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!
Vodka + Tequila = Vodquila
The mashup: It may sound like a drunken dare at the end of the night, but Red Eye Louie‘s liquor blend took home a silver award at this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition. To make it, sextuple-distilled vodka and tequila from Jalisco, Mexico are combined at high temperatures and then filtered.
Staying power: High. It’s currently available in more than a dozen states and will soon be sold in the U.K. and Australia. Hopefully boozehounds there realize that at 40% ABV it’s not going to get them twice as drunk. (Photo: Vodquila)
Bao + Taco = Baco
The mashup: Chicago’s Saucy Porka coined this term to describe their fusion Chinese/Taiwanese bun sandwiches, clearly not a new concept but delicious none the less. Gua Bao—a bun stuffed with braised pork belly, crushed peanuts, red sugar, and cilantro—is a well-known Taiwanese street food. Saucy Porka’s Latin version uses pork carnitas or beef short rib, topped with pineapple salsa.
Staying power: High. Anyone who’s had dim sum knows that these soft, sweet buns are crazy delicious, which is why they’re available at a bunch of restaurants, not least Eddie Huang’s Baohaus and Wow Bao in Chicago. (Photo: Saucy Porka)
Doritos Locos Taco + Cheesy Gordita Crunch = Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch
The mashup: The Doritos Locos Taco is not the cashcow it once was, so it looks like Taco Bell is trying to sprinkle some of that MSG fairy dust on another menu item. The Cheesy Gordita Crunch, a hard taco wrapped in a quesadilla, now comes in a Doritos version. The taco is of course Nacho Cheese, the original and to date most popular flavor for Taco Bell.
Staying power: Low. This feels all too familiar; it surely won’t be long before the Ranch flavor is released as Taco Bell rehashes it’s former hits like an aging rock band trying to recapture the glory days. And according to The Impulsive Buy who gave it a resounding “meh” in its review, the addition of the Doritos taco did not improve upon the Cheesy Gordita Crunch but turned it into “a dull wave of cheesy numbness.” (Photo: Facebook/ Taco Bell)
Churro + OREO = OREO churro
The mashup: J&J Snack Foods Corporation is bringing Oreo Churros—and that crucial Oreo creme dipping sauce—to life. The math was simple: Oreos are America’s Favorite Cookie®. Churros are beautiful, delicious, glorious sticks of fried dough. America loves frying things.
Staying power: Extremely high. Really, it was almost inevitable that those two crazy snacks would get together in a deep-fryer and make flavor explosions in your mouth. Our favorite part of this invention: the introduction of Oreo Churros will introduce the idea of churros to whole areas of the country that are unfamiliar with the fried dough pastry.