Tender, Juicy "Obama Fingers" to Hit German Markets

German food company unveils new presidential product

By Leanne Ta
|  Monday, Mar 16, 2009  |  Updated 2:54 PM CDT
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Tender, Juicy "Obama Fingers" to Hit German Markets

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The Sprehe company has launched a one-week trial for its new product: fried chicken pieces called "Obama Fingers."

A German company has concocted an edible tribute to Barack Obama that some say is in bad taste.

Frozen food company Sprehe has announced the trial release of a new product it calls "Obama Fingers," the English edition of the German newspaper Der Speigel reported.

The snack, pieces of fried chicken breast, comes with "a tasty curry sauce," according to its package.

While some might find a disturbing racial overtone in naming a fried chicken dish after the nation's first African American president, Sprehe sales manager Judith Witting said the company was unaware of the stereotype linking African Americans and fried chicken.

"It was supposed to be a homage to the American lifestyle and the new U.S. president," Witting told the German newspaper. 

"We noticed that American products and the American way of eating are trendy at the moment," and the company wanted to boost sales by capitalizing on that trend, she said.

The "Obama Fingers" are the newest item on a growing list of Obama-themed products in the market, which includes everything from commemorative plates and T-shirts to thong underwear and bar soap.

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