In case you missed it this week, Stephen Colbert brought us another "Thought for Food." Colbert reminisced about the Nathan's hot dog eat contest and the efforts to rename Asian carp "Kentucky Tuna."
Colbert pointed out that our healthiest state in 2010 — Colorado with a 19.1% obesity rate — has a higher percentage than the fattest state in 1991 — Mississippi with a 15.7% obesity rate. True, the measure of obesity has changed in 19 years. But those numbers scream for a new way to do things: food, exercise, the whole thing.
But Colbert saved the best for last in highlighting Friendly's Grilled Cheese Burger Melt coming in at only 1160 calories. The sandwich is a burger with all the trimmings nestled in between two grilled cheese sandwiches. As Colbert noted:
"It's like your lunch and two other people's lunches are having a three-way in your mouth."
To be fair, Friendly's motto is "Where ice cream makes the meal" so it isn't like the restaurant normally serves healthy food. Friendly's is in 16 states in the East, going as far west as Ohio.
The Grilled Cheese Burger Melt is a variation of the Luther Burger, except the grilled cheese sandwiches replace the donuts.
Colbert invented his only variation: the Mobius Melt, grilled cheese sandwiches shaped like the infinity sign: "You'll never want to stop eating it. And in theory, you never could."
We have missed Thought for Food, and hope Colbert and his staff will come through with more episodes.
UPDATE: There was an emergency addendum to Thought for Food in Thursday's Colbert Report. The subject was Candwich: sandwich in a can. Doesn't sounds too tasty. Makes the Grilled Cheese Burger Melt seem better somehow.