In 2012 we made two election flavors inspired by Obama’s re-election campaign and Romney’s bid for the White House. President Obama’s flavor was called Four More Years: an Ommegang Witte beer sweet cream with housemade honeycomb candy pieces. The flavor was inspired by the White House’s microbrewery and honeybee colony. Across the aisle, Mitt Romney’s flavor was called Rom Raisin; we touted it as our most expensive flavor ever-- boasting over 47% rum-soaked raisins! We obviously weren’t shy about sharing our political affiliations.
And we still aren’t!
We are so excited to announce the flavors for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We have spent months brainstorming. Some ideas included “Women’s Rice are Human Rice” ℅ Rosie Wadia, incorporating tiny chocolate hands and serving in taco bowls. Without further ado, here is our election ice cream:
Madam President // Made with sugar and spice and women’s rights. Chili pepper chocolate ice cream with Hillary’s own chocolate chip cookies.*
*Both powerful and comforting.
Make America Orange Again // Warning! May contain bluster, hot air and bricks. Orange* marshmallow ice cream with brownie bricks.
While we usually try to steer clear of artificial coloring, given the hue of this particular candidate, we chose an artificial dye for the Trump flavor.
Hillary Clinton loves chili peppers and chocolate. We combined her two favorites and added some of her own oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Her chocolate chip cookies have an interesting history that dates back to her husband’s campaign in 1992. When asked about why she continued her career as a lawyer despite her (then governor) husband’s position and potential conflict of interest, she said,
You know, I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life. And I tried very, very hard to be as careful as possible, and that's all that I can tell you…
...the sort of thing that happens to women who have their own careers.
The statement originally sparked outrage and was seen as a slight against stay-at-home moms. Bill Clinton’s campaign sought to undo the backlash by entering her recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in a First Lady Cookie Cook-Off sponsored by Family Circle. To date Hillary Clinton’s chocolate chip cookies have not only defeated Barbara Bush’s chocolate chip cookies, but Elizabeth Dole’s pecan cookies and now, rebranded as Bill’s, they’re up against Melania Trump’s star-shaped sugar cookies.
First lady Hillary Clinton offers cookies to the Arkansas press corps during an interview with President Bill Clinton in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in 1993. Scott Applewhite/AP
These flavors will be available at all our NYC scoop shops beginning today: Monday, September 26th-- just in time for the first debate! Our Vanderbilt, Gowanus, Gotham West Market, Bubby’s High Line and Brooklyn Bridge Park locations will sell scoops of both flavors now through the election. These partisan pints will also be available at our scoop shops (except Brooklyn Bridge Park because there’s unfortunately no pint freezer) and online for nationwide shipping.
Pints designed by Ample Hills art director, Lauren Kaelin.
Our Scoop the Vote 4-Pack includes two pints of each flavor and three limited edition campaign buttons including Make America Orange Again, Madam President and Scoop the Vote. ($40 + shipping and handling)
The buttons will also be available for purchase at our shops. $1 each, buy two get the third free.
We will be donating a portion of all election flavor proceeds to Michelle Obama’s organization Let Girls Learn.
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