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!
Cotton Candy + French Fries = Cotton Candy Fries
The mashup: Along with minor league baseball stadiums, 4/20 is one of the greatest sources of imaginative mashups that scale the peaks of ridiculousness while scraping the bottom of the nutrition barrel. This one appears to be plucked straight from the mind of a five year old: french fries topped with cotton candy, caramel sauce, and strawberry Pop Rocks, because there is not enough exploding food in the world #amirite?
Staying power: Low. The rainbow-colored calorie bomb was available for just one day at just one location of Sticky’s Finger Joint in New York, where we’re guessing it brought a twinkle to many a red eye.
Fruity Pebbles + Ice Cream = Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream Cone
The mashup: Speaking of being plucked from the mind of a five year old, Dude Foods has made ice cream even more fun by melding it with a cartoon-inspired breakfast cereal. Not only are there Fruity Pebbles stirred into the ice cream, but the cone is made out of Fruity Pebbles fused together with melted marshmallow.
Staying power: High.Momofuku’s cereal milk soft serve has proved that grownups still have a taste for sugary breakfast cereal. Plus, Fruity Pebbles might be having a moment right now—the mixologists at The Eddy in New York have even made a pretty classy cocktail out of them.
Donut + Cheesesteak + Burger = Donut Cheesesteak Burger
The mashup: Philadelphia’s PYT has gotten a lot of press of late for their experimental burgers, especially the Pizza and Wings Burger. But a recent episode of Food Mashups brought another of their worthy dishes to our attention. The Donut Cheesesteak Burger is actually a mashup of two other menu items: the Donut Burger and the Cheesesteak Pretzel Burger. It consists of a beef patty, shredded steak, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and Cheez Whiz, sandwiched inside a glazed donut bun.
Staying power: High. Such is the popularity of this burger than when it was taken off the specials menu, customers continued to order it. It now has a permanent place as a secret, off-menu item—although after that video it’s probably about as secret as In-N-Out’s hidden menu. (Photo: Food Mashups/ PYT)