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NOW WITH 500% MORE SUGAR!

In a fit of madness brought on by nostalgia and the Homestuck webcomic*, I bought a box of Gushers© ‘fruit’ snacks last weekend.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Gushers, they are basically edible, fruity pustules. This means that children LOVE them. Or at least, children are sucked in by the EXTREME commercials and pester their mom to buy Gushers so that when they go to school they can sit at the cool kids’ table during lunch.

Personally, I was more in the Fruit Roll-Ups camp, but I remember Gushers being kinda cool. Not terrible, anyway. Fast forward fifteen years–do they hold up?

almost as out of control as airheads

anticlimatic!

And there you have it! I leave you with one of the more disturbing Gushers’ commercials.

*Homestuck’s Gushers are obviously far superior, but Kat and I were not about to bust out a Sharpie and color our Gushers black in the name of accuracy.

Homestuck Gushers

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WELCOME TO GOOD BURGER

Like most people, I suffer from a disease called ‘nostalgia’.

I have a pretty bad case of it. It’s why my friends and I went out and bought the new My Little Ponies after they released them a few years ago. It’s why I own DVD sets of  The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s why  I recreated a cake from when I was in second grade.

EAT IT BEFORE IT EATS YOU!

This, my friends, is the Burger Cake. My mom must have found the recipe from a Woman’s Day mag, because when I used the magical power of teh Googs©, that’s what came up. And so, for my sister’s 20th birthday, I got to work.

The recipe isn’t hard–in the spirit of my mom’s original cake, we went with box mixes for everything. You do have to pull a few Macguyvers in the kitchen and do things you normally wouldn’t–like baking part of the cake in an oven-safe bowl for the burger top, or voluntarily consuming Airheads  (I do not recommend this).

WHERE'S THE BEEF?

The ‘meat’ patty is frosted chocolate cake that’s covered in crushed chocolate cookies (or in this case, chocolate Teddy Grahams–because the idea of a bear burger is even BETTER). Bottom bun is half the poundcake plus red frosting ‘ketchup’. NOTE: IT IS INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO GET FOOD COLORING TO REPRESENT BUN COLORS, IT TOOK US FOREVER.

MMM BACON

All I’m saying–AIRHEADS. THEY’RE OUTTA CONTROL!!!

you say tomayto, i say tomahto

Okay, so the ‘red frosted sugar cookie’ tomatoes were less successful. BUT TASTY.

so spooky

Et voilà! Our finished burger cake was EVEN BETTER than that Woman’s Day one! Except that it sorta looks like it’s pleading with you not to eat it. Well sir, we’ll show you!

EAT IT EAT IT

THE BIRTHDAY GIRL WAS PLEASED. Except the cake apparently was too exciting to eat, and it sat around in her apartment as a show-and-tell for a week. Oh well, I made it for myself this past birthday and cake+airheads isn’t the best combo, so I don’t blame her.

where teddy grahams go to die

BONUS! One of our failbatches of bun-colored frosting turned gray, and so with the leftover cake and stuff we made TEDDY GRAHAM VOLCANO DIORAMAS involving BEAR SACRIFICES. Unlike the cake, this was pretty tasty!

And now I’ll leave you with another bit of nostalgia, the intro to Nickelodeon’s Good Burger movie (which is totally awesome, shut up haters!):

aaaand here’s the recipe, if you’re so inclined (and we just used Airheads for all the fixings, though back in the day my mom used the recommended spice drops).

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