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RANT: Elite “Ate”

blackberry cobbler

Warm Blackberry Cobbler                                                                                                 

with Vanilla Ice Cream


Mom’s Carrot Cake

carrot cake


ice cream sandwiches

Groove Ice Cream  Cookie Sandwiches            


Girl Scout Cookie Formerly known as Samoas


It’s Basketball season.

And being from North Cackalacki, ACC territory, I’ve been watching an unhealthy amount of Basketball. And speaking of unhealthy,  I’ve decided to make a bracket for the top unhealthy sweet foods I crave.  My “Elite Ate” Desserts, if you will.

Over the years, hundreds of desserts have battled it out with my taste buds for a chance to reign supreme.  I’ve been a pretty generous committee in years past, but this year’s tournament is proving more competitive, less processed and more delectable than ever!

Not all desserts that have made it to this year’s “Elite Ate” are the most delicious.  And the majority are not at all nutritious!  Many made it this far in the tournament by being tenaciously tasty, like Mom’s famous Carrot Cake, who would not have made it without the all-star ingredient: Cream Cheese Icing.

Some, like the Girl Scout Cookies formally known as Samoas, who beat the Swiss Miss Cake Rolls in the first round, got a bid solely because they were childhood favorites.

Krispy Kreme donuts put a snackdown on the ever-satifying Snickers bars, beating them in the Sweet Sixteen.  Those ‘Hot-and-Now’ glazed treasures are tough to beat, as they consistently bring the triple double (cheap, sweet, and ridiculously yummy to eat). But watch out for the Dark Chocolate Chips & Walnuts, known for their healthy, yet effective defense on cravings.

Groove Ice Cream Sandwich bars are a neophyte favorite, with their HFCS-free ice cream offense and their delicious homemade double cookie defense.  They will be a tough match up for Salt and Straw Ice Cream Pints, who are the returning Champions; small-batch and all-natural, they are expected to go far again this year.  I look forward to a sample of the fantastically fun recipes in their playbook!

So what’s in your Elite Ate?

krispy kreme

Krispy Kreme Hoy & Now      





Chocolate Chips & Walnuts          


SALT & STRAW Designer Ice Cream 

salt & Straw

3 comments on “RANT: Elite “Ate”

  1. All Seasons Cyclist
    March 29, 2013

    mmm … Baklava! I keep telling my wife that I travel to Turkey and Greece to do important research on ancient civilizations — but she knows I really go there for the Baklava! On the isle of Santorini they have Baklava dipped in dark chocolate (I refer to it as “diabetes on a plate”).

    • rantsrulesandrecipes
      March 30, 2013

      that’s great!
      baklava dipped in dark chocolate would definitely win my tourney bracket!

  2. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    April 2, 2015

    I am jealous of both your travels and All Seasons Cyclist’s travels! You both have gotten to eat some fantastic stuff! Elite “Ate.” Good one! LOL!

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