The One Fast Food Craving Biden and Trump Have In Common
The two presidential candidates in this election cycle couldn't be more different, but they can agree on one thing: how to pacify a sweet tooth. And as it turns out, President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden both love a milkshake.
While campaigning in North Carolina last week, former Vice President Biden took his granddaughter to Cook Out, the iconic regional fast food chain which serves more than 40 milkshake flavors. A video of Biden and his granddaughter departing the chain's location in Durham showed each carrying their own sweet treat. (Related: 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.)
When asked about his choice of flavor, the Democratic presidential nominee said the duo had ordered a vanilla and a chocolate milkshake, which they planned to combine together to make a black-and-white shake. Hopefully, they figured out how to split them evenly!
The news set social media ablaze with mostly approving comments, as Durham residents reminisced about the role Cook Out had played in their lives. It seems Biden's penchant for dessert may have scored him some brownie points—or in this case, votes.
Trump also seems to be a fan of milkshakes, or rather the old-timey version of them, according to a recent report from Politico.
The president allegedly stopped an intelligence briefing on Afghanistan in 2017 to ask those in attendance if they'd like a malted milkshake. "We have the best malts," he reportedly said as he called a waiter to place an order. "You have to try them."
But Trump's love for milkshakes hasn't had the same endearing effect as that of his opponent—in CIA's inner circles, the episode is remembered as one of the first signs of the president's disinterest in intelligence briefings, according to senior officials.
Politics aside, let's break down a burning question you may have: what's the difference between a milkshake and a malt? While a classic milkshake is made by blending milk, ice cream, and any additional flavors, a malt is a milkshake that also contains malted milk powder—the evaporated powder made from malted barley, wheat flour, and whole milk, according to The Kitchn.
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