Former Vice President Joe Biden likely has never met an ice cream cone he didn’t love. Now, his devotion to frozen treats will be honored as it should - with a Joe Biden ice cream flavor.
Cornell Dairy has partnered with the Cornell Convocation Committee to name an ice cream flavor after the former vice president, who will speak at Cornell’s convocation on May 27, according to the Cornell Daily Sun.
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Biden’s love affair has been chronicled heavily via social media memes, Tumblr pages and his own declaration to the state of ice cream last year.
In light of that love affair, a Cornell senior, Molly Mandel, who interned at the Cornell Dairy Processing Plant last year, jumped at the chance to create an ice cream flavor for the former Uncle-in-Chief. Mandel reached out to Deanna Simons, quality manager and academic programs coordinator for Cornell Dairy, with her plan.
“There’s these pictures of him eating all kinds of ice cream,” Simons told the Sun. “I didn’t even know how to figure out what his favorite ice cream is.”
Simons contacted Biden’s alma mater, University of Delaware, and quickly got intel that the former VP’s favorite ice flavor is old-fashioned chocolate chip.
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The Biden ice cream project launched quickly with a fictional Facebook event page titled, “Joe Biden eats Cornell Dairy ice cream,” and more than 3,000 people indicated their interest.
Cornell Dairy took note. Dairy officials hurriedly packed 30 three-gallon tubs with
vanilla-based ice cream and chocolate chips, and has given the public a chance to vote on five possible names Biden’s ice cream:
Biden’s Chocolate Bites; Bits n’ Biden; Big Red, White & Biden; Not Your Average Joe’s Chocolate Chip; and Uncle Joe’s Chocolate Chip, said Matthew Baumel, the university’s convocation committee chair.
“We don’t know why [Biden] loves ice cream so much, but there’s always been social media posts about ice cream and him, so we thought this would be a unique way for Cornell to welcome him,” Baumel said.
The final flavor name will then be formally approved by Biden's representatives. University officials plan to scoop the cream goodness at next week’s convocation.
“If it gains momentum, we’ll make more,” Simons said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed, we’re holding our breaths.”