The job of running for president is no easy task, so what's the secret to Obama's and Romney's long days on the campaign trail? Food! After a little digging, it is clear that the 2012 presidential candidates love a good meal. From Obama's favorites like a warm bowl of chili and sweet pumpkin pie to Romney's love for anything and everything peanut butter, there is no lack of appetite in the 2012 election!
President Barack Obama loves to eat! With an appetite that dabbles from savory to sweet, his favorite foods range from Hawaiian snacks like shaved ice to all-American comfort food such as a warm bowl of chili. Favoring the classics, there is no doubt that nighty dinners in the White house are lacking in variety and flavor. Here are the recipes to Obama's favorites:
In a recent interview with Oprah , Obama dished on his favorite dish: pizza! To indulge in this American favorite, try this simple, homemade pizza dough recipe . Then, top with your favorite seasonal veggies from your garden — Obama-style!
Obama Family Chili
Obama is quite the home chef, and since 2008 , he has shared his love for his family's chili recipe  — a dish that is rather simple and eay to make!
Although Obama is not a big fan of sweets, his daughters claim  he is a fan of pumpkin pie. To enjoy dessert like Obama, try this pumpkin chess pie  loaded with spices, a hint of cornmeal, and, of course, fresh pumpkin!
Hawaiian Shaved Ice
Being from Hawaii, there is no doubt Obama loves his shaved ice ! Even if you can't make it to Hawaii, you can still enjoy this cool treat from home following this recipe .
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney loves classic, all-American dishes and . . . peanut butter! He is quite the snacker, as well, known to always have a variety of healthy snacks such as hummus, pita, and even applesauce on the campaign trail. Here are Romney's favorite recipes to fuel up on — chocolate and peanut butter included!
Campaign correspondents have dished that Romney likes to keep snacks like applesauce  with him while traveling. Make your own  applesauce following this recipe . Even if you aren't a fan of applesauce, this homemade version will blow your mind. Smooth, creamy, and scented with cinnamon, this recipe is like apple pie: warm and comforting.
Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich
In an interview with Kelly Ripa , Romney said he loved a good peanut butter sandwich! But his guilty pleasure isn't just any old peanut butter sandwich; the presidential candidate likes it drizzled with honey . Enjoy with a glass of milk, and you're good to go!
Peanut Butter Cups
Although Romney isn't a big fan of junk food, he has admitted  his love for peanut butter cups. If you love the sweet and salty taste of peanuts and chocolate, indulge like Romney with homemade peanut butter cups .
On her blog, Ann Romney has shared that on special occasions, like Mitt's birthday, they celebrate with her homemade meatloaf cakes . Serve these minicakes with scalloped potatoes and steamed veggies for an easy weeknight meal.
Healthy snacks  may be just the secret to Romney's long days on the campaign trail. For a healthy pick-me-up, try spreading soft cheese on apples  or making smooth, creamy red pepper hummus .