We here at Cooking Panda don't mess around, and that's why we're hitting you with the hard facts.
Even though we desperately wish it weren’t true, Ben & Jerry’s has announced that in all likelihood, several of its delicious ice cream flavors are now classified as “Endangered Pints” and may soon be retired to its infamous Flavor Graveyard.
No, folks: This isn’t just a clever marketing ploy designed to make you shell out more cash into a dying business. In fact, many of the endangered pints are actually fan favorites (Cherry Garcia, anyone? How about Peanut Butter Cup? And let's not forget about Half Baked, Phish Food, or Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough).
No, the reality is much more dire than the world’s waning interest in ice cream -- that’s never going to happen. The fact of the matter is, these pints are endangered due to a little something called climate change.
"Climate change is really taking its toll on Mother Earth," reads the company's update on its website. Average global temperatures have risen sharply in the past few decades. Warming oceans are melting away the polar ice caps at unprecedented rates. And natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense."
“For many, those impacts may seem a world away from daily life, but the truth is that climate change is creeping closer and closer to home. And it’s headed straight for your freezer.”
The ice cream kings then proceed to provide an eerily long list of favorite ice cream flavors that could disappear if unpredictable weather patterns render farmland incapable of producing common ingredients like cocoa or peanuts.
The pints in danger are as follows:
Pints including cocoa
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Chocolate Peppermint Crunch
Everything But The…
Karamel Sutra Core
Milk & Cookies
New York Super Fudge Chunk
The Tonight Dough
Vanilla Caramel Fudge
Pints including nuts
Peanut Butter Fudge Core
Peanut Buttah Cookie Core
Peanut Butter Cup
Banana Peanut Butter Greek Frozen Yogurt
Pints including coffee
Coffee Caramel Fudge Non-Dairy
Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch
Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz!
If a world without these Ben & Jerry’s flavors seems bleak and unappealing (which, let’s face it, it should) then Ben & Jerry’s encourages you to sign the petition on its website to become a part of the climate action movement.