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Every President has had some kind of candy with which they were associated. Every President gets to choose what kind of candy they keep on hand at the White House, give away to visitors or throw at Wolf Blitzer when he comes calling. Reagan had jelly beans, Bill Clinton liked M&M's (and had special ones with the seal of the President on them). George Bush senior had a fondness for pork rinds (which I believe should officially qualify as pig candy) and Bush the Younger enjoyed
the warm, fresh blood of live kittens fudge.
The Obamas have a bit of a local edge to their collective sweet teeth. They have a stated preference for smoked salted caramels--specifically those from Fran's Chocolates, based in Seattle. Barack likes the milk chocolate variety (and doesn't like to share). Michelle prefers the dark chocolate.
Fran's caramels are what they keep on hand at the White House and in the residence. It's what they give as gifts and to visitors. It's what the staff carries around with them for whenever the President has a craving. And salted caramel is, apparently, what the Secret Service got to eat last week while the President was in town, after confiscating a batch of salted caramel cupcakes brought to an event by Jody Hall of Cupcake Royale.
According to Obamafoodorama (the place to go on the web for details on just about everything the President of the United States puts in his mouth), last Thursday, after a visit to Top Pot Donuts and during the "backyard forum" held at the home of Erik and Cynnie Foss, the President was scheduled to speak with Hall about her business and how it'd been helped by the White House's small business policies.
What the two of them ended up talking about (at least for a brief moment) was cupcakes, salted caramel and the sticky fingers of the Secret Service detachment apparently on hand to protect the Commander in Chief from deliciousness. According to reports, Hall had whipped up a batch of special salted caramel cupcakes just for the C-in-C and First Family, but the agents on-site fell on them like a box full of live hand grenades--frosted, cakey and caramelicious live hand grenades.
This is straight from the official transcript of the event:
THE PRESIDENT: Now, next we've got Jody Hall, who is the owner of Cupcake Royale. I don't know if she brought any samples. (Laughter.) But just in case any of you are hungry, you might want to pay attention here.
MS. HALL: Well, thank you so much. It's such an honor to be here. My business is called Cupcake Royale, and I did bring some samples. But you have some fierce security, so somebody might be enjoying them --
THE PRESIDENT: I suspect Secret Service confiscated them and are now eating them as we speak. (Laughter.)
MS. HALL: I see Duncan with a little bit of frosting on his -- (laughter.) So, yes, I did bring you some treats for the First Family as well, because everybody loves cupcakes....
So a word to the wise: do not carry cupcakes around the Secret Service and do not try to bring unmarked boxes of sweets to a Presidential function. Or if you do, maybe bring a little extra for the security detail.