Will a Cupcake Decide the Election?
by Rachel Mount Hofstetter
There 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!