Half a century later, a similar gross-out involves eating something so obviously unhealthy (but legal!) that only a wish to impress one's fellow-morons could inspire it. Via The Globe and Mail, a case in point: Toronto Public Health links cronut burger to up to 150 CNE illnesses. Excerpt:
Toronto Public Health have confirmed the cronut burger – a cheeseburger sandwiched between two doughnut-croissant-hybrid pastries – is to blame for more than 150 people falling ill.
Public Health has been investigating after more than 150 people reported getting sick after eating at the Canadian National Exhibition earlier this week. EPIC Burgers and Waffles, the food vendor that serves the cronut burger, closed and was the focus of the investigation, leading many to suspect the novelty concoction was the cause of the outbreak.
Public Health interviewed more than 100 of the individual who became ill and asked what they ate.
“Based on information from the ill individuals, the only common food exposure that they had was the cronut burger served by EPIC Burgers,” said Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s medical officer of health, adding the investigation did not find any other CNE food associated with the outbreak.
He also said laboratory tests showed samples of the cronut burger were contaminated with staphylococcus aureus, a bacterial toxin that can cause food poisoning. Symptoms of staphylococcus aureus food poisoning usually appear within one to six hours of eating contaminated food and can last for three days. They include nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramping, according to public health.
Public Health has not yet determined which part of the burger was contaminated, however foods that are frequently affected by the toxin include meat and egg products.
EPIC Burgers and Waffles will remain closed at the CNE food building until public health can determine exactly what went wrong.
Ever since my stroke a year and a half ago, I've learned to regard the centre aisles of every supermarket as the Death Zone, where carbohydrates lurk. After 40 years as a pretty fair baker, I don't even eat bread any more, let alone make it. (OK, at Christmas I make pulla, a Finnish bread worth dying for.) Homemade doughnuts are a bittersweet memory.
So I have no idea why anyone would even consider eating a "cronut burger," even if it were guaranteed staph-free.