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Jul 25, 2006 09:46 PM

What childhood foods have you outgrown?


The other day I made myself a fluffernutter sandwich, thinking that because I enjoyed it as a kid, I would enjoy it as an adult. Wrong! It was disgusting.

Which got me thinking about this topic ...

Foods I loved as a child, but have outgrown:

1. Fluffernutter sandwich
2. Hot dogs with mayo and ketchup
3. Kool-Aid and Tang
4. Cheez Whiz and Fritos corn chips

  1. Spaghettios and those Chef Boy-Ardi canned pastas. EW!!
    I still like Kraft Mac and Cheese though!

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    1. re: AnneM

      I will always love my Kraft Mac and Cheese :-)

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      2. Bubble gum ice cream!

        My boyfriend had been talking up Vienna sausages forever, which I had never experienced. Finally he bought some, & was so excited to have me try the little nuggets of sausagy goodness that he remembered so fondly from his childhood. He was absolutely aghast at the nasty, slippery little faux-meet chunks. So, naturally, he's decided that sometime between the 70's & now they must have dramatically changed the product :)

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        1. re: Hunicsz

          Oh, those vienna sausages are nasty (I won't even say what they look like!) My boyfriend's grandma has a whole pantry of them! Urp!

          Definitely with you on the bubble gum ice cream! My rather gruff Grandpa always used to take me to B&R when I was little, and I would always get something different and he would always get Pralines N' Cream. Well, after a few bites, I would always turn to him and sweetly say, "Grandpa, can we switch?!" After I ordered the bubble gum ice cream one time, he said he would never switch with me again, and if I wanted Pralines N' Cream, I had just better order it myself!! :-)

          Things that I've outgrown:
          - Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pop Tarts
          - Top Ramen
          - Nutri-grain bars (My mom would never let me have these when I was little, because they were "too expensive!" Now, I think, what's the big deal?!)

          1. re: Hunicsz

            As the products have changed, so has my grandma; she now buys the "lil smokeys" that are sold by boarshead and the like in the refrigerated hotdog section. She still eats them cold right out of the package, not something I could ever do! Grandmas, gotta love them!

            1. re: Hunicsz

              These little pups have always been nasty! I vividly remember tasting one at a slumber party back in the early sixties -- extreme disgust. Why do people eat these things?

            2. 1. Big Macs - I swear they were bigger 10 years ago.
              2. Chef Boyardee canned pastas. Can't believe I ever liked them
              3. Oscar Mayor Bologna and hot dogs. (not fit to feed the animals they come from.

              1. I think there's an on-going process of outgrowing foods - not just from childhood, but because our palates expand as we learn more, and technology (from transport to packaging) and newly gained knowledge changes things. Once you have real ramen, the instant noodles are a real drag. Once you have real fish and chips, Long John Silver's becomes the furthest thing from your mind.

                That doesn't mean that you can't go back and appreciate something from your past, but perhaps that you have a new perspective on what, where, and when that particular food was all about. Maybe it's something your parents liked or thought of as being great - maybe it's something that the entire country thought was great at one time, but that we've collectively learned so much more about - like Morton's Salisbury Steak TV Dinner or a Dunkin Donuts jelly donut. I recently read an article that said that DD used to make 80% of their profits from donuts in the 1970's, but that they make over 65% of their profits from coffee today. That's a collective paradigm shift - doesn't mean I don't crave a DD jelly donut once in a while.

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                1. re: applehome

                  TV dinners ... I remember I used to salivate over the Swanson's Salisbury Steak Dinner with the compartmentalized mashed potatoes, green peas, and cranberry-thingy for dessert ... ah, memories ...

                  1. re: applehome

                    Good thought....I like to think that my tastes have changed a lot but sometimes I think that the process for making the foods we once loved changes to make it cheaper and takes away some of the flavors we used to love.

                  2. I'm pretty much done with sugary cold cereals. Captain Crunch, Sugar Smacks (now Honey Smax I think), and Apple Jacks were some of my faves. I agree with the others about Chef Boy-ar-dee stuff, although now that I'm thinking about the Spagetti-o's with little hot dog slices, my mouth is getting watery...

                    I think I've recently broken a lifelong addiction to Coke (the brown liquid kind). This new allergy medicine I'm on makes it taste wierd.

                    I also haven't had a hostess fruit pie in decades... so that's good I guess.

                    Man, I ate crappy as a kid.

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                    1. re: The Engineer

                      Agreed on most of the sugary cereals, but I still like Cinnamon Toast Crunch!! :-)