The debate was touched off nearly immediately after Romney shared a brief video early Tuesday of staffers bringing him a cake made from Twinkies (his "favorite snack") and singing to him.
Similarly, Kimmel described the candle bit as being "like an alien to our planet", and went on to add "Look, Twinkies really are the ideal Mitt Romney snack".
"What I've always wanted - look at that", a delighted Romney says in his Senate office.
Mitt Romney sparked distress among Twitter users Tuesday when he posted a video showing the unique way he blows out his birthday candles.
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At this point it'd be nearly disappointing if he blew out his birthday candles the way a normal person does. "Mitt Romney is a deeply weird dude".
The cake, by the way, is not a cake, per se, but a bunch of artfully stacked Twinkies, which are apparently Romney's favorite snack.
TMZ caught up with Romney later Tuesday and asked him to explain his technique. "Good thing I haven't had breakfast yet".
They each played a clip of Romney, who (read no further to avoid spoilers) begins to pick each candle off the cake and blow them out individually, in turn.