Would You Try Walmart’s Croissant-Tortilla Hybrid?


By Cooking Panda

Food hybrids are really all the rage these days; if you can dream of smashing two foods together into one new dish, you can probably find it.

Take the cronut, for example; the donut-croissant mashup that has stolen the hearts of many pastry lovers worldwide.

And how about the Burger King Chicken Fries? Sure, they’re essentially just elongated chicken strips plopped into a french fry box, but people seem to adore them.

And now, Walmart is joining the food hybrid party with its very own contribution: the Crotilla!

According to Delish, the Crotilla, which can be found in the bakery section at Walmart, is part “cro” (as in croissant) and part “tilla” (as in flour tortilla), and is pronounced like “Crow-Tee-Ah”!

I’m not sure why this needed to exist, exactly, but I’m not totally against it. True, flour tortillas have always served me well for burritos, wraps and tacos; and croissants have often been my go-to choice if I’m really craving some sort of indulgent carb before lunchtime. 

However, perhaps I’m just getting too caught up in trying to marry the two different bread products together, and thinking how perfect they are on their own. Maybe I need to expand my imagination enough to envision what a combination of the two could become.

For instance, naan, injera and pita all serve distinct purposes, and all have special places in my heart. Perhaps the new Crotilla, which is said by Delish to be pillowy, flaky and buttery, will prove itself to be the perfect accompaniment for a new dish I haven’t even dreamed of yet.

The Crotilla has been available in around 800 Walmart stores nationwide since April 17, and retails at $3.98 for an 8-pack.

Have you picked up a pack of Crotillas yet? And if you have, I’m super curious: What makes it distinct and do you think it stands out from all the other popular bread-based products out there? How have you been using your Crotillas?

Source: Delish / Photo Credit: Walmart via Delish

Tags: Cronut, Crotilla, food hybrid, tortilla, Walmart
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Are You Ready For These Pizza-Flavored Lollipops?


By Cooking Panda

This is the dawning of the age of unseemly food mash-ups.

What is it with 2016 and various food companies deciding to combine foods together that simply don’t belong?

We get it: opposites attract, and we’d be lying if we said we hadn’t gotten down with some sweet-meets-savory combinations before. Chocotaco? Yes please. And we’re not about to say no to some Rose wine gummies.

But a pizza-flavored lollipop?

The company Lollyphile apparently thought this combination was a great idea. As its website states: “In one of our worst/best brainstorming moments, someone here said, ‘how about pizza?’ and then one thing led to another and here we are. No turning back now.”

How about pizza indeed, Lollyphile. For a mere $8, you can order four pizza lollipops to be delivered right to your home. But do you really want to?

As Delish notes, this isn’t the first time Lollyphile innovators have presented their customers with off-the-beaten-path flavors. In the past, the company has offered sriracha, absinthe, chocolate bacon and bleu cheese flavors, so perhaps this new pizza thing isn’t as out of left field as we originally thought.

Still, we don’t know if we’re brave enough to try one just yet.

Sources: Delish, Lollyphile / Photo credits: Pizza Hut/Instagram, Lollyphile

Tags: crazy flavors, food hybrid, lollipop, lollyphile, Pizza
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Ladies And Gentleman, Say Hello To Your New Favorite Lunch: The Hamdog


By Cooking Panda

Forget the debate about whether or not a hotdog is also a sandwich; that’s old hat in comparison to the new form the hot dog has now taken on.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were torn? Torn between indulging in a burger or a hot dog for lunch?

Well, worry not, indecisive diners, because a man in Perth, Australia, named Mark Murray has created a solution for you: the Hamdog.

Per Metro, the Hamdog is a super intense looking hamburger-hotdog hybrid, and is now the world’s only patented burger which is currently being rolled out across Australia at large.

Apparently, Murray actually dreamt up the chimera in 2004, but only began offering his unique brainchild to the world two months ago; his venture has been a great success.

Each Hamdog costs $6, and consists of a frankfurter placed between two halves of a beef patty — yes, you read that correctly — and then topped with cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, American mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Then, all of those ingredients are tucked snugly inside a meticulously designed Hamdog bun (think normal burger bun, only with the addition of hot dog bun ends attached).

All of the Hamdog ingredients are locally sourced from Western Australia, excluding the American-sourced pickles.

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“We’ve had requests of all sorts for gluten free, vegan and vegetarian Hamdogs,” Mark told News.com.au. “Once the product is out there and that process is sorted, we’ll start experimenting.”

At the moment, the most intricate detail that goes into the Hamdog is the bun: Each one apparently has to be assembled by hand, which is no doubt an extremely time-consuming process — especially if demand increases. Murray is currently looking to find a way to semi-automate the process.

Interested in helping him out? The Hamdog is patented both in America and Australia, so you can’t bring the idea over stateside. However, if you want to get involved in the business, you are welcome to purchase a franchise for approximately $7,500, and try to help production get moving along.

Bon appetit!

Sources: Metro, News.com.au / Photo credit: Three Foodie Sisters Australia/Instagram

Tags: food hybrid, hamburger, hamdog, Hot Dog
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