We’re 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!
Coffee + Potato Chips = Cappuccino Lay’s
The mashup: You know what I’ve never thought was missing from my coffee? Crunch. This odd pairing is one of four finalists in Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest in which members of the public submit new flavors. The caffeine-free headscratcher is available from July 19 until the competition ends in November—and possibly longer if it’s voted the most popular of the four.
Staying power: Medium. Although it’s the most befuddling of the four entries, it’s apparently not the worst; Business Insider and Today both ranked it third, above mango salsa. It’s unlikely to win, but novelty could turn it into the contest’s best-seller. (Photo: Business Insider)
Cookie + Pizza = Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie
The mashup: Pizza Hut launched a pie-sized cookie this week, that comes cut into eight slices so big you’ll need a soup bowl of milk to dunk them in. Excessive though it may be, it was nice to see Pizza Hut harnessing the power of gluttony for good on July 16, by donating 10% of sales to the hunger-fighting World Food Programme.
Staying power: High. According to USA Today, the 8-inch confection (which is 2 inches larger than a personal pan pizza) was born of actual consumer demand: 70% of Pizza Hut customers said they want dessert after gorging on pie. So it shall be written, so it shall be done. (Photo: Facebook/ Pizza Hut)
Fried Chicken + Oreo = Fried Chicken Oreo
The mashup: Rumors of this mythical beast began circulating earlier this week when the above photo was posted on Instagram. Unfortunately, their existence has been officially denied by the company. Sorry to crush dreams.
Staying power: Low. I recognize this is a controversial move, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this can’t be good. Not because the idea of fried chicken doesn’t arouse me—it does, and I’m going to have to excuse myself in just a minute—but I don’t trust Oreo to pull this off. Historically, the cookie’s more exotic flavors (banana split, watermelon) have been poorly executed, and contained zero of the key flavor ingredient. If you promise me fried chicken in any form, there had better be a pile of feathers somewhere. (Photo: Instagram/@moorestyle10)
Pot + Churros + Burrito = The Sweet Hemptation
The mashup: Tijuana Flats introduced its first ever limited-run promotional menu items on July 9, and its virgin foray makes a convincing case for everyone else to give up and go home. The three new Hemptation burritos are wrapped in hemp seed-studded tortillas, which won’t get you high but will give you a good dose of protein and Omega-3, according to Tijuana’s website. Even so, one of the burritos was clearly designed with the munchies in mind; it’s filled with “crispy chicken, chopped churros, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, queso, cheese and bacon.”
Staying power: High. This burrito is a no-brainer: Two kinds of cheese, three kinds of meat (bacon counts as two because it’s awesome) and dessert in one mouthful. And not just any dessert, but fried, sugar-coated, pastry sticks of power. And did we mention it contains cannabis? Dear Sweet Hemptation, you had us at “hemp”. (Photo: Facebook/ Tijuana Flats)