Ben & Jerry’s tweeted an apology to anyone who was offended by its new limited-edition Taste the Lin-Sanity frozen yogurt flavor.
The company tweeted, “On behalf of Ben & Jerry’s Boston Scoop Shops, we offer a heartfelt apology if anyone was offended by our handmade Linsanity flavor that we offered at our Harvard Square location. We are proud and honored to have Jeremy Lin hail from one of our fine, local universities, and we are huge sports fans. We were swept up in the nationwide Linsanity momentum. Our intention was to create a flavor to honor Jeremy Lin’s accomplishments and his meteoric rise in the NBA, and recognize that he was a local Harvard graduate. We try to demonstrate our commitment as a Boston-based, valued-led business and if we failed in this instance, we offer our sincere apologies.”
On Friday, Boston.com reported that the local Ben & Jerry’s store had replaced the fortune cookie pieces ingredient with a waffle cookie served on the side after what Ryan Midden, general manager of the local shops, called “a bit of an initial backlash.”
The fortune cookie pieces, which had been mixed into the first batches of the frozen yogurt pints, were also soggy, Midden said.
Though they are rarely, if ever, served in China, fortune cookies are a common dessert in Chinese restaurants in America and are believed to have been invented and popularized in the United States by Japanese immigrants. Lin, a Taiwanese-American, was born and raised in California.
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