Special ice cream package for President Joe Biden left at UConn


STORRS – President Joe Biden almost left his visit to Connecticut on Friday with a special ice cream offer from UConn Dairy Bar – until the plan melted.

The nearly 70-year-old establishment had prepared a new batch of chocolate chips – the presidential favorite – for Biden to take with him.

However, Biden couldn’t get away with it, according to University of Connecticut spokesperson Stephanie Reitz.

Reitz speculated that the reason may have been that the Secret Service had not been able to secure the site in advance, or perhaps due to COVID-19 issues.


“We had gallons in the [Dodd] Center but, alas, none of this got into his hands, ”Reitz said over the phone.

Biden, who has a sweet tooth known for ice cream, visited UConn on Friday for the Dodd Center for Human Rights dedication. The president made other impromptu ice cream stops during his travels, including a visit to an ice cream parlor in La Crosse during a visit to Wisconsin in June.

Chocolate Chips have conquered Husky Tracks, the boutique’s signature combination of vanilla ice cream with chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a swirl of fudge, as well as banana chocolate chips. The plan had been to pass the ice cream to the president, perhaps placed in a sugar cone.

The dairy bar opened in 1953 to sell products made by the Creamery, which is part of the University College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources. The creamery has been in business for over a century, according to UConn, and bottled milk until the early 1990s.

When Vice President Kamala Harris visited Connecticut in the spring, her security department stopped to pick up pizza at Zuppardi’s Apizza in West Haven and Sally’s Apizza in New Haven.

Reitz said the ice cream would not be wasted.

Editor-in-chief Dan Haar contributed to this story.

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