Saturday, May 2, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks: Churro Dog

The Arizona Diamondbacks are much to blame for the monster hot dog craze. While a few other teams offered up some crazy concoctions first, the D-backs upped the ante when they introduced an 18 inch, bacon wrapped, cheese infused, corn dog called the D-Bat in 2014. This year, they aimed to outdo even themselves and managed to pull it off nicely with the Churro Dog.

If a double-fudge sundae is a sugar bomb, then the Churro Dog is the nuclear option. This diabetes-inducing caloric abomination is the anti-meat hot dog. It is strictly for dessert. Shaped like a regular hot dog, there are some very stark differences. Instead of a bun the Churro Dog uses a chocolate drizzled long-john donut. It is curved around none other than a cinnamon churro that lays in the bun like a frank. The churro is topped with locally-sourced yogurt smothered in whipped cream. This monstrosity is then drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces.

How did it fare?

Appeal-this dessert dog has been in the media so often most patrons take its picture before eating it (me as well). Fans seek it out. 5

Ingredients-you can’t go wrong with the composition of this dog. It did have a bit too much whipped cream for me, but otherwise delicious. 4.5

Uniqueness-no other dog like it exists. 5

Monstrosity Factor-off the scale. This wonder of the hot dog world, while not huge, will satisfy the sweet tooth of a giant. In the end, I could not finish it. It was just too much sugar for me. 5

Value-at $8.50 it is a steal as it can easily satiate two fans. 5

Overall Taste-great taste, but overly sweet for just one person to finish. 5

After awakening from a diabetic coma and several rounds of dialysis I recovered from eating about three-quarters of the Churro Dog. It is everything it is cracked up to be, a gut-busting sugar pill that is the dessert of the desert. Want a challenge? Try to finish one off after downing a D-Bat.
The Churro Dog is the perfect ballpark relief from the hot Arizona sun. And with an overall score of 29 the currently specialty dog leader. Warning: this is a messy, messy dog. After eating it you will have about a pound of it on your face, but you will be cool, full, refreshed and ready for some more Diamondbacks baseball.

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