Not many can resist Blue Bell ice cream. And like most of us, friends Isak, Kaleb, and Jayden have their favorite flavor: Cookies and Cream.

However this last week, another flavor became the topic of discussion for the Schmidley boys and their friends: The Great Divide.

We’ve all probably had a version of it: half is creamy vanilla, and the other half is a rich chocolate, with a line right down the middle dividing the two flavors—hence the name.

Traci Schmidley overheard her son refer to the flavor as “The Civil War flavor” and says the history buff in him was reminded of the Mason-Dixon Line. When she heard her kids talking about it, she wisely guided them into a great discussion and challenged the kids to come up with a better name. She suggested the kids come up with a name that promotes unity—a quality many people are working to promote in today’s society.

The letter they came up with to send to the company is great—and she shared it in a viral Facebook post:


“Hi Blue Bell! We love your ice cream! We all think Cookies and Cream is the best ice cream on the planet! Last week we had an ice cream party and we had the flavor the Great Divide. It’s a good flavor for parties because we can add a lot of unique toppings to it. But, we began to talk about the name and we think some people might misunderstand the name and think the name “The Great Divide” is about people and the division that exists in our world because of different skin colors.

“Isak and Kaleb have lighter skin and Jayden has darker skin. But Isak and Kaleb also have a brother and sister adopted from foster care who have dark skin as well. We are all our own color and own flavor and there is no divide between us. We think we are all delicious in our own ways. So, we have a suggestion for a new name for your chocolate and vanilla ice cream flavor:


Thank you for taking the time to listen to our ideas. We love your ice cream. We think having a big bucket of Better Together chocolate and vanilla on dinner tables across the country will make our families and communities stronger than ever!”

In a world that sometimes seems so dark and divisive, it’s great to see the brilliant words and beautiful message from these young boys spreading and shining bright. 

No word yet on a response from Blue Bell, but here’s hoping there’s one coming!

Ashley Bufe

Ashley Bufe is a Jesus lovin' wife and momma of 4 energetic boys. She blogs at in hopes that she can uplift and inspire other mommas to let them know that they are special and chosen by God to be momma. And that they are doing a great job! Be sure to find her on Facebook and Instagram.