ThisIsWhyYou’reFat reigned supreme as king of all that was artery clogging on the internet. It was a noble rule consisting of pictures that were, thankfully, only feasts for the eyes. The site handled culinary Frankensteins such as baked goods the size of pizzas, foods stuffed into foods and covered in foods, and bacon courting every dish in its kingdom.
But the minds of Epic Meal Time felt that wasn’t extreme enough. What the internet needed was a cooking show. Inspiration hit when their host, Harley Morenstein, received a flood of responses from an old video of him putting together and eating a Wendy’s burger gussied up with 6 patties and 18 strips of bacon. Together with his friends Sterling Toth, Muscle Glasses, Josh Elkin, Dave Heuff, and Tyler Lemco, he began putting together weekly videos.
What followed was an instant hit. Harley and his friends are some funny guys and watching them put together foods that break the 100,000 calorie barrier would have anyone’s curiosity piqued. In a society ruled by calorie counting and self-consciousness in the face of The Obesity Crisis, watching their videos is almost cathartic for some people. Like the content of ThisIsWhyYou’reFat, people have jokingly called the videos “food porn”. The content is largely food most people would never eat, either for the sake of their own health, or because no one in their right mind would put together the ingredient list needed to create Meat Salad or FourLoko Chili.
Remove yourself from the equation and have four or five other guys (and some girls) chowing down, however, and you’ve got a show. Over the past few months, they’ve added two or three more animals to the Turducken, created chocolate crepes the size of tables, invented platters of fast food sushi, and even built a fort made of meat and starches with a moat made of melted cheese.
If you’re a calorie conscious stickler, their videos might not be for you. However, it’s hard for fans of cooking shows, the generally curious, or the hungry to resist watching once they’ve started. Below are two favorites from the Epic Meal Time archive.