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!
G&T + Doughnut = Gin and Tonic Doughnut
The mashup: After teasing this a few weeks ago on social media, cult baker Dough finally put this on the specials board last Friday. Although co-owner and pastry chef Fany Gerson is known for innovative creations (we’re counting down sleeps until the new buttermilk cake doughnuts drop), this was the first boozy glaze we’ve seen from her, though hopefully not the last.
Staying power: Low. A staffer confirmed that it was a one-day special and there are no plans to revive it. However, the future is looking bright: Fany Gerson’s Instagram shows some promising experiments going on in the kitchen, like a concha doughnut topped with Mexican sweet bread, and a babkah-doughnut hybrid.
Cinnabon + Coffee = Cinnabon Delights Coffee
The mashup: In between masterminding the creation of a taco emoji (perhaps the most noble petition in Change.org history), Taco Bell announced on Twitter that it’s now slinging Cinnabon-flavored coffee. Brand Eating reports that it’s regular coffee with Cinnabon Delights-flavored creamer, and the frosting-filled doughnut hole flavor is barely discernible.
Staying power: High. There’s nothing indicating that this is a limited-edition item, and Eater reports that Taco Bell is even pushing the new coffee with a month-long promotion of four free Cinnabon Delights. Looks like this could be a permanent addition to the breakfast menu, although we wish they’d stop messing with their coffee and just roll out those biscuit tacos already.
Croissant + Hot Dog = Cro-Dog
The mashup: These pimped-out pigs in a blanket are available at New York and Connecticut grocery chain Stew Leonard’s; they’re beef franks wrapped in croissant dough instead of hot dog buns or puff pastry. If you’re going for a pretense of civility, the pastry has been scored so you can cut it into finger food, but we’d just put a whole one on a stick and call it a day.
Staying power: High. Like these DJ Paul-approved snacks, the Cro-Dog was clearly designed with Super Bowl Sunday in mind. However, the store says the new item will be available year-round, so it might just become a kitchen staple in Yonkers. (Photo: Facebook/ Stew Leonard’s)