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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)

12 Nibbles:

Sher said...

Oh snowballs! I could go for one right now.

Junk food in my desk right now...
rice krispies treats
slim jims
sour patch kids
nature valley oat n honey (I think that's good for me)

wait a minute! they're all good for me LOL!

Have a great day!
Sherry

Joycee said...

Oh I used to love those terrible pink marshmallow ones when I was a kid! This looks like the new and improved version!
joy c. at grannymountain

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This is my kind of celebration! And, Chocolate Snowballs, no less! I feel a chilly rush of deep satisfaction just thinking about that childhood snack!

Erica said...

Hmmmm... that's rather a philosophical question: when does junk food turn into gourmet dessert? :) I'd much rather eat the snowball recipe you posted than the snowballs out of the vending machines at work...

Selba said...

Love junk food! :D

Andrew said...

Those Chocolate Snowballs look amazing, but when it comes to store-bought "junk food," Mallomars are my favorite pick. Imagine the type of reaction you'd get if you sent a person a gift basket of assorted junk food. Can't go wrong with a mix of potato chips, cookies, and brownies.

girlichef said...

Woo Hoo! I'm in...but I cannot choose a favorite junk food...it's all so easily addicting and yummy ;)

veron said...

And here I am eating a salad! Can't let junk food day slip away. Maybe should munch on peanut covered m and ms.

glamah16 said...

Snow balls look good. Remind me of a dessert in Sweden and Germany which I wont get into the name because is so politicaly uncorrect.
But isn't every day junk food day in America.

Stephen said...

Potao Chip day would be great. After all potato chips are the number one snack food item in USA and a couple of European countries. From the purveyor of http://www.world-of-potato-chips.com web site

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Sherry: Junk food @ my computer. Hostess Snowballs and Reese's peanutbutter cups!!! Oh so bad, yet oh so delectable!

Hi Joy: As much as I would LOVE to have that pictured snowball right now, I'm willing to "suffer" with this pink marshmallow globe of gooness!!!

I had a feeling you would agree, T.W. Snowballs are the way to GO!!!

Hi Erica: When does junk food turn into gourmet dessert? When does dessert turn into junk food??? At this moment, I don't care. I'm eating a pink snowball!!!

I'm a choosy junk food type person Selba. I have my faves and that is that...

~~louise~~ said...

Oh Andrew, Snowballs & Mallomars. I do believe I have posted about them both. Let's not forget Reese's Peanut Butter Cups:) Perhaps, it's time to divvy up Junk Food Day. One "Junk Food" a month!!! I've actually seen those Junk Food Baskets, Heavenly!!!

Hi Heather: It may sound like I'm a junk food addict. Truth be told, I am a selective Junk food type person.

Now there's an idea Veron, a Snowball Salad topped with M & M's

I suppose everyday could be considered junk food day if I could just figure out the "definition" of junk food. Will you be sharing that "unspeakable" recipe, glamah?

Oh Stephen, don't tell me you missed Potato Chip Day? It was in March right there with Eskimo Pie Day!!!
BTW: Stephen You have an Awesome Potato Chip site!!! I'm adding it to my Potato Chip Day!!!