Perhaps it started with the Doritos Locos Taco in 2012 or Dominique Ansel’s Cronut in 2013. However it originated, there’s no disputing that by 2014 the food mashup phenomenon was in full swing. For the last six months we’ve been bringing you each week’s most ridiculous food and drink mashups—and there have been many to report on, some more ludicrous and/or awesome than others.
Here’s a look at ten of the most notable hybrids of 2014.
1. Doritos + Cheese Sticks = Doritos Loaded
The July release of this 7-Eleven exclusive was the biggest Doritos-related food event since Taco Bell came out with you-know-what, and it generated considerable buzz. Once that died down though, everyone more or less agreed that the Doritos-dusted fried cheese wedges were not worth eating, even at $1.99. (Photo: Doritos)
2. Tacos + Fritos = Frito Taco
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, but it looks like the next iteration will be made with a different Frito-Lay chip altogether. Earlier this month, Taco Bell’s parent company showed investors the above photo of a taco inside a Fritos bag. The company is also being a total cocktease by refusing to confirm or deny speculation of an impending Frito taco. (Photo: Yum! Brands)
3. Pigs in a Blanket + Pizza = Metti Crust Pizza
Pizza hut went through a massive rebrand in the U.S. this year, but where it really brought its game was with inventive stuffed crusts in other countries. There was Marmite in New Zealand; Doritos in Australia; pineapple bun in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China; and cream cheese and fruit in Korea. But the one that truly captured our attention was this meaty number from Luxembourg. The sausage roll crust is made from traditional smoked pork mettwurst and can be pulled apart and dunked in mustard dipping sauce. This appetizer-and-pizza-in-one is a total slam dunk. (Photo: Pizza Hut Luxembourg)
4. Mapo Tofu + Pizza = The Chang
One night last month, the holy trinity of David Chang (Momofuku), Rene Redzepi (Noma), and Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese) was messing around in the kitchen and the result was this beauty. Everyone was hoping that when Mission Chinese re-opened in New York this month that it would be on the menu, but no such luck. As we feared, this Instagram post did in fact turn out to be the year’s most FOMO-inducing moment for New York food lovers.
5. Sriracha + Beer = Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer
The Specialty Food Association predicts Sriracha products will be one of the top five food trends in 2015, although food and restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman think the rooster’s already jumped the shark. Either way, it was a ballsy move to make a hot sauce-flavored beer, and Sriracha’s cult following is such that this could be the brewery’s fastest-selling ale ever. (Photo: Facebook/Rogue Ales)
6. Money + Frozen Pizza + Beer = Big Ass Money Stout
What happens when two brewmasters get together to have some fun in Norway? They make beer with Norway’s favorite frozen pizza and a few hundred dollars cash, because Norway is apparently the richest country in the world. The mad scientists behind this experiment are Mike Murphy, who brews for Lervig Aktiebryggeri, and Evil Twin’s Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, who says he’s planning to import it to the U.S. We’re not sure why, since he also described the ultra-rich beer as having a mouth feel like Norwegian oil. (Photo: Munchies)
7. Ice Cream Cone + Fried Chicken = Chicken and Waffle Cone
State fair season is a particularly fertile time for ridiculous mashup foods. This one was spotted at the Wisconsin State Fair in August, and we maintain that the rosemary-cornmeal waffle cone filled with blue-cheese slaw, fried chicken, honey-beer maple syrup, and beer-candied bacon still makes us want to binge eat them until our love handles merge in the middle of our backs.
8. Mac and Cheese + Ice Cream Cone = Mac and Cheese Bread Cone
The savory cone might be showing signs of becoming a trend: a Disney theme park in Florida is now serving two different kinds, one with mac and cheese plus bacon sprinkles, the other with chili, beans, corn, jalapeños, and cheddar cheese. The bread cones have proved so popular that Disney is thinking of turning the promotional items into permanent menu fixtures, which means a whole generation of kids could grow up associating them with happy family vacations. We’re not sure how to feel about that. (Photos: Disney Food Blog)
9. Donut + Cheeseburger = Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger
there is a Krispy Kreme triple cheeseburger in this world… pic.twitter.com/1nVbwYoZkB
— kursten berry. (@kurstenberry) August 5, 2014
Obviously a a triple cheeseburger sandwiched in a Krispy Kreme donut could only have come out of a fair, the San Diego county fair to be specific. Paula Deen holds the dubious honor of having invented the donut burger, but it was Chicken Charlie’s that took it to new literal and figurative heights this summer. We’re not sure what it is, but something about this artery clogging monstrosity makes us proud to be American.
10. Bacon + Sushi = Bacon Sushi
Canadians have cause to feel patriotic too; this year, a restaurant opened in Montreal that incorporates bacon into every single dish. The unbelievable menu items at Bar Brutus include Jäger Poutine (bacon, caramelized red onion, cheese curds, and homemade Jägermeister sauce served over french fries) and bacon sushi (bacon wrapped around chicken confit, dates, and celery, topped with soy mayo, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard). New year’s resolution: eat there in 2015. (Photo: Facebook/BarBrutus)