Overrated Boardwalk Eats
Swimsuit contestants on an Australian boardwalk, 1953. Photo credit: State Library Queensland, Flickr.
Because, as is true of other things, even a bad day at the beach is a good day at the beach.
The dog days of summer are tailor-made for indulgent grub. And no one will judge you for a funnel cake, a corn dog, or a sickly sweet (but oh-so-good) lemon ice. But some boardwalk grub is overrated. Stick with us for a minute, and then tell us how wrong we are in the comments.
NO: Salt Water Taffy
Photo credit: Anthony Masterson, StockFood
Are you a salt water taffy sort of person? Good for you. Takes all kinds. (In truth, we’re divided here at Yahoo Food HQ. Some of us are pro-taffy. Others think it’s a sugary scam.) Sure, salt water taffy has a cute history, but the truth is that it gets on your teeth and feels like it’ll be there for life—a sandy taffy molar glue designed to ruin braces and rip out crowns. Don’t do it.
NO: Cotton Candy
Photo credit: Dana Hoff, StockFood.
You’re not six anymore, and no one wants to see you covered with blue spun sugar. Cotton candy is theoretically fantastic, but if you don’t have a buzzcut, that seaside wind has just whipped your hair straight into the stuff. Also, the flavor delivery—sugar + air?—just isn’t there. This is a novelty item right up there with the “I ♥ THE JERSEY SHORE” t-shirt you just bought.