Electoral Chocolates

This article by Jane Black (Win or Lose, We’ll Feel Better When We Eat) in the Washington Post notes the absence of Election day food rituals such as we have for our Superbowl parties. This year — she’s not sure why – it seems we are are given a wide array of food choices with which register our pre-election votes. Black also offers election day recipes. Why not host an election night party?

We can “vote” for our candidate of choice by eating everything from cupcakes, to truffles to burgers or omelettes …In Boston we use chocolate.

Isn’t everything always better with chocolate?

Here in Boston (okay, Cambridge) the venerated L.A. Burdick chocolate shop and patisserie in Harvard Square offers two truffle selections named after the candidates. We get to “vote” and eat artisan chocolates, too. Burdick’s cannelé (see Babycakes) are not to be missed. Please have one if you go.

Now that‘s the ticket!

Beacon Hill Chocolates not only has Donkey and Elephant truffles ….


But they also have the Owl and the Pussycat:


I’m happy to report, all were delicious. The Owl and the Pussycat was a poem by Edward Lear. He is known for nonsensical words and his “runcible spoon” in this verse is an example of his “neologisms” (fabrication of a word). Runcible spoon has since been adopted in lyrics by many fans of the poem, including Paul (no nursing, those breasts are for me alone) McCartney. (Click on “slices of quince” to learn more about this Fall fruit.)

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

You recall Beacon Hill Chocolates from the lovely Caramel Sushi I told you about, don’t you?

The tally – no hanging chads, no recounts – just truth (in PPRC*)


Burdick’s website notes their votes today running:

  • 3019 for Obama and
  • 951 for McCain. (This includes the one we bought for research purposes only.)

Before we get complacent with this or other polls saying Obama is ahead, we must remember the built-in limitations of polls as well as the demonstrated ability to steal elections, block voters all without repercussions. It’s more critical than ever to register, to ensure others can both register, and vote. We have a chance to show the world our best selves and cast a vote for hope and for a different and better America. Even if the electoral college and other things muddy the power of a vote, remember people die for the right in other countries. It shouldn’t be taken for granted here.

Let’s go make some history folks. Better take some chocolate in case the lines are long.

* People’s Republic of Cambridge as it’s fondly known in these parts.

~ by jacqueline1230 on November 4, 2008.

One Response to “Electoral Chocolates”

  1. […] than chomping on chocolate (The Obama selection, natch), gnawing on fingers, and waiting for my bread to rise…I was following election […]

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