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Latinos Never Do Basic Snacks And This Incredibly Photogenic Elotes Are Just Part Of The Wonders Of Latino Foods

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Corn on the cob has taken the place as one of the most iconic foods in Mexican cuisine. They are usually grilled, covered in mayo, cheese, powdered pepper, and butter. That is the most basic and traditional way to make an elote. Of course, in today’s world of social media and rapid cultural sharing, nothing stays traditional and basic for long. The same can be said for the elote. As soon as people started to experience the smoky flavor of the grilled corn, minds and tastebuds went to work to create a different elote experience drawing on their own cultural backgrounds.

It is June so of course, someone is out there making Pride-ish elotes and they look magnificent.

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We just want to know what was used as the toppings. How did the creator of these proud elotes gets the colors? We just have a lot of questions about what the flavor profile is of this incredible creation.

Some people have taken it further and created a Korean BBQ version.

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That’s right. We found a Korean BBQ version of the iconic and delicious elote. Who doesn’t enjoy some Korean BBQ from time to time? Have you ever thought about putting it on an elote? Neither did we. Fortunately, we don’t have to imagine this anymore because someone created it so you can to.

Why not a simplistic Japanese take on the elote?

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The creator of this Japanese take on the elote really went for it and swapped out all the ingredients for Japanese staples. According tot he original poster’s caption, it just takes a little bit of “kewpie mayonnaise, yuzu, house hot sauce, and togarashi mixed nut crumble.” With that, boom, you have a simple and unforgettable Japanese elote.

Chapulines on your elote? Yes, please.

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Grasshoppers are already a staple in Mexican cuisine so why did it take so long for them to end up on an elote? They would add a nice crunch to the already widespread street food. Plus, the chapulines on the elote make for a great Instagram post because they are so photogenic.

Someone has decided that barbecue sauce is an acceptable addition to an elote.

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Not gonna lie, this actually looks really good. Who doesn’t enjoy the smokiness of grilled food combined with the tangy, sweet taste of barbecue sauce? Have you ever been to a southern barbecue? That’s what it’s all about.

Now, you know that Takis have been given a new purpose thanks to the elote craze.

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Honestly one of the greatest food inventions known to man. What a special treat this is when you take a bite and are greeted with the taste that makes Takis great. If you are already a fan of Takis, these will make your life that much better.

Fondue-style elote? Mira que fancy.

We all have a memory of the first time we got to have fondue. We thought we were so fancy when we dipped our foods into the hot cheese. Now, have you ever tried it with an elote? No? Well, maybe you should to really open your eyes to the world around you.

Someone did create a unicorn version and, well, it’s a thing.

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Tbh, we are curious about these. Are they sweet? How did you get the colors? Why did they think this was a good idea? This treat, while likely delicious, is a bit of a head scratcher since we can’t imagine the flavor.

This one looks like an amazing experience as it is guacamole, queso, y chiles serrano.

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This will burn so good as you munch away on the corn. How we have never thought to put guacamole on the elote is something we need to think about. Of course, this elote will cost extra because guac is just not something we treat with disregard.

Go on down to Disneyland and you can have an elote hotdog.

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You read that right. Disneyland has their own take on the elote by way of an elote hotdog. If you have had this concoction, please let us know what you think. Is it worth a trip to the park?

You know a Hot Cheetos elote was going to make an appearance.

Quick pro tip: Use Hot Cheetos Puffs when making these elotes. If you use regular Hot Cheetos, they will not turn out as great as these look. The puffs are more likely to become fine crumbs giving the elote the best coverage and really give you that mouth feel that you want.

When all else fails, just add the ingredients but overdo it so it will catch everyone’s attention.

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We aren’t totally shure what is going on here but we are already getting in line to try one. This is one of the most exaggerated elotes that we have seen and it is one of the greatest photos of an elote we have seen.

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

Did You Know The First Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina?

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Did You Know The First Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina?

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Did you know that the first ever Happy Meal was created by a Latina? That’s right, in the mid-70s when Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño was operating various McDonalds in Guatemala, she invented what she dubbed the “Menu Ronald”. The “Menu Ronald”  was invented to help parents keep their kids satisfied when the family went out to eat. The original “Menu Ronald” included a hamburger, small fries and a small sundae. Naturally, word eventually got back to McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago they decided to adopt the practice as their own. They hired a white American man to develop the idea (and subsequently take credit for it) and voila! The Happy Meal was born.

It’s unfortunate that Fernández de Cofiño’s recognition has been lost to the American public, but it’s still inspiring to know that there were business-minded Latinx people in history whose achievements still impact our lives today. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve decided to celebrate the underrated Latina entrepreneur Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño for the marketing genius that she was. We’ve documented the evolution of Happy Meal toys from the idea’s inception and launch in the 1970s, to its continuing legacy today.

Take a look below for a nostalgic blast from the past!

1. 1979: The Very First Happy Meal

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Although the original concept of the Happy Meal was invented by Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño, the first official launch of the American Happy Meal happened in 1979. However, the gift wasn’t half as elaborate as it was now. According to records the toys were “a McDoodle stencil, a McWrist wallet, an ID bracelet, a puzzle lock, a spinning top or a McDonaldland character-shaped eraser”.

2. 1984: Ronald and The Gang

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McDonalds Happy Meal toys evolved from spinning tops and erasers to more complex toys. Like, the above “Ronald and the Gang” wind-up cars that were defitenly a step-up from McDonald’s earlier toys. They weren’t as sophisticated as the toys would eventually get, though.

3. 1987: Mc-Transformers

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The Transformers/McDonalds mashup was innovative in its day because it was blending the IP of two successful brands. Instead of McDonald’s using its Happy Meal to market other products, it was using its Happy Meal to market other products that were marketing McDonalds. It was a win-win situation.

4. 1988: McNuggets Buddies

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In 1988, McDonalds hadn’t yet started to do marketing tie-ins with kids’ movies. Instead, they had prizes like “McNuggets Buddies”, which were chicken nuggets dressed in various outfits and costumes. This lasted until the mid-90s.

5. 1994: Sonic the Hedgehog

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By the mid-90s, the powers-that-be recognized that there was a lucrative market to tap by using Happy Meals to advertise kid-oriented products directly to kids. It was around this time that the entertainment industry really began to see the potential for promoting movies and TV shows through fast-food chains. And if you look at the advertisement above, the Happy Meal only cost $1.99. Those were the days!

6. 1996: 101 Dalmatians

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Never the one to pass up an opportunity to advertise, Disney quickly hopped on board the McDonalds train as a means to promote their movies. One of the first Disney x Mcdonald’s ventures were the release of literally one-hundred-and-one collectible dalmatian figurines through their Happy Meals.

7. 1997: “Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection”

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Off the success of their 101 Dalmatians toys, Disney and McDonalds continued their partnership by releasing tiny VHS boxes equipped with a a little toy character from the movie. People really began to see collecting fast food toys as a hobby around this time.

8. Mid-90s: “Teenie Babies”

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Even McDonalds wasn’t immune to the Beanie Baby craze that swept the nation in the mid-90s. Convinced that they would one day be worth thousands, collectors flocked to the Golden Arches to get their hands on miniature versions of the popular plush toys. Unfortunately, most of the “Teenie Baby” toys aren’t worth anything these days.

9. 1997-Now: Barbies

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In 1997, McDonald’s started a lucrative partnership with the Barbie line of toys that would last until today. What young girl doesn’t have memories of getting this in their Happy Meal box (whether they liked it or not) while their brother got a Hot Wheels car? It’s safe to say the ’90s weren’t progressive, gender-wise.

10. 2004: Hello Kitty Keychains

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Into the 2000s, McDonald’s took advantage of the Hello Kitty trend by offering plush Hello Kitty key chains in their Happy Meals.

11. 2015: Minion Fever

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Do you remember the time when you couldn’t escape “Despicable Me” minion merchandising, no matter where you went? Well, that included McDonalds. Nowhere was safe.

This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

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This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

While the Internet might call it “Ghey Corn,” this rainbow-colored corn variety is officially dubbed Glass Gem corn. Not only are there a rainbow of colorful kernels, but they’re also shiny, prompting the ‘Glass’ description. The person responsible for our new favorite, gay-friendly corn is a man by the name of Carl Barnes, who passed in 2016. Barnes enjoyed his life in Oklahoma and cultivated his own personal seed bank passed down from his Cherokee ancestors. Barnes chose to save and replant the seeds from the cobs with the most color, and eventually developed strains of vibrant corn.

One day, Barnes decided to move and asked his friend, Greg Schoen, to protect the seeds. Schoen grew a small handful of the seeds and was shocked when he peeled back the corn stalk to reveal rows and rows of shiny, rainbow-colored corn. Schoen was so excited, he posted the image to his Facebook, and it promptly went viral. Soon, the two cultivated enough seeds to sell online, and people around the country have grown gorgeous varieties.

Green thumbs around the world bought satchels of the precious seed and the following season, were “blown away.”

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While Schoen may have initiated the first viral sensation over Glass Gem corn in 2012, Ameet Pinto’s viral post has become Mother Nature’s best queer bait yet. With over 7k likes, “I STAN GAY CORN” is the most liked comment. Then, “Taste the rainbow.” 

Some people literally cannot believe this is corn, accusing Pinto of creating a jelly bean cob.

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“Those are just jellybeans ur not foolin me!!!!!” commented one unbeliever. Someone else seems to think that a profitable venture would be to sell the kernels as jelly beans as a scam. Still, others are bringing the negativity to this rainbow party, assuming that because the cob looks different from the mono-crop, that it must be a GMO frankencorn. “Glad to see people trying to live in Chernobyl,” tweets one disbelieving Shane. 

Glass Gem corn is not a GMO crop.

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In fact, this variety likely healthier than the corn you might buy at a store, which may have been genetically modified rather than artificially selected. Barnes artificially selected the prettiest corn from his crop and decided to grow from those seeds the following year.

When folks hear the story of Carl Barnes, it just adds a whole new depth to the color.

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“Fun fact about these is that they were discovered by a dude who was half-Cherokee and he started growing a sh**load of different corn types to reconnect with his heritage,” tweeted one person. As Barnes was artificially selecting which corn kernels he’d store as seeds for the next year, he grew closer with his Cherokee heritage.

For those of you expecting rainbow colored popcorn, don’t.

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All that’s left of the kernel when you pop the corn is usually that brown kernel skin that gets stuck in your teeth. In the case of Glass Gem corn, you can sort of make out the varying colors of popped kernels, but the popcorn itself is the same color as regular Joe Schmoe popcorn.

The Glass Gem corn isn’t that sweet.

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According to Pinto, the corn isn’t sweet like yellow corn, so it doesn’t make for good fresh esquites or elotes. All popcorn comes from different varieties of corn that you have to dehydrate to turn into cornmeal or popcorn. “We’ll be eating some colorful popcorn this winter,” Ameet tweeted.

There’s even a Facebook group for Glass Gem growers to share their growing tips and cooking tips.

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In case you were wondering, the Facebook group “Glass Gem Corn” says you can prepare creamy Glass Gem polenta by following these instructions: “Pour into a shallow pan to cool. Cut into squares and lightly brown in a sauté pan.” We don’t know how you do it but keep on making gay polenta, please.

All in all, the Internet is pretty a-maize-d by the gay corn.

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“Corn says lgbtq rights,” tweeted one stan. We’re with them. This is one of those moments that we’re allowed to be in wonder over how indigenous folks cultivate the land.

READ: Oaxaca Is Mexico’s Cultural Capital And Home To Its Largest Indigenous Communities, Here’s What You Need To Know