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!
Cookie + Ham + Cheese = Corn Cookie Ham and Cheese
The mashup: Proving necessity is the mother of invention, Christina Tosi came up with this when she “wanted a sandwich, but didn’t have any bread at home.” (It’s nice to know that happens to chefs too.) It is exactly what it sounds like, a grilled ham and cheese using Momofuku Milk Bar’s sweet-and-savory corn cookies in place of bread.
Staying power: Low. Unlike Tosi’s other recipes, this one is remarkably simple, however it does require you to either go to a Momofuku Milk Bar to get the cookies or make them yourself using freeze-dried corn powder. Which, let’s face it, probably means you’ll end up making a regular ham and cheese sandwich with bread. (Photo: Lucky Peach)
Fries + Chocolate Fudge = Fruffles
The mashup: Red Robin is getting fancy. The chain recently announced that it’s adding a crab cake burger to the menu, as well as french-fry shaped fudge bars “dipped in dark chocolate and bejeweled with French sea salt and sugar crystal,” dahling. The name is a bit of a mystery, but we suspect it has something to do with the fact that chocolate truffles sound more chichi than fudge sticks.
Staying power: Medium. Red Robin hasn’t specified how long these new items will be on the menu, stating simply that they’re available while supplies last. We’re not sure if we’re convinced by Red Robin’s aspirational rebranding attempt, but chocolate french fries are something we can definitely get behind. (Photo: Facebook/ Red Robin)
Chocolate + Marshmallow + Pizza = Pizza Cioccolata
The mashup: Mister Donut in Japan is trying to harness Brooklyn’s cachet (who isn’t?), bandying around buzzwords like “handcrafted” and “hybrid,” and releasing limited edition sweets apparently inspired by the borough. First there was a donut-danish mashup called the Brooklyn D&D, and now there’s this palm sized pizza covered in chocolate sauce and toasted marshmallow. (The chain is also selling Baggu reuseable bags which are genuinely made in Brooklyn.)
Staying power: Medium. The chocolate pizzas are not really hybrids, or handcrafted, nor do they have even the vaguest connection to Kings County—but they still taste pretty good according to RocketNews24. Meanwhile we’re finding this whole campaign hilarious, and can’t wait to see what quintessentially “Brooklyn” snack comes next. (Photo: Facebook/ Mister Donut)