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Attack of the Freaky Finger Foods

Who made that 18-inch corn dog? Or fried ramen burger? Or fried cookiewich? Small businesses, naturally.

Finger foods are having a moment.  

For consumers, they offer a way to cut costs while remaining somewhat indulgent, while for chefs they offer a low-cost way to experiment without alienating their clientele. Who's going to argue with ordering a brunch item for less than 10 bucks? 

Like eco-burgers and other food movements before it, entrepreneurs are behind this trend. Sure, Taco Bell released a breakfast taco, but has it turned out some chocolate nachos? Clearly not. Big companies wouldn't take such a risk. Here's a look at the freakiest finger foods to grace small businesses' menus. 

1
Cheeto-Covered Shrimp at Lowbrow
Cheeto-Covered Shrimp at Lowbrow
Houston loves to experiment with its food, and no one does it better than Lowbrow chef Jason Kerr. The man really likes Cheetos, and is known to put them on macaroni and cheese, oysters, and now, Gulf Coast shrimp. Order yours during brunch. PHOTO: Lowbrow

2
Chocolate Eclair Hot Dog by Maple Lodge Farms
Chocolate Eclair Hot Dog by Maple Lodge Farms
This Canadian-bred snack combines the decadence of an eclair with a savory sausage topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. Maple Lodge Farms, a company that produces chicken products, unveiled the delicacy at the Canadian National Exhibition in 2012, so here's hoping it comes to the States. PHOTO: Maple Lodge Farms
3
The D-Bat Dog at Chase Field in Phoenix
The D-Bat Dog at Chase Field in Phoenix
Created for the Arizona Diamondbacks by Michael Snoke, executive chef for Levy Restaurants, this 18-inch corn dog comes pumped full of cheddar cheese and wrapped inside with bacon. It also weighs nearly a pound and costs $25. PHOTO: Facebook
4
Fried Cookiewich by Custom Confections
Fried Cookiewich by Custom Confections
Behold, a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two deep-fried chocolate chip cookies. Drizzled with chocolate syrup and dusted with powdered sugar, Houston bakery Custom Confections' dessert might put you in the dentist's chair the very next day. "This is not something we put on the menu often because they take a good two to three minutes to make, but when we do, people go wild for them!" the bakery's owners said in an email. PHOTO: Custom Confections
5
Fried Chicken and Beer Burger at PYT
Fried Chicken and Beer Burger at PYT
It looks like a fried onion ring sitting atop all that greasy goodness, but it isn't. Nor is the "burger" part a ground beef patty. What you're looking at is a "southern fried crunchy chicken patty" smothered in gooey American cheese. And the topping? That's a Pabst Blue Ribbon-filled fried wonton. "The beer kind of explodes out in the best way," the Philadelphia restaurant PYT wrote on its Facebook page. PHOTO: PYT
6
Keizo Shimamoto's Ramen Burger
Keizo Shimamoto's Ramen Burger
New York City loves hybrids, and this one's no exception. Subbing out bread for fried ramen noodles, this otherwise traditional burger created a stir at the Smorgasburg food fair in Brooklyn last year. Get your fix here. PHOTO: flickr/jasonhjoo

7
Truck Stopper Burger at Stanton's City Bites
Truck Stopper Burger at Stanton's City Bites
Essentially a cheeseburger topped with a couple of deep fried onion rings, the Truck Stopper Burger from Houston eatery Stanton's City Bites can be had for just $6.50. In true Houston fashion, this one goes great with a Dr. Pepper and a side of hot crispy fried pickles. PHOTO: Stanton's City Bites

8
Dominque Ansel's Waffogato
Dominque Ansel's Waffogato
From the New York bakery owner who brought you the cronut comes the waffogato, a cross between a waffle and an affogato, the Italian dessert of ice cream with espresso poured over it. "It's a little like a milkshake at the end," Ansel told The Wall Street Journal. PHOTO: Dominique Ansel Bakery

Last updated: May 9, 2014

JILL KRASNY | Staff Writer | Staff Writer

Jill Krasny is a staff writer for Inc. magazine, where she covers the intersection of entertainment and startups. Prior to Inc., she was a writer for MTV and Esquire and an editor at TheStreet. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in communication. She lives in New York City.




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