If this post doesn’t make you hungry, I’ll eat my hat! The question is, which hat? I actually only have a few, being a tichel kind of girl most of the time…. Give me a few minutes, and I’ll scare up one of these tasty toppers.
- Nacho hat - Imagine a sombrero made out of a hard taco shell. Create a bowl-shaped depression on the crown, fill it with flavorful melted cheese, and presto, you have a nacho hat. Well, sort of. From what I can tell, the idea of a nacho hat was invented for an episode of The Simpsons - but it tickled so many people’s fancy (and taste buds) that people came up with ways to make them. If you Google “nacho hat recipe,” you’ll find a few tutorials (with pics!). Whether or not you want to put a large cracker topped with sauce on your head is another question, but I’m sure it’s tasty.
- Tutti-Frutti Hat - Carmen Miranda was a Brazilian actress best known (nowadays) for the fruity headdresses she wore, especially in the 1943 movie The Gang’s All Here; she performed a number called “The Girl in the Tutti-Frutti Hat.” She wasn’t the first person to put fruit on her head (fake fruits and vegetables were popular hat trimmings as early as the 1890′s), but she was certainly the most notorious.
- Hamantaschen - These are my personal favorite. If you haven’t had the delightful triangular filled cookies, you’ve been missing out. Hamantaschen are a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish treat made for the Purim holiday. The word is Yiddish for “Haman’s ears,” but for some reason is often associated with his hat. I don’t know why! Maybe someone made the connection between the three-cornered cookies and tricorn hats some time in the 18th century?
- Cheesehead hat - if you’re from Wisconsin, you’ll recognize this one, worn by fans of the Green Bay Packers football team. ”Cheesehead” started out as an insulting term for people from Wisconsin (where they make a lot of cheese), but WI-ers took back the term and made it cool by wearing foam cheese-shaped hats to games. Well, maybe it’s not cool, but at least now people think it refers to football.