Did Hillary Clinton Invent Wine Ice Cream?

Did Hillary Clinton Invent Wine Ice Cream?

In her spare time as Secretary of State and Senator, the Presidential hopeful apparently created food mashups.

By Tamara Palmer

Although Hillary Clinton is no stranger to power, we're guessing she can't turn water into wine—but she can turn wine into ice cream. At least that's what she insinuated when she talked about her favorite New York food and drinks with Thrillist this week. The Presidential hopeful gave a special shout-out to Mercer's Dairy, producers of wine ice cream, which she apparently helped bring to life nearly 10 years ago.

"As a senator, I started something called New York Farm Day," she told Thrillist. "We'd bring producers from all over the state to Washington to show off the best New York has to offer. One year, we had a winemaker set up next to a family-owned ice cream maker. Long story short, someone was having a really good time, and after a few glasses of wine, they poured some cabernet over a bowl of ice cream. Soon everyone was trying it. Today, Mercer's exports its wine ice cream to 15 countries."

Clinton mentions the Chocolate Cabernet, Sparkling Strawberry, Red Raspberry Chardonnay and Cherry Merlot varieties, but that's only half of the product line. Mercer's also makes boozy flavors including Port, Peach White Zinfandel, Riesling and Spice.

The accidental invention has been a point of pride on her campaign trail as well as in political appearances dating back several years. According to Mashable, she referenced it in an October campaign stop in San Antonio when asked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement and also brought it up during a 2013 talk at Hamilton College, which is coincidentally in Clinton, New York.

No word yet on which food mashup Bernie Sanders helped invent, but we're taking votes.

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