Yesterday morning, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue introduced the world to a dessert so unabashedly sweet, so egregiously caloric, so overwhelmingly Southern that Paula Deen is kicking herself for not thinking of it first. The treat in question is a Krispy Kreme doughnut, filled with Cheerwine-flavored creme and topped with chocolate glaze and sprinkles. Now, for those of you unfamiliar with Cheerwine, it’s a super-carbonated cherry concoction bottled in North Carolina. You’ll pretty much only find it in the South, so chances are, if you’ve never been to a Piggly Wiggly, you’ve never seen Cheerwine, either. Just take my word for it: It’s delicious. With the introduction of Cheerwine creme, the doughnut delicacy has reached a whole other stratosphere of Southern-ness. So the delicious collaboration has me pondering what other Southern pairings we can expect in the coming months. Sweet-tea-glazed cheese straws? Pork-rinds coated in peanut brittle? Fried butter balls floating in mint juleps? Biscuits stuffed full of Virginia ham? (Oh, wait.)
But let me turn this over to you, PopWatchers. What other Southern couples have the potential to take over the culinary world? Do you think this veritable diabetes explosion sounds as tasty as I do?