Fun-Sized Fringe Foods - Wiener Shop's Bottle Rocket

Fun-Sized Fringe Foods - Wiener Shop's Bottle Rocket

Hot dogs are on the Mount Rushmore of traditionally "American" foods, and for good reason. They're a product -- well, byproduct, maybe -- but definitely a triumph of the very fraught American industrial food system. They're meant to be eaten with one's hands, ideal in a country as obsessed with (or at with least the appearance of) get-up-and-go. And they're a glorious palette of meat, salt, and snap on which to paint any number of culinary or cultural flourishes.

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Fun-Sized Fringe Foods - Sweet & Salty Combos

Fun-Sized Fringe Foods - Sweet & Salty Combos

It's been a while since I've posted a new food-centric Fringe Foods column over at isthmus.com, mostly because it's just harder to find menu items that are really, truly fringe. The food horizons have expanded, folks. You know what sector of the food world is still cranking out the questionable, the weird, the how-is-that-not-disgusting, though? Junk food. Oreos. Pringles. Gum, for crying out loud! Even gum is weird again.

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