How To Get The Bernie Sanders Ice Cream, Which Is Basically A Pint Full Of Political Revolution
Ben Cohen, co-founder of the Vermont-based Ben & Jerry's ice cream company, was so inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential run that he came up with an ice cream flavor for Sanders called "Bernie's Yearning." Fans of Ben & Jerry's and the Vermont senator alike are eager to know what's in the pint and how to get the Bernie Sanders ice cream. Unfortunately, it won't be as easy as taking a trip to the grocery store.
"Bernie's Yearning" is a delicious-sounding mix of mint chocolate ice cream and political symbolism. The pint consists of mint ice cream topped off by a chocolate disc. Cohen explains on the package that "[t]he chocolate disc represents the huge majority of economic gains that have gone to the top 1 percent since the end of the recession. Beneath it, the rest of us." The pint comes with eating instructions as well. First, you "whack" the chocolate disc with the back of your spoon, then you mix up the broken pieces (remember, they are "economic gains") into the ice cream ("the rest of us"). The redistribution of wealth just got a whole lot more fun.
Cohen further describes the ice cream as:
A participatory flavor including a graphic description of what's wrong with our country (in 3D frozen confectionary form) and a tribute to the only presidential candidate who has offered solutions that will actually fix the problems.
The bad news for those itching to dig into a pint of political revolution is that "Bernie's Yearning" will not be widely available, since it is not an official Ben & Jerry's flavor. In fact, only 40 pints have been made, which Cohen concocted in his own home. However, there is a chance that you could win a limited-edition pint of the flavor. Those with a mutual love of minty, chocolaty ice cream and Bernie Sanders' economic justice platform can sign up to win one of the 25 precious pints Cohen donated to the Sanders campaign. Hurry up! Your entry must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 3.
Both Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cohen's partner-in-cream, have been constituents of Sanders' for over 30 years, from his time as mayor of Burlington through his positions in the U.S. House and Senate representing Vermont. "Bernie's Yearning" is Cohen's brain child; Greenfield had nothing to do with it.
Cohen's love for the Vermont senator is perhaps no surprise, given Ben & Jerry's mission of social responsibility. They support local family farms, use fair trade ingredients from abroad, and employ environmentally friendly practices. Sanders' commitment to corporate responsibility and climate justice align nicely with the ice cream company's values.
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