Cartoon tags: cupcakes, pork rinds, corn nuts, marshmallow peeps, food, snacks, gentrification, upscale, fancy, gourmet, trends, desserts, urban culture, Bonnie Prince Billy, alt-country, connoisseurship, junk food, aficianados, marketing
SNACK GENTRIFICATION It happened with doughnuts and hot dogs. Now the humble cupcake has been reborn as a hip urban delicacy. Before: Kiddie food. After: Call of the Cupcake Boutique Confectionary. Foie gras-lollipop-Schnapps cakes are here!
How will the upscale junk food trend continue? ALT-COUNTRY PORK RINDS Acoustic singer-songwriters start selling puffed pig skin on the side, leading to widespread acceptance among the literati. Shown: Bonnie Prince Billy Brand Pork Rinds
CORN NUT CONNOISSEURSHIP Experts can tell what corn variety a nut comes from by its bouquet. "Today we're trying some Jubilee Supersweet, Country Gentleman, and Xtra-Tender 272A." "That's Jubilee all right!"
THE CRAFT PEEP MOVEMENT The Easter treat goes year-round, as local artisans produce signature batches of micropeeps. Dirk Jenkins, peepmaster, and his creations. Shown: "The People's Peep" and "Cyclopeep"