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.


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13 comments:

  1. You have to cook them in the oven if you want taste.

    (-_-; )

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  2. Hungry Man is clearly the General Motors of food production. I mean they can't even balance the cheese and chili sauce distribution across the hot dog chassis... What happened to our country? When did we go so far off the rails that we would a) conceive such a product b) produce it and c) consume it?

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  3. I think that was eaten once already...

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  4. A product of modern agribusiness, and Lord only knows what's really in those dogs!

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  5. I was going to call your cat the food elitist. Geez.

    When food is rejected by animals it makes you seriously reconsider if it's advisable for human consumption.

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  6. what a waste of yr time and money

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  7. Wouldn't even consider trying them. You're incredibly brave.

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  8. you guys must be a bunch of pampered pussies, god you make it seem like eating one of these is astonishing. I decided to try one too, eating it right now, gonna finish it too.

    It's just what frozen foods generally are, no frills, but nothing downright scary. I guess I was not well off and pampered my whole life though, I dare eat a cheeseburger or a chilli dog unlike some of you little girls.

    :P

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  9. Thanks for taking one for the team. Nice to know you are brave enough to try something like this yet not foolish enough to finish. I saw the cheeseburger version of these and was not able to make myself attempt it even at the $1.49 price point at an outlet store. I'm so broke these days I would have felt compelled to eat it all and it proudly stated that it was 1 pound of "food". This could have had dire consquences.

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  11. Cooking style, time, and microwave power make the eddible quality vary. I will agree, that I would prefer fast food from a McDs or Hrds or the like over these. I've tried the "angus" burger and the fried pork and chicken sandwiches; on clearance $1.83+tax. They were all eddible, but hardly delectable. The pork and chicken were best of breed; amoung the muts. I will agree the dogs looked a little sad. You never really stated "what" was bad about the taste; e.g. metal taste, spice, overcooked bun (they get chewy in the MW). Just curious. As far as the cat denying food, I've only experience that at Applebee's. Once brought home, the cats would not eat the trinagular fish product from the fish and chips that my wife could not eat. Then we knew it was debatably fish. Thanks for the input.

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  12. imho, this kind of food should taste DELICIOUS if it is worth the gigantic nutritional gouging that will follow; needless to say, if your animals reject it, don't even think about eating it.

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  13. As a "hard-gainer", I find this sort of food indispensable. Over the last 10 years, it's become harder and harder to find food that can economically satisfy someone who burns 4500+ calories a day. If you're not actively trying to gain or maintain your weight, this probably isn't the food for you. But as someone who constantly seeks to optimize his "CPD" (Calories per Dollar), I was quite pleased with my XXL sandwich.

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