NEW YORK —
If U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders were an ice cream flavor, what flavor would he be?
Mint chocolate chip, apparently.
Thursday night in New York City's Union Square, crowds gathered to sample Bernie's Yearning, the latest flavor from Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield presented the mint chocolate chip confection, which honors Sanders, a fellow Vermonter and presidential contender.
"It is truly what Bernie has been yearning for for 35 years … economic justice," Cohen said. "The productivity of the U.S. population is going way up, but nobody's paychecks are going way up except the 1 percent, and so Bernie has been trying to fight that.”
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The pint label for Bernie's Yearning describes the ice cream as a tribute to "the only presidential candidate who has offered solutions that will actually fix the problems."
A creamy analogy
As volunteers scooped ice cream into cups and topped them with a big chocolate disk, Cohen explained the symbolism behind the presentation.
"It's essentially mint chocolate chip ice cream, except somehow or other, all the chips have risen to the top and congealed in one huge chocolate disk,” he said. “And that's what's gone on in our country."
Having the chocolate as a metaphor for the concentration of wealth in the U.S., Cohen went on to explain the proper way to eat Bernie's Yearning.
"You take your soup spoon and you whack the chocolate disk into a bunch of chips and then you move it around, mix it around to put that money back where it's supposed to be."
Bernie likes it
Last month, Sanders himself tasted Bernie's Yearning on an episode of ABC's The View.
The senator concluded that it was "excellent."
"His wife said he really meant it; he does really like it," added Cohen, chuckling.
Unfortunately for ice cream lovers hoping to taste the Bern, the pints are a limited-edition batch and will not be mass-produced.
Most were raffled off in a promotional contest sponsored by Ben & Jerry's. When asked if there will be Donald Trump- or Hillary Clinton-inspired ice creams Cohen replied, "I made Bernie's Yearning because I am truly inspired by Bernie. I am not inspired by any of those other people, and I would not waste my ice cream creative efforts on them."