We’re living in an age of mashup-food mania, a time in which a new frankenfood unveils itself everyday. To help you keep up with all the new hypebeast snacks on the scene, we’ll be doing a weekly roundup of ridiculous mashup foods you need to know about right now, and ranking them on staying power. Read on!
Mac and Cheese + Ice Cream Cone = Mac and Cheese Bread Cone
The mashup: In September, we alerted the country’s cardiovascular surgeons to the fact that a Disney amusement park was serving macaroni and cheese in a bread cone with “optional” bacon sprinkles. It’s currently available at Florida’s Hollywood Studios, along with a second bread cone filled with chili, beans, corn, jalapeños, and cheddar.
Staying power: High. Boosting your hi-carb meal with an edible carb container has proved so popular that Disney is thinking of turning it into a permanent menu item, reports Foodbeast. It’s like they’re actually trying to induce the happiest food coma on Earth. (Photos: Disney Food Blog)
Tacos + Fritos = Frito Taco
The mashup: Taco Bell has hinted that the next gen Doritos Locos Taco could be made with a different Frito-Lay chip altogether. The company is refusing to confirm or deny speculation that a Frito Taco is in the works—when Business Insider reached out for a statement it was coyly blueballed with the comment “We’re always innovating and testing new concepts.”
Staying power: High. According to The Atlantic, the Doritos Locos Taco was the most successful product launch in Taco Bell history and has earned the company $1 billion since 2012. So we can expect Taco Bell to milk this possible new product for all its worth, which means introducing a different flavor or variation every couple of months. (Photo: Yum! Brands)
Collagen + Dumplings = Happy Maru Gyoza
The mashup: These cute, colorful dumplings were developed by Japanese frozen food company Osaka Ohsho for health- and beauty-conscious ladies, according to RocketNews24. They’re enriched with collagen, which is believed to improve skin elasticity, and polyphenols, an anti-oxidant that is said to have multiple health benefits ranging from anti-aging to anti-cancer.
Staying power: High. Gyoza are so delicious that waistline-watching women usually try not to overindulge, but if eating these dumplings is actually going to make us look better, we’re about to Fat Kid like there are no more mirrors left in the world. (Photo: Osaka Ohsho)