Flickr/ghost pepper wings
. Sure, adding wee snippits of ghost pepper to things is already a dying micro-trend, and yes, when chain restaurants do it they add barely any actual heat so as not to offend the delicate palates of pedestrian consumers, but by basic fast food standards, these new wings are pretty warm.
It wouldn't be a terrible idea for Popeye's to get the jump on KFC even more effectively by breading its fried chicken and shrimp with ghost pepper batter-stuff, since the spiciest thing KFC ever does is add boiled bacon nibbets to the boiled green beans.
3) Extra Sane: Trader Joe's cookie butter cheesecake
For those five or six people out there who aren't familiar with Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter (something that for once lives up to its hype), it's a sweet, gooey, calorie-laden paste made from ground-up cookies. As worshipful as most of the population is about TJ's signature item, the Trader Joe's magical food wizards have found a way to improve upon this product even though it needed no improving -- by putting it in cheesecake. The cookie butter cheesecake consists of a Speculoos crumb crust (good by itself), a particularly creamy and superb cheesecake middle (fine by itself), and a topping spread of cookie butter, which pretty much makes this dessert more delicious than all other desserts.
If there is another way for Trader Joe's to concoct a better dessert, I'm not sure what it would be, aside from maybe wrapping this new cheesecake up in a giant cookie. I hope this happens soon.
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2) Insane: Vegan sliders from White Castle
In an almost shocking case of providing customers something they didn't really request,
Wipe White Castle now offers vegan sliders. Yep. The famous sacks-of-tiny-greasy-meat-burgers palace is serving its sliders with optional vegetable patties by Dr. Praeger's made out of a parade of insane shit that has never before been seen inside a White Castle: carrots, zucchini, peas, broccoli and spinach. The new burgers are served with the choice of honey mustard, ranch or sweet Thai sauces, and are available for about a buck each, for a limited time only.
I feel sorry for the person who accidently gets a not-greasy white paper bag of these not-greasy new sliders, and is faced with the frightening, unwanted reality that White Castle now has vegetables other than grease-murdered onions.
1) Insane to the point of being sane: Magic vegan bacon grease
Speaking of grease -- and vegans, what is the one food that vegans probably miss the most? Answer: Bacon. So this guy named Chris saw that there was no bacon grease for vegans, and said, "This will not stand!" He fooled around with different mixtures of different things, and eventually came up with a perfect recipe for bacon grease with no bacon in it, employing coconut oil for texture and mouthfeel, torula yeast for meatiness, soy protein standing in for bacon bits, and a few other flavor enhancers like salt, pepper, onion, garlic, maple syrup and smoke flavoring.
MVBG has such good reviews you'd think it was another Trader Joe's idea. Offering vegans the chance to have bacon-flavored greens, beans and tofu scramblers makes the guy named Chris something of a hero. Thank you kindly, guy named Chris. If you could now create a vegan ribeye steak that would be lovely.