“Bernie’s Yearning” is coming to Boston.
On Monday from 12-2 p.m., Vermont dessert titans Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield will be scooping up sundaes of their politically flavored ice cream in a tent outside Ben and Jerry’s Newbury Street store.
Cohen made a big political statement this year when he churned out the limited release variety in support of the presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a longtime senator from his home state.
It’s a tub of plain mint ice cream with a disc of chocolate at the top – meant to symbolize the concentration of wealth among the country’s highest earners – which you smash with a spoon and mix.
So far few got to try the ultra-rare concoction. Cohen only made 40 pints, some of which were given out to Sanders supporters via online raffle. Sanders himself sampled a pint while a guest on The View.
Ben & Jerry’s, which the duo sold to the multinational company Unilever, has nothing to do with the project and has said it stays out of politics.
But Ben and Jerry, the people, have become very public Bernie boosters, jetting around the country to campaign. With the March 1 state primary looming, the duo are driving around Massachusetts this week.
A recent poll put Sanders ahead of his opponent Hillary Clinton by seven points in Massachusetts.
Cohen and Greenfield called in to Metro on their way to Pittsfield this weekend to talk Bernie, the future of “Yearning” and the inspiration behind the flavor-making process.