Ben & Jerry's Launches 'Pecan Resist' Ice Cream

Politically-charged flavor announced ahead of midterm elections
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 30, 2018 4:22 PM CDT
Ahead of Midterms, Ben & Jerry's Launches 'Pecan Resist'
This undated product image provided by Ben & Jerry’s shows the rebranded ice cream flavor Pecan Resist.   (Ben & Jerry’s via AP)

Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's is taking a stand against what it calls the Trump administration's regressive policies by rebranding one of its flavors Pecan Resist, the AP reports. The company and its founders unveiled the limited batch ice cream flavor Pecan Resist Tuesday in Washington ahead of the midterm elections. The company says Pecan Resist, chocolate ice cream with white and dark fudge chunks, pecans, walnuts, and fudge-covered almonds, celebrates activists who are resisting oppression, harmful environmental practices, and injustice. As part of the campaign, Ben & Jerry's is giving $25,000 each to four activist entities: Color of Change, Honor the Earth, Women's March, and multi-media platform Neta. The company said it "cannot be silent in the face of policies that attack and attempt to roll back decades of progress on racial and gender equity, climate change, LGBTQ rights, and refugee and immigrant rights."

Founded in Vermont in 1978 but currently owned by English consumer goods conglomerate Unilever, Ben & Jerry's has not shied away from social causes. While many businesses tread lightly in politics for fear of alienating customers, the ice cream maker has taken the opposite approach. "All of our employees here and around the world, all of the people we serve, are not only hoping, they are expecting us to speak up as businesses," said Ben & Jerry's CEO Matthew McCarthy. In 2015, Save Our Swirled debuted to bring awareness to climate change. That same year, the company changed the name of its Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream to I Dough, I Dough in celebration of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down states' ban on same-sex marriage. Pecan Resist, a play on the phrase "we can resist," is a rebranding of New York Super Fudge Chunk, Elite Daily notes. (Ben and Jerry themselves were arrested at a DC protest.)

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