32 Insane Stadium Foods

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In the highly competitive sport of stadium food, sports concession stands are constantly trying to outdo each other by producing wonderfully ridiculous food-like products. Ideally, stadium food is highly fattening, packed with sugar, and is simultaneously delicious and disgusting. This motive is why the Battle Creek Bombers, a college baseball team in Michigan, invented the Twinkie dog. It’s a hot dog set inside a split Twinkie, then covered with appropriate toppings, such as ketchup, whipped cream, and sprinkles.

This is 1 of 32 preposterous foods sold at sports stadiums across America. You can view the rest at 22 Words.


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Easter Egg Oreo Truffles

Chocolate lovers, check this out- these Easter eggs were made with only four ingredients, none of them eggs. Ali at Gimme Some Oven and her friend Meg made them out of Oreo cookies, cream cheese, and two colors of chocolate. That’s all, but that’s enough to make your mouth water! You can alter the recipe for Easter Egg Oreo Truffles with food coloring or different-flavored Oreo cookies if you want different colors, or add sprinkles or other decorations. The recipe page has pictures of the process and a peek at the pastel-colored version, too. This is one of the 19 DIY Easter Eggs That Don’t Require Actual Eggs.


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Deep Fried Nachos on a Stick

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In the United States, professional sports are highly competitive. But designing the foods served at games may be even more competitive. Stadiums and ballparks across the country strive to offer extreme, one-of-a-kind foods to fans. These foods served at the concession stands include calorically gifted delights, such as horse collar sausages, bratwurst lollipops, and bacon donut hot dogs.

The current champion in this ever-shifting field is the deep fried nacho stick. Miller Park in Wisconsin, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, offers Inside the Park Nachos. This delicious concoction consists of a stick of beef covered with refried beans, rolled in crunched Doritos, then deep fried and covered with sour cream and cheese.

It’s a practical food to eat while watching a game because you can eat it one-handed. It’s considerably less messy than handling a tray of nachos. You can read more about the Inside the Park Nachos at ESPN (warning: auto-start video).

-via That’s Nerdalicious!


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The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich

When Jill and Zeon go to the San Diego County Fair this year, they’ll have to try the new “all that and a bag of chips” sandwich -except this one has the chips right inside. The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich makes chili, cheese, and Fritos a little easier to eat while you’re walking. You’ll find it at the the Grilled Cheese-a-Fair booth, whose proprietors unveiled it at a recent fair planning meeting. Does anyone want to place bets between now and then that they develop a method for deep-frying this sandwich?     

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Ben & Jerry’s Offers a Passover-Themed Ice Cream

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Charoset is a mixture of fruit, wine, and spices. It’s a traditional part of the Seder meal eaten during Passover. The American ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s makes ice cream that is flavored like it. It's kosher, too! The company is rolling it out for this year’s Passover, which begins on April 3.

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Nine Fun and Unusual Easter Treats

Mosaic Easter Eggs

The credit for this cool take on Chinese tea eggs goes to Jayne at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch. The traditional Chinese tea eggs are made by boiling an egg, rolling them to crack their shells and then soaking them in tea. These fun and edible substitutes are made by soaking the cracked eggs in food dye in the refrigerator overnight.

See Jayne's post with mosaic egg instructions here, and visit Mental Floss for eight other fun food ideas for Easter, including my personal favorite, zombie bunnies. So deliciously holiday irreverent.  


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Bunny Feet Deviled Eggs

Beth Jackson Klosterboer has a great food craft that takes advantage of the natural shape of hard boiled chicken eggs when sliced vertically. I had never thought of it before, but now I won't be able to look at one without seeing tiny rabbit paw prints.

For these Easter-themed eggs, Klosterboer made a paste consisting of the boiled egg yolks, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and pink food coloring. She pressed the paste through a fine sieve to give it a smooth texture. Finally, Klosterboer used a plastic bag as a pastry bag to squirt the paste into just the right shapes for adorable bunny feet.


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Spa Lady Cheese Ball

You’ve seen women in movies undergoing beauty treatments at spas. You may have remarked that they look like a salad, slathered with some food-based mask and sporting cool cucumber slices on their eyes. Now that look really is food! Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella at Lucky Peach made this cheese ball in that likeness using various cheeses covered in mashed avocados. Her towel head wrap is mozzarella cheese, and her lips are a big red bell pepper. But they make it clear that they did not come up with the original idea.

Anna initially found Spa Lady when she was browsing around for Halloween-themed crafts. A few clicks down the rabbit hole, a tutorial on Hungry Happenings revealed her in all her glory. We read the comments, which we’re told never to do, and found throngs of home cooks bickering about her true origin. While many lauded Spa Lady as a breakthrough in cheese-ball artistry, one commenter claimed that the recipe was not revolutionary whatsoever, and had been around since she was “in school.”

Then you get to see the recipe, and the process of building this in pictures.  -via Boing Boing


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Berries That Grow Wild in North America

Cloudberries

This article is full of photos and descriptions of 18 types of wild berries that North Americans will be treated to in the coming months. I haven't tried them all, but I certainly would like to. Article author Wes Siler's favorite berry, the cloudberry, is shown in the photo above. Cloudberries are found in northern Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia. They're salmon/golden in color and are so tart that Siler says they may be most palatable to people when made into a sweetened jam.

Aside from the requisite Monty Python jokes about elderberries, the comments underneath the article have almost as much information as the article, so they might be of interest as well. Read the text and comments here. 

Wild Strawberries


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20 Sugary Sweet Facts About Peeps

Every Easter little sugary puffs of marshmallow fluff shaped like chicks and bunnies invade the candy aisle, and are bought up by the billions.

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The Peeps brand is so popular that they now make little puffs of fluff in shapes for nearly every holiday, and every day over 5 million Peeps brand treats are made in the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

What is it about those cute little marshmallow treats that make them such an enduring part of our candy loving lives?

Is it the fact that Bob Born's recipe for Peeps has remained virtually unchanged for over 60 years? Or maybe it's the fact that, despite the core recipe staying the same, Just Born has been creating new flavors and varieties that are just as delicious as the original.

Whatever the allure, one thing's for certain- it wouldn't be Easter without a bunch of Peeps staring at ya with those cute little carnauba wax eyes!

Read 20 Delicious Facts About Peeps at mental_floss


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Chocolate Easter Bunny Jello Shots

Chocolate Easter Bunnies are traditionally hollow. This is to teach children at an early age how to be disappointed with life. But Amy of the food blog Oh, Bite It! discovered another purpose: a decapitated chocolate bunny can serve as a cup!

In a step-by-step tutorial, Amy shows you how to saw off the heads of chocolate bunnies, then convert them into completely edible jello shots. She used strawberry Jell-o, vodka, sprinkles, and whipped cream. Once assembled, re-attach the top of the rabbit's skull and serve.


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Pop-Tart Stuffed Donuts

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These mesmerizing beauties are called Big Poppa Tart donuts. They're the latest creation of Santiago Campa, the owner of the Donut Bar, a small donut shop chain in southern California. Each of the Big Poppa Tart donuts has a whole Pop-Tart stuffed inside. It's 2 inches tall and weighs about 1 pound. ABC7 describes how Campa developed it:

Campa says his son helped him come up with the idea of using Pop Tarts.

"I laughed for about ten seconds and then I said, 'Well, actually you might be on to something,'" Campa said.

That was six months ago. Since then, the "Poppa Tart Donut" has become popular through social media. What was supposed to be a one week special is now permanently on the menu.

"It tastes like heaven," says Orange County resident Andrew Biggins after trying the doughnut for the first time. "It's like a Pop Tart on steroids."

The store also sells a second flavor that uses S'mores Pop Tarts. It has a huge toasted homemade marshmallow on top and is dipped in fudge chocolate.

-via AP


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Behold the Power of the Beef-Stuffed Onion Ring

Onion rings are a fine accompaniment to a good burger, but you know what's better? Having a burger stuffed inside an oversized onion ring. As if wrapping your burger in an onion before battering it and deep frying it wasn't fattening enough, the creator, Tym Bussanich, even wrapped the burger patty in bacon before adding the onion ring. The mad food scientist even has other creations like a burger using an onion ring bun and chili-stuffed onion rings on his Instagram so fatty food addicts will want to start following him ASAP.

Via That's Nerdalicious


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10 Popular Foods That Are Surprisingly Dangerous

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What do cashews, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, almonds, cherries and mushrooms have in common? They're all surprizingly dangerous. Sure, if you eat the ones sold in your local grocery store, you'll be fine, but parts of all of these plants contain dangerous chemicals that could actually kill you. For example, cherry pits and raw almonds both contain deadly cyanide. Learn the full details from the video or visit TopTenz for a text version.


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14 Incredible, Edible Egg Tricks

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Household Hacker presents this video full of egg tips and tricks. Not all involve the stove, either. Microwave and conventional oven tricks are included, which offer a number of ideas for a quick egg breakfast, even for folks short on time.


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Hearty Corned Beef Salad for St. Patricks Day

Mid Century Menu is a blog where RetroRuth reproduces recipes of the 1950s and thereabouts. You know, the recipes that use Jell-o, Miracle Whip, and Campbell’s soup that we laugh at today. For St. Patricks Day last year, she tried Hearty Corned Beef Salad. Now, corned beef is not a thing in Ireland, although it was adopted by early Irish-American immigrants. And of course, the recipe is molded with Jell-o -lemon flavor this time. Other ingredients are corned beef, mayonnaise, celery, onions, peppers, and hard-boiled eggs. If that sounds totally disgusting, check out the reaction from RetroRuth’s husband, Tom:

“How horrible is it?”

“I love it.”

“Shut up! Seriously?”

“Yes.”

“You know, maybe you have been eating too many gelatins.”

“Or drinking too many drinks. There might be lots of reasons.”

The most remarkable thing about the recipe is the sound it made. Read all about the experience at Mid Century Menu. -via Metafilter


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An Illustrated History of Americanized Chinese Food

Chinese cuisine, like that of any country, consists of a wide variety of available foods turned into dinner with a wide variety of recipe the family cook -or restaurant cook- knows. America has a tendency to adapt and change world cuisines to suit our own tastes. That’s not always a bad thing. As we saw in a recent video, just because a recipe isn’t “authentic” doesn’t mean it isn’t good. So there’s Chinese food and there’s Americanized Chinese food. How did they come to be so different? It was a series of steps over a long period of time.   

The first Chinese restaurants in America served authentic Chinese dishes with modifications borne from necessity. They were known as “chow chow” restaurants, marked by triangular yellow flags and known for their cheap prix-fixe specials and all-you-can-eat dollar menus. The eateries were created by the Chinese for the Chinese, using local ingredients that were available to them. These substitutions occurred mostly in the vegetable department: broccoli for kailan; carrots, peas, and white button mushrooms in place of mustard greens or shiitakes.

The restaurants became a target of ridicule by Westerners who cringed at the thought of eating whole animals, poultry feet, and bird’s nest. Rumors spread that the Chinese were consuming rats and dogs. The restaurants were quickly dismissed as barbaric. The tide eventually shifted. Around the 1880s in New York City, a growing community of bohemian writers and intellectuals began to embrace the exoticism of the food (and readily welcomed chop suey’s 63-cent price tag).

But that’s just part of the story in An Illustrated History of Americanized Chinese Food. Even the fairly short article at First We Feast doesn’t tell the whole story, although it’s a good overview of a long process.

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Finally Salad Looks Fun to Eat

Salads are good for you, but they are rarely fun and exciting. But thanks to the modern miracle of 3D printers, that may very well change soon. That's Nerdalicious reports that Food Designer Chloé Rutzerveld created these clever 3D printed crackers that have living organisms inside the pod, such as seeds, spores and yeast on the inside. These organisms sprout and grow a living, miniature salad within three to four days of the printing.

It could still be a decade before these make their way to your dinner plates, but we're loving the idea of a salad hidden within the walls of a fresh cracker.


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Microwave Popcorn From Scratch With the King of Random

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Medical experts have long been talking about the possible dangers of microwave popcorn to human health, focusing on the chemicals inside the bags. While it seems that definitive medical evidence has yet to be obtained, it doesn't hurt to go the safer route and make your own. Here Grant Thompson, a/k/a the King of Random, demonstrates how to quickly and easily make your own microwave popcorn at home with natural ingredients.


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Krispy Kreme Bacon Donut Hot Dog

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The Wilmington Blue Rocks is a minor league baseball team in Wilmington, Delaware. It has devised the perfect means of luring me to its games. This is their invention: a hot dog bun made from a Krispy Kreme donut and filled with bacon and raspberry jelly.

The team is holding a contest to name the new taste of Wilmington. Dan Carson of Bleacher Report suggests "the Groanut":

I suggest “the Groanut,” because one of these bad boys coupled with two Bud heavies equals you on the floor, instantly hungover and wallowing noisily in that hellish no man’s land beneath the stadium seats.

-via First We Feast


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We Want Plates

There seems to be an epidemic of restaurants that are dispensing with regular dishes in favor of something “creative” to set them apart from other restaurants, particularly in the UK. The Twitter account We Want Plates collects incidents of food being served on weird substitutes like wooden cutting boards, flat caps, flower pots, wicker baskets, slabs of rock, and shovels. If there weren’t photographs, you’d think I was making that up. Is this a hipster thing?

I’ve seen some hot dinners served in skillets, and of course you expect a barbecue sandwich and onion rings to come in a plastic basket lined with paper. But I’ve never been to a restaurant where they just made up stuff to use instead of plates. Have you? -via Metafilter


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Salad Dressing Flavors for Kids Include Peanut Butter & Jelly, Pizza

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My 4-year old loves ranch dressing. She calls it "table glue"--apparently as a compliment. Dipping food in sauces and spreading sauces over food makes eating fun for her.

Not all kids agree. The food brand Chef Kidd works under the assumption that a lot of kids don't like standard salad dressing flavors. So it's developed a line of salad dressings that will appeal to more finicky eaters. These flavors include honey, pizza, lime, peanut butter & jelly, and chocolate.

NPR's food blog The Salt subjected members of the NPR staff to taste tests. The pizza dressing mostly fails as both a salad dressing and a pizza substitute. Here is their hilarious discussion on the subject:

Ian: "Funagrette" is also a good name for a product that gets kids to try cigarettes.

Jeanette: I never thought a salad could make me feel so bad about my eating habits.

Miles: This product is under the false impression that what kids hate most about salad is the dressing, when in fact what kids hate most about salad is salad.

Eva: I like to fold my salad in half and eat it with my hands.

Peter: A better way to get pizza-flavored salad is to just eat a pizza and then burp on a head of lettuce.

Miles: No. The only way to make a decent pizza-flavored salad is to replace all of the lettuce with slices of pizza.

Ian: As a salad dressing, it's gross. As a proof of concept for intravenous pizza, it's promising.

Robert: This isn't nearly as authentic as that brick-oven salad bar I found in Rome.

Eva: This is what pizza looks like on the sidewalk at 3 a.m.

Peter: This isn't a way to get kids to like salad. It's a way to get them to hate pizza.

If I were on Cheff Kidd's marketing team, I would put "What Pizza Looks Like on the Sidewalk at 3 AM" on all of its ads. That's a winning tag line.

-via Blazenfluff


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Foodhack: How to Eat a Bagel

It seems like a great idea. You’ve got a bagel and cream cheese. It should be the perfect snack. But it never turns out right, does it? That’s because you’ve been eating bagels wrong for your entire life.


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This video by Murderbot Productions parodies lifehack videos, such as Foodbeast’s How To Eat an Apple and How to Eat a Chicken Wing. To complete this task, you’ll need (obviously) an electric drill.

-via That’s Nerdalicious!


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A Winning New Ballpark Treat: the Churro Dog

Image: Arizona Diamondbacks via Twitter

Are you a baseball fan who loves to grab a hot dog at the ballpark? Some people say that no other hot dog tastes as good. As it happens, this season's attendees of Arizona Diamondbacks games will have the option of snacking on a new kind of dog: the Churro. The Churro Dog is a warm cinnamon churro inside a split-open, glazed chocolate Long John doughnut and topped with frozen yogurt, caramel and chocolate sauces. Calories? The estimated count is 1,117. The price will be $8.50, pretty much in line with the high prices of snack foods at stadiums. 

This isn't the first hot dog gimmick offered at the Diamondbacks' stadium, called Chase Field. Last season, the D-Bat Dog appeared. The $25.00 "snack" is an 18-inch long corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapeños and bacon, served with french fries. 

Looks like sports franchises need to do whatever they can to fill stadium seats; some more than others. What do you think? Would you eat a Churro Dog or a D-Bat dog? I kind of hate to say it, but the photo above is looking pretty delicious to me. 

Read more about the Churro Dog and other ballpark offerings at ESPN. 


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That's My Kind of Princess!

Now isn't she a pretty, pretty princess? I've seen tons of Barbie cakes, but never a kaiju princess like this one. And who wouldn't prefer a Japanese superbabe like this one? We'd better hope she gets a nice present or else this princess might just take down the city. 

This image was uploaded by Imgur user CaptainShadow. No word on who made it though.


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The Fifty Healthiest Foods, With a Recipe for Each

Time magazine curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods known to nutrition science and asked registered dietician, nutritionist and cookbook author Tina Ruggiero to give facts about the nutritional value of each item. Recipes for each food are supplied as well.

One food on the list is the avocado, which contains 20 easily absorbed vitamins and minerals. Substituting an avocado for a saturated fat (such as butter or cheese) is thought to reduce risk of heart disease, even without weight loss. 

Nutrition per serving (With one avocado being a serving):
Calories: 322
Fat: 29.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 14 mg
Carbohydrates: 17 g
Dietary fiber: 13.5 g
Sugars: 1 g
Protein: 4 g


Recipe from Cooking Light: Chipotle Pork and Avocado Wrap
Ingredients
1/2 cup mashed peeled avocado
1 1/2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices cut Simply Roasted Pork (about 8 ounces)
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1/4 cup bottled salsa

Preparation
Combine the first 7 ingredients, stirring well.

Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spread about 2 tablespoons avocado mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange Simply Roasted Pork slices down center of tortillas. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup shredded lettuce and 1 tablespoon salsa, and roll up.


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Frog Burger

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Can you guess what animal is cooked in this special sandwich?

The café at the Japanese science museum Orbi Yokohama is noted for its surprising hamburgers, such as one that looks like the Earth. That museum, in conjunction with the nearby Sunshine Aquarium, held an exhibit on poisonous and venomous animals, including frogs. After looking at poisonous frogs, you’re invited to eat a presumably non-poisonous one. You read more about it at Rocket News 24.


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Twelve Korean Snacks to Sample

Shown above is a Korean snack food called Yakgwa. The food is a traditional Korean cake made with honey, sesame oil and wheat flour. The cakes have the flavor and consistency of glazed doughnuts. If you're interested in trying Yakgwa, it is available for purchase through Amazon or Hmart.com.

Read about eleven other Korean snack foods and learn where to purchase them at BuzzFeed. 


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