100 ATRO #90: Eating something sweet, then something salty

If you didn’t already know, ATRO stands for Awesome Things Rip-Off because I totally ripped off the idea from this guy.

If you still have some Halloween candy left, try this: eat a candy bar.  Preferably a Musketeers (if only because that sounds really good to me right now).  Now eat some potato chips, preferably Ruffles.  Just plain, no need to go all sour cream and cheddar.

Delicious, right?  Notice how the sweetness heightens the contrast with the saltiness?  Just makes you want to do it all over again.

Which is what I did at 14, every day after school, and promptly gained almost 20 pounds.

Who can resist that sweet, then salty flavor over and over?  Salty followed by sweet just isn’t the same, at least not for me.

But there are other flavor combos I appreciate.  Sweet and bitter (think baklava plus strong black coffee); sweet and salty all at once, like an amazing salted butter/chocolate crepe I had once on Haight Street and the salted caramel ice cream MB had in Seattle; and spicy chocolate.  Who knew dark chocolate with jalapeno flakes would be so delish?

Of course as an adult I can’t indulge myself every day like I did as a teen.  When I was skinnier, I’d give in about once a week or so.  There I’d be on some lazy weekend afternoon, pigging out on a red velvet cupcake, followed by a 50 cent bag of corn chips, all washed down with a caffeine free Diet Coke.

Pretty ghetto and disgusting, huh?

Nowadays with my pesky cholesterol, I can’t indulge much at all, at least not without feeling guilty.  So I make do with yogurt followed by nuts, Pop Chips, or pretzels.  *Sigh.*  Not the same, but it’ll have to do.

At least until this Friday.  If my doctor tells me my cholesterol is down, I might just have to celebrate with one of these:

Ah yes, the infamous “donut burger,” aka the Luther Burger (as in Luther Vandross), which Paula Deen had to one-up with an egg and why yes, two strips of bacon.  The ultimate in the salty-sweet combo.

Just kidding.  Even I’m not that gross.


  1. Does that burger come with CPR instructions?

  2. Well this post officially made me crave sausage links and bacon dipped in maple syrup. Delicious.
    I didn’t know they made a donut burger.
    How have I gone this long without hearing of this?!