December 31, 2008

A year in reviews: The best and worst foods of 2008

As the year draws to a close it's time to glance in the mirror at the tastiest and most abominable foods of 2008. I've selected eight foods I reviewed to make a bottom four worst foods and top four best foods from the year.

Just remember, this isn't supposed to be a commentary on my actual reviews. It's about the food itself, so don't skip my scathingly clever roast of the Christmas ham because you think I'm insulting my own writing.

The bottom foods are headed for the newly created "Put a spork in them" wall of shame. The top foods receive the equally new "Golden Spork Award." Enjoy!

Put a spork in them: The bottom four worst foods reviewed in 2008

4. McDonald's Southern Style Chicken Sandwich A perfect example of asking people to pay too much for a product that fails to deliver. Pickled by its own lack of exceptionalism.

3. Taco Bell's Cheesy Beefy Melt Proof that you can't just package the same three ingredients differently and claim to have a new and better offering. They should have added bacon or something.

2. The Christmas ham The poster child for traditions that need to go the way of the passenger pidgin.

1. Sweet and Salty Caramel Bugles A loud trumpet to product development labs everywhere: Test your food before selling it!

Golden Spork Award winners: The top four best foods reviewed in 2008

4. Reese's Whipps The right way to rethink a classic candy -- make it good.

3. Taco Bell's Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch Responsible for the breakthrough in food science proving that yes, bacon can improve Mexican food.

2. Starbuck's Christmas Blend It will make a coffee drinker out of you. Grab some if you can still find it.

1. Taco Bell's Cheesy Double Beef Burrito Simply the best deal in fast food today, and one of the few things that could dull the pain of the loss of my beloved Beef and Potato Burrito from Taco Bell's value menu.

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