Spaghetti and Meatballs on a Stick? Nine Stick Foods Analyzed

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On Thursday, Bon Appetit's blog writer Michael Singer lovingly classified Los Angeles food photographer Matt Armendariz's new book, "On a Stick!" in their "Kookery" category. They also included Armendariz's recipe for Deep Fried Spaghetti on a Stick.

Was this necessary?

BON APPETIT
  • Bon Appetit

Sure, it looks delicious. But do we really need to cram a stick in every single food? Originally food on a stick was about necessity - being able to eat on the go without dealing with utensils and mess. Not some misguided idea that being impaled makes foods tastier.

Deep Friend Spaghetti on a Stick, which might be tasty, looks like a portability nightmare. It should not be on a stick.

What other foods shouldn't be on sticks? And which ones are strokes of brilliance?

Hot Dog and Fries

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  • lastappetite.com

Hot dogs are already portable, whether in a bun or corn dog form. So are fries. But eating both at the same time? Awkward. This French fry-breaded wiener gets a sticks up. Which means we like it.

Pie Pops

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  • instructables.com

Much like trendy cake pops these teeny pies are totally necessary. Sure, you can have a cake ball or a tiny pie without a stick, but your hands will get all messy. And who wants to get messy while eating something so cute? Two sticks up!

Jimmy Dean's Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick

WIKIALITY
  • Wikiality

This isn't as bad as it sounds; nutritionally, it's not that different from a regular corn dog. But with chocolate chips. And for breakfast.

Okay, it's bad. But it's not apocalypse-bad. And this vegan makes a good point about some of the hypocrisy in the attitudes about gross frozen processed foods in a "leave Britney alone" way. One stick up for not being much worse than a corn dog. One down for being a frozen breakfast corn dog. Waffles

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  • thetrendygirl.com

Waffles are already portable; you can bust them up along their perforation. But what's the point when syrup isn't portable? Sticks down on the French waffle sticks.

Deep Fried Cheddar-Bacon Mashed Potatoes

THEWORLDSBESTEVER.COM
  • theworldsbestever.com

This is already a thing. Potato croquettes have existed without sticks for over a century. While not normally considered a finger food, it's easy enough to throw them in a little paper to-go cup. Sticks down.

Livermush

DAILYYONDER.COM
  • dailyyonder.com

What the hell? This North Carolina descendent of scrapple is made from leftover hog parts mixed with flour, boiled, and formed into loaves. It's sliced and fried, rarely on a stick except at the Livermush Festival in Drexel, North Carolina. Considering only a handful of livermush makers remain, turning the meat product into fair food might be its key to survival. Sticks up for keeping the livermush dream alive. Pizza

FOODNETWORK.COM
  • foodnetwork.com

Can you eat regular pizza while walking around? Yes? Then making it on a stick is a ridiculous waste of time. Sticks way down.

Pork Chop

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  • Deadspin.com

Pork chops have a stick. It's called a bone. Target Field in Minneapolis serves a boneless pork chop on a stick, which seems like a lot of extra work. Also? The bone will give you a better grip, making your chop less susceptible to theft by drunk.

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