I've always liked drinking Black and Tans - and apparently Ben and Jerry's
does too. They created a
new ice cream flavor with "blended real cream stout" ice cream - and a
swirl of chocolate. And
they named the flavor "Black and Tan."
This got them in trouble.
Tonight Reuters ran a story from Dublin reminding us that
the "Black and Tan" was a notorious British paramilitary unit from the
1920s, adding that the name "still arouses strong feelings in Ireland."
the group's violent history and
the origins of their name.
"Any reference on our part to the British Army unit was absolutely
unintentional and no ill-will was ever intended," said a Ben & Jerry's
"Ben & Jerry's was built on the philosophies of peace and love," he added.
One of its
ingredients is "carrageenan." What's that? According to this web page, it's "a
colloidal extract from carrageen seaweed and other red