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.
Texas’s Worst – Fruitcake
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.
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.
New York’s Worst – Golden Opulence Sundae
We’re sure this dessert tastes fine, but we aren’t ever going to find out. Want to know why? Because this cool treat costs a cool one thousand dollars (at least) to become part of your meal. You can only get it at the restaurant Serendipity 3 in New York City. It comes in a crystal glass and has Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate that is imported from Paris, and passion fruit caviar.
There are twenty-four-karat gold flakes on the top, which are edible. It’s quite the fancy way to end a meal. And hey, you get to keep the glass, too, so you can prove to your friends that you ate a sundae that cost a thousand dollars. We hope it tastes good because if it doesn’t it’s gonna feel like a let-down.
North Carolina’s Worst – “The Doughnut”
There are doughnuts, and then there is “The Doughnut,” something that you can only pick up if you happen to be at Stoke in North Carolina. Just what is “The Doughnut,” that mythical dessert of legend? It’s a big, huge doughnut, as in it literally weighs an entire pound. A pound of something isn’t a whole lot, but have you ever eaten a doughnut that is an entire pound?
We bet you haven’t. You’d remember the entire process from start to finish. Not only will you get a doughnut you could use for a workout, but it will come topped with thick pastry cream, bits of crumbled-up Heath bar, and plenty of powdered sugar. It’s basically a meal. We wonder why they picked Heath bar in particular.