This Boy Freaking Out Over Blue Bell Is Us All
This country has made itself clear: It is not OK with not having Blue Bell ice cream. The internet is aflame with Americans expressing their intense ire that Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all its ice cream products, due to listeria contamination all the way back in March. (Some good news: Blue Bell hinted this week that its products might be back shortly.) In particular, according to a recent YouTube video, one boy in a grocery store absolutely lost his mind over not having his favorite frozen treat. And that one boy is all of us.
In March, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Blue Bell Creameries would recall several of its ice cream products, and the recall was later extended to all Blue Bell products. The outbreak led to 10 hospitalizations and three deaths, according to the FDA. The recalled products had a shelf life of up to two years, and — more terrible news — listeria can grow in the freezer, so all that time your Blue Bell ice cream spent cozily tucked in the back of your freezer won't help.
In an adorable display of grief, one boy could not handle his disappointment at not finding Blue Bell in the grocery store. The video, posted on June 9, already as 14,340 views. The blond baby, clad in a Hawaiian shirt almost as cute as himself, made sure everyone knew that no other frozen dairy brand would do. He is a stickler for Blue Bell all the way. Just like us all.
He's not the only one. The entire state of Texas and seemingly all of the South is ready to charge into the Brenham, Texas, facilities and grab every pint of southern blackberry cobbler, mint chocolate chip, and banana pudding. Seriously — people have posted signs in their yards that read, "God bless Blue Bell," and others have begged the company via Twitter to bring its ice cream back to their freezers.
When will their agony end? In May, the company's president and CEO, Paul Kruse, said that there was no firm timetable for the release of new products, though they said it would be several months at minimum, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. The statement said:
We are evaluating all of our operations in light of this extended timeline, we are working closely with the appropriate federal and state regulatory agencies and our microbiology experts, and we are mapping out the many details of returning to production and distribution as soon as we can do so with confidence.
However, the company's Twitter account has hinted at post-recall actions:
Hopefully, Blue Bell will make its products safe and bring them back to stores. Otherwise, this toddler will be miserable for a long time.
Images: YouTube/Teah Bishop