.The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship starts in 18 days. The Czechs announced they will accept the Haudenosaunee passports a month ago, pending the completion of paperwork and the United States and Canada approving the process.Last year, Jamieson was one of the players that stayed positive, telling his teammates they would be on the plane to England the next day each time they left the airport. This year, he is a little more hesitant.‘I know that now that it happened, our organizers are definitely working a lot more toward making sure it doesn’t happen again,’ he said. ‘But at the same time, in the back of your head, it is kind of stuck there now.’For Thompson, those memories from last summer are stored away. He said he can only look forward now, as there is nothing that can be done about last year’s issues.He recognizes the Czech’s decision as the possible first step toward actually reaching the world championships. It’s a first step that allowed one word to keep echoing from Thompson’s mouth: hope.‘Hopefully, this is a step in the door,’ he said. ‘Hopefully, it just keeps building from there. Hopefully, they recognize us as who we are. We can only go from there and hope for the best.’zjbrown@syr.edu Comments Published on May 2, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more