THIS week Tony Abbott gave us chocolate. Labor gave us pickled onions.
Hours apart, the obvious parallels between these contrasting media events and the parties' campaign strategies and popularity provided some food for thought.
Those that attended Mr Abbott's press conference at Cadbury's Hobart factory came away with a huge sugar high and bags packed full of chocolate to share the joy around.
I for one have never felt more popular handing out the freebies for the rest of the day.
Those who attended Labor's gig celebrating the return of Blue Banner pickled onions to supermarket shelves thanks to some federal funding got a jar of the old-fashioned stuff that soon stunk out the office.
They might have been enjoyed by a few with an acquired taste and sense of nostalgia but this was far outweighed by a backlash from the majority.
In Tasmania, the opposition has skilfully worked out exactly what the electorate wants (not that most people are shy about making that clear) or telling them what they want to hear.
Labor's message has been harder to swallow for the electorate. As hard as they defend their record on jobs growth and try to distance themselves from the Greens, the electorate does not forget so easily. As Tasmanian Labor stalwart Dick Adams said this week, his party has been tainted by minority government at both state and federal levels.
Just like those stinky pickled onions, the bad odour is hard to escape.
At the risk of stretching the analogy too far, the difference highlighted by the chocolate versus pickled onions announcements in some (loose) way mirrors the two parties' different approaches to the deeply divisive and never-ending forestry issue.
We needed that chocolate stash to endure yet another round of detailed briefings and debate about the forestry peace deal in State Parliament this week.
In the end, the deal survived a last-ditch effort to kill it off, even winning an extra vote from Apsley MLC Tania Rattray, who maintains she's not a big fan, but decided, with difficulty, that it was worth allowing the agreement to continue to the next stage.
Opponents would have preferred to wait until after next week's federal election.
Huon MLC Paul Harriss ended his contribution reading a letter from Mr Abbott sent that day promising not to lock up any more forests while not asking for any money already in state coffers back. "I know who I'll be voting for," Harriss concluded.
Like the Liberals' economic growth policy, launched earlier this month, the letter fails to present any credible plan explaining how "unlocking" the resource will restore the markets that have disappeared for Tasmanian forests products.
Still the Liberals' line is what people angry about the decline of the forestry industry want to hear.
The problem is that just like giving us a whole bunch of chocolate, it's popular but not necessarily in our long-term best interests.
The week ended with yet another food-related announcement with the federal government committing to invest $15 million in Simplot's vegetable processing facility in Devonport.
With 180 jobs on the line, the announcement will have a much bigger and better impact than pickled onions for sure but it still may not be enough to get achieve the popularity of the Liberals and chocolate.