How should Israeli election ice cream taste?

How should Israeli election ice cream taste?

If two Israelis happen to run into each other twice in a short period of time, the first one to blurt out “Pa’am shleesheet gleeda!” (“Third time ice cream!”) will get treated to a cold treat by the other if they cross paths again anytime soon.

Ben & Jerry’s Israel, an independent manufacturer of the beloved American ice cream brand, took to Instagram recently to solicit ideas for an ice cream flavor that might be introduced before March 2, when Israelis will head to the polls for a record-breaking third time in less than a year.

“We thought that in honor of the elections we would create a new flavor called ‘Third Time Ice Cream,’ but we have no idea what to put in it. Do you have suggestions?” the post asked in Hebrew.

Israelis are never short on suggestions.

Responses included salted caramel and ricotta with strawberry jam, zaatar, pop rocks, “lots of nuts,” and “something that leaves a bitter taste at the end.”

We don’t know which ingredients Ben & Jerry’s will choose for Third Time Ice Cream. If we had to vote for one of the posted suggestions it would be blueberries and vanilla.

Although, come to think of it, we’re not sure if that idea was meant to signify the generic blue and white of the Israeli flag or the Blue and White political party.

So, to stay completely nonpartisan, maybe we’ll root for the safer suggestion of s’mores. Marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers? Surely that’s something all the parties can agree on.

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