The Surprising Origin Story Of Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby

If you've spent any amount of time in the ice cream aisle at the grocery store, you're probably aware of just how many flavors Ben & Jerry's offers. The company produces the classics, like vanilla and chocolate, but it also likes to show a creative side with flavors like Phish Food and The Americone Dream.

With such strange and sometimes punny flavor names, you might wonder if there's a story behind your favorite pint of ice cream. How on earth did the late Schweddy Balls ice cream get its name? Unfortunately, most of the flavors don't have much reasoning behind them — it's often as simple as Chocolate Fudge Brownie tasting like Chocolate Fudge Brownie.

That being said, there is a story behind one of Ben & Jerry's most popular flavors, Chubby Hubby. The name says little (actually, nothing) about its taste, so what's the deal? What inspired this delectable '90s treat?

The story behind the name

It might surprise you to learn that Chubby Hubby's origin story begins with an office prank. One worker loved Ben & Jerry's, inspiring his co-workers to make up a flavor on the spot: Chubby Hubby. He searched all the stores around town for the flavor, and can we blame him? Pretzels, fudge, and peanut butter, what's not to love?

Of course, the flavor didn't exist, but his co-workers made their own pint to apologize. He loved their creation, and so did Ben & Jerry's when the company heard about it. Most importantly, the world loved it, allowing Chubby Hubby to stay in production for nearly three decades now as one of Ben & Jerry's oldest originals.

As with all its other ice creams, Ben & Jerry's made sure to give Chubby Hubby the perfect texture: smooth, luscious vanilla ice cream, crunchy bits of pretzel, creamy peanut butter, and fudge. Are you drooling yet? Perhaps you should go to your nearest grocery store and pick up a pint of Chubby Hubby.