Hola Chulas y Chulos. How’s it chancleando? My chancla and I are in heaven right now because it’s actually chancla-weather in San Francisco. This has got us all excited about outdoor possibilities, which brings us to the topic of this week’s The Flying Chancla Report: elotes. I know it seems like a jump to go from chancla-weather to elotes, but not really.
Case in point:
See?Chancla-weather and elotes go well together.
So anygüeys, my chancla and I were trolling the We Are MiTú FB page (disclosure: I am a freelance writer for their website) and came across this post:
Do you see what I am seeing? They are elotes, but with sweet toppings on them. My chancla and I were so intrigued and had so many questions like: Are these real? Is this a joke? Am I crazy for wanting to try them? My chancla can’t try them because she’s a chancla and chanclas can’t eat?
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We knew we had some investigating to do, but first we checked out a few of the comments on the Facebook post because we wanted to know how people were reacting and OMAIGA. The first comment that jumped out at us was this one:
What kind of hipster bullshit is this? Let me guess, they charge a ridiculous amount and try to get the carts shut down so they can corner the market. First the paletas, now this. Destroying culture one “trend” at a time.
Ouch! Poor hipsters; they get blamed for everything. So then my chancla and I were really curious if this kind of elote dulce concoction was hipster-invented or not and a little lower on the thread we found this comment:
Literally this is only a problem in the US. They do this in Querétaro where I live too and people aren’t acting like it’s causing an identity crisis. Just relax. It’s corn.
Ah-ha! So they aren’t a joke. They are an actual thing and not invented by U.S. hipsters trying to appropriate elote culture, but something that presumably originated in Mexico.
A few investigative clicks later we found ourselves at the E-Lokos FB Page where we saw this:
Oh-MAIZE-Gah! One of them has Nutella on it and I’m sorry haters, but Nutella tastes good on just about everything so back the f@ck off.
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From what my chancla and I were able to gather online, these are the brain-child of Cynthia Montserrat Díez from Huejutla de Reyes in Hidalgo, Mexico. She makes and sells some very interesting riffs on elote, which traditionally features corn on a stick covered in mayo, cheese and hot sauce. Díez’s elote creations tend to be more on the savory side like this one that appears to be covered in crumbled Flamin Hot Cheetos:
However, she’s not afraid to make sweet versions either.
She’s gotten a lot of press and attention for her elote creativity, but not all of it is good. She takes the criticism in stride, though and suggests that people who don’t like her creations, don’t buy them. Simple as that folks.
Honestly, why get your chonies in a bunch over something like this? There are real problems in the world and what toppings should be allowed on elotes isn’t one of them.
That’s it for this week’s The Flying Chancla Report. I love you mucho and remember, spread love, not chanclazos!
Are you an elote purist or would you be willing to take a ride on the elote wild side?