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Mar 19, 2008 06:43 AM

Guilty Pleasure

I love food. Reading about it, cooking it, experimenting, etc. Grew up with foodie parents. I was making osso buco for show and tell... ok.. that might be an exaggeration...

Despite all this fancy shi-shi food stuff, I am a moth to the light when it comes to spice drops and Hot Tamales. I swear I could go through an entire package of each in one sitting. I can't help myself. What's your guilty pleasure? My sister's is spray cheese and Lucky Charms. Seriously.

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    Swedish Fish

    Whoppers (Burger King, not the candy)

    The fake gloppy cheese substance you get on "nachos" at concession stands.

    I haven't had it in a few years, but I used to LOVE Underwood Deviled Chicken in a can with plain yellow mustard on white bread.

    Fruity Pebbles

    I LOVE me some Taco Bell.

    Cold pizza

    I think popeyes spicy chicken is WAAAAAY better cold than it is hot.

    Arby's fish sandwiches with the spicy sauce.

    Canned sardines with vinegar, and tabasco with sliced onion on crackers.

    Velveeta "chile con queso" dip.

    Archway oatmeal/pecan cookies
    I have a host of friends, and colleagues who would not believe this list in a million years! I'm known as somewhat of a food snob, but really, I am not. I just hate it when foods are over-prepared, or corners are cut when they do not need to be. I also hate it when I go to a restaurant, and have to overpay for something I could make better at home.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      gordeaux - i totally forgot about sardines!! OMG. my dad and i used to eat sardines with deli mustard on saltines. YES!

      1. re: RUNNERFEMME

        My grandpa loved his sardines w/ raw onion, and for breakfast!!! (he was a baker so his breakfasts were usually consumed @midnight anyway, so it really didn't seem odd to any of us)

      2. re: gordeaux

        oh i forgot about the Velveeta "chile con queso" dip. like that one too. my aunt does this version with ground beef and, i think, refried beans... not sure... it's a glorious mess, though. :)

        1. re: mrsjenpeters

          I am a sucker for anything with Velveeta, especially shells and cheese. In fact, mac and cheese (with processed cheese) is one of my major guilty pleasures. I also love Goldfish crackers, Cheetos, Doritoes and any other kind of cheesy, salty snacks. Alhough I stay away from these most of the time because they are dangerously addictive. And I second processed cheese slices (they must put crack in that stuff I swear) in grilled cheese. No other kind of cheese makes a grilled cheese quite the same. Also chocolate and peanut butter anything. Trader Joe's chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzels? Reese's peanut butter cup Easter eggs? OMG! And Pilsbury cinnamon rolls.

        2. re: gordeaux

          Oh I love Velveeta Con Queso Dip (Velveeta plus Rotel)
          Goldfish crackers
          Samoa Girl Scout Cookies
          Agree with other poster Archway iced oatmeal cookies (the soft ones)
          Helluvagood french onion dip
          Jalapeno Poppers (cream cheese not nacho)

          1. re: ktmoomau

            aahhh processed cheese is disgusting! lol

          2. re: gordeaux

            OH sardines and tabasco sounds great, never found a good "sardines in hotsauce" that actually tasted like it had hotsauce in it, would the sardines be canned and in vinegar or is it something you add later?

            & I have to agree w/you on those Archway cookies, especially the oatmeal w/apple in them (have to try the pecan ones).

            1. re: gordeaux

              Blast from the past- Velveeta and Ro-Tel. My favorite aunt uncle (in southeastern Illinois) had a really big bar in their basement and had a lot of company down there most nights for many years. Aunt Gin would make up a big bowl of heated-up RoTel con queso (aka velveeta) for the evening and all these midwesterners would eat it with chips and crackers and fan their mouths because the chiles in the RoTel made it so hot but delicious. I could never taste any heat whatsoever myself, but they all acted like they were chewing on raw chiltepins.

              1. re: EWSflash

                My grandmother still makes this. Every once in awhile I get a craving for it. She's always happy to make it for any of us.

              2. re: gordeaux


                'Whoppers (Burger King, not the candy)"

                Whoppers, the candy, NOT the burger joint

              3. Taco Bell, Pillsbury Orange Rolls, count me in with spray cheese, Kraft singles (for grilled cheese) and Catalina dressing.

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                1. re: Janet from Richmond

                  Chex Mix...bag open...bag gone.
                  Cheesey Goo....the kind you get at old school steak houses for your baked potatoes, cheese fries, (with the goo not sprinkled with real cheese).
                  Pork Rinds
                  Grilled cheese on white bread, Kraft singles and pickle chips.
                  Stove Top
                  Bologna sandwich on Wonder Bread, (which we dont get here in SoCal any more) with too much Best Foods mayo.

                  1. re: bubbles4me

                    Canned mandarin oranges.
                    Tim Horton's sour cream glazed Tim Bits (oh Canada, I love you)
                    Drumsticks (the ice cream cone kind)
                    White Trash Fruit Dip (cream cheese and marshmallow fluff whipped together)

                    1. re: Vetter

                      mmm canned mandarin oranges are amazing. I also like the canned fruit cocktail with cherries

                      1. re: e0023

                        The real guilty pleasure is to drink the light mandarin orange syrup from the can.

                      2. re: bubbles4me

                        Oh man, I forgot about Stove Top. Love that stuff. Also love the white trashy dip of Ro-tel and Velveeta with sausage.

                      1. Sometimes I feel guilty about eating a large quantity of something unhealthful. However, I am not so weak-minded to have guilt about eating anything because of the qualitative nature of the item (not organic, not locally grown, not sustainably grown, produced by a chain restaurant, produced my a multinational conglomerate, liked by kids, liked by rednecks, liked by snobs, not liked by snobs).

                        Although I'm not a Zimmern fan, I agree with his motto, "If it looks good, eat it."

                        1. i'll fess up to loving on some spray cheese. you just don't get the same salty delight with real cheese on tortilla chips as you do with that crap. even better topped with a pickled jalapeño.

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                          1. re: mrsjenpeters

                            Gummi Bears
                            Chili dogs
                            Papa Gino's Pepperoni pizza
                            Hot weiners
                            BK double cheeseburgers
                            UTZ Red Hot potato chips
                            Buffalo wings (not tenders)