I never thought my car would smell like a state fair -- but then I ordered a box of funnel cake sticks at the Burger King drive-thru.
The newest product from BK runs you $1.79 for a package of nine cigarillo-shaped cakes that come with a container of icing. They smell just like the delicacies on that grease-laden paper plate at the fair, but don't deliver the same hot fat punch that one expects from a fried dough relative.
In shape and texture, these would be better labeled as funnel cake fries. They have the same starchiness and give of a Burger King french fry and are also a bit mushy, like overcooked fries.
They taste like an improperly sweetened churro. I kept waiting for more sweetness -- there was ample powdered sugar in the box -- but none arrived.
The included icing certainly adds a blast of sweetness, but it comes with an undercurrent of something chemically that's only enhanced because the funnel cake sticks don't really taste of anything. While these weren't entirely unpleasant to eat, they feel like a binge dieter's compromise: State fair season is long gone, but the dieter just needs a slight fix -- any fix -- to get them through to the next season.
For a product with such olfactory promise, these sticks failed to meet the standards I never knew I had.