Finding a food that starts with X was very difficult. There is Xanthan Gum…useful for gluten free cupcakes, but definitely not a main ingredient. Xavier Steak: which has asparagus and Swiss cheese. Those two might be an interesting cupcake combination, but adding meat is a bit…gross? X-treme AirHeads, also gross, but for a different reason. I gave up on finding anything English starting with X and went global.
While researching for this post (after baking), I discovered an Indian curry called Xacuti which would have been very interesting. It contains white poppy seeds, coconut, chilies and various other curry spices.
There are a multitude of Chinese (Mandarin, I think) foods that start with X: xia (shrimp), xiang chang (a sausage), xiang fun (a mushroom), xian rou (bacon), xiaodianxin (cookies). Xiang cao jing is vanilla, but that’s kind of boring. Xigua, I just discovered, is watermelon. I’ve seen unsuccessful results on Cupcake Wars with watermelon.
I finally decided on Xiang Jiao (banana). Banana is a little boring, but I hoped that I could do something to spice it up a bit.
While in Portland one day, we stopped in a chocolate store and I saw a chocolate bar by Xocolatl de David. After a little googling, I discovered that Xocolatl is the Aztec word for chocolate. Chocolate and banana are a great combination.
Stay posted for the end result
Xocolatl Xiang Jiao cake pops!