Howdy From Texas

They say that two of the worst things that you can eat are Fritos and white chocolate.


I’ve been here less than 24 hours and I’ve already slipped on one.

Guess I’ll just have to stick with laying off the white chocolate.

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  • April 8, 2008 12:19pm

    My mom would totally commend you. She has kind of a weakness for Fritos. I love ’em too, but I like the chili and lime ones best. Me, I usually crack in the presence of a salty product with some kind of construction-orange “cheez” angle to it – Cheetos, Cheez-Its, Sour Cream & Cheddar chips. That’s why I don’t often eat Fritos, ‘cos I need to also dip them in that unholy, goopy “chili con queso” in the jar.

  • April 8, 2008 12:23pm

    David, please please please go to the Drive-thru of Taco Cabana and order 12 fresh tortillas and a large queso! Preferrably at 3am.

  • Henry
    April 8, 2008 12:27pm

    Sorry for side-tracking… I know I should be asking Patricia Wells about this but I cannot help thinking you must have attempted her financiers at home… so I hope you don’t mind my asking! In Patricia Wells’s recipe for financiers (from the Poujarin bakery?), she doesn’t specify whisking the eggwhites to frothy nor browning the butter. I wonder if you think these are necessary for making financiers?

  • April 8, 2008 12:29pm

    Where’s the dang chili?

  • April 8, 2008 12:42pm

    Everyone knows that “white” chocolate is not only an oxymoron but an abomination. What’s wrong with Fritos?

  • April 8, 2008 12:43pm

    But when they said “worst” what they mean is “best”….at least for the Fritos.

  • April 8, 2008 12:53pm

    frito pies probably fall into that category of “worst” foods too

  • Adam
    April 8, 2008 12:58pm

    Be sure to have a Frito Pie while in the Lone Star state

  • April 8, 2008 12:59pm

    Is it just me, or do white chocolate-covered fritos sound really good?

  • April 8, 2008 1:05pm

    Fritos are the apogee of junk-food bliss.

  • April 8, 2008 1:05pm

    I was afraid this was going to include a recipe for white-chocolate-dipped Fritos. And unlike Jessica, I did not think that would be a good combination.

    Have fun on your vacation! Hope the food gets better.

  • April 8, 2008 1:11pm

    If you get to the Dallas area, you can to go the Frito-Lay headquarters in Plano and tell them in person of your feelings. That is if you can get past security—it is like Fort Knox since they fear their secrets being stolen—fat, corn, water, fat and more corn…ick!

    Have fun in Texas!

  • Joanne
    April 8, 2008 1:20pm

    Hmmm. Who is “they”? would it be the French? Oh well, I guess it’s true what they say… “You can take the boy out of France but if he goes to Texas keep him away from white chocolate and fritos… um. yeah.

  • Jake
    April 8, 2008 1:27pm

    I won’t pretend that Fritos are healthy or anything. But they have only three unobjectionable ingredients (corn, corn oil, salt). That’s hard to find in mass produced packaged gas station food.

    Plus they’re delicious.

  • Christy
    April 8, 2008 1:28pm

    There are certain times when this chick craves salt. I’d get my own salt lick if I thought the neighbors wouldn’t look at me weird. Because we don’t have a fence, I buy Fritos when I need salt. Mmmmmmmm. And the white chocolate dipped Fritos sounds pretty good. White chocolate is only good (to me) on salty pretzels, so that pretty delicious!

  • Val
    April 8, 2008 1:44pm

    Hey David!

    At sonic they have frito pie. Fritos covered with chili, cheese, and onions. Its sounds not so tasty,but the whole is far greater then the sum of the parts. With a cherry limeade, it may be one of the truly great road food meals!

  • April 8, 2008 1:44pm

    What exactly is white chocolate?

  • Shirlie
    April 8, 2008 1:48pm

    Yay! You’re in Texas! I’m breathlessly awaiting this Saturday’s class with you in San Antonio!

  • Heidi
    April 8, 2008 2:05pm

    mmm, cherry limeade! I go to Sonic 3 times a week.

    I lurrrve me some chocolate candy made with Fritos. The salt goes excellently with dark chocolate.

    Welcome to Texas, yeehaw!

  • Pouncy
    April 8, 2008 2:38pm

    Oh gawd. I’m now craving Frito Pie.

  • Steve
    April 8, 2008 3:03pm

    You probably couldn’t help buying those because now that you’re in the U.S. everything is priced in dollars and looks so comparatively cheap.

  • Cheryl
    April 8, 2008 3:08pm

    I really thought that I would open this post and there would be white chocolate Frito nests or something! Eat some chili-cheese flavor ones for me…

    Wish they had those in France…

  • iang
    April 8, 2008 3:08pm

    hear hear Pouncy, without Fritos you would not have Fritos Pie, which would be pretty interesting with white chocolate on top…

  • debinsf
    April 8, 2008 3:32pm

    However, I think if you combine the fritos and the white chocolate, the chemical reaction that takes place makes them enormously high in vitamins, anti-oxidants and omega-3s.

    And perhaps toss them in batter and then into the fryer.

  • Lindsay
    April 8, 2008 3:45pm

    My dog’s feet smell just like Fritos. It’s enough to keep me away from them (the feet and the Fritos).

  • April 8, 2008 4:48pm

    Hi David,

    Long-time reader, and first-time commenter here; finally moved to write in order to wish you a great class this evening and a fine stay here in my own town of Ft. Worth! I tried to get free to take the class, but alas, no luck. Have a great time, though; they’re a nice bunch over there at the cooking school.

    So an interesting bit of trivia about Fritos (and perhaps part of what makes them so darn good?) is that they are supposedly the last fried on a batch of oil: first plain potato chips, then through the line, until last is Fritos, where they soak up all the appalling ‘goodness’ of all that has preceded them. Enjoy them, I say, and save your guilt for something worthy, right?

    (And if your looking for some fine BBQ, don’t miss Railhead!)

  • April 8, 2008 5:14pm

    Yes, but Fritos are gluten-free! And you have no idea how handy that becomes sometimes.

    (Or maybe that’s just justification in eating them. It’s hard to resist their salty goodness.)

  • Steve
    April 8, 2008 7:01pm

    Welcome back to Texas, David! Just for the record word is that Fritos were invented in San Antonio… see you at the CM class.

  • Jane
    April 8, 2008 7:38pm

    Hello, David! I’m picking you up tomorrow from the Driskill.

    Want to stop by Teo’s before we head to CM? Your call. I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

    Central Market

  • Tags
    April 8, 2008 7:43pm

    You can get any of the best kinds of corn chip in Texas. Why settle for hydrogenated garbage?

  • April 8, 2008 7:55pm

    You’re there – you’ve started – go big or go home!

  • Connie
    April 8, 2008 9:17pm

    add a Dublin Dr. Pepper to that Frito snack and welcome back.

  • April 8, 2008 10:38pm

    If you think about it, Fritos are practically fat free, compared to, oh, say, something that is 100% fat. They really are the “haute” of chip, if I do say so.

  • April 9, 2008 6:23am

    Matt: Who eats chili for breakfast??

    Joanne: Actually the person who told me that white chocolate is the worst thing you can eat is someone who was a bean-to-bar chocolate maker!

    Henry: I can’t comment on other people’s recipes, and always recommend folks contact the author. Patricia’s website is listed on my Links page & you might want to send your question to her directly.

    giz: Not that I need the encouragement…but thanks for your support!

  • April 9, 2008 4:32pm

    Whew! For a minute there I was worried that you had invented Frito crisp-white chocolate marble ice cream!

  • elise
    April 9, 2008 9:16pm

    Phew! For just a moment there I thought you were going to say you had coated your Fritos in white chocolate…I’m still palpitating…

  • April 10, 2008 7:17am

    I too thought this post was going to introduce me to some sort of salty-sweet dessert. In this case, too salty and too sweet.

    I offer my sympathies to your palate, David.

  • Carter B
    April 10, 2008 7:36am

    Cissi’s Market in Austin sells chipotle chocolate covered Fritos that are excellent. The chipotle makes the fritos taste like the chili cheese Fritos. Yum.

  • April 10, 2008 3:25pm

    Okay, so I must be the only person to now be considering a snack of Fritos and white chocolate. Shame on you David for giving me the most unholy food craving I’ve ever considered.

  • April 10, 2008 7:09pm

    You’re in Texas? For how long? I get back in two days. Are you in Austin?

    White chocolate paired with raspberry is divine; whoever says it’s one of the “worst things that you can eat” hasn’t tried Godiva’s creamy goodness.

  • mary beth
    April 10, 2008 8:03pm

    what? no Fritos in Paris? what on earth do they smash on their bologna sandwiches on white bread???

  • April 13, 2008 9:23pm

    I love this post. It makes me smile. Well, maybe it makes me laugh. Come on. Don’t you think Fritos taste like dogs feet smell?