What’s better than coming home at the end of a long day and curling up with a bag of your favorite chips?? We all have one secret junk food that we just can’t resist. I have an obsession with pretzels and goldfish, once I start eating them I can’t stop! The history of junk food is not a long one but has become a huge part of American culture.

Junk food began to pop up in the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century when electricity and machines became easier to come by. Companies were able to cut labor costs with the new machines and mass produce their products.

Companies continued to cut costs by using cheaper quality ingredients with less nutritional value. Gum, candy and snack food were around long before this time, but it wasn’t made in mass quantities and available throughout the country. The term “junk food” didn’t come around until the early 1970s.

By the late 1990s and early 2000s, junk food was a staple for snacks in most households. Regardless of how you (or your clothes) feel about eating junk food, it’s something everybody loves now and then.

What’s your favorite junk food to snack on?

Junk Food Cupcake

Ingredients

Cupcake

  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour.
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 cup Brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract, pure
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Sour cream
  • 3 eggs, at room temp.

Frosting

  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 3 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 stick of shortening
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • Directions

    For the cupcake

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cupcake tin with liners.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk the oil and sugars together until combined.
    3. Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
    4. Add the sour cream and vanilla, and whisk until combined.
    5. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt, and stir until just combined. Batter will be thick.
    6. Stir in the warm water just until combined.
    7. Evenly put batter into each of the cupcake liners. Bake for 25- 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes clean.
    8. Let cool before frosting, tasty!

    For the frosting

    1. Beat the butter and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium- high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
    2. Reduce speed to low and beat in the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, increasing the speed to medium-high.
    3. Repeat with the remaining cup, beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla and milk.
    4. Fill plastic piping bag with frosting with the tip of your choice.You can use any tip like this Wilton Decorating Open Star Icing Tip 4B
    5. Begin piping on each cupcake in whatever design you want! Enjoy!