Well, I Never!

A while back I was in the Circle Center Mall with the kiddos and I came across somethin so bizarre…

A corn kiosk:

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You’re all like Wha?!? too, right?

Yes. Corn in a cup.

Overpriced corn in a cup.
It’s frozen, not even fresh. It’s not even locally sourced and then frozen.

“CORN IN A CUP?!? What the actual fuck?!?”
The kids weren’t fazed by this. They were all, “So?”

Fortunately, a pair of elders was nearby, and as I stopped to photograph it, the female elder and I had a lil chat about the fuckery, the highway robbery, the insult to corn itself.

Corn is at most a dollar an ear, here, fresh — FRESH! There are times at the end of summer when you can buy a fresh ear of sweet corn for ten cents! Why the fuck would I buy a ten-ounce cup of corn for six dollars?!?
People do this?!?

Is this Indiana tourism at work? Corn in a cup?!? Are these throughout the corn belt or what?
I gotta tell ya, it felt like a parody. A crime. Sacrilege.

People, Hoosiers do not eat corn in a cup. We eat it boiled fast, simmered slow, roasted on the grill, creamed, charred in a skillet, heavily buttered and salted, ground into meal and grits, popped, WE EVEN EAT CORN CASSEROLE — lotsa, lotsa ways to eat corn — but in all my life I’ve never eaten frozen corn steamed and poured into a cup!
Corn in a cup. Well, I never!

So I looked it up, and apparently, a man from Turkey is responsible for this corn in a cup atrocity. He attributed the idea to similar stands in international markets. For instance, Mexico, where corn on the cob is grilled and topped by street vendors.
Corn on the cob, I think is the key phrase here.
We corn-fed people are partial to our COBS.

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“That corn-in-a-cup thing is pretty big in Europe. It’s a very healthy snack.Β Even if you eat a lot, it doesn’t make you feel bad.”

There are topping choices for the corn.
I’m not even kiddin — hot sauce, parmesan, sour cream, lemon pepper, barbecue sauce. The man from Turkey says he likes his with barbecue sauce and parmesan.

Lawd.

What is the world comin to?

Have you ever? Would you ever? Are you stunned? Bemused? Horrified?

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96 Responses to Well, I Never!

  1. orbthefirst says:

    Nope. Not even. It does remind me of the “taco in a bag” thing though. I just dont get it.

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  2. renxkyoko says:

    I eat corn in the cob a lot…. but I also eat canned corn….. I put it in a bowl and add milk.

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  3. meANXIETYme says:

    Corn in a cup. Learn something new everyday. And then wonder what this world is coming to. *shudders*

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  4. eschudel says:

    Corn on the cob is the BEST! We BBQ it, after it has been slathered in butter and drizzled generously with soy sauce. Try it!!! Delish πŸ™‚

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  5. marianallen says:

    I am thrilled. I would eat that! I would eat it with parmesan, or butter, or lemon pepper, or sour cream. I would WAY eat it with lime and chipotle. I would be all GIMMEE!!! My first choice in corn is fresh. My second is frozen. My third is canned. My fourth is anyhow.

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  6. Nortina S. says:

    Parmesan I can see…maybe, but Parmesan AND BBQ? Now that’s just nasty!

    I’m old fashioned with my sweet corn on the COB. I like it grilled or steamed, spritzed with butter and sprinkled with a little salt, and occasionally paprika and garlic. Mmm. Delicious! ;P

    And of course I’m a southern girl so I gotta have my grits! And yes, I do sometimes char some canned corn in the skillet.

    Only corn in a cup I’ll eat is corn chowder, and it’d better be fresh!

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  7. puppy1952 says:

    Love this post. Here is South Africa we call corn on the cob, “mielies” pronounced “meelees” We boil them, microwave them or wrap them in tinfoil and barbecue them in the “braai” coals. They’re served with butter and salt and pepper. Delicious!

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  8. Prajakta says:

    I uh…. so this concept has been there since years in India. It’s popular in malls and cafeterias and theatres. I thought it was normal… but we get fresh corn. In a cup. Topped with lemon juice and spices.

    *quietly looks around*

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  9. Honest to God, I thought it was some kind of bait vendor. We used corn kernels to catch trout as a kid. It works great too. I would never order frozen corn in a cup, just no.

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  10. Victo Dolore says:

    We call it elote here. It is a Mexican thing and absolutely delicious topped with butter, sour cream, queso fresco, and a pepper paste. Spicy! Mmmmm. I would not, however, pay more than $2.00 for it.

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  11. Are you stunned? Bemused? Horrified? – ALL of the above because Tandoori seasoning is not an option.
    Would I pay $6.00 a cup? pfft. Hell no. Would I pay 6 cents a cup? NO! I do not buy my corn at a food court. I just don’t.
    All I can suggest is to watch that space – if he succeeds, power to him, but I expect that the market decide: cup or cob.

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    • joey says:

      Mmhm, cuppa frozen corn, comin to a mall near you! πŸ˜›
      It opened April 28, and it wasn’t open on a Friday afternoon, so we shall see.

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  12. Ritu says:

    Er.. …. no!!!

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  13. Did you stand in front of that sign and point while laughing hysterically? That’s probably what I would do. What’s next, squash on a stick?

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    • joey says:

      I didn’t laugh, no. I was so stunned and then, obviously mortified by the idea of people buying overpriced frozen corn in a cup, I couldn’t find the humor!
      Squash on a stick is FAR too phallic for Indiana — but, maybe over Pride weekend…

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  14. That corny kiosk would’ve confused me. I also prefer my corn on the cob.

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  15. JT Twissel says:

    Well certainly any kind of corn is healthier than other things they sell at the mall! However, nothing beats fresh corn on the cob. I image Indiana has some of the best but here is NorCal it’s mighty tasty as well!

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  16. LindaGHill says:

    I would say it’s all relative to where you’re from – in Japanese grocery stores, strawberries were $80/dozen – but yeah. If you can buy a quarter pound bag of frozen corn in the grocery store like you do here for $3, somebody’s got a good thing going there.

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  17. As someone who’s married to a Hoosier, I gotta say, “Get that shit outta here!” With any luck, the free market will slap this abomination down, quickly, and leave no sign of its passing. Oh, and ‘yes’ to corn casserole.

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  18. Joanne Sisco says:

    I grew up with a mother who would not and did not eat corn – ever. She said that growing up, corn was animal feed and humans just did not eat corn.
    But I like corn – a lot – and I like mine naked. No butter, no salt, no anything. With a mother who didn’t *serve* corn, I just didn’t know any better, and when I finally did, it didn’t matter.
    Would I buy a cup of corn? Nope … unless it comes as Nortina said, as a chowder.

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    • joey says:

      People seem to forget far too often PEOPLE ARE ANIMALS.
      Well, I feel bad for her, really, cause I think salty butter corn is one of the best things about life πŸ™‚
      How you like your corn naked? That’s the way I like brussel sprouts. Just cooked. No nothin. Oh, sure, they’re good with bacon and vinegar, and with cheese, but I just like mine naked πŸ™‚

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  19. Oh. My. Goodness. You’re so damn funny, Joey. Thanks so much for the giggle. I agree–corn in a cup….with toppings….WTF! πŸ™„

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  20. Luanne says:

    I went all those places you did with it and maybe more: the cobs, the fresh, the price, the GRILLING. Then I thought why not? It’s the toppings we all want anyway, so give me some hot corn with melted butter and salt and pepper. But $3-6? And who would eat the large? Somebody who wants some fancy toilet decoration in the morning?

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  21. No. Corn on the cob for me with butter-n-salt. I will cut it off the cob if I’m being polite, but I’d really rather just eat it right off the cob. Yum!

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  22. loisajay says:

    Next thing you know, frozen peas will be offered. Unbelievable.

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  23. Benson says:

    That is the dumbest thing I have seen. What fools buy that shit?

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  24. bikerchick57 says:

    I can buy a 16 oz bag of frozen organic corn for less than the $3.00 small cup. I don’t eat much corn these days (I’ll make an exception when the fresh corn on the COB is in season), but I would never buy that corn in a cup crap. Nope, never.

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  25. ghostmmnc says:

    I’d not buy corn in a cup at those prices! I like it fine, but I’ll make mine at home, thank you very much. πŸ™‚

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  26. JoAnna says:

    Yuck. The ad is boring AND the bland looking corn appears to be in a STYROFOAM cup. I hate Styrofoam. It does not break down like paper. It just hangs around forever cluttering up the earth. If the corn was in a paper cup, I’d have to be pretty darn hungry to buy it and have no other options. Corn is Soooo much better on the cob when cooked right.

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  27. Erika says:

    What the actual fuck? He better switch over to ice cream or something. This reminds me that I have four ears of fresh corn in the fridge that need to be cooked. If I cook enough other stuff, maybe the heathens won’t touch it and leave it all for me.

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  28. Dan Antion says:

    Those prices are high, but I would probably eat that. With Parmesan. Yeah, I love corn. I’m not sayin it’s a good idea, or that I hope he succeeds, but I’d have a hard time walking by without buying some.

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  29. Ally Bean says:

    Please do not let Ohio see what Indiana is doing. We have lots of corn over here, too. I mean, if you’re going to serve corn, at least have the good sense to pop it and put something yummy on it. Really. What a dumb idea.

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  30. John Holton says:

    You can get somewhere in the neighborhood of what, three whole cans of corn for $3. The guy must have been high when he came up with this idea.

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  31. pluviolover says:

    I only find myself in malls by accident. Nothing good happens there.

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  32. Alice says:

    “Have you ever? Would you ever? Are you stunned? Bemused? Horrified?”

    I think…I’ma let my candy bar do the answering for me on this one:

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  33. larva225 says:

    That’s on par with someone serving “New Orleans/Creole” cuisine in Wyoming. Just absolutely positively fucking NOPE.

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  34. I am sorry to say that I am not that keen on corn, and the thought of it frozen then reheated in a cup does not fill me with joy. no wonder you are so cross about it!

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  35. Laura says:

    Whaaa?? Corn. In a cup. I’m not from your region and *I’m* offended for your people. Good grief.

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  36. My first thought was “wow, that’s some expensive corn” and then to read it isn’t even fresh or local…or even “a thing”. I’m both bemused and horrified at the same time. I’ve seen plenty of grilled corn stands at functions in Florida, even at the Mexico stand at the Local Colors Festival, but in a cup… nope, never have seen that. lol.

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  37. No, just no. Corn in a cup is not a thing in Europe. We like our corn on their god-given cobs! Preferably roasted, with some butter.

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  38. 😦 Corn is breeding people. Unlike most things, it can’t even catch hold in the soil without a human (ok, machine) planting it just so. Reading that book, but you knew that. (“The Omnivore’s Dilemma”. Scary shit.)

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    • joey says:

      Well I did read that book, but I preferred The Botany of Desire.
      I grow corn without machine, without chemicals, so I don’t find it difficult at all, it just needs a nice mound. Still grows wild in some places, ya know.
      Now, Corn as a business, not a fan… truly. Not all about that.
      Still not eatin corn in a freakin cup. *shakes head*

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      • It’s still early days in the book, but I’m rather alarmed. Just like how at first, when your country emerged, people were alcoholics due to cheap corn booze (so much so that the Prohibition was next), now we are all overeaters due to cheap corn-fuelled fast food, sweets and soft drinks. The fact how they oversized our stomachs to make us spend more on food is a crime. Since I’m not American (and usually don’t read stuff like that), I’m appalled and want a revolution, please. The fact that now they try to sell you corn as such, entire, and expensive too, is an especially “nice” touch.

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        • joey says:

          I agree there are issues, and I think the clean eating movement is the revolution.
          Prohibition was early 20th century, and related to early feminism and the temperance movement, not so much corn. Not that moonshine is innocent…

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  39. Skipah says:

    I don’t know what’s worse, the owner of building for clearly committing sacrilege to all Hoosiers with this shit, or the Turkish guy. I’m going with the owner because Turkish guy is just making a buck and came up with the idea. Corn in a cup is the dumbest culinary I have ever heard of, right behind boiled peanuts.

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