A few months ago Yahoo Shine posted an article outlining 9 Limited-Edition Foods with Cult Followings. These are those items which aren’t available throughout the entire year (or in every location), and so people get extremely excited when they come back!
I thought it would be fun to go through this list and see if I have ever craved these items!
Popular Food That We Cant Get Enough Of:
Photo: courtesy of McDonald’s
According to the article:
The last time the McRib was offered at every McDonald’s across the country was in 1995. But from November 2 through early December 2010, this sweet and savory barbecue sandwich is available at all 14,000 U.S. locations. Over the last three years alone, the boneless meat sandwich on a sesame seed bun has hit sales numbers in the $60 million range—and that’s just when it was in limited availability. It even has multiple Facebook fan pages and a McRib Locator, so we can only imagine the damage fans will do now that they can get it at any Micky D’s.
I remember so many people going crazy chasing down the McRib sandwich! People would actually have road trips trying to track it down…these were the days before Facebook and online trackers! This is definitely an extremely popular food!
Because I don’t eat pork, I have never had one. Everyone who has had one tells me that I don’t know what I’m missing…I guess it will stay that way.
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
Photo: courtesy of McDonald’s
Since I don’t know anything about this drink, I have to rely on Yahoo’s description:
Since 1970, McDonald’s has been offering this green milkshake made from vanilla ice cream and mint flavoring at select locations throughout March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Since it’s not available every year at all locations, fans have found a way to get to it if it doesn’t come to them. Enter ShamrockShake.com, which features a search tool for finding a nearby McDonald’s serving the shake.
To be honest, it doesn’t look that appetizing…but then again, nothing green does! I’ve never had one, and I didn’t even hear anyone talk about it this year during St. Patrick’s Day.
Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte
Photo: courtesy of Starbucks
I don’t think I’ve ever placed an order in a Starbucks – they are so outrageously expensive! So, let’s go to the article once again:
Since 2003, from October through sometime after Christmas (or whenever Starbucks runs out of syrup), the coffee conglomerate sells its famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. Served with a dollop of whipped cream, the drink is so beloved that fans have taken to writing poetry about it. To read, visit the blog Share Your Love for Pumpkin Spice Latte with a Haiku.
Now, that must be some pretty good coffee (a latte is coffee, right?) for someone to write a poem about it. So far, I’m 0 for 3!
Anyone want to write a Fat Guy Skinny Wallet poem?
Cosi Turkey & Stuffing Sandwich With Cranberry Sauce
Photo: courtesy of Cosi
Again, from Shine:
Everyone knows the best thing about Thanksgiving dinner is the leftovers, especially if they can be worked into a sandwich—thus the appeal of Cosi’s Turkey & Stuffing Sandwich with Cranberry Sauce.
Now, I’ve never had this particular sandwich (actually, I’ve never even heard of Cosi), but I have had a similar one from the Millburn Deli. I think they call it the Turkey Gobbler Sandwich. They used to only serve it around Thanksgiving, but it become so popular, they have it most (or all) of the year now!
Photo: courtesy of Kraft Foods Inc.
The marshmallow cookie—first sold in Hoboken, New Jersey 97 years ago—is nearly impossible to find during warm months. Back in the day, markets didn’t have the storing or transporting capabilities to keep the chocolate coating from melting when it got hot. So now, even though refrigerated trucks exist, Nabisco continues to sell them only from September to April to maintain the tradition.
This is another item that I’ve heard of, but never tried. I have to admit that it really does look good in the picture! I think it’s cute for Nabisco to continue the tradition of not selling them during hot months – although, I’m sure their shareholders don’t like it too much!
Necco Sweethearts Conversation Hearts
photo by barbtrek
Every year since 1902, Necco’s entire stock of Sweethearts Conversation Hearts, which is more than 8 billion candy hearts nowadays, are manufactured over the course of the year—and completely sold out during the six weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. The appeal is, of course, less in the overly sweet candy than the heart-thumping sentiments written onto each, which people have used to do everything from propose marriage to teach children statistics and reading.
I think these would quickly lose their charm if they were sold all year long. The article is right, most people that I know don’t care about the taste – they just love the sayings. It probably wouldn’t be a popular food if it didn’t contain all of those cute sayings.
Has anyone reading this used these messages to propose?
Girl Scout Cookies
Photo: courtesy of Girl Scouts
The flavors of Girl Scout cookies (Thin Mints, anyone?) are probably more well-known than the organization’s goal: to help girls build character and skills for success in the real world. But the $700 million in annual business the cookies earn for the Girl Scouts of America is all that really matters. Sold only January through April, the combination of their scarcity and great taste makes these cookies some of the most lusted-after treats on this list.
I have to admit, I didn’t know what the purpose of the girl scouts was until reading that explanation. It’s amazing to see people stock up on Girl Scout Cookies when someone comes around selling them. I actually never realized that this popular food item was only available during certain times of the year.
Dreyer’s Limited Edition Egg Nog Ice Cream
Photo: courtesy of Edy’s
As if it’s not torture enough that eggnog lovers have to wait until the holidays to pick up a carton of their favorite creamy beverage, they also have to wait for its even creamier (if that’s possible) frozen reincarnation: Dreyer’s eggnog-flavored ice cream, sold through November and December since the 1950s. But it’s clearly worth the wait, considering the 10 million scoops Dreyer’s sells during that short period each year.
I have never had egg nog ice cream, but I have had egg nog, so I can only imagine how good this tastes! The fact that they sell 10 million scoops in two months proves that fact!
If I’m down at least 60 lbs by November, I’ll try some and let you know if I like it!
White Castle Sweet Potato Fries
Photo: courtesy of White Castle
Sweet potato fries, offered seasonally at select White Castles, are all the rage, especially this year with their free saver size coupon, valid through November 30, 2010. Formerly considered almost a gourmet treat exclusive to trendy restaurants, White Castle’s version has made them a widespread sensation. Or perhaps it’s the tasty cinnamon dipping sauce that they’re served with that makes fans go crazy.
For some strange reason, my wife loves White Castle! I can’t understand her obsession with these flat, wet, floppy pieces of beef on a soggy bun, with a whole bunch of disgusting onions piled on! Actually, most people from New Jersey have this same obsession – it is usually the first place that people visit when they come back to Jersey.
She made me try these sweet potato fries, and I thought they were mediorcre.
How many of these items have you tried, and can’t get enough of?
What is the farthest that you’ve ever traveled in order to track down a hard to find meal/snack?
- Is there any other popular food that you would add to this list?
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