(Mega Meat Dogs via Three Dogs BBQ)

There’s no wrong time to ever enjoy a good, old-fashioned hot dog but there is also never a wrong time to explore creative possibilities with the classic food. In fact, July is probably the best month to let your hot dog dreams loose since its National Hot Dog Month!

What better time is there to go a little extreme with your dog or maybe show off your geeky side and add a pop culture theme to your food? After the break see some of the most intense hot dogs that you can try making to celebrate this doggone month!

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Instant Ramen Noodles are a tasty treat and so is pudding, but combining the two? That’s apparently all the rage in Taiwan right now and the guys over at RocketNews24 decided to give it a try.

First you make instant Ramen noodles just like normal, then you add in the custard and mix it all up. They say that the resulting concoction is a “pleasant experience” with “a nice blend of salty and sweet and the hot noodles and cool pudding balanced out to a comfortably warm temperature.”

I’ll have to take their word for it.

See another picture after the break.

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doritos cupcakes

While we’ve seen Mountain Dew cupcakes before, the fact that Nerdy Nummies host Rosanna Pansino added Doritos to the recipe and created a video for you to follow took things up a notch. We can’t decide if this is disgusting or amazing, but it is definitely a treat that gamers can appreciate.

Check out the video and a list of ingredients after the break.

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Twinkies are back and they’re more popular than ever. Since July 2013, Hostess has cranked out some 500 million Twinkies and demand is still growing. So, to commemorate the Twinkies’ comeback, Hostess is unveiling a new edition of their The Twinkies Cookbook. Hostess would also like Twinkie fans to contribute recipes for this new book, which will be released in 2015 to coincide with the Twinkie’s 85th birthday.

If you have a great recipe idea, head on over to and submit it. You can also tweet your recipe by using the hashtag #TwinkieCookbook or by giving a shout-out to @Hostess_Snacks. The deadline is July 31st. Good luck!

animal crossing apron

When you’re making recipes from video games, there’s no reason to stop your theming with the food. The Wild Bunny takes it a step further and creates aprons to match whatever she’s making. For example, she recently made an Animal Crossing birthday cake that looks just like one from the cute game. To complement it, she made an apron like shop owner Tom Nook’s. Yes, it is adorable.

She’s taken similar approaches to games like Minecraft, BioShock Infinite, Metroid, and more!

See more of The Wild Bunny’s fantastic and creative work after the break.

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Adding Nutella to anything makes it tastier (steak, plywood, granite, you name it). But if you add a Nutella glaze to a Nutella doughnut, it’s a scientific fact that you’ll create a treat that’s so tasty, it’ll shatter the space-time continuum with its deliciousness. Are you prepared to unleash that kind of chaos on the universe?

Are you?

If so, then you’ll want to check out this video from The Vegetarian Baker. The recipe for the Nutella Doughnuts was sourced from Jaclyn Bell of Cooking Classy, and it looks beyond amazing. Enjoy!

Watch the video after the break…

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Pokémon Lava Cookies . Photo via Gourmet Gaming.

There’s something especially delicious about how food and drink look in video games. Whether it’s something you pick up to replenish health or it’s something you just see during gameplay, there’s a part of every gamer that wonders just what they might taste like. If you’re a gamer who also loves to cook you might actually spend time thinking about how you can make these things a reality - so why not try? Whether or not you have experience cooking, there are lots of resources out there that can help you bring these from your console to the dinner table!

For example, Gourmet Gaming and The Geeky Chef offer game-inspired recipes that will have you eager to cook and replay your favorite games. Find out how these game-loving foodies started out, get their tips for combining these interests, and try four delicious recipes for yourself after the break!

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dorne feast

Armed with A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook, Rachel makes lavish feasts for show watching with friends.

This week she picked Dorne and seriously went to town.

Head after the break to see the Mediterranean inspired dishes of Dorne.

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Netflix original series Orange is the New Black takes place at Litchfield prison. The setting may not seem like it would inspire a cookbook, but the kitchen is a popular location in the show, and Abrams Books is leveraging that and releasing Orange is the New Black: The Cookbook. From the description:

Staffed and run by a band of misfit inmates, the kitchen at Litchfield is in many ways the center of the popular show Orange Is the New Black—a setting for camaraderie, drug smuggling, power struggles, and plot twists. And then there is the food. With 65 recipes, 12 sidebars that expand upon the fiction of the show, and 60 photographs from the show featuring favorite characters and memorable moments, Orange Is the New Black: The Cookbook adds new dimensions to any fan’s obsession.

The recipes cover three square meals a day, plus snacks/sides, desserts, and drinks. They include Red’s Chicken Kiev, Miss Claudette’s Coconut Cake, and Prison Punch. The sidebars include Taystee’s sug­gested prison reading list, the recipe for Red’s Homemade Homeopathic Remedies, and a prison glossary.

Chock full of in-depth information about the show, including recipe headnotes by the characters, DIY projects that emulate notable props, and prison factoids that help bring the show to life, this cookbook will bring a little piece of Litchfield right into your very own kitchen.

While the book will cover food seen in the series, it could also feature recipes from the characters’ lives before prison. Look for it to arrive on October 14th 2014.

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In honor of Episode VII and all the general Star Wars talk this month, Critical Hit Cocktails came up with a brand new, Jawa-themed recipe for you all to try out. Just so you know, the Jawa word “utinni” roughly translates to “This beverage has a strong alcoholic content, so do not operate an X-34 landspeeder or try to bull’s-eye womp rats in a T-16 while consuming it.”

I’m pretty sure that’s right. Anyway, enjoy the cocktail and remember to pick up those pesky power converters on your way home!

Watch the video after the break…

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