@duodec@haydesigner But if a pallet of them was left in a semi trailer in Dallas for all of next week, would they melt into a near-solid mass requiring a hammer and chisel to break the lumps apart?Or would they just stick together a little and look funny?
@blaineg@rockblossom I can’t speak for everybody, but my wife and I don’t like marshmallows (except the crunchy ones in cereal).
We’ve isolated what we dislike about them, but I think it’s the basic “weird-textured ball of sugar without the excuse of a good flavor.” Peeps are bigger and puffier, but have a (maybe) better flavor.
@rockblossom@werehatrack If you’ve never tried peeps roasted, you’re missing out. The sugar gets crispy while the inside softens like creme brulee. The lemonade ones were like lemon meringue pie.
I try most of the weird flavored ones but only like a few, peppermint bark peeps were excellent (unroasted).
The candy corn flavored M&M’s were horrible. Yea, I try most of their odd flavors too.
@werehatrack They are actually a fascinating study in psychology. If they were yellow and banana shaped, people would immediately recognize them as “banana flavored” marshmallows. The peanut shape and orange color confuse people so that they either misidentify the flavor or don’t recognize it at all.
This would explain why I do not recall anything about them, but I have a vague recollection that I don’t like them. Banana is not a favorite for me, although it no longer produces the avoidance issues that it did for many years.
@rockblossom@werehatrack that reminds me of a “study” that some moron conducted, where they concluded that all colors of skittles are the same flavor. That amount of stupidity is just unbelievable. I assume the person responsible thought m&m’s were skittles, or was just eating his own shit. It made me legitimately angry to see that story.
@blaineg@OnionSoup My previous partner would have heartily supported your statement. This was a place where our tastes were at odds. That flavor suite is not among those I find attractive. I don’t like “real” licorice. Twizzlers, by comparison, are not licorice in my opinion, and are just boring.
@blaineg@lisagd@pmarin in England we had liquorice call “Bertie Bassetts All Sorts” they were licorice mixed with other candies. I liked the candy parts but not really the licorice parts… used to soldier through the black bits to get to the brightly coloured better tasting candy parts. I don’t know why I ate the bad stuff too… felt obligated. Like when there’s a bad flavoured jelly bean, you eat the whole bag anyway despite the bad ones.
@blaineg@OnionSoup@pmarin There’s a candy called All Sorts in the US too, but not that brand. I think I used to eat the non-licorice parts and toss the rest.
My brother used to like black jelly beans, so I didn’t feel an obligation to eat them. Orange, yellow, and green were another story. I didn’t think I liked lime until I was in my early 20s because I had only ever had lime-flavored jelly beans and Life Savers.
Much of this is reminding me why I don’t eat lunch at McD very often. I have a similar level of distaste for their “hamburgers”. The QuarterPounder, as of the last one I threw out, was reminiscent of poorly reprocessed cardboard. The Big Mac, even with the cheese removed, was more akin to a really cheap and tiny side salad with way too much thousand island dressing and badly-made croutons than an actual burger. And the ordinary hamburger, even with the mustard absent, would have been improved by leaving out the meat. And the bun. And the condiments. And the paper wrapper.
About once per decade-ish, I revisit the experience to see if anything has changed. The next test is due in 2025. I might have to be busy that day. It’s a damn shame, really, because at times they have had some really excellent things - but their mainstay offerings are just so far below pedestrian as to beggar the imagination.
@werehatrack I hate just about everything I’ve ever had from McDonalds… from their fries which are way too thin and way too salty and just taste like salty oil (no potatoey goodness at all)… to their awful coffee … to their gross grey chicken nuggets and their tasteless burgers.
Once got a parfait for breakfast, driving through middle of nowhere and only place could find. Even their parfaits are bad… way too sweet, too much sugar. I thought "no way McD can mess up a parfait, " I was wrong.
Not that I am a fast food afficionado, but I’d rank them dead last, at least for burger places.
@werehatrack oops, I forgot about Burger King. These days Burger King rivals McDonalds for badness. I used to think they were “ok” but the last decade or so Burger King has probably dropped below even McDs for food quality.
@OnionSoup My default is Jack In The Box where available, Milo’s if I’m in Alabama, Blake’s if I’m in New Mexico, Whatburger here in Texas (with Onion Rings, natch), and Never Freddy’s Anywhere No Way, Ditto Smashburger.
@OnionSoup I’m not going to defend Burger King, but I think it might depend on the particular location. I’ve tried the one near us several times over the last decade, and it’s always fallen short in every area. At some point I tried one somewhere else and it was basically as good as what I remembered BK used to be.
@OnionSoup@xobzoo I concur about BK variability, with an additional note that sub-par ones tend to be grouped. Locally, the BK outlets are mostly OK on the food ingredient quality (the burger meat is detectable as a decent meat flavor note in the burger) but I’ve encountered a few out of state that were very McD-like. When you hit a BK with cardboard patties, usually the same result will obtain from any others nearby. This probably results from a local DC sourcing their patties from a supplier that is different from what we get around here.
@OnionSoup@werehatrack The best thing from McD’s is breakfast. They use actual eggs and last I heard, they cooked them there. The sausage seems to be your standard breakfast sausage, and you can’t disguise anything else as an English muffin.
Good grief, that crap has gotten expensive! I just hit the WallyWorld site to see what kind of looney flavors of The Fall Confection were available this year (don’t ask), and most of them are at prices exceeding ten bucks a pound.
Heh. I like the “grill marks” on the top, the kernels of corn in the sandwich, and that the AI seems to think that melted cheese is just orange ketchup. I don’t think I’ll be hiring a robot chef any time soon.
@ybmuG [ pushes button on weird Fuji print camera, hands Gumby the thing that the camera spits out]
The expression on your face was priceless, do you think you could teach me how to do it for those missionaries who show up on my porch once in a while?
@pakopako@ybmuG actually, I think I can see a way to make candy corn with those layers. You roll a very thin cylinder of white fudge, and then roll out a layer of yellow fudge that’s slightly thicker, and create a cylinder of that around the white. Then you roll out a layer of orange, a little bit thinner, and surround the yellow and white with it. Slice the resulting cylinder about a quarter inch thick, and slice it into pie slices. I would flavor the white cylinder with either vanilla or lime, or if I were feeling particularly perverse, both. And that would make fudge candy corn in an absolutely amazing citrus form. It would be a bit of work, and timing would be everything on the assembly, but the result would be amazing. Completely and totally unlike conventional candy corn.