Ben & Jerry's has released a hilarious—yet practical—invention to protect your ice cream from thieves. The Euphori-Lock, which ice cream lovers can attach to the tops of their favorite pints, comes complete with a secret combination lock to prevent "break-ins."
The device was actually developed in 2002 to "promote family harmony—and salvage your piece of mind!" but the company never officially released or produced the locks.
"This delightfully tongue-in-cheek concept actually came from one of our customers, who suggested we start selling our ice cream in stainless steel containers with little padlocks on them," Ben & Jerry's said in a statement.
Some freezer raiding roommates and coworkers find it nearly impossible to avoid popping open the Half Baked, Phish Food or Chocolate Fudge Brownie pints staring them in the face, but the Euphori-lock prevents ice cream from being eaten by others.
"Worried the dessert desperados have their eyes on your favorite ice cream flavor? Hate to leave home for fear of cold-hearted pint-nappers? Tired of vain attempts to conceal your favorite passion behind the frozen peas? Ben & Jerry’s wants YOU to breathe easier!" the original statement released in 2002 by Ben & Jerry's read.
The lock is a two-part plastic security ring that slips around the pint's upper lid. Users simply set a code and key it in each time they want to dig into their pints. The gadget even includes the cute saying that reads, "I'm terribly sorry, but there is no ‘u’ in ‘my pint.’”
The locks, which are selling for $6.64, are available to ice cream lovers at Ben & Jerry's online store.
J-Connection: Ben (Cohen) and Jerry (Greenfield) are both Jewish.
Danielle Chazen is a regular contributor to Jspace's technology division. Danielle is a freelance reporter and technology event coordinator with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.