Ben And Jerry Stump For Sanders With 'Political Revolution Ice Cream Social'

Apr 21, 2016

Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, helps scoop sundaes for Pittsburgh Bernie Sanders supporters.
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Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream fame, said they’ve been constituents of Vermont Senator, and Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders for more than three decades.

Now they’re campaigning across the country on his behalf, and giving away ice cream along the way.

In what was dubbed, “The political revolution ice cream social,” the pair brought their Sanders-inspired flavor "Bernie’s Yearning" to Pittsburgh Thursday. The flavor, designed by Cohen, is a metaphor for one of Sanders’ key issues: income inequality. It’s essentially mint chocolate chip ice cream, but all the chips have risen to the top.

“And the way you eat it is you get that chocolate disk on top and you whack it with your spoon into a bunch of little pieces and then you mix it around, and put the money back where it belongs, to the people who generated all that wealth to begin with, before Wall Street skimmed it off,” Cohen said, explaining the ice cream to a crowd of hundreds gathered in Market Square. 

As she ate her sundae, first time voter Elizabeth Turnbull said she already submitted an absentee ballot for Sanders.

“It’s just a nice way to meet other people who like ice cream and like Bernie,” Turnbull said. 

With Pennsylvania’s primary around the corner, presidential candidates and some high-profile supporters are making stops in the Keystone State. Sanders was expected to hold two town halls in Scranton and Reading Thursday.