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!
PB&J + Soda = Jones Soda Peanut Butter and Jelly
The mashup: Jones Soda—makers of wacky flavors like vanilla bean, crushed melon, and chipotle pineapple—have created a kids’ sandwich-inspired beverage, possibly so they can jump on the Back to School marketing bandwagon. It isn’t the first time they’ve come out with a food-flavored drink; their retired products include strawberries and cream, and a chocolate-fudge soda.
Staying power: Medium. The website states that the limited-edition soda “didn’t use any actual peanuts or come in contact with peanut materials.” While that might prompt most people to ask what the damn point of the soda is, it does corner the market for kids with nut allergies who want to know what a PB&J tastes like (poor little guys). (Photo: Jones Soda Co.)
Pretzel + Pizza = Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza
The mashup: On Labor Day, Little Caesars is finally dropping this four-cheese pepperoni pizza with a salted-pretzel crust. It’s an item they’ve had in the works since 2012 that went through various manifestations—cheese sauce, mustard—before reaching this final, tasty-looking incarnation.
Staying power: High. Little Caesars has announced an eight-week limited run, but like a Broadway show producer, it might get extended if the demand is there, reports USA Today. And how could it not be? In the words of Little Caesars CEO David Scrivano, “The product (will sell) itself.” (Photo: Little Caesars)
Buffalo Wings + Doughnut = Buffalo Crunch Donut
The mashup: Canadian doughnut and coffee chain Tim Hortons created this beast for this weekend’s New York State Fair: a large, pull-apart doughnut covered in Buffalo sauce and tortilla chip crumbs. It comes in spicy and mild versions, the latter tempered with creamy ranch dressing.
Staying power: Low. State fair foods live fast and die young; however, now that Burger King is merging with Tim Hortons, perhaps some version of the Buffalo Crunch Donut will up on the burger chain’s menu one day. (Photo: Twitter/@AsEatenOnTV)
Cookie + Doughnut = Cookie-Stuffed Doughnut
The mashup: San Diego cookie shop The Cravory did a Dita von Teese this week by Instagramming a photo of a donut with a whole cookie inside of it. The tease part was the caption that said, “Our Chef Derek is having a little fun in the kitchen today! What do you think about this cookie inside a donut!? #cheflife #kitchenfun.” In other words, this is not yet an item you can buy and cram down your gullet while standing over the garbage can counter in your socks.
Staying power: Medium. In the Instagram comments, The Cravory did hint that it would be making a batch of these “soon.” While that comment is maddeningly vague, it does inspire hope that we’ll eventually be able to go full Cookie Monster on this yet-to-be-named confection. (Photo: @thecravory)