White Castle's Impossible Slider cleverly disguises its fake meat subterfuge

It was true before Harold & Kumar, but the 2004 surprise-hit film confirmed what many of us know: White Castle is glorious food while you’re high. When one becomes numb and giggly, one does not seek subtle notes or layers of complexity. White Castle’s stoner appeal is that it’s one-note—a primary color, a C-major…

With Taco Bell's Strawberry Skittles Freeze, you may actually taste the rainbow

Taco Bell is selling a Slurpee-like frozen drink that tastes like red Skittles. If that first sentence did not evoke childhood memories, no need to read on. You likely won’t ever try this. But if it did, a few sips of this limited-time beverage may conjure up further nostalgia—the flavors of a Halloween candy bucket,…

Ben & Jerry's piles on the truffles to both fantastic and mediocre results

I’m not thinking about nutrition when I’m eating Ben & Jerry’s. I’m eating Ben & Jerry’s because my dog ran away, or my date sucked, or because it’s Tuesday. So while some might be interested in the ice cream maker’s new Moo-phoria line of “light ice cream,” I have turned my attention instead to the trio of recent…

Diet Coke squeezes fruit into four new middling flavors

Just last month, Coca-Cola announced it was unveiling new recipes of its Diet Coke line, and half the Diet Cokeheads I knew grabbed for their chests and exclaimed, “It’s the big one, I’m comin’ to join ya honey!” Fortunately, their beloved Diet Coke wasn’t being tinkered with; Coca-Cola was adding four fruit flavors…

Panda Express' orange chicken remains the pinnacle of junky Chinese-American takeout

The closest I ever came to being a racist was over orange chicken. My Hong Kong immigrant parents never expressed their views aloud, but their attitude towards Chinese-American food was clear: These dishes were traitorous. They weren’t true Chinese. No card-carrying Cantonese would even sniff at crab rangoon or chop…

Campbell's Skillet Sauces are passable crutches for less-than-passable cooks

As someone who cooks daily and relishes laboring in the kitchen, this recent deluge of ready-made skillet, slow-cooker, and oven sauces on supermarket shelves feel a bit like cheating. But then again, convenience is a big draw—many of these sauces promise dinner in under 20 minutes. And who among us haven’t dumped a…

With Nacho Fries, Taco Bell enters—and dominates—the French fry game

Loyalties to fast food French fries run deep. But for all the love they garner, few fast food chains have made attempts to innovate. There’s Wendy’s, which in 2010 switched to a fry made from skin-on Russet potatoes and added sea salt. But that’s about it. Burger King’s chicken fries isn’t even a fry. It seems as if…