In the days before the 2012 election, reports surfaced of local bakeries using sweet snacks to predict the outcome. One of Dormont's local bakeries is giving it a try, too.
Stop in to Sugar Cafe on Potomac Avenue, and you'll have a choice between bright blue Democratic donkeys, and Republican red elephants.
The "votes," or number of cookies bought, was about equal at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The Sugar Cafe employees said they had sold about a dozen of each. Around 1:15 p.m., Sugar Cafe's owner, Kelly James, tweeted that the donkeys had pulled ahead by four.
Sugar Cafe employee Caitlin said it had been fun to watch people ponder the cookies and make guesses about the election all morning. Interestingly, she said, more donkey cookies had been sold individually, and more elephant cookies had been sold in bulk.
"I'm thinking that won't actually have an effect on the outcome of the election, and it probably doesn't mean anything," she said, laughing. "It's just something interesting we've noticed today."
The cookies are available at Sugar Cafe for Election Day only.
UPDATE: Sugar Cafe announced via its Facebook page, at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, that the blue Democrat donkeys outsold the red Republican elephants by 46-14. Will this prediction hold true in the real election?