Mashup madness: Take a look at some of the craziest food combos found in local cafes, restaurants and doughnut shop 

In the fast-food world, chains are fanatical about capturing lighting in a bottle with bizarre menu concoctions. Taco Bell’s cheesy, egg-stuffed waffle taco, which debuts in 5,500 restaurants Thursday, is the latest mashup earning buzz.

Over the years, these hybrid meals have become menu staples in fast-food restaurants and county fairs – from the crazy-turned-classic Egg McMuffin at McDonald’s to Chicken Charlie’s Krispy Kreme sloppy joe.

But in today’s Food Network-obsessed world, whimsical mashups are gaining respect – and momentum – beyond the drive-through lane. Wacky foods are landing on the menus of gourmet burger chains, indie ice cream shops and Walt Disney theme parks. The fusion trend, in part, can be blamed on the Cronut.

When the croissant-doughnut pastry debuted last year at an upscale New York bakery, it sparked a social media frenzy – as well as a string of copycats. Orange County’s Bruxie also can be credited for elevating food mashups with its “bold fold” waffle sandwiches.

So in honor of Taco Bell’s waffle taco, we’ve compiled a list of uber-crafty mashups found in Orange County.

Milky Bun

This mashup makes so much sense, you have to wonder why more restaurants don’t do it. The Milky Bun is a halved doughnut (glazed or unglazed) stuffed with ice cream atAfters in Fountain Valley. It went viral as food blogs, including Huffington Post’s, spotted the dessert last month when Afters opened. Created by local fashion entrepreneurs Andy Nguyen of IMKing and Scott Nghiem of Thorocraft, the Milky Bun uses a large, dense “doughnut bun” capable of holding scoops of ice cream without causing a mess, Nghiem said. More sweet concoctions are in the works, he promises. Address: 18030 Brookhurst St.