Bernie Sanders is living the sweet life — thanks to Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen.
Cohen was inspired by the Vermont senator and presidential hopeful to create his own brand of ice cream, separate from Ben & Jerry’s, to celebrate and support Sanders.
The flavor, which he named “Bernie’s Yearning,” features a solid chocolate top that blankets mint ice cream and packs more symbolism than your average ice cream container. The hard chocolate shell, says Cohen, 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.”
And the proper way of consuming the frozen treat? By softening it a bit, breaking the shell and mixing it with the mint ice cream. (How’s that for symbolism?)
While Cohen stresses that the politically-inspired treat stands alone from his famous ice cream company, there are inevitable similarities in the “Bernie’s Yearning” packaging, which feature a “Ben’s Best” logo instead of the classic “Ben & Jerry’s” stamp we have grown so accustomed to seeing through the years, as well as a “Vermont’s Finest Senator” header.
Unfortunately for Sanders supporters and ice cream aficionados alike, the flavor won’t be hitting grocery store shelves. Cohen made 40 pints of the limited-edition ice cream in his kitchen and is set to donate 25 of them to the Sanders campaign, with the rest being awarded to randomly selected supporters who sign up on the presidential hopeful’s site.
If free ice cream doesn’t motivate you to get politically involved this year, we don’t know what will.