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About (Late) Last Night: Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert declare war over ice cream [Video]

March 4, 2011 |  8:44 am

The latest front in the never-ending Late Night Wars has ignited.

It all began on Wednesday night when, in honor of his show's second anniversary episode, Jimmy Fallon unveiled "Jimmy Fallon's Late Night Snack," a new ice cream flavor by Ben & Jerry's. The flavor -- described as "vanilla bean ice cream with salty caramel swirl and fudge-covered potato chip clusters" -- sounds likely to be a hit with pregnant women everywhere.

Stephen Colbert, whose own Ben & Jerry's flavor "Americone Dream" is a personal favorite of this particular blogger, was not about to take the announcement lying down.  On Thursday night's "Colbert Report," Colbert launched into an impassioned defense of (the) Americone Dream.

The host began by pointing out that his was one of only three flavors -- along with Cherry Garcia and Chocalate Chip Cookie Dough -- current available in quarts, pints, mini-cups and scoop shops. Quite an impressive feat for a dessert inspired by a satirical news show.

 "When you're on top like I am, you're a target," Colbert proclaimed, threatening to turn a pint of Late Night Snack into "late night slop" with a hairdryer.

Just then, Fallon arrived to defend his ice cream from Colbert's vicious assault. "Let the pint go, Stefan," he demanded.

The insults began to fly:

"Your ice cream is actually pretty good ... for 12:30," Colbert said. "It's just not ready for the 11:30 time slot yet."

"And your ice cream's OK too, as a palate-cleanser for Tosh.O," Fallon responded.

"Yeah, well, your ice cream is like a Jimmy Fallon 'SNL' skit. Halfway through you break down laughing and you can't finish it," said Colbert, at which point, Fallon began to crack up. Touché.

The ice cream battle raged on from there, with both hosts enlisting support from their late-night allies. To find out who was victorious, watch above.

The question remains: whose ice cream will you be buying?

--Meredith Blake