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Ben and Jerry Hope You’ll Feel the Bern With a Limited-Edition Ice Cream for Bernie Sanders

Plus, Pizza Hut is closing 500 dine-in restaurants, and more news to start your day

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A pint of ice cream with Bernie Sanders’ face and “Bernie’s Back!” on it, on a teal background.
Ben Cohen’s “Bernie’s Back” ice cream.
Ice cream: Bernie’s Back. Photo-illustration: Eater.

Bernie’s (ice cream is) Back!

In 2016, Bernie Sanders was given his own special flavor of ice cream, called “Bernie’s Yearning,” by supporter and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen. Now, ramping up to 2020, “Bernie’s Back” — referring both to Sanders’ second run for president, as well as the name of a new pint dedicated to the Vermont senator.

“Bernie’s Back,” created by Cohen for his private label Ben’s Best, is billed as “Hot Cinnamon Ice Cream with one very large chocolate disc on top and a (very stiff) butter toffee backbone going down the middle.” The description explains the symbolism of each component: “The chocolate disc represents all the wealth that has risen to the top 1%. The backbone represents Bernie’s steadfast determination to un-rig our economy. And the hot cinnamon is our political revolution holding politicians’ feet to the fire to make America work for working people of all races and genders.”

“It’s because Bernie’s got spine,” Cohen told Jerry Greenfield (yes, Jerry, as in his other half) in a video posted to social media, in which he shows off the butter toffee backbone and demonstrates how to redistribute the riches of the chocolate disc throughout the rest of the ice cream.

The limited-edition ice cream will not be available in stores. Forty winners will be picked from a contest hosted on Sanders’ website through August 9; each will receive a pint hand-signed and numbered by both Ben & Jerry’s co-founders.

And in other news…

  • Pizza Hut is closing as many as 500 older dine-in locations as the chain focuses more on delivery/carryout. [Food Business News]
  • The latest escalation of the U.S.–China trade war: Chinese companies have halted purchases of U.S. agricultural products, a move that’s certain to hurt American farmers who are already in dire straits. [CNN]
  • The next trend in steakhouses is … older, tougher beef? [WSJ]
  • Krispy Kreme and Reese’s continue their collaborative streak with a new Reese’s hybrid doughnut. [Food & Wine]
  • High-end dinner theater is so hot right now. [NYT]
  • Mick Jagger loves an Aperol spritz. [Page Six]
  • A history Twitter thread about 30-50 feral hogs within the context of foodways, farming, and settler colonialism:

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