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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It's Junk Food Day!

I suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise that Junk Food Day happens to fall on the 21st day of July. By most accounts, the month of July is spewing with "Junk Food" celebrations. I say "most accounts" because, IMHO, the definition of "junk food" is a matter of personal taste. Oh, I know, there's all kinds of reports defining "Junk Food." There are those who are determined to ban advertising for junk food, tax soft drinks and squash the sale of junk food at schools. I personally think some of these measures are both practical and necessary. However, "does banning hot dogs and bacon make sense?" Not necessarily according to this article researched by Sandy Szwarc @ Junk Food Science.

In my "salad days of yore," I would have stood on the podium with the best of them and condemned the evils lurking within the world's passion for junk food. Nix the salt, purge saturated fats, dissolve sugar all together and decimate additives and preservatives forever!!! If it comes in a box, a jar or a can, obliterate it!

Sugar is my comfort food, junk food is my refuge from anxiety and stressed spelled backwards equals desserts! Lots and lots of sweet treats! I don't want to explain, I'd rather not get into the politics of consumerism and I certainly don't want to judge or be judged. What I want to do is celebrate Junk Food Day and that dear visitor is that!

Junk Food Junkie
by Larry Groce (1976)
Junk Food: Inexpensive food with little nutritional value, often eaten as snacks or bought at fast-food establishments. Junk food might include potato chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, sodas, french-fried potatoes, sugared cereals, candy, and ice cream. The first appearance of the term in print was in an article by food writer Gael Greene called Confessions of a Sensualist in New York Magazine for May 17, 1971, in which she wrote, "My respect for the glories of French cuisine are unsurpassed, but I am a fool for junk food." Dictionary of American Food & Drink by John F. Mariani p.169

What's Your favorite Junk Food??? I don't have a favorite. There are just too many variables to pick just one. For today, I've chosen a recipe for Chocolate Snowballs discovered in a 1989 edition of Chocolatier magazine. I posted this recipe a while back when I was having a "bad hair day." Can you see why?

Nostalgic Chocolate Snowballs are just the ticket for a sentimental journey back to childhood bliss. Each tender mound of chocolate cake, capped with a drift of gooey marshmallow icing and a sprinkle of coconut, conceals a pocket of luscious whipped cream. Be forewarned, you're in for an avalanche of lip smacking.

The recipe is in two sections. If you would like to see the recipe, click each section separately.

Chocolate Snowballs

Resources
1. Junk-Food Facts
2. Center for Science in the Public Interest (junk food report)
3. Smart Food, Junk Food
4. Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food By Andrew F. Smith (limited viewing @ google books)
5. Junk Food Hall Of Shame (Parent's Against Junk Food)
6. Junk Food Mecca
7. 4,293 snacks reviewed and counting
8. Junk food & the Comics
Recipes
1. Almond Roca® Milk Chocolate Fudge
2. Candied Bacon Ice Cream Recipe (David Lebovitz)