Former Vice President Joe Biden enjoying his first tastes of "Big Red, White, and Biden." Photo courtesy of Cornell Univer...

Here’s the scoop on the new Joe Biden ice cream flavor

This year’s graduation at Cornell University was extra sweet for former Vice President Joe Biden.

The internet is flush with images and videos of the former vice president enjoying a good cone. “My name is Joe Biden and I love ice cream,” he admitted in a speech at the headquarters of an ice cream company in Ohio last year. Now, Cornell has immortalized that love by giving him his own flavor.

“I gotta admit to you the real reason I came today,” Biden announced in his 2017 convocation address last week at the university. “I love ice cream … I’m the only Irishman you guys know who’s never had a drink and loves ice cream.”

US Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)(R) and his vice presidential running mate Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) buy ice cream during a campaign stop at Windmill Ice Cream Shop in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, August 29, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA) - RTR21TPY

Then-Sen. Barack Obama and his vice presidential running mate Sen. Joe Biden buying ice cream during a campaign stop in Pennsylvania in 2008. Photo by REUTERS/ Jim Young

To get the scoop, NewsHour talked with Deanna Simons, quality manager and academic program coordinator at the Cornell Dairy, an on-campus dairy processing plant that produces a range of products including ice cream, yogurt and milk for the university. It serves as a hands-on tool for teaching, research and extension programs. When Biden was announced as this year’s speaker, one of Simon’s interns told her about his affinity for the frozen treat, which led to the idea of naming a flavor after him.

“It was almost like we said it together… it happened so organically,” Simons said.

Part of her job involves creating new flavors, a responsibility she relishes.

Deep (freeze) research came next. The University of Delaware, Biden’s alma mater, has a creamery on campus that also serves ice cream. “We’re close with the women who run it,” Simons said. They confirmed that this would be Biden’s first namesake ice cream and that his favorite type is chocolate chip. Simons decided to stick with the traditional flavor profile of vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips. Once that was decided, things really started churning.

Staff at work in Cornell's new Dairy Facility in Stocking Hall. © Cornell University Marketing Group, 301 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853; 607-255-7675; photo@cornell.Photographer or CreatorJason Koski / Cornell Marketing Group

Staff at work in Cornell’s new Dairy Facility in Stocking Hall. Photo by Jason Koski / Cornell Marketing Group

The convocation committee got involved and students chose between five potential names for the treat. Once a name was decided and got the OK from Biden’s representatives, “Big Red, White, and Biden” was born. “Big Red” is the informal name given to the university’s sports teams.

“It was a really nice relationship between the dairy making the ice cream, the students being involved, and getting everyone excited about this idea,” said Simons.

A cone of Big Red, White, and Biden was presented to Biden onstage at the conclusion of his address.

Photo courtesy of Cornell University

“It’s really good,” he proclaimed after taking a bite, officially inaugurating the flavor. Simons and her team made enough of “Big Red, White, and Biden” so that every person who attended the convocation (around 4,000) could have a scoop. “We sold every bit of the ice cream we made,” Simons said. Sounds like this flavor is a winning ticket.

Click here to watch former Vice President Biden’s full remarks