Irrelevant Cereals

I was walking through the store the other day, and I stumbled into the cereal aisle. We all remember timeless classics like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, and Trix, but I was reminded of several cereals that I had forgotten about over the years. Do you remember these cereals? Let’s find out! Continue reading “Irrelevant Cereals”

Nostalgia Trip with Baked Good Friends

Hey everyone, randomly things from my childhood pop in my mind and today it’s the Hostess Bakery Characters. Designed by Don Duga, famous for Mr. Magoo and Frosty the Snowman. I loved all these guys when I was a kid and they were everywhere from cartoon commercials to almost all the comics that were on the spinner rack. They even featured into stories with Hostess Cakes helping Batman and Robin or whomever solving a tasty case.

Everyone most likely knows of the most well known of the Hostess gang, Twinkie the Kid.

He’s been on just about everything from t-shirts and skateboards to recently a Funko Pop figure exclusive to Target Stores. Usually seem with his hat and trusty lasso, he’s the golden sponge cake the rest of the gang looked to when the chips were down.

There was also King Ding Dong, a royal pastry set to help draw attention away from rival Drake’s Ring Dings. It was a true cake eat cake world. Also according to a 1971 commercial, only kids can see him.

Then there was Happy Ho Ho, a Robin Hood type character. I didn’t really see much of Happy. I think my family must have preferred Swiss Rolls.

While Twinkies are the most universally known Hostess Cake, I think the chocolate cupcakes are the most universally loved. Their mascot was Captain Cupcake.

Fruit Pie the Magician was a favorite of mine, my Grandpa and I had a thing for the fruit pies and my Grandma always made sure we had some.

While there were a few more characters, my list wraps up with Chief Big Wheel. I did not remember him as a kid and when I did some research Chief Big Wheel was only used in areas where Ding Dongs competed with the before mentioned Ring Dings by Drake’s. So a Big Wheel is a Ding Dong but sometimes had orange frosting.

Youtube is full of the old commercials in case you’ve enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me. Please keep checking back daily for fresh content from Mid-American-Culture and have a great weekend.

Which McDonald’s Dipping Sauce is the Best?

During my tenure here at Mid-American Culture, I have tackled a number of serious issues including, but not limited to, Presidential politics, moral lapses in the fashion and entertainment industries, and gun violence. Today, I will be tackling another serious issue. It is no secret that our nation is one of division. Any number of issues can be cited as examples of this. However, where as any number of people may feel emotionally unattached to any particular issue, there is one issue I know of in which nearly everyone has a strong opinion: McDonalds Chicken McNugget dipping sauces.

Virtually everyone who has ever tried chicken nuggets from McDonalds has a favorite sauce. Today, I will put this great cultural debate to rest with my definitive ranking of each sauce from worst to best. Attending college in a small town where the food options are essentially terrible school meal plan food, Subway, and McDonalds, I am naturally a frequent visitor at the local McDonalds establishment. I rarely stray from my signature order of a 10 piece chicken nugget meal with a Diet Coke. This has allowed me a plethora of opportunities to sample each of their different dipping sauces. I conducted thorough undercover research at this local McDonalds, posing as a hungry college student with a mild Diet Coke addiction. Undenounced to them, I spent the entire first month of classes gathering facts for this groundbreaking piece. The day has finally come for me to reveal my findings. Without further ado, here is the definitive ranking of McDonalds sauces. (Please note that I was unable to acquire any Szechuan sauce, so it will not make an appearance on this list. I also will not be including any discontinued flavors.)

*All opinions are my own and do not necessarily express those of Mid-American Culture, McDonalds, or other chicken nugget enthusiasts*

8. Creamy Ranch

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I will keep the number eight entry short and simple. Ranch sauce in general is garbage. Unless you are using it for a high quality chicken wing with some other type of sauce on it, Ranch belongs in the trash. Next!

7. Tangy BBQ

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Simply put, this sauce is not very good. BBQ sauce, particularly McDonalds BBQ sauce, does little to nothing to enhance the McNugget experience. The taste of the Tangy BBQ sauce overpowers all of the characteristics of the chicken nugget, making for an unpleasant eating experience. Stay away.

6. No Sauce

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Going sauce-less is always an option. I don’t consider it to be a bad one at that. In fact, I spent much of my younger years using the sauce-less approach when it comes to my nuggets. It is certainly better than options seven and eight. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, eat the breading off of the nugget, leaving only the chicken, and eat it sauce-less or perhaps dip it in some ketchup (not a McNugget sauce, therefore, not on this list). That is a veteran move.

5. Honey

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This is, without question, the most controversial entry to my list. It is not traditionally a McNugget dipping sauce. However, it is a sauce, it is available at McDonalds, and you can get it with your chicken nuggets upon request. Therefore, I have deemed it eligible for this list. I can see how this may not be for everyone, but I highly suggest trying it. You may get a weird look when you ask for it with your nuggets, but who cares? It’s good.

4. Spicy Buffalo

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I am a sucker for buffalo sauce. I love it on wings. I love it on grilled chicken. I love it on burgers. I love it on French fries. I certainly don’t dislike it on McNuggets. This is a very high quality sauce that would have certainly been higher on the list if not for the excellence of the final 3.

3. Honey Mustard

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This sauce is simply masterful. Dare I say, Honey Mustard is the fanciest of all the McDonalds sauces. It has just a hint of a Dijon flavor that adds a certain elegance to the McNugget experience. This sauce comes highly recommended.

2. Sweet n Sour

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Sweet n Sour sauce is the staple of the McNugget sauce family. It is a true classic with a taste of which I will never grow tired. Sweet flavors mixed with sour flavors mixed with savory chicken nugget flavors make for an epic eating experience. You can’t go wrong with Sweet n Sour.

1. Hot Mustard

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Hot Mustard is the top tier of sauces. It combines the Dijon mustard flavors of the honey mustard and adds a fiery kick, which makes for a tasteful sensation the likes of which I had never experienced before trying this sauce. Online research for the article told me that this sauce is only available regionally. Therefore, if this is an option for you, I can not urge you enough to try it. You wont regret it.

Hopefully I have settled this great debate once and for all. That concludes my article for this week. Until next week, make sure to check out some of the other great content from the writers here at Mid-American Culture!

Top Five Gatorade Flavors

Ever since scientists at the University of Florida first concocted it in 1965, Gatorade has been the most popular sports drink out there. Some flavors have been mainstays throughout the company’s history, but others have come and gone. Today, I’m going to share my picks for the top 5 Gatorade flavors.

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The Most Underrated Restaurant Chain

Earlier in my tenure here at Mid-American Culture, I wrote a piece on what I considered to be the most overrated eating establishment in the world. This week, I will be flipping the script on that particular topic and writing about what I consider to be the most understated restaurant chain. The chain that I will be writing about today is none other than the sensational Pizza Hut.

For most of my adult life, I grew up with the notion that Pizza Hut was average at best. Their pizza was never my first choice for any pizza-appropriate occasions and therefore, my experience was very limited for a long time. However, I couldn’t imagine my life today without Pizza Hut. As dramatic as that sounds, it is only partial exaggeration. I am at a point in my life where I have cut out a lot of unhealthy things that once consumed my lifestyle. With that being said, Pizza Hut is the one food-related vice that I haven’t really managed to bring myself to give up. I eat food from there generally around twice a week, usually opting to have it delivered to my house. With my busy schedule, the delivery service is so convenient, being that I live just a few short minutes from a Pizza Hut location. It is, without a doubt, my most frequented eating establishment.

All of this leads to an inevitable question: what’s so special about Pizza Hut? Well, let me tell you. The food selection there is unreal. Up until the one day I randomly decided to order food from there since it was so close, I never thought of Pizza Hut as anything more than a pizza place. I was unbelievably wrong. The first thing I tried from there other than their pizza was their wings. I immediately found my favorite item on their menu. Whether you prefer bone-in or boneless, Pizza Hut is fully equipped to satisfy any desire you may have for chicken wings. My personal favorite is their Buffalo Medium sauce. I might also add that the little packets of ranch dipping sauce that you can order with your wings is some of the best that I have ever had. That certainly doesn’t hurt their case. After a while, I grew more adventurous with the Pizza Hut menu. I decided to be bold and order some of their pasta options, which I found to have very mixed reviews. The marinara-based pastas weren’t for me, but their chicken Alfredo is sensational, exemplary, glorious, and pretty much any other adjective of positivity that you can think of. Outside of my mother’s Alfredo, and maybe Olive Garden’s, this is the best Alfredo I believe I have ever had. These have become two staples of my Pizza Hut order. I also occasionally delve into their pizza options, particularly when I earn a free one with their rewards program. As far as the pizza goes, I recommend going with the stuffed crust and adding extra pepperoni. The crust is very good dipped into marinara sauce, which can be added to any order for an extra 60 cents and they have a knack for getting the pepperoni to the point of perfect crispiness. Some other highlights of the menu are their dessert options (particularly their Hershey cookies), their stuffed pizza rollers, and their surprisingly good Cajun French fries. Pizza Hut has an abundant menu that is perfect for exploring and attacking with great variety. I highly recommend to anyone looking for delicious, convenient food to give their local Pizza Hut a try.

That’s all for this week. Make sure to check out some of the other great articles from the writers here at Mid-American Culture!

I Listened to the Hamburger Helper Mixtape

Loyal Mid-American Culture fans may remember my review of the Wendy’s mixtape from a while back. Well, it was recently brought to my attention that We Beefin’ was not the first beef-based rap mixtape released (beef as in the meat, not a feud…). That distinction belongs to Hamburger Helper, who released a 14-minute mixtape with five tracks in 2016. So, in order to do all mixtapes ordered by corporate shills and cobbled together by hungry artists justice, I gave it a listen.

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Epic Barbecue at Lucius Q’s

Good morning everyone, I’m wrapping up Mid-American-Culture’s restaurant reviews with a great place I just got to try last Saturday. Lucius Q’s is a crazy good barbecue joint in Cincinnati. I was a huge fan of the local indie station WNKU and after it’s closing, station manager Aaron Sharp partnered up to create Lucius Q’s restaurant. Named like Cincinnati itself after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus a Roman Senator.

You can view the menu at luciusq.com I had the Pendleton Porker Sandwich. Also the corn muffins are epic!

My wife had the baked beans and they were honestly the best I’ve ever had. You have plenty of options on sauces, the Pendleton came with Queen City Gold and I loved it. The staff was very nice and helpful for us first time patrons. The interior was old school with touches of modern industrial.

Most of the menu is locally sourced and they’ve just recently started a barbecue brunch. Which I would’ve for sure tried out this weekend if it wasn’t a 3 hour drive. Also, as a heads up it’s a little tricky with a baby, we regretted not bringing the stroller in with us. Oh and my eldest daughter is a super picky eater and she swears by the mac and cheese. I even got the t-shirt!

Lucius Q is a great little joint in city that was once known as Porkopolis for it’s massive pork production. Tasty tasty barbecue. Have a great weekend and hope you get to enjoy the list of restaurants we reviewed this week.