Will a Cupcake Decide the Election?

By Rachel Mount Hofstetter

Main Street Cupcakes election cupcakesThere are all sorts of algorithms that forecast election results, but I’m partial to the food predictors—will more people buy a Republican-themed cupcake, or a Democrat-themed cupcake? Main Street Cupcakes in Ohio—a swing state!— is looking to find out with their election cupcakes.

Other potential gastronomic election-predictors: The Obama “Adjustable Origin” and Romney “Adjustable Opinion” hot sauces, or politically shaped pasta: Democrat or Republican style. And of course, I love Moonstruck Chocolate’s little donkey and elephant truffles. At 7-Eleven,  they can even glean meaning out of your choice of a red or blue coffee cup (although I’d be wary of attributing too much meaning to my pre-caffeinated choices).

So who’s winning? Apparently, Americans are buying Romney and Obama treats in close to equal numbers. Hey, that’s just what the traditional polls are saying!