The new pint is a vanilla ice cream with bits of chocolate and waffle cone pieces

By Georgia Slater
January 06, 2021 01:30 PM
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Credit: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Inset: Rick Loomis/Getty

UPDATE: Jeni's is delaying the launch of White House Chocolate Chip due to the chaos on Capitol Hill, according to a representative for the brand. This story has been changed to reflect that. 

Here comes the commander-in-chip!

To celebrate Joe Biden's upcoming inauguration, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams founder, Jeni Britton Bauer, decided to reinvent the President-elect's favorite flavor for a new pint available for purchase.

Biden, 78, a self-proclaimed "ice-cream guy," is often seen with the frozen treat and first fell in love with Jeni's and their chocolate chip flavor in 2012. More recently, he called a pint of Jeni's his "performance enhancer" before going into a debate.

As a tribute to Biden's go-to order of a double scoop of chocolate chip in a waffle cone, Jeni's has created "White House Chocolate Chip," which includes crunch chocolate flakes and chocolate-covered waffle cone pieces in a vanilla ice cream, according to a press release.

The new flavor will be available online and in scoop shops, though a date has not been specified. The pint comes in a patriotic blue and red container with a picture of the White House and an American flag.

Credit: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Credit: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

According to the release, the recreation is not a political move  — "it’s about the power that ice cream has in bringing us all together, which has been Jeni’s mission since founding her company in 2002."

This isn't the first time Biden has inspired an ice cream flavor. Back in 2017, the former vice president received a Biden-themed ice cream from Cornell Dairy ahead of speaking at Cornell University’s convocation ceremony that spring.

According to the Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell Dairy quality manager and academic programs coordinator, Deanna Simons, contacted Biden’s undergraduate alma mater, the University of Delaware, to do some research and discovered that according to the UDairy Creamery, there had never been an ice cream named after Biden.

Simons also found out that Biden’s favorite flavor is old-fashioned chocolate chip, which is what inspired the Cornell Dairy’s flavor, "Big Red, White & Biden," a vanilla-based ice cream filled with chocolate chips.