Yonkers, Sticki, e Dixi

August 10, 2010

Where I come from, junk food is considered a major food group and obesity a national emergency. Italians make fun of our junk-food fetish, calling us—kind of cruel, don’t ya think?—culoni, big butts.

Italians believe they’re eating a healthy Mediterranean diet. Take a look in an Italian hypermarket, though, and you’ll see aisles brimming with made-in-Italy junk food.

But why in blazes do nearly all the packages bear American names?  Can it be that Italians refuse to sully their own bella lingua by putting it on stuff that clogs arteries and fattens fannies?

Italian Junk Food

These'll make you whistle Dixie

Italian Junk Food

As in Yonkers, NY?

Italian Junk Food

Kind of wacko, don't you think?

Italian Junk Food

Named after the Fonz?

Italian Junk Food

Only a hipster can appreciate a Cipster (pronounced Chipster)

Italian Junk Food

Italian Junk Food

I love this! They stick the Italian plural ("i") onto an English word

PS: I hope you appreciate these photos–Supermarket Security made me beg for permission from Store Manager, who looked at me like I was some sort of crazy blogger.


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5 comments to Yonkers, Sticki, e Dixi

  • Rarely venturing into those aisles I had never noticed there names before! I like Fonzies. I’m surprised you haven’t been expelled from the country for industrial espionage!

    • Jann

      Well, Heiko, it sure is better to grow your own food as you do than venture into those aisles!!! (I’m surprised you like Fonzies!)

  • Wayne

    On my first trip to Torino my mother in law invited me to the breakfast table. It was piled with sweet cakey junk food. Here I thought I would see a traditional Italian breakfast!

    • Jann

      Wayne, have you heard about the traditional Sicilian summer breakfast that you will soon be eating? It’s delicious, but vaguely junkfood-esque–a big fat buttery brioche that you dip into sweet icy granita (something like a very high-class slush puppy). OR you eat a great big scoop of gelato inside that same big fat buttery brioche.

  • I have a big sicilian butt even when I was a toothpick, my butt was still big.

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