Update: President Biden received UConn Dairy Bar’s ice cream

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UPDATE: The White House confirmed on Saturday that President Joe Biden did receive the UConn Dairy Bar’s ice cream and brought home leftovers. Read story here.

STORRS — President Joe Biden nearly left his visit to Connecticut Friday with a specially made supply of ice cream from the UConn Dairy Bar — until the plan melted.

The nearly 70-year-old establishment had made a fresh batch of chocolate chip — the presidential favorite — for Biden to take with him.

However, Biden didn’t get to leave with it, according to Stephanie Reitz, a spokeswoman for the University of Connecticut.

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

“We had gallons in the [Dodd] Center but, alas, none of it made it into his hands,” Reitz said by phone.

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

Chocolate chip won over Husky Tracks, the shop’s signature combination of vanilla ice cream with chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and fudge swirl, as well as banana chocolate chip. The plan had been to pass the ice cream along to the president, possibly set inside a sugar cone.

The dairy bar opened in 1953 to sell products made by the creamery, part of the university’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. The creamery has been in operation for more than a century, according to UConn, and bottled milk until the early 1990s.

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

Reitz said the ice cream would not go to waste.

Staff writer Dan Haar contributed to this story.