Advantages All my favourite foods....supersized
Disadvantages They don't sell the edible results for me to indulge in
"Pimp My Ride" was originally an American show on MTV where a team of pimpers would take a viewer's clapped out old banger and restore and customize it into a unique new being. The show now has a UK version out, and the concept is growing.PimpMySnack is not about cars - it's a wonderful interpretation of the theme, and uses sweet and savoury snack foods instead of motor vehicles. On the site the meaning of 'pimp' has also evolved a bit - though it can sometimes mean 'to jazz up and make really special', it can also mean 'to supersize', and supersize they do, to great effect.
Let's start at the beginning. The website ("created on a whim on 3rd April 2006") is a forum where the motto is 'bigger is better'. It is a recipe site with a difference, with all the recipes here being for how to make gigantic versions of well-known snacks, such as Mars bars and Jaffacakes and Polos. And when I saw gigantic, I mean GIGANTIC. Imagine, if you will, a chocolate button
I think the beauty of the site is that it's so homemade, just like the products. The photos show you people's own kitchens, tell you which supermarkets they shop at, what their taste in décor is, things like that. The descriptions which accompany the recipes are straightforward enough for you to try this at home if you wish, but invariably come out in a humourous accent. You only have to look at one of the recipes where, having run out of chocolate bars, the chefs steal their kids' Easter eggs to see this. Cue a shot of a child faking some tears (I hope!) as the eggs go into the melting pot. The thing that shines through most is that the people writing and creating on the site really do love their chocolates and sweets - more than a few recipes include comments such as "make sure you don't eat too much of the mixture at this stage or you'll end up on a mad dash to the shop like I did".
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