Author Archives: Hugh Gallon

Girl Scout Cookies – Ep. 92

Thin Mints® , Samoas® , Tagalongs® , Trefoils® , Do-si-dos® ,  Toffee-tastic™ , Girl Scout S’mores™ – Rod and Hugh review them all – with live on-air taste tests. How do you pronounce “Trefoils?”  Are “Samoas” named after the people of a Polynesian Island?   These are just  a few of the discussions that display the Hungry Dads’ utter ignorance and lack of basic intelligence. Listen and feel smarter. 

Jerky, Slaw, Bed (Happy Father’s Day) – Ep. 91

The Hungry Dads, once again pay tribute to their own fathers, themselves, and fathers everywhere with focus on some manly father-favorite foods (jerky and coleslaw), by debating the manliest of foods, and by deciding whether or not breakfast in bed is a sham.  Special guest, father of the Rod Budget, the elder Budget, the Swammi of Slaw, the Babe Ruth of Cole Slaw, Hotbobby!

Reviewed in this episode:  Epic Meat Bars – Turkey Almond Cranberry, Bison Bacon Cranberry, Venison Sea Salt + Pepper

 

Rank ’em – Pizza, fries, burgers, drinking straws – Ep. 90

Rod and Hugh leverage their vast eating experience to objectively rank, compare, and contrast the spectrum of quality for pizza, french fries, burgers, and drinking straws.  If you thought they could only opine on the spectrum of soda, eggs, and sandwiches… think again. They have strong and important opinions about drinking straws, too! An important episode that is not to be missed.

 

Ranked! KFC’s Colonel Sanders Renditions (A Tastemaker Special) Ep. 89

We rank the various renditions of Colonel Sanders, examining the original first, then the imitators, good, bad, accurate, and illegitimate. Who will the next colonel be? Maybe our own Rod Budget?  A quick look at each of KFC’s Colonels discussed in this episode:

“Original Recipe” – The real guy. The standard by which the rest are measured.  Listen to Episode 73 for the story of how he may be Hugh Gallon’s father.

 

 

Animated (mentioned in jump the shark Episode 73) – Sort of nice animation and style, but they had the Colonel trying to be cool and a little “extreme” in that 1990s style – even a fluid hip motion “cabbage patch” dance… “Go colonel…Go colonel” … So lame. (trivia: voiced by Randy Quaid)

 

The Colonel of Two worlds/The Colonel Corps – Kitschy and in line with the broad “multiple colonel” vision. Good art. Not a good story.

 

Dolph Ziggler – During 2016 SummerSlam, a commercial showed wrestler Dolph Ziggler dressed up as Colonel Sanders beating up a giant chicken in a wrestling ring. Nice synergy and embedded content. Another play against the kindly old man archetype.

 

 

Rob Lowe – Smoldering good looks, distinguished charm, and sexy charisma. This might be the second best play against type for the ‘ole Colonel. Inspired choice and surprisingly A-list, even if a bit boring.

 

 

George Hamilton – Nice play on the crispy chicken bit with Hamilton’s deep tanned skin. But sort of hacky and a little gross to conflate the two images – crispy chicken skin and darkened human skin?

 

 

Rob Riggle –  Part of the success for any Colonel, is of course, being a fan of the person inside the white suit. I’ve seen a fair amount of Rob Riggle in stuff. I think he’s talented enough. Seems like a nice guy.  But I’ve never cared for his humor – not my style. But somehow his schtick as the Colonel cracked me up. Maybe the perfect role for him?

Billy Zane – The gold gimmick was lame. And why Billy Zane? If there is a clever connection between the two, let us know.

 

 

Norm McDonald – Perfect play against type and makes it clear that they are not trying to give us a viable Colonel Sanders. Got me excited about the “multiple colonels” campaign.

 

Jim Gaffigan – We predicted it! Good fit to type for the campaign (Gaffigan is irreverent loves food). This sort of kicked off Gaffigan as a bankable commercial personality.

 

Darrel Hammond – Hammond was the first in this new campaign of multiple colonels and his rendition was too earnest and quite creepy. Hated it at the time. I’ve softened on it though. We didn’t know the long term plan, and can forgive it some in retrospect.

Snackademics: Food Labeling Ep. 87

It’s time for an education on food labels.  We aren’t talking about the unimportant labels like nutrition and calorie content. No. We mean those super important marketing labels that help make us believe these foods are delicious.  “Homestyle,” “homemade,” “natural” “chef-crafted,” and more. What do they all mean? They mean poppy-cock. That’s what…

Food label Quiz – Fill in the blank – We found some food labels language worth examining. Can you decipher the real label? (next to the red arrow) and choose the right answer?  Ignore the apparent size/shape of the smudged wording. We are expert photoshopppers and masked it well.

ANSWERS at the bottom of the page (with some insightful commentary) – check out Episode 87 for more mind blowing insight from the incomparable Rod and Hugh. If you see a hyperlink, check out our review.

1. Yoo-Hoo Chocolate “_______”

a) “Milk”

b) “Non-dairy”

c) “Drink”

 

 

 

2. Mini Babybel Mozzarella “_______”

a) “Wheel”

b) “Style”

c) “Cheese product”

 

 

3. The “_______” Crispy Chicken Sandwich from BK

a) “Extra”

b) “New”

c) “Homestyle”

 

 

4. Black Forest Gummy Bears – middle label states “_______”

a) “Made with Real Fruit Juice”

b) “Now with Green Apple!”

c) “Gelatin rendered from only free range horse bones & hooves”

 


5. Kettle Brand Moscow Mule Potato Chips label states “_______”

a) “Non –GMO Project Verified”

b) “Flavored with Stevia”

c) “Contains less than .05% insect parts”

 

 

6. The “_______” Cracker Tub (TM)

a) “Original”

b) “Lil’ Bitz”

c) “Classic”

 

 

 

7. Chiquita Banana “_______”

a) “Win your own fruit hat!”

b) “Potassi-tastic!”

c) “Bop it!”

 

8. Mtn. Dew Kickstart – Electrolytes “_______”

a) “Not a significant form of hydration”

b) “For taste”

c) “It’s what plants crave”

 

 

 

9. Sweet and Saucy Barbecue Rib Popcorn

a) “With Real Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce”

b) “Naturally Flavored”

c) “Naturally and Artificially Flavored”

 

 

 

10. Starbucks “_________” Bacon Cheddar & Egg

(a) “Double-Smoked”

(b) “Triple Thick Cut”

(c) “Quadruple Crispy”

 

 

 

 

11. Dash Gas Station The Boss “_______” Sandwich

(a) “Meat-Muenster Mutant”

(b) “Chef-Crafted”

(c) “Gourmet-Style”

 

 

 

 

12. 20oz Soft Drinks 3/$4 Excludes “_______”

(a) “Mutant”

(b) “Monster”

(c) “Seltzer”

 

13. Publix Organic Spinach “_________”

(a) “Washed”

(b) “Double Washed”

(c) “Triple Washed”

 

 

14. Sweetened “_______” Old Fashioned Firehouse Southern Tea

(a) “Zero Calorie”

(b) “Confederate Style”

(c) “With Cane Sugar”

THE ANSWERS

 

Yoo-Hoo Chocolate “_______”

a) “Milk”

b) “Non-dairy”

c) “Drink”

We looked and didn’t see any legal prohibition on calling it milk, which was surprising at first. The Dairy lobby is powerful. But then again… think about soy “milk,” or almond “milk.”  With Yoo-hoo, we think, not being called milk is intentional and its greatest marketing strength.  Hugh is a big fan of Yoo-hoo, and recalls in his youth being pitched Yoo-hoo as better than chocolate milk because it’s not so thick and “gloppy,” in your throat. He’s been hooked ever since. Check out our Yoo-hoo chugging challenge  in Episode 74.

Mini Babybel Mozzarella “_______”

a) “Wheel”

b) “Style”

c) “Cheese product”

It’s not really Mozzarella?  Why must it merely be Mozzarella “sytle?” Is cheese Like Champagne? – to be called mozzarella it needs to be done a certain way?  In a certain place?  We looked in the Hungry Dads fridge for some generic store brand shredded mozzarella and it says just “mozzarella” with no qualifier.  If they don’t have to claim “style,” why does Babybel care?  Any cheesemongers in our audience, please write in and tell us.

The “_______” Crispy Chicken Sandwich from BK

a) “Extra”

b) “New”

c) “Homestyle”

Was this thing new? According to BK’s marketing folks, they were responding to chatter that their chicken sandwiches were “gross.”  They purport new breading process and higher quality chicken. But to my taste test, it seemed pretty much the same – and didn’t look quite as good as its ad version. Chicken sandwiches are “trending” in NYC thanks to one put out by Shake Shack that is surely overhyped. Guess BK wants in.

Black Forest Gummy Bears – middle label states “_______”

a) “Made with Real Fruit Juice”

b) “Now with Green Apple!

c) “Gelatin rendered from only free range horse bones & hooves”

Gummy Bears “made with REAL FRUIT JUICE” – is this supposed to tell me that gummy bears are sort of healthy? Or that juice isn’t all that healthy?  How much fruit juice do they need to add to qualify this claim?

And an answer to the asterisks’ conspiracy…

Kettle Brand Moscow Mule Potato Chips label states “_______”

a) “Non –GMO Project Verified”

b) “Flavored with Stevia”

c) “Contains less than .05% insect parts”

Also note the gluten free label. This is a play to try to make the potato chips look like health food, right? It kinda works. That butterfly is very ethereal and weightless, much like I will feel after eating a bag of their chips. All nice and good, but don’t forget that Kettle paid to have that label. From the Non-GMO Project website about getting verificaiton, “The cost varies depending on how many products you wish to submit for verification…” So this was an expense that Kettle baked into their “Moscow Mule” chip, in order to convince you that it’s at least natural, and perhaps even a little good for you.

The “_______” Cracker Tub

a) “Original”

b) “‘Lil Bitz”

c) “Classic”

The Original?! – We see the word “original” in other places like Skittles, meaning, the original flavors – not “tropical” or whatever.  But here, what’s so original.  This one is Sour Cream and Onion so that’s not what they mean. The Original Cracker Tub? Do we really think there is an original? If so, do we think Global Brands (Product of India) are the originators of putting crackers in a tub? They must be. They have a trademark right there on the name.  Is this a play at Cracker Barrel?

Chiquita Banana “_______”

a) “Get your own fruit hat!”

b) “Potassi-tastic!”

c) “Bop it!”

A toy advertisement on my fruit?  Cross promotion has no boundaries. But, in all honesty, it doesn’t really bother us.  We haven’t felt compelled to buy a Bop-it though.

Mtn. Dew Kickstart – Electrolytes “_______”

a) “not a significant form of hydration”

b) “For taste”

c) “It’s what plants crave”

d) What does an electrolyte taste like? Salt I think. Mountain Dew clearly thought putting the word “electrolytes” was a good word to put on their can in big letters. They didn’t have to do that. They must’ve thought people liked electrolytes.  If you don’t understand option (c), check out the cult classic film Idiocracy.  I would almost have believed that Mountain Dew would use the tagline “It’s what plants crave,” in a cross promotional opportunity – its got more synergy than Bop It.  Debatably better than the Superbowl commercial puppymonkeybaby.

Sweet and Saucy Barbecue Rib Popcorn

a) “With Real Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce”

b) “Naturally Flavored”

c) “Naturally and Artificially Flavored”

So there, they can claim that BBQ popcorn was “Naturally Flavored.” And not “naturally and artificially” flavored. How? Why? Let me allow the FDA to answer from  FDA.gov: (in sum, anything that is not defined as “artificial” may be called “natural.”  And a section of code defines “artificial” as, things that are NOT “derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.” Still don’t get it? Read more below.

Starbucks “_________” Bacon Cheddar & Egg

(a) “Double-Smoked”

(b) “Triple Thick Cut”

(c) “Quadruple Crispy”

Maybe this means a double dump of liquid smoke in the pink slime from which the bacon is made? (actually, pink slime is probably a myth, but we choose to believe).

Dash Gas Station The Boss “_______” Sandwich

(a) “Meat-Muenster Mutant”

(b) “Chef-Crafted”

(c) “Gourmet-Style”

The Gas station Chef?

20oz Soft Drinks 3/$4 Excludes “_______”

(a) “Mutant”

(b) “Monster”

(c) “Seltzer”

If you see this sign, ask the cashier what mutant is. See if they know. It’s a fun game.

Publix Organic Spinach “_________”

(a) “Washed”

(b) “Double Washed”

(c) “Triple Washed”

Why not Quadruple wash? How exactly do they do multipole washes? Does it go in multiple bings? What liquids are used? Water? Anything else? Could somebody help me out? Because I’d like to know!!!

Sweetened “_______” Old Fashioned Firehouse Southern Tea

(a) “Zero Calorie”

(b) “Confederate Style”

(c) “With Cane Sugar”

Is cane sugar supposed to be healthier? (Hint: its not)

* They further state: “From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”  The FDA Requested Comments from the public on Use of the Term “Natural” on Food Labeling back in May 2016 – there are thousands posted. Some professional and some just regular people.

The FDA has considered the term “natural” to mean that nothing artificial or synthetic  (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food.  However, this policy was not intended to address food production methods, such as the use of pesticides, nor did it explicitly address food processing or manufacturing methods, such as thermal technologies, pasteurization, or irradiation. The FDA also did not consider whether the term “natural” should describe any nutritional or other health benefit. 

TITLE 21–CHAPTER I– SUBCHAPTER B– PART 101 — FOOD LABELING  (a)(1) The term artificial flavor or artificial flavoring means any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof. Artificial flavor includes the substances listed in 172.515(b) and 182.60 of this chapter except where these are derived from natural sources.

 

Rank ’em! Sandwich types, soda, egg styles – Ep. 86

Rod and Hugh leverage their vast eating experience to objectively rank, compare, and contrast foods in three essential categories – sandwiches (hoagies, vs. heroes, vs paninis and more); eggs (poached, scrambled, deviled, etc.); and soda (fountain, can, bottle) Whaddya like?  Best to the worst, with the expertise and analysis you’ve come to expect.

Sandwich Spectrum

  1. Hoagie/grinder/wedge 
  2. 3-6 foot hero (slice of)
  3. Soft roll
  4. Hard roll
  5. Sliced bread
  6. Flatbread/panini 
  7. Wraps 
  8. Pita pocket 
  9. lettuce wraps 
  10. Baguette

Eggs

  1. In a cake 
  2. Scrambled
  3. Deviled
  4. Over easy
  5. Sunny side up
  6. Hard Boiled
  7. Poached
  8. Soft boiled

 Spectrum of Soda Quality

  1. Fountain
  2. Freestyle
  3. Glass bottle
  4. Can
  5. Plastic bottle (single serve)
  6. Plastic bottle (two liter)
  7. Bar wand/bad fountain

Lays Do Us a Flavor 2017 – The Pitch! Ep. 85

Hungry Dads Podcast Lays The Pitch 2017

The Hungry Dads Podcast, has covered the Lays Do Us a Flavor for years. We have a real passion for choosing and pitching flavors! They asked for it…

“Our fans live flavorful lives, full of delicious tastes and rich personal experiences, which have translated to interesting and innovative chip flavor ideas throughout the years,” said Jeannie Cho, vice president of marketing, Frito-Lay. “These incredible flavor ideas were created by everyday fans, each with their own flavorful story. This year, we’re asking fans to pitch us their $1 million dollar flavor idea because we also want to see the flavor behind the flavor – we want to celebrate the people, passion and inspiration stories behind the flavor ideas that make it delicious.”

We’ve covered this promotion thing plenty before…

Episode 1: The Chip Episode

Episode: 20 Lays Do Us a Flavor 2015

Episode 45: Lays Do Us A Flavor

All of the Finalist Flavors Reviewed and Ranked

Time for a new crop in 2017! And here’s the pitches…

Vanilla Cherry Slushie

Everyone’s favorite summer treat, the shaved ice slushie. Put it on a chip and you’ve got that sweet favorite anytime you want, all year long! And it won’t melt if you leave it sitting. But these chips won’t sit for long!

 

Ash Ripened Goat Cheese!

You can’t bleeeeeeet our newest Lays flavor: Ash ripened goat cheese.  check out these of mild flavored cheese chips topped off with a kick of ripened ash. Don’t be shy next time you’re searching for a bold flavorful chip. go ahead and make a goat of yourself. And while you’re at it, make an ash of yourself too.

 

Baked Beans and Hot Dogs

It’s just not a picnic without classic, sweet and tender baked beans. How about some sliced and snappy hot dog?  Two great flavors. Even greater together in a potato chip.

 

Toasted Sourdough & Roast Beef Sandwich

Sourdough. Beef. Put them together. Add a cup of Aus Jus, and you’ve got a hearty classic dripping with flavor. Face it, ever since you were a kid you’ve gotten a thrill from putting potato chips inside your sandwich. Well now, how about putting your sandwich inside of a chip!?

 

Cheddar Sub

There is nothing better than CHEDDAR. It makes for a classic sandwich with you favorite cold cuts! You love putting potato chips inside your sandwich. Well how about putting your sandwich inside of a chip?

 

Cherry Gelatin

Relive the sweet cherry goodness you remember as a kid with the crunch of a kettle cooked chip!  You won’t get caught red handed, but you might get caught red-tounged. Didn’t you know? These chips will turn your tongue bright red just like that classic gelatin treat!

 

Deep Fried Salted Caramel Bacon

At the ‘ole State Fair they’ll deep fry anything. Nothing is off limits! Now Lays is testing your flavor limits! Thick cut bacon dipped in golden salty caramel all deep fried in a thick and crunchy batter.

 

Frito Chili Pie

What’s the best thing about pie? The Fritos and chili, of course. Don’t tell me you were thinking about meringue or tarts or fruits. Them’s sissy pies. What’s the best thing about frito chili pie? The potato chip. That’s right all the flavor with none of the mess. New lays frito chili  pie potato chips.  No more sissy pies.

 

Gator Tail

Gator Tail! Tastes Like Chicken! Except its alligator, ya swamp fool!

 

Glazed Donut

Glazed over eyes in the morning…(yawn)… bad. Glazed over roads… (crash!)…. bad. Glazed over beard oil…Whaa?!! yes it’s a thing…. weird. Glazed over donuts… yummm…. amazing. Glazed over donut potato chips… huh? … the glaze hero of the newish millennia.

 

Huevos Rancheros

Rev up for your favorite Tex-Mex breakfast anytime with Lays Huevos Rancheros chips!  Salty tortilla, savory egg, and a not-too-spicy salsa in a potato crunch will make you shout “Ole!”

 

Mulligatawny Soup

Before that “show about nothing” appeared on tv, nobody had heard of this exotic soup.   But now, mulligatawny is a fun word to say and a tasty chip to crunch. mulligatawny .  mulligataaaawny .. what’s it taste like? I don’t know??? Seriously…Could somebody help me out?

 

Potato

What’s the craziest exotic chip flavor for 2017??? Catnip? Dinosaur blood? Polka dots? Think again. When was the last time you had a true potato chip? WRONG! You’ve never had a potato chip. Because potato chips don’t taste like any potato I’ve ever eaten. Not baked, not mashed, not smashed, not hashed. So, it’s time to make a potato flavored potato chip.

 

Shrimp Cocktail

When is the last time you’ve been to a classy party and have not been offered a classy shrimp cocktail? Bring the party to you in these shrimp cocktail flavored chips.  With a classic shrimpy crunch and the right hint of cocktail sauce, bring some class to your bag of chips!

Spicy Sausage Jambalaya

No need to fire up the stove.  Fire up the jazz band instead! Crunch into hearty jambalaya with just the right amount of spice – it’ll bring you back home to the bayou!

 

Seltzer vs. Soda Ep. 84

When did seltzer become the newest craze?  We assume its the latest the war against soda that has created room for this healthier, fizzy, more socially acceptable alternative. But does it taste good?  Is it a little too effeminate for Rod to Enjoy with his Beef Jerky?  Why is everybody drinking La Croix with reckless abandon?   Club soda, tonic water, seltzer…what’s the difference?  It all drives Hugh  to drinking (with a “Spiked Seltzer” live taste test).

And then some soda analysis.  Can you make decent cola at home with some tap water, some CO2, and some specialty syrup – ala Sodastream?  How would such a soda rank amongst the spectrum of soda quality?  What about cola flavor in a gummy bear? What about cola flavoring in a condom?  Podbot joins as official guest host and wraps it all up with a very special message.

 

Yep. That’s a cola flavored condom. Did we taste test it?  Listen to the episode to find out…or keep reading. No. No we didn’t.

Cola flavored gummies.  Probably the same consistency as the condom. We did taste test this…

Spiked Seltzer – booze and condoms, its one helluva episode.

Hugh’s Sodastream in action!

 

 

Beef Talk with Johnny Prime – Ep. 83

Aged beef, fake beef, ground beef, grilled beef, and poop(?) beef. Getttin’ Beefy with the incomparable Johnny Prime!   Then Rod shares his beef with the NYC based hamburger joint, Shake Shake.  Finally, everyone ranks their favorite burgers from Five Guys, McDonalds,  Shake Shack, In & Out, and their favorite pub burger.

Check out Johnny and more of his awesome meat talk at:

http://www.johnnyprimesteaks.com

30 Food Topics in 30 Minutes w/ Johnny Prime – Ep. 63

Halloween Whopper Surprises – Episode 52

Recipe Experiments with Johnny Prime – Episode 37

Quick Hits with Johnny Prime – Episode 32

Chewing the Fat with Johnny Prime! – Episode 31

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Gum Show with Gary Costello – Ep. 82

Chewing gum expert, connoisseur, and wunderkind, Gary Costello, comes into the studio as Rod and Hugh look back at Episode 67 to address some of their anti-gum rhetoric.  Is gum useless, messy, flavorless, and for du mmies?  Probably not.

Hugh shares how he was raised to be a gum-fearing child and then plays a classic Lonnie Dongan top ten hit – “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavor Overnight?”

Gary tells everyone what you can expect from a “long lasting” flavored gum and Rod naively calls balderdash on sustained flavor for more than 20 seconds, poorly citing Double Bubble.  Gary responds.

Gary lists his five major uses and purposes for gum: (1) Appetite suppressant (2) Breath freshening (3) throat moistening (4) enhanced performance while exercising (5) focus for mental activity.

Hugh drops some Reader’s Digest science just before Gary makes a wild Family Ties reference.

Rod acknowledges that perhaps he should take gum when offered, considering its breath freshening properties.

Gary Costello: Gum Wunderkind? Coming out of nowhere? Cinderella story? Do Hugh and Rod even know what a Wunderkind is?

Blow Pops, ice cream with gum inside, and other gum-flavored, non-gum items – an insult to gum purists? or the best kind of treat?

Letting your children chew gum – risks and rewards.  Pros: Keeps them busy. Healthy teeth and gums from a xylo-burst? Cons: Gum where gum should not be.

Orbitz Orbit Orbitz Orbit – Hugh pulls a rookie move and refers to “Orbit” gum, as “Orbitz”

Gum has gotten expensive.  Gary tells us all the options and some tips for blister packs, pellets, and sticks so you can chew frugally.

A nice medley of classic Wrigley’s commercial jingles – Juicy Fruit is Gonna move ya!

Big League Chew and Bubble Tape – is there any wrong way to eat these?  Our advice – go big on these with a “man sized wad,” as stated in Big League Chew’s advertising copy.

Gary prioritizes: taste vs. lasting flavor vs. texture and then rates the various gum brands (Eclipse, Wrigley’s, Extra, Polar Ice, Trident White Pellets (best in show), Orbit Crystal Mint (off the market), Dentyne Fire, Big Red (lookout for sugar)

Gary shares a heartwarming childhood memory of Trident Cinnamon and his beloved grandmother.

Specialty gums – Local & International Gums, Airwaves (gum cough drop?), Aspergum (Gum Asprin?), and Gator Gum

How could gum pay for a young Gary Costello’s Disney vacation?

Gary gives his thoughts on horrible, chalky baseball card/collector card gum.

Taste testing 30-year old gum – Hugh does a live taste test with one unopened pack of collectors cards from 1978 (Superman the Movie) and two from 1989 (Back to the Future 2, and Ghostbusters 2) with the gum still inside.  Could this be the last episode of the Hungry Dads Podcast?  Will Hugh be poisoned? Could he become a ghost that must be busted? As Mary McFly would say, “This is heavy, Doc…”

 

Taco Bell’s Beefy Crunch No More? Ep 81

A frank conversation with the leader of a food fan movement to bring back Taco Bell’s Beefy Crunch Burrito.  Richard is back! Even if the Beefy Crunch isn’t.  The Beefy Crunch Movement and its dedicated members just want a burrito to be re-released by Taco Bell.  IMG_8623 (1)The Hungry Dads Podcast gets another exclusive interview with the leader of the Beefy Crunch Movement, Richard. Why won’t Taco Bell return his calls?  What are the new threats to the Movement? Is it worth it for Richard to continue?  What has happened since the last release? Get the inside scoop on this story that the Hungry Dads have been following this story since September 2015.

To quote their page, the Beefy Crunch Movement is “A social media movement dedicated to bringing back one of Taco Bell’s most popular and amazingly tasty burrito ever, the Beefy Crunch Burrito.”

The members of the Beefy Crunch Movement are a passionate sect of Taco Bell fans who are not backing down and demand that their voices be heard.  Discover what is next for The Movement.

Download this episode at iTunes, Stitcher, (just search “hungry dads”) or listen right here at hungrydads.com (below). Then join the Beefy Crunch movement here:  https://www.facebook.com/beefycrunchmovement

Ep. 79 – Military Rations Taste Test

Menu 1 Chili with Beans MRE

Menu 1 Chili with Beans MRE

Taste testing and reviewing military “MREs” (or “Meals Ready to Eat”) with Tim the Enchanter. We were given some MREs by our good friend and man of honor – Tim – Tim the Enchanter!

In sum, God bless the soldiers from a food tolerance perspective alone.  Its edible but we would tire of this stuff quick. Dense and not a hint of freshness.    Its amazing how much packed in – we opened it with the excitement of a kid getting a chemistry set.

MREs

MREs

(0:45) The fellas welcome back “Tim the Enchanter” who was kind enough to send some real-deal military “MREs” or “Meals Ready to Eat.” This is the stuff that our men and women of the military eat for days or weeks  on end.  The Hungry Dads review the vast and impressive contents inside four MREs, including:

Chili with Beans, Vegetable Crackers, Cheese Spread, Cornbread TFF, Cheese Filled Pretzels, Beverage Base Powder Orange

MRE Chicken Pesto Pasta, Cheese Filled Pretzels, and Patriotic Sugar Cookies

MRE Chicken Pesto Pasta, Cheese Filled Pretzels, and Patriotic Sugar Cookies

Menu 23: Chicken Pesto Pasta, White Wheat Snack Bread TFF, Patriotic Sugar Cookies, Apple Turnover, Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder Fruit Punch

MRE Menu 23

MRE Menu 23

 

Each came with a little Condiments & utensils pack

(3:05) Hugh shared a clip after he recorded himself and his kids checking out the contents of the MRE. His son identified the use of matches in the MRE while Tim shares the reason for the included gum (to protectmour soldiers from flatulence).

MRE Cheese Filled Pretzel (Combo)

MRE Cheese Filled Pretzel (Combo)

(4:30) HD Trivia: What common gas station snack are the MRE “Cheese Filled Pretzels” masquerading as?  Then Hugh’s kids tell us what they think of the bread and the Garden Thin style vegetable crackers. Then Hugh’s wife does some military grade cheese-kneading.

(6:45) The Gallon family reviews the chili. Is it spicy?

(8:00) Rod shares the contents of his “Creamy Spinach Fettuccini” MRE.

MRE Spoon

MRE Spoon

(9:00) A vicious anti-spork stance is announced.  The gang rips on sporks and congratulates our military on not burdening the MREs with such a useless item. A spork is not a multi-tasker. Sporks are a Nano-tasker.

(10:24) Rod gives his impressions and review of the “Creamy Spinach Fettuccini” MRE.

(11:30) Hugh gives his impressions and review of the “Chicken Pesto Pasta” MRE.

MRE Patriotic Sugar Cookies

MRE Patriotic Sugar Cookies

(12:05) Hugh and his kids enjoy some MRE cornbread and “Patriotic Sugar Cookies!”  “Old Soldier” Tim explains that in his day he never had fancy desserts like apple turnovers and sugar cookies – in his day it the army was a pound cake industrial complex.   Everyone opines on “fancy combos.”

MRE Patriotic Sugar Cookies

MRE Patriotic Sugar Cookies

(14:05) Rod reviews the “Honey Mustard Pretzel Nuggets” and the dust atop them. Rod tells us about the most generic and driest crackers possible – but he liked them!

(17:43) Rod admits that he sucked peanut butter straight from a dubiously described packet and never considered putting it on the driest cracker he ever ate. Tim prefers the peanut butter over “oily cheese.”

MRE Apple Turnover

MRE Apple Turnover

 

(19:30) Hugh gives his kid some apple turnover.

(20:00) Rod reviews the “Rib Shaped Barbecue Pork Patty” MRE (aka McRib).

(22:15) Drinks. They’ve got electrolytes. Everyone agrees that Tang and Gatorade are delicious. And what does the military have to do with fairies from the Netflix show, “Winx?” Apparently something according to one five-year-old.

(24:30) Tim asks the key question – What was the toilet situation?”

MRE Heating Instructions 1

MRE Heating Instructions 1

(25:55) Hugh and Rod geek out over the MRE’s heating pouch (it heats food basically with those chemical hand warmers) and fussing over the directions. They did not put it on a “rock or something,” which may have been the problem.

(28:30) Did Hugh poison himself? …and the aroma of cooking with chemicals.

MRE Performance Nutrition IInfo

MRE Performance Nutrition Info

 

 

(31:20) Some health notes for our soldiers from the “hot pocket style sleeve.”  Could you eat MREs and loose weight? Well, if you’re soldiering like Tim, yes. If you sit around like Rod and Hugh, not so much.

 

(33:00) How the heck do you open an MRE unless you are manly enough to have an army knife?

(33:45) Rod serves an MRE “Caramel Apple Ranger Bar” to his children and in-laws as a “blind taste test,“ claiming he baked it himself.  Was anybody fooled? No. No they were not.  Although the  Caramel Apple Ranger Bar was said to taste “a little like” sawdust, we all know that Rod’s homemade food tends to taste “a lot like sawdust.”

MRE Meals presented Classy!

MRE Meals presented Classy!

(39:00) Rod and Hugh give their final conclusions. Rod gives the taste a 3 out of 10 on taste. Hugh gave it a five, remarking that the MREs were “edible without a hint of freshness.” Rod and Hugh both recognized that eating an MRE from their suburban kitchens was a far cry from the scenario of a soldier in the field. But it gave a small but real insight into the sacrifices made by our military.

Heating Instructions ("Rock or Something")

Heating Instructions (“Rock or Something”)

 

(43:35) Tim the Enchanter tells the guys about “MRE bombs,” which are NOT the gastronomical result of these meals. Rather, it’s a little prank to pass the time, exploiting the mild chemical reaction you find in the MRE’s heating element. Disclaimer: such “MRE bombs” are against protocol. Tim the Enchanter was, by all accounts, merely a witness to such insubordination and never a party to it.

MRE White Wheat Snack Bread TFF

MRE White Wheat Snack Bread TFF

MRE Chicken Pesto Pasta and Hot Pocket Style Sleeve

MRE Chicken Pesto Pasta and Hot Pocket Style Sleeve

MRE Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder (Gatorade)

MRE Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder (Gatorade)

MRE Heating Directions "Rock or Something"

MRE Heating Directions “Rock or Something”

MRE Condiment Supply Packet

MRE Condiment Supply Packet

 

MRE Vegetable Crackers

MRE Vegetable Crackers

MRE Cheese Filled Pretzel Cheddar Flavor

MRE Cheese Filled Pretzel Cheddar Flavor

MRE Cornbread TFF

MRE Cornbread TFF

MRE Cheese Spread

MRE Cheese Spread

MRE Chili With Beans and Hot Pocket Style Sleeve

MRE Chili With Beans and Hot Pocket Style Sleeve

 

MRE Beverage Base Powder Orange (Tang)

MRE Beverage Base Powder Orange (Tang)