Fifty-one percent of voters on election site chose Whirl of Change as their favorite election flavor in Baskin Robbins' first flavor poll. The peanut-nougat ice cream swirled with chunks of chocolate-covered peanut brittle and a caramel ribbon was created as a representation of Democratic candidate Obama. McCain's Straight Talk Crunch (caramel ribbon, chocolate pieces, red-state candy and crunchy mixed nuts swirled into white chocolate ice cream) came in at a close 49%.
Baskin Robbins has created election flavors in the past, though not for each election year and not always for two candidates. In 1960, when JFK beat Richard Nixon, the Candi-Date flavor featured vanilla ice cream loaded with diced dates and Butter Brickle candy. When incumbent Bill Clinton faced Bob Dole in 1996 two flavors emerged: Saxy Candidate (with vanilla ice cream and Baby Ruth candy bar pieces) for Clinton and GOPeanut Butter for Dole. This year is the first year in which the website hosted a poll of the two flavors.
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