By Mark Welsh
During a political season rife with backbiting, muckraking, and slanderous names calling (and that’s just me) Washington D.C. chocolatier Harper Macaw and their endlessly creative agency Design Army did the brave, bold, and unthinkable. They reached across the aisle and collaborated for the greater good. Yep, you read that right. In an effort to highlight DC’s thriving creative scene and empower everyone to get out and vote they hatched The Political Collection, and invited me to get a cacao buzz on and pepper (and assault) their genius graphic wrapper designs with irreverent observations, snappy barbs, and un-PC bon mots. (Typecast again). Finally I got the chance to feature the words “Save the Gay Whales” on a product package. And not a gay whale too soon.
Vote for The (very) Political collection. Chocolate with an agenda.
RED STATE: INSPIRED BY OLD FAMILY PORTRAITS, OLD FAMILY MONEY, AND OLD WHITE ELEPHANTS.
LEFT WING: STRIDENTLY DIVERSE DARK CHOCOLATE MEETS SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS HAZELNUTS.
MOMENTOUS MOMENTS IN COPYWRITING. The words "SAVE THE GAY WHALES" are finally emblazoned on product packaging.
TEA PARTY: RABID PATRIOTISM, RENDERED IN SINGLE ESTATE CHOCOLATE AND EARL GREY TEA.
TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION: THE BITTER SENTIMENTS OF D.C. DWELLERS, EXPRESSED IN CHOCOLATE.
FLIP FLOPPER: SWEET ONE MOMENT, SALTY THE NEXT. CHANGE YOUR OPINION WITH EVERY BITE.
FILIBUSTER: ENJOY THE SOUND OF YOUR OWN VOICE, PUNCTUATED BY THE CRUNCH OF PROCRASTINATING PRETZELS.
DON'T JUST EAT CHOCOLATE, #VOTECHOCOLATE. The social media launch campaign was designed to get voters engaged with the lighter side of the political process. Now everyone can vote for chocolate their believe in with #VOTECHOCOLATE.
The (very) Political Collection is available on the Harper Macaw website, and in rapidly diminishing quantities at my house.