Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Great Junk-food Smack-down

Here’s the thing…I love junk food. Refer to it all the time in my books. Reagan loves Snickers, she and Auntie KiKi are always at the Cakery Bakery, and they are always swilling martinis on the front porch and talking murder. Not sure if a martin is junk food or not since it has olives. 



I’ve read the articles, listened to my doc go on and on about nutrition, listened to my kids preach at me about what I should eat but sometimes I just want a real cookie. Or hot dog. Or bag of chips. Not some fat-free, soy-based health food in disguise. Blah!

So at great peril I set out to find the best-tasting genuine junk food. 

After chowing down on 20 packages of goodies (and probably around 10,000 calories), and deciding that picking up extra Zumba classes was worth it I came up with a list.

Doritos! The cheesy chips are a Super Bowl party staple and a solid companion to a PB & J. The classic nacho flavor will forever reign as a snack-time favorite, but the best part is the collection of flavors like Cool Ranch, All Nighter Cheeseburger and Blazin' Buffalo & Ranch.

And then there’s Snickers!!!!! Holy crap! I am such a Snickers fan. It’s the number one candy bar with more than 15 million bars being produced every single day. That's a whole lot of peanuts — 99 tons of them, to be exact. Pass the Snickers!

And then there’s pork rinds. Not my personal fav but hey if it’s junk food I’m a fan. Take the fatty skin of a pig and fry it in yet more fat. The hot-oil bath balloons the rinds to more than five
times their original size. Pork rinds have no carbs and top the charts in protein, making them hardly a junk food in my book.

French Fries! And IMO the best of the best is Mickey-Ds. There's something magical about those golden tubers extending from the bright red McDonald's fry box.

Though cops in particular get a bad rap for their doughnut consumption, this form of fried dough is loved everywhere. Glazed or topped with sugar, sometimes filled with jam or custard, their most iconic shape is the round ring (though the holes themselves are really great). Despite the number of American chains like Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme, Canada actually has more doughnut shops per capita than any other country. Yea, Canada!

Moon Pies! A Southern treat!! They come in chocolate, vanilla and banana, and are such a Southern staple that since 2008, Mobile, Ala., has dropped a 12-ft. mechanical moon pie to ring in the New Year!

There are few experiences more American than finding your fingers covered in sticky orange dust, the inevitable result of a cheesy-puff snack attack. Cheese puffs are a puffed-corn snack that also comes in ball and curls. Most famous are Cheetos featuring Chester Cheetah, the cheesiest cartoon cat of all time.

Of course there is the all-time fav junk food…cookies and chocolate chip is the king of cookies…or Oreo! Bring on the milk!

As much as we love it, pepperoni pizza is junk. Delicious, greasy, gooey junk. The grain is enriched, the cheese is piled on and the meat is highly processed. It's easy to see how pizza takes a turn from health food to junk food. But hey, I’m so not complaining.  A beer and pepperoni pizza! Bring it on.

Okay, these are my favs…what’s yours? When you gotta have junk what do you splurge on? Let me know and I’ll draw two names from the answers and give away two of my romance books. Please check back to see if you are a winner. 

Off to Zumba! Oink!
Hugs, Duffy

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27 comments:

Mark Baker said...

I eat way too much junk food for my own good. Tonight, it was Chips Ahoy! cookies and then ice cream several hours later. Is it any wonder I don't lose weight even though I'm a runner?

Jeffrey Marks said...

Krispy Kreme Donuts still rule.

For chips, though it's salt and vinegar..

Denise Zendel said...

Back in the days when I was hormonal, my sweetie would show up at my door with a King Size Snickers and a 32 oz. Dr Pepper. One of the first signs he was a keeper! I try to stay on the straight and narrow these days (Weight Watchers), but I have been known to eat massive quantities of See's Candy. And I can't keep chocolate-covered, mint-flavored Oreos in the house. Oh, and I really really miss kettle cooked potato chips. And Cheetos, puffy or crunchy. OK, Denise, step away from the food porn!

Sally R said...

Ice cream is my definite go to for emotional well being. But recently I just discovered lime and lemon oreos. Luckily for me, I have just had some oral surgery and have a great deal of difficulty chewing something so crisp as an oreo.

mary kennedy said...

This is a great blog, Duffy! I wish I could have been with you, doing (ahem) "research." I love your choices, by the way. I didn't even know there was such a thing as chocolate covered mint-flavored Oreos (that Denise mentioned). I have got to start getting out more!!

Rachelle21 said...

Though I do not drink a lot of coffee, I do like coffee flavored foods, so I would love those chips. I do love Snickers, Skittles and Reese's Peanut butter cups as well as my cats with those names. It would be hard for me to choose between a Snickers bar or Reeses. So I will say I like milk chocolate the best.


Dawn Frazier said...

Ohhh I am drooling now. Lol! I love junk food, and agree with all of yours here, except the pork rinds. My favorites are Butterfinger candy bars, any kind of cookie, ice cream or frozen yogurt. The list goes on....

Duffy Brown said...

Yummm Chips Ahoy! And Ice cream. We are kindred souls.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Jeff. Yes! Another doughnut lover and love chips…any chips.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Denise. Yes, food porn it truly is. Weight Watchers does a really good job but sometime ya just gotta indulge. I can’t keep peanut butter in the house. Love the stuff.

Duffy Brown said...

Live and lemon Oreo cookies. I have not seen this one. Gotta check it out.

Duffy Brown said...

Yes, Denise, thanks for the chocolate covered mint Oreos to look out for. Another sin to add to the pile

Duffy Brown said...

Candy bars are my weakness too. I have to go through the check out line fast so I don’t cave and grab one.

Duffy Brown said...

Yeah my list goes on and on too. Why eat an apple if there’s a cookie in the room. :-)

katherine is love said...

I am dying to try the birthday cake Oreos!
By the way, I got my awesome Cozy Chicks beach ball in the mail! Thank you so much! It is my two year old son's favorite new toy, haha...he spends hours tossing, kicking, and throwing it.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Katherine! A two year old! How darling. I have a grandson that age. Best age ever! Enjoy.

Laurie Fancy said...

Greetings from Beautiful British Columbia, Duffy!
First let me tell you how much I'm enjoying your book 'Pearls and Poison'. I'm on page 98 where Reagan meets Dozer @ Archie Lee's bar. Can't wait to read more......but my glasses broke! A screw came off and my hubby's getting them repaired as we speak. Reading with a magnifying glass is for the birds! Thank goodness I can touch-type!!

As to JUNK FOOD -- My absolute all-time FAVOURITE has to be HOT BUTTERED THEATRE POPCORN with REAL butter, not that Golden Topping crapola, either. ICK! (It's actually my #2 favourite smell, too. Losing out to newborn babies as #1 and bacon and coffee as a tie for #3 favourite!)

Can't wait to read your new novel/series out at Christmastime!!! Maybe Santa will put it in my stocking!!?? Have a great summer!!

Lover of Books said...

Love junk food. :-) my all time favorite is lay's potato chips. Next is Reese's peanut butter cups. But then Oreo came out with a Reese's one. Soooo goood! Krista

Duffy Brown said...

Oh Laurie, you need to write. You have an amazing way with words. BC is truly God’s country. Totally lovely. Theater popcorn is to die for!!!!!!! With real melted butter…what can be better than that. And the smell of a newborn babe is amazing. Hope you get your glasses fixed soon. I’ve had to stop at CVS and get glasses when my readers broke and I couldn’t read a map. LOL I am so blind. Hugs

Duffy Brown said...

Don’t you love it when they combine the two things you love best…Reeses and Oreos!! Now that’s a cookie!!

Lover of Books said...

Very much so! They are so dangerous! I just know I cannot eat more than 4 at a time.
Krista

Maureen H said...

Potato Chips
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Duffy Brown said...

Yes, four is a good number! And milk…lots of milk or hot chocolate. This makes me so hungry! Have a lovely evening. Hugs

Duffy Brown said...

I’m not too fond of pork rinds ever but a lot of people sure are! LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Yes!!! Love the crunch!! Yummmmm. Thanks Maureen for playing along. Have a lovely evening. Hugs.

Duffy Brown said...

Lover of Books and Sally R won my romances books. Beware they are a bit steamy…send me your mailing address to: DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com. Thanks everyone for playing along. See you next week and I’ll give away more books and we’ll talk clothes…that one piece of something that may be be a million years old but that you love.

Tonya Kappes said...

I love all junk food. I have to eat greasy potato chips with pizza :) YUMMY!!!