Strangest Fancy Food Show Finds

Jan 22, 2013 at 1pm

The Fancy Food Show is wrapping up today at Moscone Center. It's been a three-day specialty food extravaganza, with over 1,300 vendors hawking their fanciest crap, and I had the pleasure of crashing it. To give you an idea of my culinary skills, the last thing I cooked was a meat loaf – and I messed it up. Since I'm not a person who cares about olive oil virginity and I have a taste for haterade, I enjoyed the weirdest booths with the strangest offerings the most. Here's a list of the items that put the special in specialty foods.

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Vodka Matreshka: Normally, filling little girls with vodka is not something I would get behind, but how cute are these cranberry, honey, and pure vodka bottles?

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Coco Lite Pop Cakes: There were puffy potato chips everywhere at this year's Fancy Food Show, but Coco Lite's pop cakes are my favorite because they're the closest humans have come to edible plates.  

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Nongshim Shin Noodle Cups & Cardboard Cut outs of Psy: I thought people would be over Psy by now, but he's actually significantly increased the sales of this spicy ramen since he became their spokesperson in October.

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Twiglets: Twiglets are a UK snack food that are named as such because they look and taste like twigs. They're kind of like if Cheetos had a less hot little sister. The man who encouraged me to try these looked at me apologetically and said, "They're good with cheeses?" Justin Beiber and I don't like them. 

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Bacon Spread: This is exactly what it sounds like – blended bacon that you can spread on things, like other strips of bacon. 

Beer Candy: This company's saltwater taffies are made with real beer and taste like a combination of caramel and bad choices.

Pumpable Olive Oil: One olive oil booth showed ingenuity by cutting the crap and putting a pump on their oil. It was slightly disturbing because people didn't know whether to dip some bread in it or massage it into their scalps. 

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