Extreme Eats

By Tanya Silverman

Photo courtesy of Robert Couse-Baker.

Thousands of years ago, our ancestors invented agriculture. Humanity transcended the animal species by establishing this revolutionary practice.

Throughout the centuries of human civilization’s development, lots of notable historic landmarks surmounted related to food. The domestication of fig trees. The cultivation of the eggplant. The spice trade. The restaurant. The TV dinner. The Double Down.

These days, the culinary world explores its devices to no end. Some of the edible results are deliciously impressive. Others, though, seem to push the limits of unhealthiness upon consumers to possibly connote misanthropy.

From deep fried butter to donut burger sandwiches, BTR brings to you some of the most excessive of food extremities.

Hot Dog Stuffed Crust

Remember when Pizza Hut first graced humanity with their ground-breaking cheesy stuffed crust? Well, that oozy filling became transcended with an even more indulgent alternative.

That’s right, hot dogs baked into pizza crust.

Funny thing is, a good deal of individuals reacted to the news of Hot Dog Stuffed Crust in shock because the dish wasn’t offered on American menus. When this type of pizza premiered in 2012, it was for UK and Australia Pizza Hut franchises.

It didn’t last long in those locales, but the Dutch Domino’s seems to have copied the carnivorous idea. Plus, Pizza Hut New Zealand took the dish even further earlier this year with their exclusive Chili Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza.

Zinger Double Down King

Once again, news breaks of another unhealthy culinary achievement by an American company, but it’s not available on American soil.

The Zinger Double Down King burger–brought to South Korean consumers by the nation’s own KFC–consists of two fried chicken filets, a beefy patty, and bacon, smeared with both BBQ and white sauce.

Bloomberg Businessweek wrote that the Zinger version makes the US Double Down look “tame,” and Grub Street considers it “more horrifying” than the original.

Deep Fried Fair Food

Photo courtesy of jlwelsh.

Let’s take the extreme food discussion back to the States where it belongs. That said, what better place to examine such national calorific achievements than at American state fairs?

A couple of us at BTR tried deep-fried Twinkies at the New York State Fair, however, looking at some of the more inland events puts us Yankees to shame.

The Iowa State Fair boasts having almost 70 on-a-stick selections, including deep fried brownies and candy bars, and even offered some infamous deep-fried sticks of butter not so long ago.

The largest state fair in the country takes place in Texas, so it makes sense that their annual celebrations have amounted a long list of deep-fried fun throughout the years such as salsa, PB&J, pizza, or French-fry coated hot dogs. Desserts are diverse, including deep-fried Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, Cadbury Cream Eggs, Kool Aid, pecan pie, and Pop Tarts.

Buffalo Crunch Donut

Okay, we can actually give the New York State Fair some points back on the unhealthy ranks, because this year, they sold the exclusive Tim Hortons Buffalo Crunch Donut. The creme-filled pastry’s dough was delightfully graced with spicy crushed kettle chips and a pool of spicy Buffalo sauce.

The maven behind this creation is Anthony McEachern, the local Tim Hortons franchisee who also concocted a Cheeseburger Donut and Meatball Sub Donut for fairs of years past. He told Syracause.com that next year he’ll have to go even further to surpass the standard he set.

Until then, we can eat…

Donut Burgers

Photo courtesy of Marshall Astor.

Let’s say you simultaneously crave both dinner and dessert, but you don’t want to be one of those stuck-up snobs who breaks up their dining courses and acts all sophisticated because they use distinguished dishes and cutlery for every section of the meal.

Don’t fret! You can take a donut (or two) and use the pastry as a bun for a burger. Now that’s fast food done right–and you don’t even need plates or cutlery! If this magnificent sandwich doesn’t seem efficient to you, you’re probably wasting most of your life.

These mighty donut sandwiches even have a proper name: the Luther Burger. Unsurprisingly, they have popped up at State Fairs. Meanwhile, Colorado’s Crave Real Burgers sells Luther Burgers year round complete with two donuts, fried eggs, and bacon.

Bacon Mac and Cheese Quesadilla

Photo courtesy of Chris Isherwood.

If you’re sick and tired of the bacon craze, that’s too bad as it doesn’t look like it’ll end anytime soon.

Besides, when you crave quesadillas, why bother with those bland tortillas when you can weave two pounds of greasy bacon instead? And who cares for melted queso when you can simply add water to cheese powder to your macaroni? Obviously not anyone who cooks the Bacon Mac and Cheese Quesadilla.

Make sure to devour that lovely dish with a bacon milkshake to wash it down, and then have some bacon jello or bacon brittle handy for dessert. If you’re not getting enough of a bacon buzz, you can always concoct a pickled bacon martini to compensate.

Appealing? Appalling? Delicious? Disgusting?

That’s for you (and your arteries) to judge.