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Sometimes, stale foodstuffs/beverages = good snackin'

Hello... I can't be alone in this, right? I'm not insane, right? Well, who can say -- my therapist sure won't --, but the real question is: are there foodstuffs and beverages that you *prefer* as they become stale? And if so, do you sometimes purposely speed up their stale- encroaching entropy? Me, I like stale potato chips as they become _chewier_ and I enjoy washing them down with a bracingly opened/cold bottle of Sprite or 7-Up that's been de-carbonating in the fridge all night. And I like leaving the bag to the gummy bears (Haribo Gold Bears) and licorice open, so as to 'age' them into a nice toothsome chaw. Now it seems that some snacks as they become stale *soften* ( like graham crackers ), while others ( leftover pizza/bagels) *harden*. I suppose what I'm really liking here is when a known and loved foodstuff turns into its bizarro-world opposite. Not stale as in bad/moldy/rotten. But stale as in soften crunchy snacks and hardened chewy snacks. I mean, that's why they have crispy chocolate chip cookie recipes as well as chewy ones, yes? So, do you throw away stale snacks and foodstuffs, or do you adapt to their rate of decline and enjoy a different textural rendition of the original product, as I do?? Oh, and my #1 stale 'food' favorite: Peeps. They become the sugary croutons in my overly ripe fruit salad!

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  1. Wow, you reminded me that when I was a kid, my FAVORITE thing was to luck into a 'stale' (meaning soft) Oreo cookie in the cookie jar.

    Do people still use cookie jars? and put a slice of bread in there to somehow keep everything else fresh (?) -- My mom did that, but I'd still sometimes find that magic overlooked stale Oreo.

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    1. re: missoulagrace

      i remember loving soft oreos... it was easier to bend the cookies off the creme, and i would suck the soggy wafer til it was mush in my mouth.

      and i too loved stale graham crackers when i could eat them.

    2. I used to love flat coke as a kid...now not so much

      sometimes I like stale peanuts too, they kind of soften up...

      I like those "butter mints" once they get kinda hard...

      1. My husband loves stale brownies - so much so that he'll leave the tray out, uncovered, overnight, to get them to that right stage of crunchy.

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        1. re: jeanmarieok

          Never had a sweet tooth, don't enjoy sweets that much, but I absolutely love dried Kashi oatmeal cookies (they're supposed to be chewy, I guess, but that would certainly not be as satisfying as the crunch of a dried-out cookie).

        2. My s/o LOVES stale peeps too. Buys them after the holiday season when they are clearanced, and then opens them up and leaves them out overnight. What is WRONG with you people?

          Just kidding. I really don't think I like stale anything...well, maybe stale oreos. They get chewy.

          1. Kimchi sour and old.

            Beef seven days old.

            Bread stale enough to make seasoned croutons for snacking.

            Uncultured butter left out at room temp until it tastes like aged brie.

            1. Although I suppose they don't exactly fit the definition of stale, I have always liked Krispy Kremes best after they've cooled and sat in the box for a few hours.

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              1. re: mamaciita

                Glad I'm not the only one who is not thrilled with the "hot now" krispy kremes. I prefer them at room temperature.

              2. OP, if you like flat Sprite or 7-Up, give day old ginger ale a try -- oh yeah. And stale Girl Guide sandwich cookies are very tasty IMO.

                1. I like to wait to eat the Christmas candy canes until late summer. By then they are nice and chewy.

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                  1. re: Junie D

                    Heh. Me too.

                    I forgot to add fruitcake to my earlier post (but then, does it ever really go stale?)

                  2. Fig Newtons are much more enjoyable stale than fresh.

                    1. Captain Crunch is delightful anytime, but I find the flavor is best when stale.

                      1. You hit on two of my favorites, flat soda and stale Peeps. I just don't eat either of them anymore, fresh or stale. The one current snack I prefer stale is one-bite brownies I buy at the store. I open the container and leave the top open, and I won't eat them until they're open at least two days; even then they're too fresh for my ideal (but I can never wait longer). I like them dry (stale) with a glass of cold milk!

                        1. Totally agree on the stale Peeps. The exterior sugar almost has a carmelized sugar crunch to it when it's a day or two stale.

                          1. Marshmallows. When I was a kid I use to take them, compress into little balls and hide under my bed for much later. While I was in college my BF's mom found a bag of rock hard marshmallows in the pantry and tried to throw them out. I convinced her to leave them there for me.

                            I agree that gummy candy is better hard and candy canes better when chewy.

                            1. swedish fish
                              the russet potato chips, left open over night.

                              those are the two popping into my head right now.
                              sometimes i make tuna sammies on stale bread, if there isn't a good crusty french bread around.

                              1. I generally like the foods that harden when stale: pizza, muffins, and all sorts of breadstuffs.

                                Also stale popcorn is pretty awesome, too.

                                1. I love stale popcorn. I always make it on the stove, with oil, and I can manage to not eat it all, I love it even better the next day.

                                  When I was a kid I was so excited when I'd get up in morning and there'd be stale popcorn leftover from my parent's snack the night before.