Abandon hope, all ye who enter here
What? The most ludicrous thing I’ve conceived of – let alone seen on a menu.
For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you too can get yourself a square of Pastry, filled with Caramel and Banana ‘Cheesecake‘ (read ‘biscuitless mush’), which has been deep-fried and covered with Whipped Cream, Banana slices, and sticky Strawberry Sauce.
At 660 calories, 34g of fat, and 36g of sugar, it has to be one of the naughtiest things you can buy without breaking the law (and the most ridiculous breakfast I’ve ever had).
Surprisingly, despite being a deep-fried, Cheese-and-Sugar-filled Pastry, it didn’t taste that extreme.
Indeed, the chopped Banana and (admittedly syrup-soaked) Strawberry pieces kept things fairly fresh, providing some much-needed tempering.
It certainly had a good mixture of textures too.
But would I recommend it as anything other than a novelty item?
The Whipped Cream was not much more than froth, the filling tasted neither of Banana nor Caramel (only of something generically sweet), and, in general, it looked like a car crash.
The innards, in particular, resembled a cross between Gruel and congealed wallpaper paste.
By far the worst thing about it, however, was the lingering flavour of oil – something that lasted long after I put down my spoon (though not quite as long as the headache the whole thing triggered).
That said, as puddings go it wasn’t terrible – it just wasn’t terribly tasty
Where? Available at IHOP in the U.S. of A
How Much? $3.99, excluding tax
Sugar and fat, fried in oil? Once in a lifetime could well be one time too many…