If you’re like us and have waited in line for hours just to get a taste of the deliciousness that is a cronut, then you already know that food hybrids have the potential to lead to some very happy taste buds.
Dominique Ansel, the mastermind behind the cronut, debuted the tasty treat at his New York City pastry shop in May. Soon enough, there were cronut copycats everywhere, including in Brazil, Taiwain, the Netherlands and South Korea. But while cronuts are getting a lot of attention at the moment, the dessert certainly isn’t the only successful food mash-up.
For those of you who are a little freaked out by foods pairing up, get ready for some adventurous eating. We've rounded up the 10 coolest and tastiest food combos for you to test out. Yes, we admit that some of our choices are a little extreme, but who says you can’t add a little risk to your dining experience?
Ice-cream just got a little bit sweeter. Forget waffle cones (so last year); Brones – cones made out of brownie batter -- are Bon Appetit’s innovation for the world of desserts. You can make this decadent treat on your own by rolling out your batter extra thin, baking and shaping. Enjoy!
Don’t let the name fool you; the bronut is for us gals too. Adding bacon to anything is a big improvement, especially when it’s something sweet. By sprinkling some of the delicious meat on top of doughnuts, we just got a little bit closer to heaven. Bacon lovers, rejoice.
3. Chocolate Éclair Hot Dog
Are you a fan of hot dogs? How about eclairs? Now you don’t have to pick one over the other. This deluxe hot dog combines chocolate, whipped cream, sprinkles and sausage to make this sweet and salty combo. Is your stomach up to the challenge?
There is nothing like the smell of a sweet, hot Cinnabon. Between the sticky icing and warm filling, it’s like heaven in your mouth. But if the famously fattening treat just isn’t doing it for you anymore, you can up your game with the Pizzabon, a Cinnabon with pizza toppings. Who says you have to choose between dinner and dessert?
5. Luther Burger
Craving brunch? We found the perfect entrée for you. The Luther burger, named after R&B legend Luther Vandross, is a burger sandwiched between two glazed donuts (usually Krispy Kreme). You might want to start saving your calories now – one burger typically contains anywhere from 800 to 1,500 calories (ouch!).
6. Crone Dog
Feeling like the whole cronut thing is getting sort of stale? Try out a crone dog instead. Introduced in Bon Appetit’s fictional “DARPA-esque food labrotory” this hybrid of a hybrid consists of cronut dough wrapped around a hot dog and placed on a stick. It’s your new go-to food for a calorie overload. You can’t get classier than that.
It’s as simple as it sounds: Take a giant dill pickle, hollow it out, fill it with pulled pork, and you have a porckle. Thought up by Bon Appetit, this one might take a little courage to try, but we have high hopes. Who knows? People might start experimenting more with the humble pickle.
8. Ramen Burger
You’ve probably heard of this food combo before. The ramen burger takes the college food staple – ramen -- and stuffs a meat patty in between. Being broke doesn’t seem so bad after all. After the cronut, this delicious grub is the trendiest hybrid to chow down on, so you better test it out before the lines get too unruly.
9. Spaghetti Taco
Constantly having fights with your beau over whether to get Italian or Mexican food for dinner? Problem solved. Spaghetti tacos are the perfect solution for pasta lovers who want to add a little bit of spice to their meal. Plus, it’s super easy to make. Place some pasta in a couple of hard taco shells and voila! You have a (slightly messy) meal for two.
Sure, you’ve probably had a pretzel with cheese before, but nothing like this. The brietzel consists of a warm pretzel stuffed with gooey brie cheese. D Magazine came up with the tasty treat, and we’re total fans. We’re keeping an eye out at the food court for this one.
Which of these would you try? And do you have a fave new food combo of your own? Tweet us @wewomenUSA