Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
South Park turns 15 this year, and as a way to thank fans for their loyalty, the Comedy Central favorite is rolling out all sorts of hoopla--a documentary, an art exhibit, new merch, and as Shuji recently reported, Cheesy Poofs! (If other fictional-to-edible products are any indication-Frosted KrustyO's at 7-Eleven, Duff Beer in Latin America-people are gonna eat this stuff up, literally.)
Throughout South Park history, food has played a major part in making us laugh and gag. Here are five foods that I'll never look at quite the same way again.
When fast food is banned in all of South Park, the town goes into deep withdrawals. Cartman joins a KFC smuggling ring, where he cuts up fried chicken skin with a credit card and snorts it. A methadone-like clinic dispenses KFC gravy for people to get through the day. The Colonel kills Cartman's partner, an "informant for Jamie Oliver." (Episode: "Medicinal Fried Chicken")
4. Fish Sticks
Cartman and Jimmy come up with the funniest joke of all time (psst
, it's about fish sticks), but Kanye West doesn't get it. An aside: The real Mr. West responded to the episode
, saying, "I'm not actually a huge douche." (Episode: "Fishsticks")
3. Crème Fraiche
South Park takes on America's obsession with the Food Network, equating food porn with, well, real porn. Randy takes over the school cafeteria, where he serves "Asian slaw on flatbread with parmesan aioli" instead of pizza, and launches his own cooking show, Cafeteria Fraiche. ("Crème Fraaaaaiche
" theme song here
.) He soon finds himself facing off in the Hell's Kitchen Nightmares Iron Top Chef Cafeteria Throwdown Ultimate Cookoff Challenge
, complete with cartoon appearances by Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Paula Deen, Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis (and her "perky tats and giant head"), and, of course, the always-melodramatic Jamie Oliver. (Episode: Crème Fraiche)
A song made famous by Miss Hennifer Lopez. "Don't forget the hot sauce, chulu!" (Episode: Fat Butt and Pancake Head)
In one of the most over-the-top-disgusting (meaning: classic) episodes of all time, Cartman gets tricked into buying pubic hair by ninth-grade bully Scott Tenorman. Cartman's ultimate revenge, which takes place at his Chili Con Carnival, is twisted as hell, even for Cartman. (Spoiler: "Do you like your chili Scott? Do you like it? I call Mr. And Mrs. Tenorman chili.") Shiver. (Episode: "Scott Tenorman Must Die")