As she announced her resignation as the House Democratic leader this week, Nancy Pelosi unintentionally disclosed that Joe Biden, our ice cream and Gatorade-loving president, isn’t the only American figure who eats like a child. According to Natalie Andrews of The Wall Street Journal, Pelosi ended an interview by saying she was going to have a hot dog, which she does every day.
People were shocked to hear that someone chose hot dogs as their preferred meat.
It may come as a shock to many who are learning about Pelosi’s eating habits for the first time this week that her daily hot dog isn’t even her oddest culinary habit. Pelosi is a huge chocolate fan. Loves chocolate, as in, “frequently eats chocolate ice cream at breakfast.”
Women loving chocolate is nothing new for certain fictional women, such as Cathy from comic books and Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation, it is portrayed as a fundamental aspect of their personalities. So it would be safe to presume that sexism is at the foundation of the media’s fixation on the first female Speaker’s love of chocolate. Though coworkers have reported that she keeps her office filled with her “favorite Ghirardelli,” a chocolate factory in her district, she has said that her addiction to chocolate goes well beyond selecting brownies for dessert or having a stockpile of chocolates in her desk.
During a visit to The Late Late Show With James Corden in April 2020, Pelosi flaunted a freezer full of chocolate ice cream.
Additionally, she took a controversial stance on food in January 2019 on CBS Sunday Morning, declaring that while she occasionally eats chocolate as an hors d’oeuvre, “I don’t consider anything that isn’t chocolate dessert.”
Pelosi revealed that her preferred breakfast is dark-chocolate ice cream in an interview with Food & Wine in 2017: “I’ve been eating dark chocolate ice cream for breakfast for as long as I can remember. I don’t see it as different from having a cup of coffee. The flavors keep getting darker and darker, which I love. Double Rainbow has one called Ultra Chocolate; you can just imagine how delicious that is. And Three Twins, I like their Bittersweet Chocolate. Sugar cones are my thing.”
And Pelosi said earlier this year on the River Cafe Table 4 podcast that this wasn’t just a myth from the District of Columbia.
“It’s not an urban myth. It’s convenient, it’s right there, it has a long shelf life, you don’t have to worry about it. I have it for breakfast. It’s a great way to start the day,” the Speaker explained, to People Magazine. “When I was younger, I used to have it before I went to sleep — a pint of chocolate ice cream. But as time has gone by, the later the chocolate, the less sleep I have.”
Pelosi stated that she doesn’t always have chocolate ice cream in the morning. She admitted, “I don’t have it every day, but I do have it frequently.” What other foods does she consume besides ice cream and hot dogs? She mentioned her love of Ethiopian cuisine, dim sum, and other carb meals from Northern Italy, the region where her father’s family hails from, in the Food & Wine interview.
Naturally, only Pelosi and her doctor can determine how much junk food the 82-year-old Pelosi will be able to handle. She did, however, assert that it’s somehow benefiting both her body and spirit on The Late Late Show. “I enjoy it. I like it better than anything else,” she said. “And I don’t know why, but it seems to agree with me. I have a lot of energy.”