Last week’s battles have concluded, and what a delicious duking it was. Plenty of votes online and at our printed bracket by the circulation desk determined the 32 foods for this week. Most evenly-matched were 90s favorites Dunkaroos and Gogurt, with cookie-dipping snack Dunkaroos eking by with a three-pointer. The biggest trouncing? Well, Brownies wiped the floor with Peeps at a not-so-subtle 40 to 5. Highest-scoring Brownies came in like a wrecking ball—how will they hold up this week? Plenty of nommy contenders will be taking the court, but a few match-ups stand out. Here are our most appetizing predictions for this round:
Vegetable Fried Rice vs. Fries
Vegetable Fried Rice and Fries are an exciting match-up, since both foods are such delicious sides, but Vegetable Fried Rice packs a punch for its ability to be both a side and a main dish. Fries, however, have a fan base far and wide, satisfying blander palates and foodies who need a reliable base for their toppings and ketchup. While Vegetable Fried Rice can’t be beat for Friday night takeout, I give the game to Fries.
Irish Potatoes vs. Mashed Potatoes
It’s a perfect week for a potato battle, don’t you think? A St. Patrick’s Day match-up sees starchy potatoes and the coconut cream cheese variety go head to head. Mashed potatoes are the perfect comfort food and, like fries, appeal to the plainer mouths and the savory tastes alike. But timing might just be in Irish Potatoes’ favor—with holiday spirit tipping the scales, I could be tempted to give the match to Irish Potatoes. Still, Mashed Potatoes just have too much weight to stand down. I call Mashed for the win, with a wary eye on the underdog.
Brownies vs. Chili Cheese Dogs
Brownies and Chili Cheese Dogs were two of the highest-scoring contenders last week, and I can only see this match-up coming to a seriously tight result. The darling of sweet-tooths and amateur bakers everywhere, Brownies are the homespun kids-next-door. Loyalty and nostalgia weigh heavily in their favor. Chili Cheese Dogs’ flavor stats, however, reign supreme in the bracket. This battle is entirely up for grabs, swinging between the sweet and savory fates. My current hunger says Chili Cheese Dogs by a margin of two.
Spinach vs. Sliced Apples
It’s a compliment to our voters that Spinach and Apples breezed right into week 2, but now, unfortunately, one natural choice must go. The eternal Popeye marketing campaign and its current popularity as a raw salad green make spinach a very tempting prediction. Still, apples are both sweet and healthy, while spinach … well, spinach isn’t always a top-of-mind snack to nibble. With so many varieties to choose from and a satisfying juicy crunch, Apples are gonna send Spinach packing.
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