Some people may tell you that the frozen dessert known as "water ice" is the same thing as Italian ice. Those people are either colossally ignorant or simply making fun of you.
The difference here is consistency. A water ice is like a thicker version of a slushie. It can't be eaten through a straw, but it's close. Top it off with some custard and you're in Flavor Country (or, more likely, somewhere in the tri-state area).
If you've ever been in the area around Rutgers University, then you know of the glory of fat cat sandwiches. Basically, you start with a hoagie roll, then just throw whatever you can think of inside. The most famous variation is the "Fat Darrell," which consists of chicken fingers, french fries, mozzarella sticks and marinara sauce.
Sure, it's drunk person food, but as far as drunk person food goes, there's no topping a fat cat.
Salt water taffy is a lot like regular taffy, except for one key difference: ...okay, there is no difference. It's exactly the same as regular taffy.
It was a term invented by candy sellers on the Atlantic City boardwalks, and it still remains in use today. But hey, it's fresh taffy pulled on an old fashioned, 100-year-old machine. What are you complaining about?
You may have actually eaten a blue crab and never realized it. That's because, once cooked, these crustaceans turn red just like all other crabs. But still, seafood restaurants all along the Atlantic Ocean have been telling me for years that I've been eating blue crabs, so I'm inclined to believe them.
Unfortunately for the blue crab species (and fortunately for us), the meat on these babies has a naturally buttery flavor. Sheesh, it's like they want to be eaten by the bucketful.
Hostess cakes? Garbage. Little Debbie? Worthless dreck.
The real deal snack cakes come from Drake's, which is headquartered in Wayne, NJ. They're only available in grocery stores along the Eastern seaboard, but if you're really craving a fix, some independent fans are willing to mail them to you anywhere in the world. All they ask for in return is for you to pay ludicrously inflated shipping fees. How nice of them.
What is a frankfurter? It's just a hot dog. What is a Sabrett frankfurter? That's so, so much more.
Forget Nathan's. If you're in New York City, the dog you're most likely to be served while at a street cart is a Sabrett. The natural casing gives these dogs a distinctive "pop" on the first bite. Once you experience that, you'll never go back.
In Italy, zeppoles are gourmet deep-fried fritters, usually topped with a jam or custard. On the East Coast, though, they're hot, greasy balls of dough that are shaken up in a paper bag with about a half pound of powdered sugar.
Sure, they don't look like much, and the sugar residue always clumps up all over your hands...but when attending a county fair, nothing hits the spot quite like them.
Something's wrong with America. That's the only reason I can think of for why Wawa isn't the nation's largest convenience chain, yet 7-11 still remains in business.
Picture this: You walk into a 24-hour convenience store and pick up a fresh, made-to-order sandwich...without having to speak to another human! Just punch in what you want on the touch screen menu (including how much salt and pepper you desire) and some teenager will cheerfully make it for you.
Okay, sure, the name sounds pretty gross. But please, disregard that and consider what Scrapple actually is: a mush of pork scraps and cornmeal, molded into a loaf shape.
...Okay, that probably didn't help, either. But listen, it's no more disgusting than everyday breakfast sausage, and we bet you love that stuff. Plus, Scrapple is shaped to fit perfectly on a sandwich. Do you have any idea what you're missing?!
I don't think it's possible to overstate how popular Yuengling beer is on the East coast. In fact, in most bars, if you simply ask for a "lager," nine times out of ten a Yuengling is what you're going to get.
Don't believe me? Consider this. Sam Adams, which of course has a huge national reach and multi-million dollar ad campaign, still only ties Yuengling as the nation's largest American-owned brewery. And Yuengling is only officially distributed to less than 20 states!
Do yourself a favor. Next time you're in town, ask for a lager and taste what you've been missing.
Back East, no deli sandwich order is complete without a small bag of chips. Sure, some people prefer Wise brand, but over here, I'm an Utz fan, through-and-through. Something about those crisp, crunchy, salty snacks brings a tear to my eye.
...Notice I made no mention of Lay's. That's because, with my sandwich, I prefer potato chips, not dumpster fuel.
They're so simple, yet so divine. Vanilla sponge cake fingers topped with a smooth, thin layer of butterscotch frosting. Hostess attempted to imitate these little bars of perfection, only to create the abomination known as "Zingers."
Forget labor disputes. I still say the Zinger is why Hostess was forced to liquidate its assets in 2012. Gimme a Tastykake any day.