Monday, November 7, 2016

Can Cookies Win an Election?

In 1992, Family Circle magazine started a cookie campaign where the spouses of the presidential candidates submitted their favorite cookie recipe. Back then, it was Hillary Clinton vs. Barbara Bush. The readers made the cookies and voted for their favorite. For the past 24 years, the cookie contest has correctly predicted the winner with one exception. In 2008, Michelle Obama's shortbread lost to Cindy McCain's butterscotch cookie. 
This year, the star cookie submitted by Melania Trump is a basic no frills sugar cookie, no added flavor, no extra jazz. The oatmeal chocolate chip cookie submitted by Bill Clinton (well, it's actually the same recipe Hillary submitted in 1992) is still America's favorite, having won the cookie contest again this year.

Can a cookie contest predict the outcome of an election? Only time will tell. In the meantime, let me pour you a cup of tea, and offer you a cookie or two. You decide. Whatever you decide, please vote!


relevanttealeaf said...

Fun post! I'm guessing Melania, Hillary nor Bill have ever made a cookie in their life, but the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie sounds really good. ;-)

Marilyn Miller said...

Love this post. Definitely VOTE~ I could go for both of the cookies. Starting to get hungry for Christmas cookies.