Simon Woosterfield: Why are these noodles orange?
Marge: I made it with Cheetos, just like you like it. If the sauce is too thick, I can add more root beer.
Simon Woosterfield: Maybe I’m just not hungry.
– Double, Double, Boy in Trouble (The Simpsons Season 20 – Episode 3)
Let’s start with the obvious first, this episode is terrible but the Cheeto Root Beer Noodles recipe is hilarious and so I decided to make it. But I want to briefly discuss the episode first, because it just illustrates all that is broken with later season episodes of The Simpsons. Bart discovers he has an identical twin! And they switch lives for a while, which I think is the first time this idea has ever been done in the history of storytelling. It’s such a lazy concept that it’s inadvertently parodying a much better episode: The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase. “And did someone say long-lost triplets?”
I’m guessing that Season 20 Simpsons writers just decide to go with this because…honestly I don’t know why. So Bart switches lives with Simon Woosterfield and Simon is less than impressed with Marge’s cooking one Bart’s favorite dishes. The thing is, I could see Cheeto Root Beer Noodles being something that a 10 year old boy would enjoy eating. As for me, I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t hate this as much as I thought I would.
- Root Beer
- Hot Dogs
Boil noodles until they are al dente, if you want to save time and water, boil the hot dog in the same water as the noodles. Pulverize Cheetos until they form a powder. Add Cheetos powder to a saucepan and slowly pour in root beer. Add noodles and mix until they are well combined. If the sauce is too thick, add more root beer. When the sauce reaches desired thickness, add sliced hot dogs.
Full confession: I actually ate this whole plate. It tasted ok, I was hungry, one thing just lead to another! It was a little too sweet with the root beer, but overall the cheesy / hot dog combination worked pretty well. If I had a choice between watching the episode this recipe inspired or eating Cheeto Root Beer Noodles again, I think I would have to go for the food.
Cromulence: 6 Daily Growls out of 10
Cheetos Root Beer Noodles Recipe From: Double, Double, Boy in Trouble (The Simpsons Season 20 – Episode 3)