Worth Knowing: Ben and Jerry's creating ice cream flavors to support November candidates

Photo by Tony Talbot, Associated Press

The co-founders of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, are teaming up with the Political Action Committee MoveOn to develop and release seven new limited-time ice cream flavors inspired by seven progressive Democratic candidates running for U.S. House seats in this November's mid-term elections. 

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"We need a Democratic majority to check President Trump’s unrestrained power," Cohen and Greenfield said in a statement on MoveOn's website. "And we also need to send progressive champions to Congress who will fix our health care system with Medicare for All, protect clean air and water, and get big money out of politics. We need to come up with seven amazing ice cream flavors (and flavor names) that not only taste great but also capture the essence of what each candidate stands for," the statement said." 

Cohen and Greenfield will select the winners and make a batch of each flavor - about 40 pints - which they will then raffle off with proceeds going to the respective campaigns. 

The flavors will be announced on a rolling basis starting on Oct. 7 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. People can sign up starting October 1 to enter the raffle to win the limited edition pints. Winners will be announced November 1 and the ice cream will be shipped by mid-November.

The Ben and Jerry's campaign is searching for flavors for Pennsylvania candidate Jess King, Illinois candidate Lauren Underwood, Ohio candidate Aftab Pureval, Iowa candidate J.D. Sholten, California candidate Ammar Campa Najjar, Colorado candidate Stephany Rose Spaulding and Kansas candidate James Thompson. 

Disclaimer: The contest is not associated with Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., the company which manufactures the Ben & Jerry's ice cream found in stores. 

Photo by Aron on Unsplash

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