“My name Joe Biden, and I love ice cream. You all think I’m kidding — I’m not. I eat more ice cream than three other people you’d like to be with, all at once.”
Then-Vice President Joe Biden used those words to open a speech on the economy and federal overtime at the headquarters for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream in Columbus, Ohio back in 2016. So when Biden was scheduled to speak at Cornell’s convocation on May 27, there was only one logical way to honor the man: with his very own ice cream flavor.
The Cornell Convocation Committee teamed up with Cornell Dairy, the college’s very own brand of ice cream, cheese, and yogurt products sold on campus, to create a signature flavor for the former vice president. But what kind of ice cream does Biden prefer?
Although there are numerous photographs of him indulging in a cone, no particular flavor stands out. So Cornell went straight to Joe’s alma mater, University of Delaware, to find out. According to the UDairy Creamery, his favorite is old-fashioned chocolate chip. Easy enough to make…but what to call it?
When it came to naming the ice cream, Cornell Dairy looked to the student body. A list of 150 possible flavor names was narrowed down to five that students can vote on until Monday night: Biden’s Chocolate Bites; Bits n’ Biden; Big Red, White & Biden; Not Your Average Joe’s Chocolate Chip; and Uncle Joe’s Chocolate Chip. The final name will then be approved by Biden’s representatives before the May 27 address.