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Grilled Cheese No-Bubble?

Monday, February 16, 2015 21:59 No Comments

To quote the article: …with the goal of becoming the largest operator in the gourmet grilled cheese space. Surely we should have known there *was* such as thing as a “grilled cheese space”? That said, I am a big fan of food trucks – they are very successful at a Mom-and-Pop entrepreneurial level, serving urban [...]

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Crumbs & GoPro: Malinvestment x 2, But Blame Short Sellers. Booyah!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 16:15 8 Comments

Forbes on the crumbling of Crumbs (bold emphasis mine): Back in July 2011, Crumbs went public in a reverse merger at just over $13 per share. At approximately $60 million market cap, Crumbs wasn’t huge, but that was a hefty price given the chain only had about 35 stores. Trouble came just about a month after [...]

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I Called the Cupcake Bubble Bust. And It Leaves Behind Crumbs.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 13:36 4 Comments

I called the cupcake bubble back in 2009. Post-economic bust, what started rising from the economy’s ashes was a series of economic “successes” whose popularity made no sense in an economy that was awash with bubble-bust carnage. Cupcakes were the most obvious an imminent mishap. Later on, as cupcake pandemonia took firm hold and media stories [...]

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Cupcakes 6 Feet Under? Thank Goodness!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 23:14 5 Comments

I have written often on the silliness of the whole cupcake craze that has swept America in recent years. My earliest cupcake-bashing post goes back to 2009. Finally, folks are declaring that the cupcake craze was indeed a bubble and it was indeed ludicrous. Yahoo writes, “More Evidence That the Gourmet Cupcake Bubble Has Popped.” Forbes [...]

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Conan O’Brien on the Cupcake Bubble

Sunday, March 25, 2012 20:42 1 Comment

Conan tweets on cupcakes. See my cupcake archive.

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Cupcake Vending Machines

Sunday, March 4, 2012 14:03 5 Comments

Sprinkles, a chain that sells gourmet cupcakes for the perpetually adolescent crowd, is coming out with the 24-hour diabetes cupcake vending machine. I wonder if the company will soon be a sponsor of the ADA? The gentleman in the video below, a boom-bubble cupcake entrepreneur, calls the cupcake a vehicle for instant gratification. No kidding! Look [...]

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Hold the Play-Doh

Saturday, February 25, 2012 9:46 2 Comments

What a wonderful Groupon-type thingy for the adolescent Mickey D’s adherents who can’t give up their child food – even when they have their cupcakes. Introducing the hamburger cupcake (macaron?). This is the sort of thing I used to make with Play-Doh as a kid. But now, in the age of never growing up, it’s [...]

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Cupcake Bubble Psychology

Saturday, February 11, 2012 15:16 No Comments

Here is an article in the Washington Post, believe it or not, describing America’s infatuation with the cupcake: “The Psychology of Cupcakes.” “Cupcake culture has been iconic in the U.S. for 100 years,” says Steve Abrams, co-owner of New York’s Magnolia Bakery. American recipes for cake baked in small cups and the term “cup cake” [...]

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Chicken Wing Cupcakes or Raccoon’s Ass?

Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:46 No Comments

You can’t make this stuff up. Be very prepared…. From an article in USA Today: I was thinking about the Super Bowl. What goes with the Super Bowl but chicken wings? And I said, ‘Oh, a chicken wing cupcake, Rachel?’ And I tried five or six recipes and the last recipe when I was ready to [...]

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Most Irritating Food Trends of 2011

Monday, January 2, 2012 12:30 1 Comment

This is a delightful and hilarious rundown of some irritating food trends from Chris Schott. Number 2 gets a huge nod from me. 2. Cupcakes Need I even explain this one? Dainty shops specializing in the miniature frosted desserts now seem more common than the corner Chinese-chicken-pizza-subs carry-outs that have dominated D.C. for decades. In [...]

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