Even though it was a cold 40 degree day the sun was out and the leaves were gorgeous reds and oranges mixed with yellows and greens so it was a nice day to get out and run some errands.
I went to the grocery store and to my favorite guilty pleasure, TJ MAXX where I bought a 3 pack of Christmas fuzzy socks, some imported chocolate raspberry bark and a few SugarFree Coffee syrups — then packed them in the car. (I know it’s an oxymoron to get real chocolate with sugarfree syrups..so sue me!!)
It was 1 o'clock.
I noticed I hadn’t eaten and my stomach needed food.
That damn Burger King commercial jumped in my head. (The one they've been playing incessantly on TV touting the new Impossible Whopper!)
Hmm. OK. I am curious. I’ll drive up and try one. Why not? If it sucks, oh well. If it’s good…that’s coool too!
I drove up to the drive-thru window. I ordered one with extra lettuce and tomato (my favorite way to order everything!) ‘Have it yourrrrr wayyyy…’ is always in my head when I go to BurgerKing as I recall the commercials from back in ‘my day’ (the 1970s) when that was the slogan.
I know you millennials might not recall it…
Anyway, I ordered a side of cheesy tots for 99 cents to go with it even though I know these things are pure crap.
Bob said last week, “Oh…those cheesy tots are just fried grease balls with cheese!” but hey, how bad can THAT be?”
I also ordered a diet coke and ranch dressing to dip everything in, because no matter how bad something tastes I can always drown it in ranch which instantly improves the flavor.
I got to the window where the drive-thru gal said: “That’ll be $9.80.”
‘”Damn… almost 10bucks? I hope this new burger is gooooood!?”
“Well, I can’t promise that. To be honest, I don’t like it at ALL!…”
“Ahhhh gee thanks for the encouragement…”
She laughed. “I’m bein’ honest. My coworkers always tell me how honest I am...To me, this burger tastes like peanut butter, but…enjoy it!”
Wow. What a good employee she is to tell me how bad a menu item tastes.
I got home, unwrapped it and took my first bite. Hmmm…OK, this tastes almost the same as the old Whopper.
I can’t tell much difference.
I’d say it’s OK. It’s not horrible.
I mean I’m not a total Whopper aficionado, to begin with, but it was ‘fine’. Nothing I would go out of my way to eat and definitely nothing to write home about but if it was a far healthier alternative to beef than MAYBE I would eat it again…maybe.
Here’s more info I found out about this new Whopper from Burger Kings website.
“Our Impossible™ WHOPPER® Sandwich features a savory flame-grilled patty made from plants topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a soft sesame seed bun. 100% WHOPPER®, 0% Beef.”
Hmm. Made FROM plants. But which plants? That sounds a bit vague to me. I mean there are thousands of plants on the earth to choose from…Is it made from plants only or do they add other ingredients to the plants? I think I’d wanna know which plants are in there.
I found out some more important information from the parent company of the Impossible Whopper: Impossible Foods:
Plant-based “meat” is poised to become a $140 billion industry, with Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat leading the way. The Impossible science team “spent years analyzing meat and recreating every element of the sensory experience — smell, flavor, texture, touch, nutrition, sizzle factor.”
Impossible Foods uses genetic engineering to make ingredients that are essential to the taste and texture of its plant-based meat substitute: soy leghemoglobin (also known as heme) and soy protein. Soy protein replaced wheat protein as the main base for Impossible’s second recipe, while soy leghemoglobin is responsible for making the patty taste like meat.
While some have criticized Impossible Foods for its use of genetic engineering, the Food and Drug Administration deemed heme safe to eat in 2018.
Oookayy. I feel better now.
Thanks for reading.
Michelle Monet has published 5 non-fiction books including 4 Poetic Memoirs. Her upcoming Memoir will be about her life in show business including her surviving domestic violence, panic disorder and a dependency on prescribed medication. It will be a story of redemption and healing.
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