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Trump, Hillary in political bake-off at Tampa's Alessi Bakery

Local bakery Alessi Bakery is continuing its tradition of a cookie-based poll.

Sue Carlton

Local bakery Alessi Bakery is continuing its tradition of a cookie-based poll.



It’s a sure sign of politics heating up around here: Tampa’s Alessi Bakery begins its official presidential cookie poll Wednesday. The 104-year-old bakery at 2909 W Cypress St., know for Cuban sandwiches, devil crabs and a unique cold pizza called scachatta, has for years made a tradition of selling shortbread cookies bearing the faces of candidates local, state, and national.

Through election day, sales results are tallied on a chalkboard behind the cash register — the purchase of one candidate’s cookie often spurring a run on his rival by a customer of a different political stripe. Hillary Clinton’s or Donald Trump’s face in pastry will cost you $2.45 per cookie.

In the months leading up to the poll’s official start, Trump has had a slight edge, the bakery reports. And even as Democrat Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Clinton today, the bakery continues to sell cookies bearing his distinctive mug. "People still love Bernie and they still ask for him, so we’re still making him," says Alessi’s head wedding cake designer Melissa Maggiore.

So let the jokes begin: Clinton’s one tough cookie, but Trump shows no signs of crumbling...

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 11:38am]


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