So maybe the chance to taste the flaky spawn of a doughnut and croissant won’t get you lining up at the crack of dawn. Maybe you’re holding out for a burger nestled between fried ramen noodles. Or perhaps it’s the elusive McRib that moves you.
Whatever flies your foodie flag, it’s hard to deny that Americans love feeling part of something deliciously exclusive, that they clamor to taste trendy, hard-to-get morsels.
‘‘It’s very much getting that badge of honor,’’ Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief at Epicurious.com, says of recent food crazes that have seen people lined up for hours to get a so-called Cronut or ramen burger. ‘‘It’s the trophy mentality. They can brag to their friends and family, and say ‘It’s great, it’s not so great.’ It gives you bragging rights.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.