Everybody seems to be gearing up for Friday’s presidential debate by planning “watch parties” at home, at local bars, or at restaurants serving a candidate-themed dinner. But what’s the appropriate snackage for these politically charged gatherings? According to Grub Street, the prix fixe debate menu at Rein Bar & Bistro includes “Obama’s ‘personal chili recipe,’ Alaskan king crab nacho stacks, and McCain baby back ribs,” but does anyone have any better candidate-inspired recipe ideas?

If you’re planning an Election Day party—or just need a good hostess gift for one—there’s still time to order some candidate-themed food and drink items. Jones Soda is selling a line of Campaign Cola, with bottles that feature Barack Obama, Ron Paul, John McCain, and even Hillary Clinton, for all her die-hard fans out there.

Another way to sweeten up your party is with L.A. Burdick’s Election Chocolates. According to the Epicurious editors who participated in an Obama versus McCain taste test, the McCain box, featuring Kentucky rye and peanut butter chocolates, beat out the Obama collection “by a very slim margin.”

And Los Angeles Bakery SusieCakes will soon be selling “Red State Red Velvet cupcakes and RNC elephant sugar cookies to Republican sweet tooths, and Blue State Vanilla Cupcakes and DNC donkey sugar cookies to Obama supporters.” If you aren’t nearby, you can probably whip up your own versions at home.

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