Not to be outdone by Stephen Colbert, Willie Nelson now has his own flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, called Country Peach Cobbler. It sounds quite delicious and unlike any other Ben & Jerry's flavor I've tried: peach-flavored ice cream laced with cinnamon-sugar shortbread pieces. Plus, the packaging has Willie's face on it, which could provide hours of laughs. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Farm Aid.
You may have heard about the voluntary recall of 250,000 pints of Country Peach Cobbler, but no need to worry unless you are allergic to wheat. The ice cream is fine, but the packaging lacks an allergy warning. For details on how Ben & Jerry came up with the flavor,
In an interview with Ben & Jerry's spokesperson Sean Greenwood, Rolling Stone Rock & Roll Daily learned that the ice cream makers are far more likely to name a flavor after a musician with do-gooder tendencies. Though the article doesn't really explain whether Nelson approached Ben & Jerry's or vice versa, it does shed some light on the flavor selection:
Willie’s flavor took after the Southern style peach dessert because, according to Greenwood, “Willie is a downhome Texan Americana guy.” When they floated the peach idea by Mr. Nelson, his response was appropriately laid-back: “Groovy!” he reportedly drawled.
I'm going to see Willie Nelson during his five-night stint at the Fillmore in April, and you can bet I'll be picking up a pint or two of this stuff.