11 cult food favorites

We found some treats that have captivated America, bringing in big bucks for the companies that created them.

By Kim Peterson Apr 2, 2013 9:38AM
Credit: © Philip A. Dwyer/Bellingham Herald/MCT via Getty Images
Caption: Andy Wagar loads Twinkies, Ho-Hos and cupcakes into a van outside the Wonder Bakery Thrift Shop in Bellingham, Washington, on Friday, November 16, 2012Americans may be getting healthier, drinking more water and pushing away red meat, but we still have our cult food favorites.

And food companies can be very smart about turning a product into a must-have hit. Often, this means cutting back on availability, dangling something in front of us for a limited time before pulling it away again. That's how Starbucks (SBUX) turned the Pumpkin Spice Latte into a seasonal obsession.
There are all kinds of foods that have cult appeal. Gooey marshmallow Peeps, Vegemite spread, chicken and waffles and even Sriracha sauce have devoted followers.

But we found 11 foods and beverages that take the cake (or take the Twinkie, perhaps). These 11 have earned a place in our gastronomic hearts -- and the companies that make them thank us for it.

Check out these 11 cult foods.

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Apr 2, 2013 4:29PM

I wouldn't care how big my Wife's butt got, as long she kept buying me Twinkies; She never ate them and liked other things that were sweet like me...hee,hee.


But now I'm am almost weaned off the "sponge cakes", Bavarian Creme filled stuff now, like the wife.

And we bake our own cakes a lot more..


Apr 2, 2013 5:39PM

look life is to short to stop eating the stuff. it is called moderation but in america everyone forgets that word and eat like pigs


Apr 2, 2013 3:05PM
I didn't see any of my favorite "mental health food" listed, like Tastykakes - yum!  Then there's Klondike bars, M&M's - the list could go on and on.  I'm going to WW to lose weight and have to leave all the good stuff alone.  Sure do miss it though!
Apr 2, 2013 10:19AM

Twinkies have shot themselves in the foot or their twinkie...?

After about 60+ years as a faithful customer...I am weaning myself off of them with other wanna-be's.

And fed up with their well publicized debacle...

Waited too long for them to return...

And now when they do.....I won't be standing in line to get them...I have cut my habit by 75-80%.

Apr 2, 2013 4:10PM
My wife has stopped eating these food .... her butt is not as large as it was 2 years ago.
Apr 2, 2013 4:31PM
Brandon...You can still eat that stuff..Just eat less of something else..Or work out 15 minutes more.
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