We’re cheating a little bit. Fruitcake is all over the world, and it certainly didn’t come from Texas, but in the early nineteen hundreds a company called Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, Texas, which started the tradition of mail-order fruitcakes that were solid and strong enough to resist a nuclear winter.
Even if you received one, how likely were you to eat it? Did you even enjoy it? Is it still there, waiting for you to plunge into the freezer and finish it off? It’s not like it’s going to get any staler. If you want, you can go to the Manitou Springs, Colorado Great Fruitcake Toss and try your hand at getting some fame trying to send a recycled fruitcake as far as possible.
North Dakota’s Worst – Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips
It just doesn’t make sense. Why would chocolate-covered potato chips not work out? Why would so many people find them distasteful? Chocolate is probably the king as far as sweet treats are concerned, and potato chips aren’t a slouch in the snack department either, but put them together and it just doesn’t work.
Maybe it’s the fact that plain potato chips don’t really have much of their own flavor. Maybe the chocolate is too sweet, or not sweet enough. But you can change the kind of chocolate. Maybe it’s the ridges that the potato chips have – which allow them to hold on to more chocolate. But no, we can’t figure out why. Another name for this odd snack is “Chippers,” which isn’t too hard to figure out.
The Midwest’s Worst – Blue Moon
The Midwest loves ice cream, but one of the flavors that has come out of the area remains a mystery to almost everyone that tries it. It’s called Blue Moon, and the sensation is different to everybody who takes a bite. Some possible examples of flavors include vanilla, lemon, pistachio, marshmallow, bubblegum, blue curacao, licorice, coconut, or even the sugary cereal “Froot Loops.”
There’s even more of a mystery here than you might think – more than one person has come forward to claim to be the inventor of the flavor. One of them is from Milwaukee, while the other is from Michigan, so what’s the deal? The deal is, maybe it’s time to pick a different flavor, preferably one that doesn’t look like it’s made out of Smurf.
Tennessee’s Worst – MoonPie
The big problem with the moon pie is that it’s just not as good as expected. With graham cracker edges, a marshmallow filling, and a full coating of milk chocolate, it seems like it should be a big hit. And yet it isn’t! Some people like it, of course, but how many out there find it to be their favorite? We always expect more when we bite into one of these.
The Chattanooga Baking Company, in Tennessee, is the first one to come up with this idea all the way back in 1917. They became popular, and during World War II, the company sent out hundreds of thousands of the treats to soldiers abroad, probably so they would end the war sooner, which meant they didn’t have to eat any more MoonPies.
Kentucky’s Worst – Maple-Bacon Doughnut
Bacon makes everything better. Or does it? The consensus on these doughnuts is...sometimes. A maple-bacon doughnut sounds pretty good when your brain gets the idea. Doughnuts are good, and so is bacon, and maple isn’t too bad, but how will they taste when they’re all thrown together? Doughnuts are made with a lot of sugar, so they’re a sweet option, while maple and bacon are both savory.
Do they simply overpower the sweet? There are plenty of savory doughnut options out there, but they aren’t for everybody. Plus, adding a crunchy piece of bacon to a soft doughnut can create a texture mishmash. If it were up to us, we’d just pick the bacon off of it and eat it separately, then go in on the doughnut. Call us Philistines if you want.