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This Bernie Sanders-inspired ice cream is a pint-sized metaphor for his campaign

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Bernie’s Yearning might be a metaphor for Bernie Sanders’ everyman campaign message, but good luck finding a pint.
  • Chase Purdy
By Chase Purdy

Food Reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Ben Cohen, is a staunch Bernie Sanders supporter. How staunch? Enough to dream up and make 40 pints of his own Sanders-inspired ice cream.

It’s called “Bernie’s Yearning,” and it’s designed to be both delicious and instructive. The top of the pint consists of a milk chocolate disc that covers plain mint ice cream. The chocolate represents the economic gains that have gone to the top 1% of Americans since the end of the recession. The mint ice cream represents so-called regular people.

“Take back of spoon and whack huge chocolate disc into lots of pieces,” the instructions read. “Let the ice cream soften up a bit, mix the pieces around—and there you have it, Bernie’s Yearning. Dig in and share it with your fellow Americans.”

Sound good? Well, not unlike some of his more grandiose campaign promises, it will be almost certainly be unobtainable: Cohen made only 40 pints, 25 of which were donated to the Sanders campaign.

The limited-quantity ice cream is not affiliated with Ben & Jerry’s, which was acquired by Unilever in 2000 for $326 million.

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