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The Internet Skewers Ivanka Trump Over Arabella’s Birthday Snack

Ivanka Trump made headlines last week for photos posted during her daughter Arabella’s birthday party. The scandalous Instagram story featured a unique dish: skewered hot dogs and marshmallows.

Although kosher marshmallows are difficult to obtain due to kashrut issues surrounding gelatin, it wasn’t immediately clear whether Ivanka ventured into her local kosher supermarket to get some heimish versions of the pillowy, sweet treat.

But the Internet was far more concerned about this strange food combo than with any sort of religious dietary laws.

The Internet’s reaction was immediate and harsh: She was skewered by a variety of (presumably) anti-Trumpists, like Teen Vogue’s chief political agitator Lauren Duca, who declared that this was yet another indication that the Trump family could not be trusted.

Some comments were less dramatic and simply inquired as to whether this was “a thing,” and why anyone in God’s name would do that to a hot dog.

But it soon became apparent that these pithy Twitter moments were not bouts of genius, but flashes of ignorance. You see, marshmallows and hot dogs on sticks are a traditional snack in the Philippines, served as a treat to Filipino children.

Alright, Ivanka, you win this round.

Michelle Honig is the food intern of the Forward. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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