Taste The Trend: Would You Eat a Deep-Fried Twinkie Burger?

10/29/2013 at 11:24 AM ET

PYT Deep Fried Twinkie Burger
Courtesy PYT

We guess this is one reason to be glad that Twinkies are back on shelves.

Following in the footsteps of the mac ‘n’ cheese burger and ramen burger, Philadelphia burger joint PYT unveils its deep-fried Twinkie burger—yes, that’s a burger housed between two deep-fried Hostess snack cakes—on Tuesday. (The first 15 are free, so what are you waiting for?)

This isn’t unchartered territory for the restaurant: They’ve offered crazy bun mash-ups like the spaghetti burger and fried-lasagna burger in recent years. But their newest ‘burger-meets-state-fair-food’ creation may be the most over-the-top. Between the battered-and-fried Twinkie buns, you’ll find melted American cheese, bacon and a pork belly patty. Says PYT on its Facebook page: “We are really sorry about this, but someone had to do it.”

The restaurant previewed a photo of the burger on its Facebook page on Sunday, earning comments from “I’m sorry but that is gross” to “Hostess cake company would be proud” to, our favorite, “That looks like a heart attack waiting to happen but good lord it looks freakin good.” Well said.

Of course, some of the appeal here is in the novelty. Tell the truth—don’t you just want to know what this tastes like?

—Marissa Conrad

FILED UNDER: Burgers , Food , Taste the Trend

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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