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Ben and Jerry’s Apologizes for Jeremy Lin-Inspired Ice Cream

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Who doesn’t love ice cream? Everyone loves ice cream, and some love it even more when it’s named after one of their favorite celebrities. But a certain kind of ice cream is leaving a bad taste in some people’s mouth.

Novelty ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s has issued an apology for its “Taste the Lin-Sanity” ice cream, named after New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. The ice cream originally included bits of fortune cookies mixed with a lychee honey swirl. However, the company decided to replace the fortune cookies with waffle cone bits instead, due to worries the the fortune cookies might be offensive.

OK, really? There was no need to apologize for this. Ben and Jerry’s wasn’t trying to offend anyone, they were just having a little fun with the flavor which is perfectly normal given the silliness of their other flavors.  I don’t find thefortune cookies offensive at all, though admittedly, the waffle cones might have a bit more flavor than the cookies.

By the way, Lin’s not the first sports celebrity to have a dessert named after him. Olympic snowboarder Hannah Teter also had a Ben and Jerry’s flavor named after her: the “Maple Blondie,” a maple-flavored ice cream with blonde brownie bits. Other sports celebs with ice cream namesakes include Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

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