Thanks to all of the news coverage about the (most likely temporary) passing of the Hostess Twinkie, there has been a lot of press about the state of junk food in general.
Time magazine ran a piece about the top ten most iconic junk foods. Sadly, since I seem to write about junk food a lot, I figured it would at least be worth a look. Now, this is a list of the most iconic, not the best, but still there seems to be a lot of wiggle room as to what they are talking about. Anyway, here is my take on their list:
Twinkie: Oddly, I was never a true Twinkie fan. They were OK, but nothing I would go out of my way for.
Cheese Puffs: Oddly, this is one of the Few things where I prefer the nasty, roof-of-your-mouth-destroying version over the brand name version. Don't ask me why; there's just something about subgrade fake cheese and gravelly puffed corn over the more refined version.
Moon Pie: Not a fan. Too much stale marshmallow.
Doughnuts: This is a little too generic. I wouldn't ever really turn down a donut, but a lot of them end up being too sweet for my tastes. Good donuts are awesome, but it's easy to make bad ones.
McDonald's French Fries: Not quite sure why they specified McDonald's french fries. Micky D's seems to have a high standard deviation; they are usually either really, really good or really, really bad. Other fast food joints have a much more consistent quality.
Chipwich: I am not sure if I would consider this "iconic," but there you go. I love these, but Klondike used to make a version of these that was just excellent. I miss them.
Pork Rinds: Gross. No thanks.
Snickers: I have always liked Snickers, but it's never been my candy bar of choice. Some of the variants are pretty decent.
Pepperoni Pizza: I realize this is "junk" food, but pizza doesn't really fit in with the rest of this list. There are plenty of ways to make pepperoni pizza halfway decently healthy, unlike most of the other things on this list.
Doritos: Who doesn't like Doritos? While a lot of the flavor variations are hit or miss, the standard fake red-dyed nacho cheese powder is pretty damn tasty.
I am not sure what else I would add to this list--although you would like regular chocolate chip cookies or Oreos would be on this list, and if pizza and french fries make the cut (get it?) I would think other appetizers would get included as well. Still, I think I gained about six pounds just writing this post.