Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hungry-Man XXL Sandwich Series. Gag.
As you may have noticed, the title of this blog contains both the words ridiculous and food. Pursuant to this I oft times have to do something I would rather not for the sake of humor and food bloggery. When I passed the Hungry-Man XXL Sandwich Series in the freezer case I could not resist purchasing one. This item definitely falls into the ridiculous food category, I mean, come on Hungry-man. Even in this day and age of rampant obesity and increased health consciousness you are still advertising your products by weight? As if "1/2 Pound!" is the main selling point. I also like the trademarked phrase on the back of the box, "It's good to be full." Yes, yes it is, but not to be full of 1/2 pound of highly processed, fat laden, mechanically separated meat and refined carbohydrates.
Anyhow, I went with the chili cheese dogs. Here they are frozen-
I was somewhat dissappointed by the mere smattering of cheese. If I am going to eat 660 calories worth of anemic looking hot dog, I want those bad boys to be dripping with the stuff. I was further dismayed by the seeming concentration of both the chili and cheese on only one end of the dogs. Shoddy hot dog construction if you ask me. One more thing on the grocery list of problems I have with this food product is that the cooking instructions were way off. I have a very standard microwave that is usually spot on and these guys had to go back in for 2 extra 30 second intervals. Here they are cooked-
I took a healthy bite out of one of the chili covered ends and sat down to ruminate as I chewed. About half way through the mastication process I decided that no more of this product would be entering my body. Usually, as much as I hate to admit it, with stuff like these chili dogs there is a sort of guilty pleasure in consuming them. The Hungry-Man product was devoid of this pleasure, it was almost bland. I could not justify the damage done to my gastrointestinal tract by consuming the whole product. As much as I absolutely hate to waste food, and after offering them to my wife and the cats, I had to pitch these into the bin.
After reading this many will have their dander up and want to call me a food elitist who is criticizing the affordable food available to the masses, etc..., etc... (I am actually a hardened food populist). But the Hungry-Man product was fairly expensive. To put it into perspective I could have gone to Rolf's Pork Store, purchased two sublimely delicious frankfurters and a couple buns for the same price or less. Needless to say that I won't be purchasing further sandwiches of the XXL Series. If you have purchased and enjoyed these please issue a rebuttal to my criticism.