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!
Coffee + Waffle Cone = Alfred Cone
The mashup: Props to Alfred Coffee & Kitchen in L.A. for finding a way to make a well-pulled Stumptown espresso even better, by serving it in a pint-sized dark-chocolate dipped waffle cones.
Staying power: High. Although pricey—the Alfred Cone adds $5 onto the cost of your espresso or macchiato—the edible receptacle has already proven to be a big hit with customers since its introduction a few weeks ago. And store manager Ashlee Lawson says that the shop is experimenting with adding whipped cream and cocoa powder. To which we say: Bring it on. (Photo: @alfredcoffee)
Horchata + Beer = Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale
The mashup: Head brewmaster and founder Keith Villa made this seasonal ale with cinnamon, sugar, and rice to emulate the creamy Latin American drink. BeerAdvocate gives it an 85% rating, with one user describing it as “Christmas in my mouth.” What’s not to like about that?
Staying power: Medium. This will be around for two seasons at least, via the fall and winter brewmaster sampler packs. (It’s also available in six packs in select cities.) But according to a vaguely worded press release, the Yuletime party may endure beyond the winter as “part of the Blue Moon line up.” (Photo: Blue Moon Brewing Company)
Banana + Beer = Shock Top Spiced Banana Wheat
The mashup: This dessert-inspired ale, along with Shock Top’s Twisted Pretzel Wheat, makes up the brewery’s 2014 Beer Fest Tour offerings—experimental suds brewed for near-exclusive distribution at beer nerd conventions. In other words, it’s part of Anheuser-Busch’s “crafty” attempt to fit in with the microbreweries.
Staying power: Low. Hensley Beverage Company reports that the draught-only beer is available through November with a “very limited release in select markets.” That means you’re unlikely to spot that mohawk banana tap handle at your local, but then again, stranger things have happened where bananas are concerned. (Photo: Shock Top/ Foodbeast)
Twix Bar + Fried Twinkie = Twinx
The mashup: “Calories don’t matter at fairs,” says Fried Specialties food truck owner James Hasbrouck in the Wall Street Journal. That explains how he can still sleep at night after unleashing this deep-fried Twinkie, stuffed with a bacon-wrapped Twix candy bar, on our children at the Great New York State Fair.
Staying power: Low. The fair ends on September 7, although the food truck will continue to sell bacon-wrapped Snickers, deep fried PB&J, and other items with charming names like the triple bypass, quadruple bypass, stroke, and flatliner. (Photo: @eric_anthony77)
Pasta + Burger = Rustic Ravioli Burger
The mashup: From the creators of the 100% ground bacon patty and the doughnut burger comes this pasta dish in a handheld format. Slater’s 50/50’s latest Burger of the Month consists of a fried ravioli, beef-and-Italian-sausage patty, roasted tomato, and grilled broccolini on a brioche bun with pesto.
Staying power: Low. The Rustic Ravioli is only around for a few weeks more, but we’re looking forward to whatever comes next. After all, these are the people who have given us a Sriracha cheeseburger (with Sriracha spiced meat, Sriracha sauteéd mushrooms, Sriracha glazed bacon, Sriracha garlic coleslaw, Sriracha mayo, and actual Sriracha) as well as whatever the hell this is. (Photo: Slater’s 50/50)