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If You Love Mexican Candy, This Yogurtland-Like Place Is Heaven

You’ve heard of frozen yogurt, but get ready because your wildest fantasy is about to become a reality.

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WARNING: we are not responsible to any damage done to electronics due to excessive drooling.

Don’t get it wrong, we have nothing against fruit, but once you cover it in chile powder, things go to another level.

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Places like Arma Tu Loco prove, once again, that Mexican tostiloco bars do snacks the right way. Here you can pick drool-worthy, jaw breaking toppings that make gastritis totally worth it.

Need your crunch fix? They’ve got you covered.

El chicharrón mutante #llenatuloko buenísimo!

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There’s nothing wrong with duritos, but when these places take a crack at it, something magical, poetic, almost beautiful happens.

And literally anything else you crave.

Work. | #LlenaTuLoko ???

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Told you. Your craziest fantasies fulfilled.

Everything, from sweet to spicy.

Quiero un Llena tu Loko!! O ya pasó de moda? ??? #llenatuloko #candy #colors #marissajbphoto #golosos

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Here’s a friendly reminder to clean the drool from the corners of your mouth.

Why would you do a chocolate covered strawberry when you can do this?

#llenatuloko #plazaregia #FresaLoka #delicia #productosnuevos

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Chocolate covered strawberries are an aphrodisiac, but chile covered strawberries are a passionate fuego. Literally, fuego ?.

These places are LIT.

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Instead of damaging my liver, I’m damaging my stomach.

You have the option of choosing big or small because size DOES matter.

Puro revoltijo ???. #llenatuloco

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Let’s be real, bigger is always better.

When you can’t choose between fruta con chamoy or papitas, get both.

#CrazyCup #LlenaTuLoco ???

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This is a piece of art and you’re the artist.

And that popote de tamarindo, perfect for drinking all the leftover limón y chile.

A morir de gastritis #llenaTuLoco #instapic #instamoment #instadaily #instamood

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It burns so good.

And one with paletas FTW ??.

Lo mejor ❤️ #LlenaTuLoco #chamoy #gordo

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You can cool down and still have some heat. It’s the perfect balance.

READ: Newsflash: You’ve Been Eating Hot Cheetos The Basic Way

Please tell us this is a michelada.

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Like they said, jugo en la gastritis.

It’s a tropical dream come true.

Gracias a mi cuñado favorito.?? #yesterday #llenatuloko

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Can’t afford to go to the islands? Not to worry, you can afford a 15 pesos cup.

And there’s nothing we love more than tacos, but combined with tostilocos… We almost can’t handle.

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It’s not candy if it’s in taco form.

READ: Only a Mexican Stomach Can Survive These Snacks

Because beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

Pura sabrosura. ????? #llenatuloko

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And we don’t discriminate.

It’s everything we ever wanted and more.

Difruta de un loko desde cualquier lugar. ?? #LlenaTuLoko ?: @anabeniara

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These are already popping up in Texas, but we need one on every corner – ASAP.

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Popeyes Just Made A Pretty Big Announcement About Their Most Coveted Item On The Menu

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Popeyes Just Made A Pretty Big Announcement About Their Most Coveted Item On The Menu

After debuting on August 12th of this year, the Popeyes Crispy Chicken Sandwich—now widely known as, simply, The Sandwich—sold out in just two weeks, creating a frenzy among fans and employees (both online and IRL). For weeks, the drama borne of the viral phenomenon sizzled on screens everywhere, and the initial buzz about The Sandwich has barely had time to die down. 

However, after a few months’ hiatus, we are overjoyed to announce that The Sandwich will return to 150 Popeyes menus next month.

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According to Guillermo Perales, the CEO of Sun Holdings, Inc. (a franchisee that operates hundreds of Popeyes, Golden Corrals, and several other well-known brands), Popeyes will likely add two new employees per store, just to keep up with the mania around the return of The Sandwich. Overall, this means that roughly 400 more staff members will be added to the Popeyes payroll, all in order to meet this very specific, very spicy demand.

Felipe Athayde, president of Popeyes for the US market, said, “We had very aggressively forecast the demand, and we thought we wouldn’t have any problems at all, at least until the end of September.” Much to his surprise, the chain had sold out of that original inventory in just two weeks.

“The first time, they weren’t ready,” said Perales. Well, Guillermo, the world wasn’t ready, either.

It’s not hyperbolic to say that Twitter exploded with the first wave of Crispy Chicken Sandwich hype. 

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Popeyes and Chik-fil-A tweeted back and forth at length, the latter throwing shade about the notion that their signature sandwich—strikingly similar to Popeye’s, sans mayo—was superior. (Chik-fil-A also claims to have literally created the chicken sandwich, which is utterly incorrect; more on that below.) To catch up on this “conversation,” you can peep (no pun intended) the following hashtags: #ChickenWars, #ChickenSandwichWars, and #ChickenSandwichTwitter.

Of course, this exchange led to ample discussion about which sandwich actually did have the superior flavor; but the discourse quickly evolved to cover topics such as Chik-fil-A’s controversial politics, factory farming, and inhumane labor practices (including the exploitation of Popeyes’ own employees, many of whom were working 60-hour weeks at the time). Meanwhile, the #ChickenWars garnered so much attention that Popeyes and Chik-fil-A sales continued to rise—as of right now, Chik-fil-A is the third-largest restaurant chain in the entire US.

According to Reuters, Apex Marketing Group—a Michigan-based advertising consultancy—reported that Popeyes received an estimated $23.25 million in free advertising as a result of this online mayhem.

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In a sense, this craze seems almost inevitable, as the chicken sandwich plays an integral role in the culinary identity of the United States. It’s difficult to trace the true origin of this delicious and iconic treat, but the inception of fried chicken (in the context of our country, anyway) is linked to Scottish settlers and West African slaves—the customs of two very different traditions adapting their cuisine to life in the American South.

As for the chicken sandwich, specifically, Donna Battle Pierce, a food journalist at Ebony, found an ad in a 1936 newspaper featuring a chicken sandwich special at the Booker T Cafe in small-town Topeka, Kansas. Battle Pierce acknowledges the cultural implications of the rise in popularity of the chicken sandwich. She defines it as a soul food staple steeped in Black US history, asserting that it entered the mainstream in the mid-20th century via white-owned empires like Kentucky Fried Chicken (who, of course, never credited their successes to fried chicken’s complex historical roots). 

Whether you are a fan of Chik-fil-A’s recipe over Popeyes’ (or vice versa), there is no arguing the ubiquity of fried chicken in the modern landscape of US cuisine. It may be surprising to learn of the chicken sandwich’s complicated past, but that only proves its importance in the present.

So, what about now? After a brief reprieve from the August madness, and with plans for greater reinforcements in every Popeyes store, are we prepared for the wonders to come?

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Although Popeyes has had to reevaluate their approach to The Sandwich (they’ve been working to recruit new chicken suppliers in order to ensure sufficient quantities of meat for the upcoming release), it’s clear that the next wave will bring much joy to the public. Everyone who gets their hands on one will be ecstatic. Of course, we hope they don’t run out of stock again, but if that happens, Twitter will certainly have a good time. Either way, we can’t wait.

After all: The chicken sandwich is more than just a chicken sandwich—it has emerged as a hot topic, a marketing campaign, a sacrament. If the first run of Popeye’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich is any indication, the answer is yes. We are so, so ready for all that juicy, pickly goodness.

These Wild Taco Creations Have Us Feeling All Sorts Of Ways But Mostly Confused

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These Wild Taco Creations Have Us Feeling All Sorts Of Ways But Mostly Confused

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So far, this year has absolutely been the year of trying new things. America is getting creative, from racist promposals to straight up hate crimes. Thankfully, the foodies of America are getting creative in more benign ways. Whether we’re just exhausted from a long day of bigotry and want to feed our souls with new takes on old classics, or you’re of the group that finds it refreshing to tackle cultural appropriation via food, America loves tacos.

Whether you love ’em or hate ’em, here are the most bizarre tacos that have fueled America through 2019:

This New York City eatery started selling “Cheeseburger Tacos.”

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An upscale taquería called Empellón Al Pastor decided to sell a “cheeseburger taco” and the Internet had opinions. Twitter user Ludvik Herrera saw a bastardization of tacos de picadillo and tweeted, “somebody should tell him he’s doing tacos de picadillo wrong, just bland….”

Then, Burger King thought they could make tacos happen.

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America was riveted when they saw Burger King advertising tacos. Anyone who thinks tacos are easy to make are just setting themselves up. Some folks really wanted to like the tacos, but still felt the need to publish a public service announcement about this crime against humanity.

Remember when The New York Times promoted these Broccoli and Egg Tacos, and Mexican Twitter had an uprising?

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“These tacos are packed with nutrient-dense broccoli and comforting potatoes for a satisfying meal that comes together in just 45 minutes,” the outlet tweeted. Immediately, Internet Mexicans needed answers. Like @DiegoBernalTX who had a few points to make:

“1. These aren’t tacos.
2. There’s nothing comforting about them.
3. No taco should take 45 min.
The entire taco truck economy would collapse. Can you imagine?!?!”

Nobody’s mad at this blogger’s rendition of a tortilla.

There’s nothing like leftover arroz with a fried egg on top to start the day. Maybe it’s time to surprise your mama with your own version. You’ll want to use a pastry ring in the pan to make sure it stays in a perfect taco shell circle. 

This Sushi Taco is fusion at its finest.

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As crazy as it sounds, tofu skin is actually quite delicious, and it also makes for a great imitation taco shell. Just stuff with your favorite traditional fish and top with chipotle mayo. Get as creative as you’d like for these–it will all taste good.

Or this blogger’s use of chicken skin to make taco tortillas.

Here’s how you take a chicken leg and turn it into chicken skin taco shells. 

  1. Just gently peel the skin off of a chicken thigh and blanch in boiling water for 15 minutes.
  2. Then, cut the chicken skin with a circle cutter.
  3. Get out your taco shell molds and deep fry for 6-10 minutes.
  4. Let cool and stuff!

Plantain shell tacos are calling your name, mija.

Plátanos have served as the edible utensil of Caribbean folks since forever. There’s nothing like bringing Central American Latinos and Island Latinos together with plantain shell tacos.  🤤

Dessert tacos officially have no rules.

It’s the easiest taco you could ever possibly make and is guaranteed to taste good. Just toast a frozen waffle, stuff it with vanilla rice milk ice cream and dust with cinnamon and you’ve got a variation of arroz con leche. 

And then there were Cookie Tacos.

It looks like its savory but everything about it is so, so sweet. Just cut golden Oreos in half , stuff with chocolate Oreo crumbles, top with shredded coconut (iceberg lettuce) and hot tamale candies (cherry tomatoes).

If you want to get really fancy, just melt peanut butter chips and vanilla frosting as glue for the “carne.” The cheese that you see is actually just chopped up starburst. You can’t say it ain’t creative.