Jimmy Dean Flapsticks
Submitted by Peggy DeMouthe
I love shopping at the Grocery Outlet because it's different every visit. One Tuesday evening Aisle 3 might be stocked with dishpans and animal crackers; the following Saturday it will be all malt liquor and underpants. The Grocery Outlet is where all the foods nearing their "sell by" date are sent, where holiday candy from last season's holiday goes on sale, and where strange regional brands drift ashore.
It's also where test-market products go, after the test. Thus, last March, I was looking around the frozen-food aisle for Christmas treats. Between the French-Toast Fingers and the Holiday Party Puffs, there was an irresistible package: Jimmy Dean's Flapsticks—"Sausage and Pancakes on a Stick!"
Out of the package, the Flapstick looks exactly like a corndog. Same sturdy stick, same smooth brown outer coating. One's brain expects: crunchy! corny! hot dog! However, it's really a link of sausage enrobed in pancake batter, so the actual experience is: doughy! weird! ow! because the fatty sausage on the inside heats up faster and hotter than the dough on the outside. One is supposed to dip the Flapstick into maple syrup, and this facilitates the pancake's abandonment of any tenuous hold it had on the sausage. One ends up with a sausage on a stick and a pancake in the lap.
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