There are some ridiculous things happening in the world of food and beverage right now, and I am pretty much here for all of it.
The whole "mashing two ridiculous things into one big ridiculous thing" trend is showing no signs of tapering off, and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with some of the most recent innovations, which you will find below.
New Belgium + Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale
I am cautiously excited about this one, because I've been burned by these Ben & Jerry's collaborations before. Last fall, I bought a six-pack of their Salted Caramel Brownie Ale and it was, in a word, underwhelming.
Maybe this next flavor will be more successful, but I'm worried it might go the way of the Rogue/Voodoo Doughnut collaborations, which were all pretty terrible.
But I will try and remain optimistic, because if I can't believe in cookie dough beer, what can I believe in?
Burger King's Mac 'n' Cheetos
I haven't been particularly impressed with some of Burger King's recent shenanigans, but I am super freaking stoked to try the Mac 'n' Cheetos, which are — as the name would suggest — macaroni and cheese bites surrounded by crunchy Cheeto goodness.
I honestly haven't been so excited for a ridiculous novelty food since 7-11's Doritos Loaded. Apparently the feedback at test locations was pretty positive, and Burger King will be releasing these babies at "participating locations" for a limited time beginning on June 27th.
Outback Steakhouse's Cheese Fry-Topped Bloomin' Onion
I love so many things about this, particularly the fact that the fries are being treated as a freaking topping for a fried onion blossom. It's like the carb version of the KFC Double Down. In addition to French fried potatoes the "Loaded Onion" is also graced with bacon, spicy ranch dressing, and cheese.
When my brain asked my stomach to comment, my stomach said "sure, why not?"
This Solution That Turns Most Beverages Into Bubbles
Have you ever gazed down at a delicious beverage and though to yourself "hmm, this sure is tasty, but I wish that instead of being contained in a glass, my beverage was actually just a bunch of bubbles floating around in the air"?
No. Of course you haven't, but you have to admit that you find the idea of bubble that are made of gin extremely intriguing. (Or maybe I'm the only one who has to admit that.) How is such a thing possible, and how did it come to pass. According to the British website on which "Bubble Lick Edible Bubbles" are sold, a sweet child was the inspiration:
Conceived by two kids who innocently asked their Dad: "why can’t bubbles be lickable and made from any liquid?" – after all, half the joy of regular bubbles is trying to catch them in your mouth and then coughing and spluttering when you actually do. Months of research and development later and this safe, non-toxic (and incredibly delicious) bubble mixture was created.
The solution comes in little bottles into which you pour your beverage of choice, you give it a gentle shake, and then blow your beverage into the air, where you will (hopefully) pop it with your mouth. I would try it, to be completely honest.
Out of all of that, I must say I am most excited about the beautiful cheesy gems known as "Mac 'n' Cheetos." Well played, Burger King, well played indeed.