Joe Biden’s favorite ice cream is plain old chocolate chip, not mint flavor

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One of my favorite videos from the Democratic National Convention (which was truly a joy to watch, if you ever need a pick-me-up check out their videos on YouTube), was Joe Biden’s four young adult granddaughters talking about Joe sneaking ice cream so that Jill wouldn’t know. They said he likes Bryers half chocolate and half vanilla along with chocolate chip. Plus they said he calls them every day, that he always picks up when they call him even if he’s giving a speech, and if they don’t talk to him for a day he’ll wonder what’s wrong. I’m including that video below because it’s adorable and a real testament to what a sweet granddad Biden is.

US Weekly has a “25 Things You Don’t Know About” article with Biden. Some of the stuff I already knew but it was nice to hear again. Of course I knew that Joe loves ice cream, but I didn’t know his favorite flavor was chocolate chip. Somehow that’s adorable to me. Plus he confirmed that he always takes calls from family no matter what. I can’t help but think US had this before the election but held onto it so not to seem “partisan.” They’re owned by American Media, Inc. now, but I’ll give them a pass today. I’m only including a few things and you can see the full list on US’s site.

4. I was elected to the Senate at age 29, but turned the constitutionally required age of 30 before being sworn in.

5. I love baseball and football, and was one of the leading scorers on our undefeated football team during my senior year.

6. If I had a different career — and the talent — I’d have been an architect.

7. I love Corvettes and still own a 1967 Corvette that my dad financed for me as a wedding gift.

11. My biggest vice is chocolate chip ice cream, no mint.

12. My wife, Jill [64], is a Philly girl and a die-hard Flyers fan.

14. I wear small rosary beads around my wrist, the ones my son Beau wore the day he passed.

15. I’ve had a rule since the Senate: I will interrupt any meeting, even with the president, if my children or grandchildren call.

[From US Magazine]

I didn’t know Jill was from Philadelphia! We owe Philly so much and that’s going to be one of the first place I visit when it’s safe to travel again.

As an ice cream aficionado, I think Joe is missing out on all the incredible flavors available, particularly from the best ice cream company in the world, Ben and Jerrys. (Support Ben and Jerrys they are an amazingly progressive company.) Haagen-Dazs also has some excellent flavors too. I covered my favorite flavors a few months ago, in this post. Joe strikes me as nostalgia ice cream eater, you know? He has his childhood favorites and he sticks with those. Mint chip is my son’s favorite (what’s wrong with mint?!) and I enjoy it too but I won’t binge it like B&J’s flavors. Speaking of that, my son pointed me to this interview Biden did with Wired where he told an adorable story about how his mother moved in with them after his father passed. He would visit her in her section of their house at night. Jill would tell him “You’ve been with your mother, I can smell ice cream.” I can’t wait to have an administration where we can talk about cute little things like this and not have to worry that they’re actively trying to kill us. Sorry for bringing this story down! As a side note, I ate Ben and Jerrys Peanut Butter Half Baked yesterday in celebration.

Here’s the interview with Joe’s granddaughters. This is only two and a half minutes and is well worth watching.

Biden’s ice cream moments:

Joe and Barak in 2008 ordering ice cream on the campaign trail!
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Double fisting it:
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2013 in Beijing with his family!
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  1. Phillyperson says:

    Philly would love to have you and anyone else once it’s safe to travel!

    • lucy2 says:

      Yes! it’s a great city, full of history, lots to do. The art museum is spectacular, as is the Barnes. I grew up about 30 minutes away in NJ, and go to Philly often. Sadly not to any Eagles games this year though.

      “My wife, Jill [64], is a Philly girl and a die-hard Flyers fan.” I hope, hope, hope, they do something at a future Flyers game with Dr. Biden and Gritty. The city will lose its mind!

  2. GreenBunny says:

    Tears, especially at the end when he tells his granddaughter he loves her. It feels so good to have that again.

    ETA come to Philly! There’s so much history here and it’s fitting as the birthplace of America to celebrate the end of a reign of terror.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I agree, GreenBunmy. That was a truly beautiful moment. I’m not even American, and yet, I feel as if we are seeing the light and feeling the warmth of the sun again, after such a long time of darkness and cold.

  3. Astrid says:

    Awesome story. First the “first dog” and now “first ice cream”. I”m guessing Joe shares ice cream big time. No short changing international guests with only one scoop while Emperor Baby fists gets two scoops.

  4. Noodle says:

    That video of his granddaughters, and their knowledge that his candidacy would scrutinize their family and yet they called the meeting to say “Get in that race…” gah. So many feelings today.

    A friend of mine recently lost her son at age 6 to cancer. She’s been posting so many photos of Biden and ways he processes his loss (including Beau’s funeral photos) and it’s heartbreaking. The level of tragedy in his life is beyond what so many suffer, and yet he is so kind and upbeat and dignified. And he likes ice cream.

  5. Cee says:

    I especially love that his family is his greatest accomplishment. Imagine Trump’s answer to that?

  6. Mgsota says:

    That interview made me tear up. We’ve been deprived the warm and fuzzy feelings for so long.
    I’m so happy, yet still so scared…Inauguration day can’t come soon enough.

  7. Becks1 says:

    Damn it CB now I want ice cream! Mint chocolate chip is my favorite from an ice cream parlor – like I never buy it at the grocery store but if I’m at an ice cream shop, that’s what I always order. I live in a fairly small town (kind of an exburb, but our downtown area is small and cute) and we have TWO ice cream parlors with homemade ice cream. Its dangerous, I just get the kids sizes.

    My parents live in the town where Cheney had his summer house (not sure if he still does) and he used to always get ice cream from this one place, they named a flavor “Cheney’s favorite” but I always laughed because this place only made like 3 flavors in house, everything else is from Turkey Hill. I mean I’ll still go and get ice cream there when I’m at my parents, but I choose wisely and stay away from Cheney’s favorite.

    I miss times when we could talk about what ice cream flavors the POTUS likes best.

  8. Larelyn says:

    Joe Biden is the first Dem presidential candidate my Rep hubby ever voted for. He was extremely unhappy to do so, but he realized his 2016 vote for the libertarian candidate did not stop Trump as effectively as a vote for Joe Biden would. He is still upset about his vote and really doesn’t like Biden, but his hate for Trump is stronger.

    My point? My hubbs favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip. Little things like this might help make Joe Biden a bit more palatable to my husband.

  9. LightPurple says:

    Not surprised Jill is a Flyers fan! Bobby Clarke would have been proud of the way she checked those people who rushed Biden on stage months ago.

    Thanks again, Philadelphia.

  10. Diane says:

    Isn’t it wonderful and serene that the headlines from our soon-to-be 46th president is about his choice of ice cream. I’m looking forward to a boring 4 years.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Good point, Diane. I now want to appear on a quiz show and be asked, “What number president of the US will Mr Joe Biden be?” Easy-peasy, lemon squeezey. My house number. 😊

  11. Bibliomommy96 says:

    Yah video with the grandkids made me tear up! My grandma has passed, and she would call me every Sunday, I miss those calls

  12. dawnchild says:

    Do visit Philly! We moved here a few years ago and it’s an amazing place…Also when you do, check out Franklin Fountain and Weckerly’s for some outstanding ice cream! Even the Franklin Fountain fruit sorbets are the most intense I’ve ever had.
    Though I must say the Ben & Jerry’s dairy free choices have blown me away (I can’t have much dairy unfortunately)

  13. Busyann says:

    It feels so nice to be going back to this type of normal, simple, mundane, life. I told my husband it felt like the world has let out a sigh of relief. Now onto more serious things –

    Pistacio is the best Ice Cream flavor EVER!!!!! But I’ll take Haagan Daz Strawberry in a heartbeat.
    Ben & Jerry’s is a hard NO for me. I was eating some with a hard piece of toffee in it about a year ago and cracked a tooth. Ending up spending $$$$ on dental procedures including, ultimately, a root canal.

  14. SamC says:

    Whenever I hear women say Biden never did anything in the Senate, I remind them that we ALL owe him a debt of gratitude as he was one of the co-authors of the Violence Against Women Act and fought for it to be an office in the DOJ, which helped to assure the programming and funding would continue in light of the act not being reauthorized (which happened, I believe, in 2019). He also worked closely with the military to implement training and policies re domestic violence and sexual assault. I wish it had come out more during the campaign.

  15. Jan says:

    I have enjoyed the morning reading things like this and about his dogs. As crazy as it seems, I started to tear up reading about the rescue dog because it’s been four years since we’ve had a humane and loving man in the WH! Thank you everyone that voted for them! As an aside, how sad for Kamala that her historic election to the office of VP is being overshadowed by Cheeto’s tantrum because he’s a LOSER!!! Sorry, just couldn’t help myself!

  16. Amelie says:

    He just reminds me so much of my grandfather. His name was also Joseph and went by Joe. An Irish Catholic who said things like “malarkey” and “baloney” who also LOVED ice cream. He passed in 2006 so sadly he didn’t even get to see Obama become president. His favorite flavor was pecan which is a bit out of left field for me. But how I wish my grandfather were alive today to see this.

    Also I’m with Joe, anything mint flavored is awful. I hate mint so much. It just feels like toothpaste whenever I taste it.