The following is credited to the site Now I Know

In 1997, the Hanson brothers — Zac, Taylor, and Isaac and their gloriously long hair — hit musical paydirt with the song “MMMbop.” If you were alive in 1997, you’ve certainly heard the song, as it topped the charts in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Sweden, and Switzerland. More than 15 years later, the double platinum single’s video has nearly 20 million views on YouTube. The song was more than simply popular. It was a phenomenon.

And, a torturous fundraising tool.

In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans and caused significant damage elsewhere in the Gulf of Mexico region. Overall, it is the costliest of Atlantic hurricanes to date, by a large margin, causing an estimated $125 billion in damage. (The next most costly, Hurricane Sandy, caused a comparatively smaller $68 billion.) Many communities around the country and the world mobilized to help, and schools were no exception. One school in particular, Delone Catholic High School in the 3,000-person borough of McSherrystown, Pennsylvania, enlisted the help of the Hanson trio. The band just didn’t know it.

Upon suggestion of the student body government, as reported by CBS News, the school decided to play MMMbop over the intercom system every day before school began, between classes, and during lunch. That’s a lot of mmmbop badoo ba dop ba doo bop for the 650 or so students to handle, which is the point. The only way for the 14- to 18-year-olds to stop the music? Raise $3,000 for Katrina relief.

The gambit worked. The students raised over $3,500 and the music stopped. Hanson themselves appreciated the gesture, even if it was at their expense — they matched the donation and gave each of Delone’s students a copy of their then-recent album, Underneath.

Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue

Photo Dec 31, 6 40 37 PM copy - Featured Size

I remember that song as being pretty cheesy. You know where I am going with this based on the picture above, right?

Photo Dec 31, 4 12 54 PM

I made this earlier in the year for a get-together and it was a bigger hit than mmmBop!

Photo Dec 31, 6 40 41 PM

So many things to dip into hot cheese: apples, bread, Almondina.

Photo Dec 31, 6 40 46 PM

So gooey and rich.

Photo Dec 31, 6 40 58 PM

And more golden than Hanson’s hair!

Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue

prep 15 M ∙ cook 15 M ∙ makes 4 ∙ source


  • 2 cup Coors Light beer
  • 8 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 8 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 8 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 24 ounces medium-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces Emmentaler Swiss cheese
  • 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour


If you are using an electric fondue pot, turn it on to medium; otherwise use a double boiler to heat up this mixture. Place beer, garlic, dry mustard, and Worcestershire in the pot and combine well. Shred or cube the cheeses and toss with flour, coating the cheese well. (The flour will help thicken the sauce.) When the beer mixture is warm, add one-third of the cheese and whisk very well. Once the cheese has been incorporated well, add half of the remaining cheese and whisk in very well. Add the remaining cheese and whisk until nice and smooth.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Categories: appetizer, Beer, Cheese3, French, kosher, Low Carb, New Years, Recipes, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

Check out the best recipes at

2 Comments on “MMMNOT!”

  1. September 23, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    I have a fondue set that I’ve never used. Maybe I should try this!


  2. September 24, 2014 at 2:09 am #

    There used to be a “busker” in Leuven in Belgium (home to the Stella Artois brewery) who employed a broadly similar tactic. He used to haunt the main city square.

    His weapon of choice was a battered old guitar. He knew 2 chords – one was possibly C Major, the other one wasn’t. He used to play them at hi-tempo, and shout “Hey!” during seemingly randomly placed pauses in the frantic strumming.

    He clearly knew how irritating he was, and would “perform” until paid to go elsewhere, which in practice meant the table next to yours.

    He had his standards, however, and would not budge until he’d pocketed a minimum of 50 eurocents…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: