Pollman’s Bakery in Mobile, AL, has been a local staple for birthday cakes and other sweet treats for nearly 100 years. But this season, they’re asking customers not to blow out the candles on their birthday cakes. They will, however, give you a free cupcake to use instead.
The extra-cupcake campaign is part of a Mobile County Health Department initiative to raise awareness about the dangerous spread of germs during flu season. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone aged six months or older get a flu shot every year, the virus can still spread rapidly and cause hospitalization or death among non-vaccinated populations, especially young children and older adults.
In fact, Alabama has already reported “local activity” of the flu virus this year at rates higher than any other state in the union.
The idea for the cupcake campaign came after a recent study at Clemson University found an abundant increase in bacteria present on small cakes after some candles were blown out. Compared to 200 bacteria present while the candles were still lit, around 3,000 were observed post-blow, all capable of forming colonies and spreading germs.
Health Officer for Mobile County, Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, doesn’t want people to abandon the birthday candle tradition, but he does think there are safer and more sanitary alternatives.
“Why not have your birthday candles on a cupcake?” Dr. Eichold asked. “Or just have a candle sitting down, have everyone sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ blow out the candle and eat the food?”
Pollman’s Bakery may be the first to take up the cupcake candle initiative, but hopefully, they won’t be the last.
“I agree with Dr. Eichold on how it can help the public,” said Rose Pollman, who runs the third-generation family bakery with her husband, Fred. “We think it is a great idea. This will keep the germs off the cake. This is great for kids and adults.”
When it comes to that spectacular birthday party, one main aspect to remember is the cake. There are tons of wonderful cake ideas that will make your birthday party stand out. Of course, the cake must taste good. However, from various cake designs that go with the theme of the party to the shape and build of the cake with all the bells and whistles, the sky is the limit. Pollman Bakery birthday cakes have tons of birthday ideas that are beyond extraordinary.
Also, small things can also make that wonderful day stand out. Some things that may seem small are actually sentimental. You can get a birthday caption, you can get T shirts for birthday parties, and you can get an inspirational birthday message. There are various things you can do to have a good birthday party, especially for your most cherished loved ones. So whether the birthday is for your Lil man of the evening, i.e. another word for birthday boy, or someone else, your birthday party can be a day to always remember.
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