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"Don't Open That Bag!!!".....because I'll eat the whole thing.

Chex Mix....Oh man, (shaking my head) Chex Mix. I try not to buy it, I really do but when the desire gets too strong I fold and buy two. Sometimes it's just the regular other times it's the Bold & Zesty but most of the time I get one of each and mix them together as I find the Bold & Zesty too salty...you know, because the regular is all low in sodium and stuff. I've also taken to mixing in Cheez-Its....I don't know what it is but I can not stop eating it! Bag open=Bag gone. I try and stop myself by folding the bag up and putting it in the kitchen...yea that brillant move has yet to stop me! My latest, "issue" with the evil Chex is the order in which I eat them....very OCD, cereals first with maybe a pretzel or one of those rye thingies mixed in, not because I want it but to cover fro the fact that I am stealing all the cereal. Once the cereal is gone I will pick at the leftover pieces sucking all the salty goodness off of them....
Thank goodness they don't make a bag with just the Chex, I would weigh 400 lbs! So what is your Bag Open=Bag Gone evil snack?

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  1. totally guilty on the Chex Mix! Thankfully, I don't think we have it here in Toronto, but trips down south have found me guilty with empy bags..
    Smartfood popcorn and Baked Lays are in trouble around me too!

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    1. re: burlgurl

      thanks, now I'm carving chex mix! Oh, but it has to be home-made. :)

      1. re: tzurriz

        Count me in for Chex Mix....the cheese flavor. I eat all the cereal out too. I wish they'd make a bag that was strictly cereal and nothing else. Cape Cod S&V chips have also been known to be a real problem for me...

        1. re: amanda3571

          Cape Cod Russet chips. I cannot stop eating them. When I try to stop I inevitably find a "great" chip and then search for more.

          1. re: JennS

            yea really, what is with that one great perfect chip that seems to call out my name, me too :)

        2. re: tzurriz

          that's one of mine too, I put cheerios in it

          1. re: Fromageball

            my MIL always put Cheerios in hers too and since that's what the kids grew up loving, I had to make it as close to hers as I could. Over the years, I've gone bats and added things like store brand cheerios, not the same at all and I got called out on it, also have done a sweet/salt version using apple cheerios on sale I found, the kids all said blech........

          2. re: tzurriz

            I make it every year for the "kids" [yea right] for Christmas. the recipe online isn't quite right in my opinion because it just doesn't call for enough ingredients per the amount of cererals and pretzels and nuts you use, not all gets coated enough.
            so I always add way too much butter [yea, like that's possible] and much more of the seasonings and wooster sauce too.

            1. re: tzurriz

              Oh YES! homemade chex mix w/a little extra worchestershire sauce before baking.

            2. re: burlgurl

              Smartfood gets inhaled at my house.

              The other thing that disappears really fast is Korean seasoned roasted seaweed. It is melty salty tasty crack-licious stuff. If you eat chips/popcorn eventually you get full, but this stuff is so light you could keep eating forEVER.

              1. re: mogo

                I'm with you on the Smartfood. Once I start, I can't stop. My DH is that way with caramel corn. Go figure. Of course I also love kettle corn almost as much.

            3. For me, it's any bag of salty crispy snacks. If the bag is not open, it can sit there forever, and I won't touch it. But once it's open, I have to finish it. The easiest solution for me is just not to buy these things.

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              1. re: Missyme

                When you open a bag of crispy snacks, they immediately start to deteriorate. They pretty much have to be finished in one sitting. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  Ruth,
                  I feel so much better about myself now! I'm not out of control, I'm not wasting!

                    1. re: Ruth Lafler

                      because what you say is true, i have learned that the garbage disposal is my friend.
                      i open the bag,
                      pour out what i intend to eat,
                      and, BEFORE putting a morsel in my mouth, process the rest of the bag through the garbage disposal.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        this depression-child-by-proxy thinks such a practice is wasteful.

                        1. re: alkapal

                          This NOT-depression-child-by-proxy also thinks such a practice is wasteful. Put a chip-clip on the bag, put said bag into a ziplock bag, and the crispy snacks will be fine if you don't want to eat it all in one sitting, as Ruth does. :-) But throwing what you're not going to eat out? Oy.

                        2. re: westsidegal

                          Westsidegal...................................>>> you gotta be kidding me? < WHAT?

                    2. Terra brand Taro chips, the one with the purple band across the top. They're uber crunchy, and I love 'em. Darned expensive, too.

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                      1. re: amyzan

                        Not just the taro ones. The assorted veggies are irresistible. If hey weren't so expensive I'd buy them more often...after all they're VEGGIES!

                      2. Even better than Chex Mix- Munchies! The Cheddar variety are the best but the ranch disappear quickly, too. They are probably the least healthy snack possible, which is why I only buy them on LA-to-Sacramento I-5 drives (but then, I HAVE to have them).

                        1. Sweet pickels. Ok, so they don't actually come in a bag, but it's the same issue.

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                          1. re: beth1

                            Beth, I have been known to eat an entire jar of sweet pickles. Ok, so now I'll admit to eating a whole jar of green olives too :(

                            1. re: iL Divo

                              I've eaten a whole can of black olives on occasion. There, I said it. :-)

                                1. re: iL Divo

                                  ditto; guilty of also drinking the juice out of the can when I was a kid when my mom served them on the relish tray for holidays....

                                  1. re: betsydiver

                                    When I was a pre-teen, I had an obsession with canned mandarin oranges and canned black olives. My mom was going to a friend's house for some reason and the friend had a daughter my age or a year older. I didn't like people much back then, mainly just because I was shy, but I agreed to socialize. We really hit it off because she asked if i would like a can of olives as she was about to eat a can herself. YES, gimme that can and stand back! We didn't laugh at the way we stuck the olives on our finger tips, we didn't mock at how we drank the juice from the can and we didn't look surprised when we each finished our can of olives. I felt so normal!

                                      1. re: EWSflash

                                        Actually, we don't! It was just that one time but I remember it so well because people don't normally eat an entire can of olives :)

                                2. re: Catskillgirl

                                  guilty of eating a can of black olives to. You aren't alone. I recently found Keebler Flatbread crackers. I can't keep them in the house. I eat them in one sitting. very tasty cracker

                            2. Potato chips. Plain ol' potato chips, lightly salted. I used to love the Granny Smith "50% less salt" brand (ruffled!), but I don't know if they make 'em any more -- I'm afraid to look. Terra chips aren't bad.

                              But potato chips are one thing I just don't buy, because I can't trust myself.

                              My daughter came home from the playground a few days ago muttering about Chex mix. Someone must be indoctrinating her!

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                              1. re: jlafler

                                Have you tried the Reduced Guilt Potato Chips from Trader Joe? Pretty damn delicious -- you'd never realize they have less fat.
                                To avoid high calorie snacks, I buy Ak Mak crackers -- Trader Joe has the best price on them. Pretty satisfying.

                                1. re: walker

                                  Thanks for the tip. I'm not too unhappy with things the way they are, though. It's kind of nice to have potato chips as a treat a few times of year at a party. Just don't let me sit next to the bowl!

                                  Btw, the reason I prefer the lower-salt potato chips is flavor, not health. I like to taste potato, which is why I also don't like flavored potato chips.

                                  1. re: jlafler

                                    I try to only eat chips at parties too, but I usually find myself parked right next to the bowl for a decent portion of the time too, I feel like it would be rude to carry the bowl around with me.

                                  2. re: walker

                                    I like AkMak too, also love the melba toast. Those new fiber one crackers are awesome, unfortunately still can sit and eat toooo many. I'm a Lays (original) Chips, doesn't matter how big the bag is - no holdin back. Add lipton onion dip and it's way down hill for me.

                                    1. re: walker

                                      I love them too, the AK MAK, but not sure why, they're unusually weird but good too.

                                    2. re: jlafler

                                      I think you meant Granny GOOSE, not Smith. I loved the TV commercials they were running in the late '60s. Loved the chips, too. And I will eat the whole bag right then if I get the chance.

                                      My other major downfall is Goldfish, original flavor. We used to visit some people who kept bowls of them around the house - they were worse nibblers even than I am - and I would clean out at least one every time, to Mrs. O's annoyance and mortification.

                                      1. re: Will Owen

                                        Ha! Of course, you're right. Granny Goose.

                                        1. re: jlafler

                                          My students this year were obsessed with Goldfish - why did I have to tell them of my secret Goldfish love - and brought some for me to snack on during my lunch break often. Man, I miss those kids and the free yummy goodness. They even brought them for a class potluck breakfast!

                                    3. Hey bubbles4me,

                                      My extremely un-houndish guilty pleasure is Cheez-its with a glass of chocolate milk. With a yet-to-be quantified degree of shame, I mask my secret craving with the culinarily exotic "cracker del formaggio con il latte al cioccolato".

                                      Yoroshiku,
                                      Andy

                                      1. Ketchup.

                                        I tear one of those packets open, and I've got to squeeze out the whole thing.

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                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            Gad, my husband does that with those same little packages of mustard, yuuuk

                                          2. OMG Pringles! I can't have them IN the house (*hands in CH card and hangs head in shame*) I have no idea why but there's just something about them.

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                                            1. re: maplesugar

                                              me too Pringles, the plain ones in the red pack. Once you pop you can't stop as the ad went in the UK.

                                              1. Now, I have heard, I can't claim first-hand experience - BUT, if you open a "family-size" bag of Cheetos Natural White Cheddar Puffs or whatdamnever, you have to eat the entire bag or you go pretty much straight to hell. Such is life.

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                                                1. re: Annie S.

                                                  those are rediculous..........................impossible to stop eating too, you're right

                                                2. Well, they actually come in a box, not a bag...Grimaldi's Chips 'N Chocolate. It's a salted potato chip enrobed in milk chocolate. At first glance, the combination didn't appeal. But at first bite, it was all over. Once the box is open, the contents seem to evaporate very quickly. We try not to bring them into the house too often. (They also make a dark choc. version, but I don't find it as tasty, which is weird since I prefer dark over milk.)

                                                  http://www.grimaldicandies.com/index....

                                                  1. Those gummi straw-shaped candies with the sour crystal things all over. I buy them thinking I'll have a few for a treat every day after lunch and snarf the whole bag the first day while I'm fixing my sandwich...

                                                    That and the green Doritoes here in Israel. Sweet, nose-running spicy, a little sour - heaven! But I've learned to buy the individual packets; sure there are days I break down and have two, but most times it works!

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                                                      1. re: Cowprintrabbit

                                                        gummi straws for you and good and plenty's for me, they are my true weakness *)

                                                      2. Too many. Oreos, Cheez- its, any puffed cheese snack, mini dill pickles, saltines... But the good thing is once I've eaten the whole bag/box I can't eat it again for months.

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                                                        1. re: viperlush

                                                          oh my gosh you said saltines, a sleeve of those with a can of albacore tuna straight up, ok, so spread the saltine with softend butter even better I really could go through the whole sleeve. I used to come home from work and see the little guy sitting on the couch after he got outta school, watching cartoons and eating exactly this...... I think he may have taught me.

                                                        2. Macadamias or pistachios. They never last long once opened. Which is why three large bags of macs from my recent Hawaii trip remain unopened in my basement. Evil, evil nuts.

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                                                          1. re: madgreek

                                                            Madgreek, when in Hawaii a few years back, we bought two large bags of the Mauna Loa Macadamia nuts. One was the regular bag of roasted nuts, the other was a bag of macadamias covered in milk chocolate. It is a really good thing I looked at the nutritional info! We were stunned to discover that these nuts are 90% calories from fat!!! We quickly instituted a rule of one handful of nuts a day, preferably after a long hard hike. Had we not seen that info, we would have been through that bag in a single day.

                                                            We were also amused to see that the chocolate covered nuts were better for us in that the percentage of calories from fat was less than the straight nuts. Turns out chocolate made them "healthier"! Well that was our story anyway....

                                                            They are evil evil nuts. But so good.

                                                            1. re: moh

                                                              Oh yeah. Those littly guys really pack a nutritional punch. I remember the rule that each nut is 20 calories. For one! That adds up quickly! Hey, they're high in fat, but at least they're akmost all mono-unsaturated fats.

                                                              They have to be the Mauna Loa nuts though. I got some Australian macadamias from TJ's a few months ago, and they were just oily and horrible.

                                                              1. re: madgreek

                                                                the last time we got those chocolate covered mauna loa macadamias, i didnt even get to eat one, they were gone from my parents fridge that fast.

                                                              2. re: moh

                                                                K - Yup, I am SO guilty of the Mona Loa Macadamias too....Damn those Hawaiian's and their fabulous food!

                                                              3. re: madgreek

                                                                Definitely nuts. I can stop eating almonds because they tend to feel dry after a while (well because they probably contain less fat), but most other nuts are dangerous to me. I have to buy in small quantities to ensure that I am not ingesting 30,000 calories in 20 minutes.

                                                                Dried fruit is the same. Especially no-sugar added mangoes, black mission figs and sour cherries (all hard to find where I live, thank g-d). Cant stop. Have to finish.

                                                                I guess I have somewhat natural indulgences, but even if they are "healthy" they contain fat and sugar; and things add up. I rarely buy boxed cookies, haven't bought chips or cheetos and other flavored crunchy things (most smell like feet to me) in decades; but when it comes to nuts and dried fruits, I become quite the monster.

                                                                1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                  Yeah, that's the problem with dried fruit: each piece contains as many calories as the whole fruit, since all they take out is the water (assuming they are unsweetened). But since they don't have the water, they aren't as bulky nor as messy to eay, so you can eat quite a bit in a short time.

                                                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                    Watch the sulphur in them- not a good thing

                                                                  2. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                    Macadamia nuts. Smokehouse almonds. Pecans. Lay's plain potato chips with onion dip. Pepperoni. Cadbury Carmelo. White Cheddar Cheez-Its. Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi...Chocolate covered Oreos...Lindt truffles...

                                                                    1. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                      OMG white cheddar cheez-it's. They must put heroin in those things, there is no other explanation.

                                                                      Dorios nacho flavor also do it for me. I *cannot* control myself, I will eat the whole package no matter how large. Even knowing how nauseated I will be after, I can't stop.

                                                                      1. re: Louise

                                                                        i'm the same way with nacho cheese doritos -- even down to eating the crumbly bits in the bottom of the bag, pinched between my orange fingertips! the msg headache and sodium hit are predictable, yet endurable for the noble cause!

                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                          Try the natural Sun chips- they are less calories than all of the crunchies ...yes, bags go bye bye too!

                                                                          1. re: designergirl

                                                                            i like sun chips, too.

                                                                            but fewer calories? sun chips have 140 per ounce. http://caloriecount.about.com/calorie...

                                                                            versus 150 for one ounce of doritos. http://caloriecount.about.com/calorie...

                                                                  3. re: madgreek

                                                                    Mothers Day weekend a few years ago, I was in Honolulu working for a couple of days. My girlfriends and I rented a car, we all work together, and drove all around the Island. Stopped at the Macadamia factory across from the horse rental place where I'd been years before with the kids for a horsie ride. Anyhoo, so the girls and I get out of the jeep, and soon realized we'd not eaten lunch. There were samples all through out that store. Of course you were "supposed" to buy stuff too. We hadn't thought of that. The door opens to fresh Kona coffee that you're invited to just pour yourself, there is flavored and regular, we went wild with the java. Then onto everything Macadamia. Huge bowls out for the tasting, I'm not gonna tell you what we did with the tasting cause I'd be too embarrassed................... <.............................did I mention we'd not had lunch yet?

                                                                    I never knew macadamia's were in so many things, nor did the girlfriends. From nuts regular and unflavored to highly flavored and all flavors, to popcorn to trail mix to chips to cookies................I'll simply use one word......................... handfuls......................... :()

                                                                    Yes, all 3 of us bought, promise..........

                                                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                                                      LOLOL! Too funny. I'm sure you weren't the first "customers" to go crazy on samples. I'm glad you did actually buy something as well!

                                                                      1. re: Catskillgirl

                                                                        sometimes it's just right to fess up.
                                                                        I'm giggling rereading that, gad that was such a fun day.

                                                                  4. blair's death rain habanero potato chips! sure they are killer spicy but that's ok! must be followed by a gallon of something cold. :-)

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                                                                    1. re: davmar77

                                                                      "blair's death rain habanero potato chips! sure they are killer spicy but that's ok! must be followed by a gallon of something cold. :-)"

                                                                      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^you mean milk^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

                                                                    2. Trader Joe's peanut butter-filled pretzels. We keep an OPEN bag in the pantry. Every time we open the pantry door we grab a handful. It's impossible to open the door and not grab some.

                                                                      The only saving grace is that they are relatively harmless.

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                                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                                        Trader Joe's Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter filled Pretzels are my vice. One bag will do me in. Must ration.....must ration.

                                                                        Fortunately, it's a five and a half hour drive to the closest TJs so I can't do that too often.

                                                                        1. re: Dee S

                                                                          I pass two TJs on the way home from work. what's that you say? chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels

                                                                          1. re: laliz

                                                                            I'm warning you.....stay *away* from the chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels. You will totally hate yourself in the morning.

                                                                            And don't put them in the fridge....that just makes it worse.

                                                                            1. re: Dee S

                                                                              Been there, done that...totally hated myself that evening!! But it was sooo good....

                                                                            2. re: laliz

                                                                              Laliz, buy a box or two and send 'em to Dee..................

                                                                              Ok, I will..................Dee send info if you need some, I'll get 'em out to ya @!@

                                                                            3. re: Dee S

                                                                              TJs chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels are amazing! omg-- I am not much of a snaker nor do I really have a sweet tooth but wow, I will eat the entire bag- even if it makes my stomach hurt

                                                                              my other vices: Kettle Chips Buffalo Blue- wow

                                                                            4. re: lynnlato

                                                                              Wow, I am so surprised to read all the love for TJ peanut butter filled pretzels! First time I saw them I snapped them up, expecting to have found my new favorite thinig in the world. But I actually threw out the bag without finishing, which, trust me, is almost completely unheard of with respect to any snack food, much less one involving peanut butter. But I thought the pretzels were tasteless and lacking in salt, and the peanut butter was dry and grainy. They were a complete and utter dissappointment, and wholly not worth the calories.

                                                                              Is this one of those TJ products that has a regional producer? Maybe my TJ carries a different version?!? I can't imagine anyone loving the kind I had the misfortune to try!

                                                                              1. re: charmedgirl

                                                                                were the ones you had chocolate covered? I ask because I have had the regular ones, and I tend ot agree ~~ I didn't hate them, but I didn't go nuts either.

                                                                                1. re: laliz

                                                                                  They were NOT chocolate covered, in fact. Maybe that's the difference! Or, maybe I did just get a bad bag.

                                                                                  I sorta want to give them another try now. Hmmm... this might not be such a good thing! I think my waistline would prefer it if I kept thinking they didn't taste good!

                                                                                2. re: charmedgirl

                                                                                  You may have picked up an older bag. Dry and grainy PB is a sign of a not-so-fresh product.

                                                                                  Had that happen with the chocolate covered ones one time. They weren't as good.....didn't stop me from finishing the bag. Maybe that took more than one sitting. I don't recall....Old Timer's and all.

                                                                                  1. re: charmedgirl

                                                                                    If you have a World Market store, they sell an awesome version. They are packaged in a large plastic container....they are truly divine!!!

                                                                                    1. re: six dower

                                                                                      I just bought the World Market brand...
                                                                                      They are pretty fine...
                                                                                      It's about gone now!

                                                                                    2. re: charmedgirl

                                                                                      There are two varieties of the (non-chocolate) PB pretzel nuggets - one has salt on the pretzel, one without. They are clearly marked, with different color labels.

                                                                                      1. re: charmedgirl

                                                                                        yah, me too, guess where my car's gonna drive to today? anyone anyone anyone?
                                                                                        I'll try and settle the dilemma.

                                                                                    3. Trader Joe's Triple Gingersnaps. Love 'em, but can't buy them without downing the whole box. With some things, you start feeling sick before you can finish the entire bag/box, but the nausea is delayed for me with these cookies for some reason. Oh, yeah, isn't ginger supposed to have anti-nausea properties?

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                                                                                      1. re: optimal forager

                                                                                        So ditto on the ginger snaps.
                                                                                        +
                                                                                        Honey sesame cashews (tj)

                                                                                        Unsalted roasted cashews

                                                                                        Ranier cherries

                                                                                        Unsalted potato chips

                                                                                        And, my all time worst addiction...Dots!

                                                                                        1. re: gordeaux

                                                                                          Dots have always been a problem for me. I eat a whole box at a time, especially when they're soft and fresh.

                                                                                          The other killer for me is Funyions.

                                                                                          1. re: gordeaux

                                                                                            Dots! Yes, I think of the dollar tree store as my pusher when I need a fix. Also obtainable at $ tree are small cans of cashews.

                                                                                        2. Allan's (now Cadbury's) Sour Patch Kids

                                                                                          Most chips, but especially Lay's Ketchup.

                                                                                          Wasabi peas

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                                                                                          1. re: pescatarian

                                                                                            In Singapore we found wasabi pistachios.

                                                                                            Oh. My. G-d.

                                                                                            1. re: Louise

                                                                                              Blue Diamond makes a Wasabi almond now doesn't it?

                                                                                              1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                Per their website, they have wasabi soy sauce and jalapeno smokehouse. Among others.

                                                                                                1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                  pretty good those blue diamond wasabi almonds!

                                                                                            2. Popcorn Indiana's Kettlecorn.

                                                                                              Sweet and salty

                                                                                              Open and gone

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                                                                                              1. re: Cookiefiend

                                                                                                YUP YUP YUP! We call it " crack corn" because of the addictive properties...thanks, now I want to dash off to buy a bag or....?

                                                                                                1. re: designergirl

                                                                                                  Um yes, yes this crack-corn is getting the best of me.

                                                                                              2. Those stupid orange "cheese" cracker/peanut butter sandwiches. OMG.
                                                                                                Gone.

                                                                                                1. I thought of another one. This may not strictly fit the topic because I don't actually eat them all in one sitting, but my husband and I call Holland Mints "the evil mints" because they're so hard to resist! (Btw, I don't mean Peps. They taste like toothpaste.)

                                                                                                  And, um, sometimes there's a bottle of wine that we just *can't* cork up. :-)

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                                                                                                  1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                    Bottles of wine don't count. Who on earth wants leftover wine? That's even worse than stale potato chips...

                                                                                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                      Pleeese call my husband and tell him that! I try to explain to him that wine has to be finished in one sitting, but he just doesn't agree. I point out to him that he finishes his whole bottle of beer in one sitting, but inevitably he counters with, "Hon, that's different. My beer doesn't make me giggley, clumsy, and fall asleep at 8pm." =)

                                                                                                      Tostitos with Lime
                                                                                                      Gardettos

                                                                                                      1. re: ArikaDawn

                                                                                                        I heard once -- no idea who, where, when, or how reliable -- that the standard size of a bottle of wine came about because it was considered a reasonable amount for a man to drink with his lunch. And then, presumably, go back to work....

                                                                                                        1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                          Or the proper amount to render a young housewife useless, hehe(kidding).

                                                                                                          I found a few theories as to the standardized size and one matches up to yours pretty closely.

                                                                                                          "• This is the average capacity of a glass-blower's lungs, and thus the approximate size of a bottle created in one blow.

                                                                                                          • A typical "fifth" bottle full of wine and corked weighs about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, a convenient size to pack and carry while shopping.

                                                                                                          • Perhaps most interesting, it's widely reported that the "fifth" size originated as proper ration for a grown man at a meal. Nowadays, a full bottle may seem more like enough for a couple, and then some. But in those times, everyday table wines may have contained 10 percent or 11 percent alcohol, making a larger ration at least slightly more reasonable than with today's "blockbusters."

                                                                                                          http://www.wineloverspage.com/wineadv...

                                                                                                          1. re: ArikaDawn

                                                                                                            Cool, thanks for checking out the story!

                                                                                                            'Course, that was also in the days when wines were generally lower in alcohol than now.

                                                                                                            1. re: ArikaDawn

                                                                                                              From the first English-language edition of Larousse Gastronomique (1961): "Taken in moderate quantities, i.e. 50 to 75 centilitres (1 to 1 1/2 pints) per day, 1 litre (quart) for heavy workers, as part of a normal diet, it is a good light stimulant..."

                                                                                                              That's one bottle per day per person they're talking about, boys and girls, as a matter of regular consumption. I know for a fact that lots of French people have quite a bit more than that on special occasions, such as any meal after which they do not have to go to work or drive.

                                                                                                              1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                Eep! A bottle per day? I'd be rolling on the floor making non-sensical noises every night!

                                                                                                                I've always wondered what it would be like to live with a perpetual alcohol induced buzz. I don't actually think my poor little body could take it!

                                                                                                                That being said, I hate to see an open bottle rest unfinished.

                                                                                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                  Remember, safe water is relatively recent. They had to drink *something*.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                    gad it's a bear giving up vino. but sometimes for health reasons, the good ole stuff's just gotta leave your life, and with that said, I'm sadly leaving...........................................

                                                                                                        2. Cheese-its- and Frito's!

                                                                                                          1. Cheese-its and Frito's- and if accompanied by an ice cold can of Tab, I am one happy person!

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                                                                                                            1. re: macca

                                                                                                              Frito's with bean dip and white cheddar cheese-its accompanied with a diet soda. Yummy and everyone knows that the diet soda cancels out all the bad calories in the evil treats. Right?

                                                                                                            2. Newman's Own Salt & Pepper Pretzels - damn those things! They're so good, I basically can't buy them. ;)

                                                                                                              1. Purchased after reading many reviews on this site - Martin's Pretzels (the original from Akron, PA). Crunchy, salty, malty and easily the best pretzel I have ever tasted. They come in cases of 8 oz. bags which are the right size to knock out all in one shot. If you let anyone else taste one your stash of 8 oz. bags will mysteriously get smaller and smaller over time.

                                                                                                                Parmesan Goldfish are tough to quit.

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                                                                                                                1. re: CDouglas

                                                                                                                  yum! also, gettysburg pretzels...

                                                                                                                2. Fritos with French's mustard...I can easily eat a bag!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: joshlane4

                                                                                                                    That sounds kinda good...never heard of the yellow mustard frito combo.
                                                                                                                    For me, it is triscuits, lays potato chips with dip only, and pita chips.

                                                                                                                  2. Chedder Pringles; chocolate covered pretzles and chex mix. My wife buys them and wonders why I've become tubby.

                                                                                                                    1. Veggie Booty. They're so light that you've eaten half the bag before you know it.

                                                                                                                      1. Peanut M&M's and Hershey Kisses. If the bag stays closed, no problem. Once it's open, all bets are off!

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                                                                                                                        1. re: jnk

                                                                                                                          Ditto on the peanut M&M's. 9oz. bag at Batman movie yesterday. Trader Joes version of Reeses peanut butter cups, mini size in a square polycarbonate box.

                                                                                                                          1. re: jnk

                                                                                                                            peanut M&M's are stupid good. I too could inhale the entire bag.
                                                                                                                            again for me though, Good&Plenty..........oh my gosh those things and me = disaster

                                                                                                                          2. the 'tos family of products. Tostitos, Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos. I have such a serious weakness for those things that I don't buythem, b/c I knwo I will house the entire bag in a night. Family size will take a few nights.

                                                                                                                            And a bottle of wine, once it's opened, it's gone.

                                                                                                                            1. Cheetos Cheese Puffs! and on the sweet side, Entemanns Soft Baked cookies......
                                                                                                                              Can't stop eating those...

                                                                                                                              1. A bag of hot, fresh sesame and/or poppy seed Montreal bagels from St-Viateur, Fairmount, or Super Bagel on Westminster are always in imminent danger of disappearing en route.

                                                                                                                                Dry roasted peanuts and cashews.

                                                                                                                                Lay's potato chips (I can't have just one).

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                                                                                                                                1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                  A big bag of fresh, warm kettle korn from the fair and taro chips or russet potato chips...

                                                                                                                                2. I have to say that I am surprised to see that no one has posted bar-b-que potato chips yet. That is the only chip flavor that I am forced to eat the whole bag at once. I don't know what it is about them and it is not a brand specific issue either (she hangs her head in shame). There have been a couple brands that I open up the bag and only have to eat half, but I purchased a bag of Deep River Bar-B-Q chips last weekend and the only thing that kept me from snarfing down the entire back was reading the nutritional information (I had to puse to lick my fingers) that informed me that I had just eaten 10 servings of potato chips! EEEEEK!

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: NE_Elaine

                                                                                                                                    it's probably because I have yet to find a real find of a bbq chip. I am sure the expensive brands would tend to be the best but I wouldn't waste the money on one of those for that flavor.....too many more to try first if I'm gonna bite the big $$$ bullet.

                                                                                                                                  2. I curse Jim Leff for posting about those damn TJ's popped potato chips. They're so light and delicious that it's completely impossible for me to stop once I've opened a bag. I've finally just had to stop buying them to curb my pack a day habit.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                      For me it would be popcorn, those candy corn pumpkins that come out around Halloween, and oddly enough, raisin bran or grape nuts cereal left in milk long enough to get soggy. I don't consume the whole box of cereal in one sitting, but can easily do so in one day! I just figure it's good energy for those long runs in marathon training. ;}

                                                                                                                                      1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                        what you say? popped potato chips.....OML.........................thanks a ton, like TJ isn't getting enough of my &&& today anyway.............OGYEAH :+}

                                                                                                                                      2. MIss Vickie's Sweet Chile and Sour Cream - dang those things are good! I have now instituted another rule. No buying these chips unless there are at least 7-10 people to share the bag with. Or if I am playing all weekend in an ultimate tournament, that's ok. But never, never for snacking on my own... I do a great vacuum cleaner impression with those chips...

                                                                                                                                        1. Ruffles potato chips, Fritos- the larger dipping ones, and any brand of cheese popcorn

                                                                                                                                          1. Puffy Cheetos - I no longer eat them - haven't for almost 15 years - true ! But even today, if a bag were open near me, or a bowl appeared (and no one were around) I would make myself sick eating every single cheesy puffy one !
                                                                                                                                            by the way - one of my sisters suffered the same but she put eat between her front teeth, drank her coke thru it and then ate it. Gee - I'm not the sickest in the family after all !

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: chowmel

                                                                                                                                              Now that is funny! Made me chuckle picturing the little poof shriviling between her teeth when the soda hit it.....lovely smile after that I'm sure!

                                                                                                                                            2. Salt and vinegar anything... chips... fries...

                                                                                                                                              A long time ago the 'Andy Cap' brand - still known in New England for their 'hot fries' used to do 'salt and vinegar' fries. A creation that had satan's fingerprints all over it.

                                                                                                                                              1. Mine is Werthers soft caramels. Don't buy them very often because of that. When we go to the grocery store and pass by the candy section I always go over to a bag of Werthers soft caramels and give them a squeeze and then move on. Somehow that is enough most weeks. Notice I said most, not all!!!

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: maxandrick

                                                                                                                                                  ok, if you're talking Werthers soft caramels then you just reminded me of a fresh bag of salt water taffy like from my home, the Santa Monica pier. YUUUUUUUUM

                                                                                                                                                2. Doritos Nacho Cheese(ier)
                                                                                                                                                  Kettle Honey Dijon...

                                                                                                                                                  sucker for those chips.

                                                                                                                                                  1. a lot of the same for me:

                                                                                                                                                    sour gummi worms
                                                                                                                                                    cheese puffs
                                                                                                                                                    wasabi peas
                                                                                                                                                    craisins (cherry flavor)
                                                                                                                                                    snap pea crips

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                      Ooooh, I'd forgotten about craisins. I only ever get them anymore when I am using them in a recipe, not for snacking because I'll eat them all. Also, Mr. Krispers Rice Chips in all flavors. I can tear through a bag of those in no time fortunately in a whole bag there's 410 cals and not tons of fat so it is not as bad as Lays or something. Luckily, they're not available in my current area.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ArikaDawn

                                                                                                                                                        ...........and this is gonna gag you all..............has anyone had [or is willing to admit eating] those "fruit essenced pitted prunes? they come in bags, cinnamon/apple, lemon/lime, orange. they are killer good and addicting, but @y@ dare say, what they do after eating about 20 ooooooooooooooooooooooooops

                                                                                                                                                    2. Salty popcorn, licorice allsorts, good potato chips, seaweed rice crackers....

                                                                                                                                                      1. Just about any variety of Pepperidge Farm cookie.

                                                                                                                                                        1. ferrara pan "boston baked beans" candied peanuts. here's a virtual tour of the manufacture. just put me at the end of the assembly line...
                                                                                                                                                          http://www.ferrarapan.com/html/bb_tou...

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                            Do containers qualify? Since they are no longer in recognizable sizes, I'll have to submit 'containers' of ice cream. A long ago acquaintance used to speak about taking a scoop of ice cream every night from a PINT of H-D. A scoop. A night. To me, a PINT of H-D is one serving. If not at a sitting, at least before the night is out.

                                                                                                                                                            A former 'half gallon' lasts a little longer. But not much. Especially now that they're practically pints.

                                                                                                                                                            Jars of peanuts go quickly. As do bags of salty snacks. I start with the broken tortilla chips, but move on to the whole ones in due course. Cookies are dispatched in numbers -- 2 at a time, but more like 5 at a time. That's not so bad, right, eating 5 rather than the entire bag? Riiiiight.

                                                                                                                                                            The salt and vinegar chips and PEANUT BUTTER pretzels noted above sound wonderful, I have to try them out.

                                                                                                                                                            Did I forget boxes of donuts and jars of peanut butter?

                                                                                                                                                            The only fix -- do not have them in the house.

                                                                                                                                                            Healthy food can stay in the house until Armageddon, nooooo problem.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                              Makes me recall ancient comic Elaine Boozler bit about the science fiction on the pint container of Haagen dasz saying 4 servings.

                                                                                                                                                          2. This only comes into effect when I'm on vacation in Mexico, but they have a brand of spicy, chile coated peanuts called Hot Nuts.

                                                                                                                                                            They are the best peanut I have ever had. No matter what the size of the bag I buy, once its open, its gone.

                                                                                                                                                            To a lesser extent, Cape Cod Salt and Vinegar chips have a similar effect and when I was younger, I could say the same re: Funyuns.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ESNY

                                                                                                                                                              ESNY, someone on these boards recommended Peanut Roasters peanuts and they have a hot and spicy version that is quite hot and very good.

                                                                                                                                                            2. It used to be cheez curls, but they don't make them anymore. waaaahh.

                                                                                                                                                              Now it would be crunchy cheetos, or the Wegmans brand. That stuff is addictive. Lurv the orange fingers! Healthy and good for you, no doubt '-)

                                                                                                                                                              1. Bag: "Smartfood" (sic) white cheddar popcorn.
                                                                                                                                                                Box: Original full-fat Triscuits.
                                                                                                                                                                Saltaholic...

                                                                                                                                                                1. my kid has just discovered jelly beans

                                                                                                                                                                  too bad for both of us - i'm gonna get fat, and he's not getting any candy

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Munchos. Not sure why, but I was introduced to them years ago. It was a snowy night at the family-owned bookstore where I worked. Bruce, an adjunct instructor of college English, and I were whiling the hours away in a building devoid of shoppers. He went to the drugstore (SuperX for Cincinnati folks who may remember) next door to get snacks and brought back Munchos. We finished the bag. So I went for another. And, um, then he did the same. I cannot resist the things.

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                      I completely forgot about Munchos. They are so light it is easy to knock out a full bag in one sitting.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Gardetto's with the same OCD obsession the bubbles4me exudes....the dark rye crisps first, then the sesame pods, followed by whatever is left in the bag. I just can't help myself - thank heavens they don't make the family size bag!

                                                                                                                                                                      When I was a child it was corn nuts - could not put those things down!

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chicaraleigh

                                                                                                                                                                        I've never seen Gardetto's in TO, but they sound right up my alley. mmm

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chicaraleigh

                                                                                                                                                                          I've seen Gardetto's in family-sized bags. You're right, they're totally addictive. In the same manner, I love bagel chips. I can eat whole bag of those (any flavor) no problem.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Hit cookies, specifically the white cookies with the chocolate filling, rather than the reverse. A package can sit on the shelf for weeks, but once it's open...

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: brandywiner

                                                                                                                                                                            Oh!- you had to remind me!!!! They seem so light, not too sweet....

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Maui onion potato chips
                                                                                                                                                                            Ruffle chips
                                                                                                                                                                            Doritos
                                                                                                                                                                            Pringles
                                                                                                                                                                            Cheez its

                                                                                                                                                                            and...FRIES.

                                                                                                                                                                            I am a junk food monster when it comes to salty foods. YUM. Luckily, I do not keep any of this stuff in my house, except for cheez its...

                                                                                                                                                                            I am a salt addict.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Mag454

                                                                                                                                                                              TJ's "unburied Treasure" I guess it's their take on "Booty" but I like it better.
                                                                                                                                                                              Smartfood white cheddar popcorn....so deadly.
                                                                                                                                                                              Haven't had since I was a kid, but Wise onion rings....OMG Too damn crazy good!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. There are three for me. One is Cheez-It Cheddar Jack flavor. Pretty hard to stop eating, but I can stop if there's a family emergency or something.
                                                                                                                                                                              Cheetos, regular flavor. I once absent-mindedly ate an entire bag while driving around one night with orange fingers. I realize these are a weakness for me so I only get them on special occasions. But I eat them like a fiend and my logic goes something like this: I must eat the darned things and get to the bottom of the bag quickly so they will be gone and I won't be tempted to eat them anymore. The sad, twisted logic of a pathetic, cheeto-monkey-on-my-back-addict.
                                                                                                                                                                              Third is Tostitos Hint of Lime chips. As someone else on another web site said so succinctly, "Tostitos Hint of Lime chips could very well be a gateway drug." They are not for everyone's pallet, but if you like them, beware my friend, and I am not kidding, these are nearly impossible to stop eating!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I cannot buy regular sized bags of cookies. Any crunchy-type chocolate chip, or sandwich cookie. I'm left with absolutely NO self-control. Doesn't matter if it's Chips Ahoy, Famous Amos, Pepperidge Farm, etc. I just don't buy them. I do love the 100 calorie packs because I can buy them since the bags are tiny. But when I do, I usually feel like I'm getting so ripped-off. They cost so much more. I just wish I had the self control!

                                                                                                                                                                                Meryl
                                                                                                                                                                                http://inspiredbites.blogspot.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. well, now that you have all gotten me started, I will admit that a Sara Lee cheesecake has a hard time making it through the night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: calikoala

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, my! Sara Lee Pecan Coffeecake -- nuked and slathered with sweet butter -- HEAVEN!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. things that still get me every time:
                                                                                                                                                                                    wasabi peas
                                                                                                                                                                                    roasted veggie chips [the real vegetable ones with green beans, squash & carrots]
                                                                                                                                                                                    pretty much all nuts - raw, roasted, salted, unsalted...
                                                                                                                                                                                    any dried fruit that isn't too sweet
                                                                                                                                                                                    chocolate-covered cinnamon altoids
                                                                                                                                                                                    'sweetriot' chocolate cacao nibs

                                                                                                                                                                                    and a few that i stopped eating years ago:
                                                                                                                                                                                    pirate's booty
                                                                                                                                                                                    'smartfood' white cheddar popcorn
                                                                                                                                                                                    french onion 'sun chips'
                                                                                                                                                                                    doritos
                                                                                                                                                                                    any decent potato chip
                                                                                                                                                                                    gardetto's snack mix

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Ok, another thing. It is in a jar, but will do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Almond stuffed olives. And damn they are expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                                                                                                        oooohhh i love those...have some in my fridge in fact. I buy them in bulk, not in a jar.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Girl Scout cookies! Damn those Thin Mints! When frozen, they are manna from heaven.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                          ever freeze the peanut butter tag-alongs? sooo dangerous.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                            You had to bring up the frozen Mints...my freezer stash has been depleted!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a full box of mints just waiting for me to crack the seal. I am afraid. I hear the little dark chocolate voices whispering to me at night. "Come down to the refrigerator and open us up." WHOOOOOOOO!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: NE_Elaine

                                                                                                                                                                                                What a relief to find out that those cookies really do talk late at night in the freezer. I was getting worried that the voices were just inside my head!

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: TampaAurora

                                                                                                                                                                                                Anything chocolate mint from the freezer doesn't stand a chance. If you think Thin Mints are good, I found some at the 99.99 cents store I like much better. Is that a sacrilege? Now, I don't have to wait once a year, my freezer is always full of the frozen chocolate mint goodies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                  kate, you must try the mint and chocolate candy bars at trader joe's around the holidays. like thin mint cookies with better ingredients -- in a thick "bark" like bar. better than their bark in a can, too. this year, i'm stockin' up, cause they were gone very soon after new year's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the tip Alkapal. I will try them on my next trip to TJ. I love everything chocolate mint, but it must be frozen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                      didn't see the candy bar yesterday, but they did have some mint candies (like big junior mints....or york peppermint patties -- over the frozen potstickers area....)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      btw, they don't have the smoked trout in a can anymore. dang!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not sure why I didn't see your reply until just now, but thanks. I haven't been to TJ's--probably the longest stretch without going there. I will try to get to at least one of my local TJ's sometime this week. I will definitely check out the candies. I will check on the smoked trout availability in my area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                          the candy bar is IN!!! plus, they have lots of chocolate mint items. got some truffles that look like a peppermint bark. oh -- and dark chocolate covered candy-cane jo-jos!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          got 5 candy bars (they're called "white chocolate" but if you read the label, it says the white choc, peppermint, and dark chocolate) -- find them on the stand next to checkout, toward the bottom.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          they also have english toffee nuggets with crushed nuts. also got chocolate crescents filed with brandy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          i haven't eaten any of this, yet, but am sure happy its in the kitchen!

                                                                                                                                                                                              3. After reading this thread straight through, I fled to the kitchen in a frenzy--have none of the specific items you all mention (as I can't keep any of them in the house), and have just devoured many rosemary Triscuits dipped in microwaved St Andre brie...mmmmmmm

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. As a european, 98.7% of the stuff posted on this thread means absolutely nothing to me - do you have Universities where people with over-developed foreheads and white labcoats spend their days and nights inventing ways of fitting one foodstuff into another? "I know, why don't we put an Oreo inside a block of cheese then cover it in oatmeal, salt and choclate?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, I now have a shopping list for my next trip Stateside - Sight-seeing? No thanks, just point me to a TJ's and book me an ambulance in about 6 hours time.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BoonDandy

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, it's a wonder we all don't weigh 400 lbs what with all these salty and/or sweet temptations. I really missed mayo, cheese and snacks when I was on a
                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 week vacation in India last March.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BoonDandy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      How funny, BoonDandy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      >> why don't we put an Oreo inside a block of cheese then cover it in oatmeal, salt and choclate?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's usually how I feel when I see a perfectly good Oreo enrobed in bad quality plastic chocolate. I have to try them, at least once, but they are usually disgusting. Nothing like the wonderful glorious Hob Nobs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That said, I am planning a trip to TJ's tomorrow, and have all the TJ stuff on my list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This is going to be a baaaaad weekend. :O)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Have you had the chocolate-covered Jojos at TJ's? They're very good, especially if you put them in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: BoonDandy

                                                                                                                                                                                                        " "I know, why don't we put an Oreo inside a block of cheese then cover it in oatmeal, salt and choclate?" "

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You forgot the next important step in the process, which is battering up the whole she-bang and deep-frying it! Of course for that culinary experience you would have to travel to a state fair or exposition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I thought the Scots were famous(infamous?) for their deep-fried Mars bars hehe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Every year Calgary hosts the Stampede (exhibition & carnival plus rodeo) and for the past few years the food vendors have been trying ou new deep fried snacks. This year: deep-fried Twinkies, Oreos, and apparently deep-fried Coke. http://cs.calgarystampede.com/food-fu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BoonDandy

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Had to laugh...I was just about to post that I am relieved I no longer live in Italy because my 'eat-it-all' fave are the confetti made in Sulmona. They are irresistable to me, especially when super fresh whihc they never are by the time they get here. In Canada, you only ever see them tied up into net bags for weddings and christenings...thank God!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BoonDandy

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "do you have Universities where people with over-developed foreheads and white labcoats spend their days and nights inventing ways of fitting one foodstuff into another? "I know, why don't we put an Oreo inside a block of cheese then cover it in oatmeal, salt and choclate?""

                                                                                                                                                                                                            BoonDandy, this is more true than you know. There is a lot of research spent on developing new food products. There are people working on wacky things like making grape-flavoured apples, new flavours of pizzas and crackers and cookies, new types of candy, ways to make food last longer on the shelf, the list goes on and on. I can't tell you if their heads are overdeveloped. Marketing and new products! It drives our economy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                OMG the "Grapple" what an abomination! The only "fruit" in the produce department that contains artificial flavouring!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.grapplefruits.com/nutritio...

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: BoonDandy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here is one closer to home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                A friend brought back an enormous (probably 18-24") Cadbury bar from Heathrow. There is NO comparison to the US version, which jfood will not eat. His boss walked into his office and finally broke down laughing because jfood still had the remnants on the edges of his lips. Of course jfood offered him some and onto business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  His boss walked into his office and finally broke down laughing because jfood still had the remnants on the edges of his lips.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ~~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL! Great visual, jfood! Talk about getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar, or candy jar!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    jfood also had a candy dispenser filled with jelly bellys and he told people it only accepted quarters for 5. Seems like a lot but it is break-even at Costco for those things. Once people figured out pennies worked as well jfood almost went broke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: jfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I always bring those back for friends and my self. When I was a kid my dad had to go to England for 6 weeks every 6 weeks. He always brought them back to us. I am lucky, we do have a store here in Bloomington, IN that does have the imported Cadbury's. You have to look carefully because they have the Hershey produced stuff too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Fritos are my downfall. When I get salt cravings, that's what I go for in the vending machine at work, or at the supermarket. Don't like the scoopy ones or the jumbo sized Fritos - just the normal sized corn chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ruffles potato chips are a good stand-in - and the big-ass milk carton-box of Goldfish from BJ's Wholesale Club are one of those

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Oooh - Goldfish! Should I put it in my cart?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "No, don't do it - walk away."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "But I haven't had them in awhile. I could get them and leave them in the pantry so I don't see them all the time and eat them in a week!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Yeah, you COULD do that, but you know you won't!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  discussions I have with myself. I always lose. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Me too on the Fritos, although it's the Scoops that are the fatal attraction. Love the salt, love the corrosive action on the tongue...salt is my number one favorite food group.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And if you get the Scoops with their unbeleivably awful but oh so good cheese dip you can have a Frito Olympics: Who can empty the can with the fewest Scoops?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OK, now I could probably go with the Frito Scoops if there was a Frito Olympics. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And have you noticed that Fritos are one of the few foods that smell and taste *exactly* the same as they did when we were children? Other snacks seems to have changed a bit, but Fritos are the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: RoxyB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            if you Frito's fans have never tried them dipped in French's mustard I'm telling you...you're missing out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: RoxyB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes. And for that, I'm eternally grateful. :-) I remember when GS Thin Mints changed. Angry, I was. But I still eat them, of course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linda, at christmastime, go to tj's and get the chocolate mint bar (not the big tin of bark, but the bar) that lives next to the checkout. trust me. better than even the OLD-style gs thin mint cookies. (and i used to sell them...) see this: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/468706

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                how could i forget, go now to get m&ms crispy mint flavor special edition. again, trust me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  alkapal, you are an enabler. You're evil. I love you. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    linda, mutual! btw, those m&ms were hard for me to find, but easy for others...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    here is the saga. so don't be discouraged. this is just a cautionary tale: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/515703

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm really annoyed: I haven't seen the mint M&Ms in the Bay Area at all. I finally got to try them on my vacation in Philadelphia. I keep waiting for them to show up at Grocery Outlet for 3/$1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For me, it would be my newly-discovered pretzel m&m's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                forget about the canned cheese dip, go for the new enchilada-black bean dip. Heat the can a bit in boiling water and go to town! i am so glad I mistakenly bought this new product instead of the old bean dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Trader Joes unsalted roasted sunflower seeds. My only saving grace from devouring these in their entirety is that I'm away from home for 10-12 hours a day and sleep for 6-7 of them, but otherwise, I might eat an entire bag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I discovered these a few months ago, and keep hoping that the law of diminishing marginal returns will set in, but so far, it hasn't, and I'm still gobbling up lots of sunflower seeds. I dump them in salads, eat them plain, etc. etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The bag claims that one serving is just one quarter of a cup, but whoever came up with this has probably actually never eaten the bag, or else the serving size would be much larger, me thinks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seriously, though, I can't decide if it's a curse or blessing that I've discovered these, b/c now they have to go on everything. Salad, inside sandwiches, with yogurt, etc. etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Equally addicting is whenever I make roasted cashews w/ curry leaves.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: anzu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Great, anzu. Now I have to add unsalted roasted sunflower seeds to my TJ's list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, aren't they hilarious with the servings? H/D in particular is a riot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yup, a baaaad weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: anzu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i think an unlimited amount of unsalted nuts is ok, provided you're not overweight. maybe that's not the point of your post, maybe you don't feel guilty but it seems like your body needs sunflower seeds!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Technically, I'm not overweight (yet), but I'm theoretically trying to lose 10 #s, and the sunflower seeds are probably not helping. However, I don't eat meat, and I probably don't eat enough protein (since I don't have tofu or fish every day, either) so I do often use the protein excuse as my justification for mass consumption.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Seriously, though, there are days when I'm too tired to really cook anything, so I just have a salad for dinner, and since it's mostly leaves plus avocado for some fat, fruits, etc. I end up adding the sunflower seeds as my "protein" source. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: anzu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    74% fat. 12% protein. that is your sunflower seed. http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/nu... (very neat site, btw

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    otoh, cottage cheese: 19% fat, 65% protein. http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/da...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anzu, i'm just sayin'....don't forfeit your protein for the day. (i love those seeds, too -- they are good on cottage cheese ;-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ok, "nanny" position switched......OFF

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Right, but sunflower seeds are a lot more calorie-dense than cottage cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nuts and seeds are delicous and nutritious, but a little goes a long way. Btw, sunflower seeds are usually okay for people with tree nut allergies! Make sure to check, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yes, jlafler, they are calorie dense, and that is the exaclty the issue. i love them, but they are high calorie. better to eat a few on top of a good low-fat cottage cheese. esp. if one is into a diet-calorie-reduction mode. if you put the nuts on top of the cottage cheese, you get the salt-crunch kick, but not the big fat calories....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I get it. I was a little out of it this morning, sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            jlafler, i love seeing your posts. you are very erudite! it think you, too, are an attorney.....?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nope, not an attorney. Until recently I was a medical writer, now I'm home with my daughter part time and in school part time. But off for the summer, which is why I've been online a lot....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the cottage cheese idea. I should try it, since as you both say, sunflower seeds are quite high in fat (even if it's the good kind!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Oreos. Not Double Stuff. Not dark chocolate coated. Not milk chocolate coated. Classic, traiditional Oreos. Open up the bag, they'll be gone by the next day, guranteed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Swedish Fish, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Cheez-Its, Goldfish, Pocky, Fritos, Entenmann's Butter Loaf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Four things have popped into my head with this one and recent attacks Ive had:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Granola of any sort
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Trader Joe's meringues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Chocolate ice cream with balsamic glaze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. BBQ or apple cinnamon soy crisps

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: yankeefan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, God... chocolate ice cream with balsamic glaze... never had it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Must. Have. Some. NOW!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Do you make your own glaze?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: yankeefan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Holy MOG....chocolate ice cream with balsamic glaze sounds wonderful! I'm assuming you use a drizzle of aged balsamic?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ::::::adding chocolate ice cream to the shopping list for the weekend:::::

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I buy the balsamic glaze that comes in squeeze bottles or some real good aged balsamic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Im a balsamic junkie- I put it on everything, thats not an exaggeration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: yankeefan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I have a bottle of aged 25yo (at this point, it's now about 33yo) balsamic that is going to get drizzled onto some Haagen Dazs Mango Sorbet tonight - thanks for the idea!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gee Thanks. I just drooled all over my brand new keyboard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jmckee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have a friend who earns a good bit more than you and knows you REALLY love REALLY good food items, and you, too, can be the proud owner of an aged balsamic. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And throw on some nice strawberries if you have them... Basalmic and mango and strawberries and cream... yup there goes my key board too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. please don't open a bag of salt&vingear chip or a bag of sunflower seeds. I will eat the whole bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just can't help myself........

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Baked Jalapeno Cheese Crunchies from Trader Joe's. There's an entire 910 calorie bag sitting in the cupboard right now praying for deliverance.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: roundfigure

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's not in a bag....but dulce de leche ice cream never lasts once it's open

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lattelover

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lattelover, try the creme brulee flavor. It's better than dulce de leche, which is the best H/D sells.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe add some of yankeefan's balsamic glaze....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks, Dolores. I've never seen that flavor, but if it is better than DDL, it won't last either!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Parmasen gold fish crackers. I don't know why, but a bag never lasts long enough to get stale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. HOT FRIES! I am not sure if they are available everywhere, or a regional thing. But Andy Capp's Hot Fries are totally addictive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lemiller610

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I love them too! Oh, those darned vending machines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lemiller610

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Those are a "must buy" every time I travel to Maine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. cool ranch doritos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        container of fresh mozzarella
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        young stracchino/crescenza cheese (no longer available to me :(): really gooey, creamy cow's milk cheese that is only barely tangy, you must try it to believe it and you will eat the whole thing at one sitting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        publix brand cookies and cream ice cream, i don't even live near a publix but i have my grandparents get it every time i'm in florida. nothing else comes close.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fritos scoops and fake cheese are pretty good, though i never buy it. i tend to have a high-salt diet already and can't quite indulge in the fritos and cheez whiz the way i'd want to, usually makes me sick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I rarely buy bags of snack food, just try to avoid it. But I can put away a bag of Chex Mix turtle mix in 15 minutes. It has little chocolate covered caramels and caramel corn in it. Yummy! Prolly why I don't buy the stuff. And popcorn. Oh dear I can eat a lot of popcorn. I make my own and I always have some popping corn around. I grate parm cheese on it right after it's popped and the cheese melts a bit. I never make more than a half cup of kernals because I'll lay waste to as much as i make.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SharaMcG

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have never been able to bring myself to buy the Chex Mix Turtle Mix because I know, I just know, I will demolish the bag in one sitting. I learned my lesson after the first time I bought the Honey Nut Chex Mix. I had to make a "no Chex Mix" rule for my apartment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. again for me, not a bag but a jar - a jar of natural crunchy peanutbutter - i just cant stop myself! mixed with yogurt, on celery, all by itself...i just LOVE the stuff and go through the jars outrageously quickly!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: vballgal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I could eat three bags of the Snyder's pretzels, especially the Honey Mustard and Onion Bits! They're serious crack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Invino, you and I are kindred spirits. I console myself with the knowledge that the Snyder's pretzel nuggets are lower in calories than most other crunchy snacks. I find the HM&O "pieces" too salty because there seems to be more coating; I prefer the HM&O nuggets. But then - I found the Multigrain HM&O Nuggets, and have never looked back. Not many stores have them but Amazon does. I also put them in tomato soup, and crush some into the other crumbs for casseroles, Mac&Cheese...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The health benefits of almonds are greatest with raw nuts, which I'm not crazy about. I put 2 raw and one TJ's Tamari-Roasted almond in my mouth at once - the moderately salty tamari flavor really helps. A dozen nuts is all I want. But if there are cashews in the house, there won't be for long!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was waiting to see of someone would mention these. Hot buffalo wing or cheddar for me. Aaaah.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: vballgal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yes, vballgal, p/b and ice cream are tops on my 'eat it all' list. Can't have them in the house. Donuts are also on the list, but if I freeze them, it delays me. A little.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Have you tried (I imagine their crunchy is good as well) Trader Joe's peanut butter? The creamy is the best I've ever tasted, and believe me, I've tasted a lot of peanut butter in my research. Yeah, that's it, research.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    research, exactly! i actually usually get teddie's natural peanutbutter but maybe i'll switch it up (in the name of research) and try trader joe's! have you tried teddie's?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vballgal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Research, of course vballgal! No, is Teddie's to be found in TJ or supermarkets?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Got my stash today, and, none too smartly, left the TJ chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels (they're in the refrigerated section by the way) in a hot car. So, I just had to check on them when I got in, didn't I? They held up nicely, just got a little meltedly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, everything everyone said is true. They are outstanding. I had one short of the recommended daily allotment (you can't eat just one), so I'll have to continue with the rest of the stash tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since I couldn't decide, I had to get one jar of salted creamy and one jar of unsalted creamy p/b.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Who knew snack foods could be so good?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, I never had 'part' of a post deleted, live and learn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Conclusion: the jalapeno crunchies are good, as are the puffed potato chips, both regular and BBQ flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The chocolate covered p/b pretzels are the best of the stash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dolores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hmm maybe teddie's a new england thing? i'm in boston and can find it in a bunch of different grocery stores. i'll have to give tj's natural pb a try!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: vballgal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "a jar of natural crunchy peanutbutter - i just cant stop myself! "
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      i used to be the same way with the PB...now i'm on a crunchy natural almond butter kick. same problem - the spoon has a mind of its own & just keeps dipping back into the jar. tahini too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and those snyder's mustard & onion pretzels...i killed off MANY a bag in college.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i've never actually tried almond butter, although i've heard that people really like it! maybe i'll pick up a jar today at tj's and give it a try...i know peanutbutter is a good fat but it is a fat...is almond butter at all a little better (less fatty) because it's almonds?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: vballgal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          All nuts are pretty high in fat, and when you grind 'em up and make them into nut butter they all end up with approximately the same fat/carb/protein content as peanut butter. I think the lowest fat is cashews, but cashew butter is too sweet for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway, as you say, it's good fat!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: vballgal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cashews only have about 1 less gram of fat per serving than almonds. plus, they're higher in saturated fat & lower in protein. don't get me wrong, i *adore* cashews...but nutritionally speaking, you get a bigger bang for your buck with almonds - they're also a great source of vitamin E, and are much higher in fiber.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            there's room for all of them in a well-balanced diet. i eat nuts & seeds every day, and i don't even want to consider what life would be like without them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            there are so many delicious nut & seed butters out there. i say try 'em all & see which ones you like. pistachio is amazing. pumpkin seed butter & hemp butter are good alternatives when you want to mix it up, but they definitely have unique flavors that aren't for everyone. i like them, but i'm weird :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, I didn't think the difference in fat was large. Cashews are not my favorite nut -- to me they have a unpleasant sweetness, but I've never known anybody else to have this opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I've been looking for a peanut butter substitute, since we can't have peanuts or tree nuts in the house due to allergies. Sunflower seeds are a good substitute for pine nuts in things like pilafs and even pesto, but I think sunflower butter tastes like clay. Now I'll have to try pumpkin seed butter and hemp butter (if I can find them). I presume I'll have to try specialty "health food" stores. Do they have to be kept in the refrigerated section of the market, like sunflower seed butter?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think trader joes has a sunflower seed butter. My friend keeps extolling its virtues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jlafler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "Cashews are not my favorite nut -- to me they have a unpleasant sweetness"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i also think cashews have a noticeable sweetness, but it's much more pronounced when they're raw & unsalted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fyi, sunflower seed butter doesn't *have* to be kept in the refrigerated section. pumpkin & hemp seed butters are typically refrigerated, but i've seen them on the regular shelf as well. once they're open, though, keep them in the fridge. some WFM carry both kinds, but if you can't find them, check out your local health food store. i will warn you that they're *very* expensive, so try to get them from a store that has a good return policy in case you hate them :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: vballgal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Omg. I'm obsessed with almond butter. Do you happen to be in the Bay Area? B/c if you are, you must must try Full Belly Farm's crunchy almond butter. I cannot find any almond butter that is on par with this one. It is amazing with crisp tart apples. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Not a bag, but any container of ice cream is hard to resist...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Salt & Vinegar chips. Just polished off a large bag of Utz's. It only took me two days snacking at work. I'm not proud of myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Hammond's Chicken Bones. Slightly salty, peanuty and molasses and crunch. Think of a Mary Jane but crisp and crunchy. Keep those things out of my reach. I can inhale a bag full quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. i just ate an entire roll (?) of sesame thins and an 8oz package of dill havarti...i'm so ashamed of myself...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peanut brittle. Is this a Texas thing, or do you have them in the United States, er, I mean the rest of the country?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seems to be all over. It is a popular thing to make at home here. A woman's shelter here is trying to get into the business of producing it commercially on a small scale along with their catering business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I always thought peanut brittle was a southern thing. I love it, and can't believe how easy it is to make. Publix even sells chocolate covered peanut brittle!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: soypower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i loved sliced havarti straight from the fridge. for some reason i cant stand it melted though

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Cracker Jacks..big box..one sitting...I have quite the " toy surprise" collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When CJ's not avail, I've been known to buy the cheap big bucket no named brand caramel corn on road trips.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My dentist refuses to discuss my caramel popcorn jones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. miniature Twix and Milky Way Midnight (like regular Milky Way but with dark chocolate and no caramel)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Girl Scouts Samoa Cookies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Smartfood popcorn for me. Which goes surpisingly well with nicely chilled prosecco.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Is it me, or are they putting fewer Triscuit crackers in a box these days? Besides, they're 100% whole wheat, and we are supposed to be eating more whole grains, right? (The cheddar cheese flavor and deli rye especially.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And the Tribe 40 Spices Hummus they are dipped in is all natural, so it has to be good for you, right? Doesn't it also start to deteriorate right after opening?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Whew, I thought so.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  al b. darned, yes, absolutely one must be very cautious to avoid deterioration. i think it is "gone" at 20 minutes. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    oh yeah the cracked pepper and olive oil triscuits are another one of mine, I usually eat them by themselves. the whole box! and yeah I eat them because of the whole wheat thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Jax Cheese Puffs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fritos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Any thin potato chip - used to LOVE Stateline Chips back in New England
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wheat Thins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The bagel chips out of the Gardetto's bag, then the rest of the bag
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cashews, Almonds and Pecans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pepperidge Farm Sausalito Cookies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - There's a salt theme running through this..gosh that's bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Sour Cream and Onion chips....bar none. Not something that can be purchased and last the night...they call to me from the cupboard. Hence, they are rarely if ever purchased. Doritos are also walking a fine line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, a local shop regularly stocks Nuts R Us Cajun Cashews, which I purchase thinking i'll dole a few out on a salad after weighing etc....but I eventually break down and eat WAY too many. (for anyone unfamiliar with them, here's a pic on this site: http://www.manjel.com/page6.html )

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Either the sour cream and onion or ESPECIALLY the honey bbq chips...i'd kill for em right now :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The new hemp tortilla chips from TJs are addictive...we just discovered them a couple weeks ago.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lgss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hemp Tortilla Chips (heh-heh) Addictive (heh-heh) Maybe cuz they're made from hemp, they have some residual THC.(heh-heh) The Gateway Chip...could lead to the harder stuff...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LOL Adam

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: adamshoe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, we're into (hot) sauce, too...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I've been suffering from a terrible Pringles addiction lately, have to avoid them. It's funny as didn't use to like them -- back in my healthier days.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: steinpilz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oooohhh.... Pringles sour cream n' onion. (Drools....) Heaven in a green can. Adam

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: adamshoe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bought two of those bad things today, for "work snacking" -- I'm hoping to spread the unhealth (1000 calories per container) over the next month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I was also interested to see that a fruit and nut mix I bought has fewer calories in realative portions (I couldn't consume nearly as much fruit/nuts as pringles by weight or volume).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I should probably take a closer look at these fruit-nut mixes (the one I had claimed to be "mediterranean" and, by implication, was actually healthy -- did not believe that!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Hi Everyone,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fritos get me everytime. I can't put them down!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -Mary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            www.BestinKitchen.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Old Dutch Dill Pickle Chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Mesquite barbeque Zapp's Cajun Kettle Potato Chips from the Little Chippery in Grammercy. Sweet, spicy, smoky, crispy, crunchy perfection. Now that I live in South Texas, they're much harder to find than in New Orleans, where I could get small multi packs and pretend they were sufficient unto my craving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Hardbite's "Coconut and Curry" potato chips. The bag actually won't even make it home. For real.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. We recently discovered White Cheddar Cheezits. Damn those things are good. We can sit and watch TV and my dear man and I will eat pretty much the entire box. And that's a lot more food than what's in a bag of popcorn or chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. + Chocolate-covered pretzels. I don't care who makes them as long as they're salty, sweet and crispy. And then they're gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      + I can't recall the name of the snack mix, but it has Chee-Tos, Doritos, pretzel sticks and Sun Chips in it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      + Tortilla chips, really good salsa, and fresh guacamole. The greatest contribution of the Latins to world food culture, apart from the margarita. Let other people prattle on about fine art, precious stones, world conquest--hooey! Chip, salsa and guacamole are three of the most sublime efforts of mankind you'll ever put in your mouth, with one exception, at the end of this list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      + French onion dip. If there's anything remotely crispy in the neighborhood (chips, crackers, pretzels, veggies, notebook paper), it's Gone City.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      + Roasted, salted cashews and pistachios. I can't afford macadamias too often, so I fixate on these fatty, salty, creamy, chunky bits of love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      + Seared and then roasted pork loin. I don't know what it is, but this magic white meat has put a hoodoo on my fat butt. Slice of cold roast pork loin, dressed with grainy mustard and kosher salt on crispy cracker? Un-buh-LEEV-able!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      + Packages of cookies that come in columns (like Oreos.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      According to the newest Chaos Theory of Quantum Cookie Columnar Displacement, cookies must not be allowed to exist in uneven columns or we risk severe displacement in the spacial-temporal locus. So if your package contains three columns of cookies, you must eat at least three cookies each time you reach into the bag. Should some less evolved person eat only one or two cookies, you must IMMEDIATELY redress the imbalance! (And why would you have such a person as a friend or loved one, anyway?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      + Foie gras. The King of All Food. It's Elvis, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and the Rolling Stones of food, all combined. There is no food like it nor its equal. If I encounter an undefended ramekin of foie, it's the work of the merest of moments for me to rescue said ramekin from its lonely, unappreciated life on the table and, with some sourdough bread, form the basis of a new religion behind a locked door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      More to follow if I can think of them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KenWritez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Chaos Theory of Quantum Cookie Columnar Displacement"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ken, i'll buy that! i have a similar theory regarding the balance of cornbread and field peas! if my cornbread runs out before the peas, then i must augment the cornbread. and vice versa. typically, this will entail eating approximately twice as much as i "originally" (ha ha) dished out to eat. "pot likker absorption equilibrium quotient theorem" (PLAEQ-T, for short, pronounced "plackety").

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "plackety-plack, don't talk back!" the theory's theme song (hey, i'm branding....), courtesy of boots randolph, and my lovely field-pea-cookin'-and cornpone-making aunt martha.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: KenWritez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Chaos Theory of Quantum Cookie Columnar Displacement"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've done extensive research in the subject. In fact I have an experiment in progress in my freezer. It involves chocolate fudge creams. I can't disclose any more at this time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: KenWritez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "According to the newest Chaos Theory of Quantum Cookie Columnar Displacement, cookies must not be allowed to exist in uneven columns or we risk severe displacement in the spacial-temporal locus. So if your package contains three columns of cookies, you must eat at least three cookies each time you reach into the bag. Should some less evolved person eat only one or two cookies, you must IMMEDIATELY redress the imbalance! (And why would you have such a person as a friend or loved one, anyway?)"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'll tell you why you have such a person as a friend or loved one! Because it gives you an excuse to eat more cookies! So as to respect the Chaos Theory of QCCD! (there I go again, taking one for the team. Always willing to do so if it involves eating cookies.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. cheetos, the crunchy ones not the puffs...I do NOT buy these because if they are in my house I cannot stop thinking about them(and therefore eating them) until they are gone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Fromageball

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here, too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also salt and vinegar potato chips (Lay's or Kettle).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And onion dip, especially Alton Brown's recipe. It's slightly more complicated to make than the traditional tear-open-the-package-of-onion-soup-mix-and-stir-into-sour -cream, but is well worth the extra 3 minutes. And I have to make at least two batches because one batch is for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. O no, o no, o no! THANKSGIVING! Aieeeeeeeeeeeee!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I open my refrigerator door and see three boxes, each containing leftover pie. Do you know what this means?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (You feel my hands grip your lapels as I shake you back and forth)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The dreaded Pie Equalization Precipitate! My God! Any unequal amounts of leftover pie in any container, even plastic wrap, poses the gravest threat to the planet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For example, if I have 3 slices of key lime, 5 of chocolate, and 4 of apple, then I must eat 2 slices of chocolate pie and 1 of apple in order to equalize the number of leftover pie slices lest the Earth's orbit decay and we spiral into the sun! All life on Earth depends on me eating the correct amount of pie! How can I bear this responsibility?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Okay, I'm calming down, calming down, calming...going to my happy place...happyhappyhappy...and now we're home. Okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My fellow 'Hounds, I need your help. Please aid me in saving all life on this planet by equalizing the amount of leftover pie in your homes. Life is lost without you! When ou reach the end of this post, run--don't walk--to your kitchen and IMMEDIATELY eat any unequal amounts of leftover pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you have no pie, any cake or tart will do. Even cornbread in a frying pan! If none of those are available, a bag of cookies will suffice. Barely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you only have one pie, you can still help. Look at the number of slices still left. Make sure to eat any slices that would violate the 90 degree rule: There can be no leftover pie outside any of four equal quadrants of the pie plate, with the axis of the quadrants on the center point of the pie if the pie were still whole.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So, can I trust you, my friends? Please, help me help us all! For liberty and justice forever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: KenWritez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ken, have you been visiting with al gore, by any chance?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: KenWritez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ken,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank you for your concern for our planet. Your work on PEP as well as your earlier, and I trust, ongoing work on CTQCCD is greatly appreciated. Expect to be receiving an early wake up call from Stockholm sometime in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: KenWritez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lest we forget...we must also adhere to the Candy Corollary to the Pie Equalization Precipitate! The candy dish must contain the same number of each color of M&M's. You must eat any non-conforming M's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: al b. darned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do we even need to be told? Isn't that part of the social contract of eating M&M''s? Or any other color-coated candy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Only a heathen would do otherwise!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Animal crackers, nilla wafers and cinnamon teddy grahams...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The chocolate Ferrerro Rocher, I had a box and I almost finished all of them within a day (._.") I keep saying, "this will be the last one, this will be the last one" but then I take another one and another one...T_T

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Boy, you salt fiends are scary!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        254 posts?!?!?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm surprised no one has seen the connection! Chips? Nuts? Crackers? Popcorn? Pretzels? Cheese? Even Pickles?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You never see us chocolate hounds getting into such a tither! Or do you???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MSK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chocolate chowhounds do get into tithers, too. (say that 3X fast!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          check on the "what is the best chocolate" threads....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MSK

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sooooo sorry. i didn't see the "us" in your bottom line. i won't bother you in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Chili-Cheese Fritos. I buy them with the shallow promise of only one handful at lunch. It never happens, I always dive in and I would devour the bag if my conscience wasn’t such a task master! (I always do manage to finish it by the end of the day, shhh!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I swear, it only takes one little chip and I’m hooked! I’m beginning to believe in the addictive power of sodium...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i know how ya feel, cuccubear. if i do the same with doritos -- which i am wont to do, mind you -- the next day i feel like the macy's day parade people are ready to bust in my door, tether me up, and haul me away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            now that would be a scary sight. big ole puffy alkapal with her day-glo orange fingertips dangling down over the cowering crowds of frightened children.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you tossed out samples, the frightened would turn into adoring fans I'll bet. lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Speaking of Day-Glo orange, I can eat Cheese Puffs until my fingers and lips are flourescent! And I must confess, I don't even mind them if they're a little stale! (the Puffs, that is, not my lips and fingers! hee)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: cuccubear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              try the chili cheese fritos dipped in ranch dressing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              *drool*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hypertomatoes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My, my, that does sound good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That gives me an idea - Chili Cheese Fritos as the base for nachos with Ranch Dressing, fresh tomatoes and green onions, and small pieces of grilled, marinated steak...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sorry, I know it's off topic...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. On Sunday, my wife, the lovely Sturdy Wench, made tollhouse chocolate chip cookies for a dinner party. She made extra but she forgot to take them in with her to work on Monday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ordinarily, this wouldn't be an issue, but I work at home (I'm a writer). So I'm at home all day with a bag of chocolate chip cookies in the freezer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can you see the problem yet?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              By the end of Monday I've had a cookie as my "breakfast dessert," I've had a mid-morning "energy booster," I've had two cookies as lunch dessert, another cookie "just because I want one" in the afternoon, and three cookies as "real dessert" after dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can you see the problem now?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              She again forgets to take them to work today. (Now I have proof she's trying to kill me!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There are still two quart-size zip-top bags of cookies in the freezer. My first thought on seeing them is (and I swear this is true), "I'd better eat all these cookies now so I won't be eating them all day long!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I really need help.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: KenWritez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ken, you had me at "tollhouse chocolate chip cookie"! -- esp. if they are a little "under"-baked and soft-y.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Cheddar cheese Goldfish Crackcers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Cajun spiced dry mangos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sugar coated spicy tamarind balls

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any baked soft gingerbread

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Popcorn and sunflower seeds (in their shell)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BamiaWruz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cajun spiced dry mangos. where oh where can i buy some, please?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've only seen them in one place, and that's a bulk store called "Foody's" here in the rouge hill area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They're spicy, and oh so good.. got my mom addicted to them and last time I was in the shop there was a man sneaking up to the mangos and filling up a bag for himself, then when he saw me go for them he ran over to tell me how he's also addicted to them lol, it was hilarious!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Foody's is a gourmet bulk store btw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.traderjoesfan.com/Trader_J... a substitute perhaps? They don't look the same, and we don't have trader joes here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BamiaWruz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        bamia, thanks. will check tj's. i've seen the plain dried mango in asian groceries, of couse, will look more carefully for spiced ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alka, if Chili-Lime Mango strikes your fancy, i love, love, love the one from Hunza Foods. WFM carries their products, as do some independent natural food stores. their products are usually pretty pricey, but it happens to be on sale on their website right now...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.gohunza.com/product_info.p...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          otherwise, please report back if you try the TJ's product. i always see it there, but i haven't given it a whirl yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            alka, i had to give you an update - i finally picked up a bag of the TJ's Chili Spiced Mango yesterday...it's DANGEROUS! i'm stashing it on a *high* shelf in the cupboard in the hopes that i might "forget" it's here, otherwise i could very well kill off the entire bag by tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i forgot to look for it! i need a tj's list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i didn't have it on my list either - it called to me from the shelf...and now it's calling to me from the kitchen cabinet ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BTW, i just got an e-mail about sale products from Hunza Foods...including chocolate-dipped dried mango. uh-oh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  did you see the post i did on a mango curry? it looked awesome. let me find it and put it here, too: http://blog.sigsiv.com/2007/11/mambaz...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  from the lamb chops thread, where there was a subsidiary discussion on yogurt: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/587056

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: BamiaWruz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sugar coated spicy tamarind balls...YUM! Just watch out for the seed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Back when I was allowed to eat salt: Snyder's mustard pretzels! I rarely ever bought them because I'd eat the whole bag all on my own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In this day and age: good chocolate. A candy bar could be split between me and my guy, me and twelve others or just be for me, but the whole thing would be gone that moment. Oh, those Dove milk chocolates that come in a bag! I have bought them maybe twice and they did not make it past the day. And, although I've almost grown tired of them, the treasure chest chocolates in a bag. What are they? Hershey's? They are foil wrapped and they really do not get shared!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Munchies and popcorn, by far are the worst offenders.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Barbeque Pop Chips. Xochitl tortilla chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I forgot to include Walker's shortbread cookies, any decent English toffee, caramelized nuts, onion-garlic pistachios, chili almonds, and, in the ice cream category: vanilla bean, vanilla swiss almond, DARK chocolate, coffee, and praline.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Michelly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Michelly..................
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I brought home from work a week ago, a huge bag of mixed nuts, no peanuts. How could I resist, they were on sale at about a dime on the dollar. Anyway, in a skillet went brown sugar/butter/cayenne pepper/soy/ground ginger, stir stir stir...quickly onto buttered waxed paper, then wait..............so good, so so good.....................you mentioned carmelized nuts, the kids and the hubby both are toting them to work in their lunch today. < Should ensure hugs for me

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I'm not usually one for corn chips, but Mexicana flavoured Doritos are literally impossible to not eat in one sitting. I stopped buying them because I would scarf the whole pack and feel like a tremendous fatty afterwards. The only time I will get them now is if I am having people over.. we still finish the whole bag, but I eat less in the process :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: tyrannosaurusjess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not even a quarter of the way down this page, that I love BTW.........
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  has anyone mentioned Triscuts olive oil rosemary garlic, all in one?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  do they even still make those, OML

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. love salty and sweet together, you add chocolate to the mix and there's a problem. like the box of Crunch and Munch Chocolate/Caramel I just tossed into the trash after making hubby his lunch today. he got the last of the box lucky guy but with this cleanse I'm on, obviously, big duh moment, I can't have it (yet).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hubby is a lover of cheetos [the little skinny ones] I like them in their hot flavor but he doesn't.. I love the salt and vinegar potato chips, and don't share. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. *shudder* You've got me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    President's Choice Blue Menu makes an awesome box of popsicles- mango, some kind of berry, and an orange flavour. I have no idea what is so great about them, but after about 3 days in the house (if I'm lucky), the box of 12 or 18 is GONE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peek Freans' Fruit Creams are similarly devoured, but we have them around less often.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sailrox

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Synder sandwich pretzals with cheese inside...dear G-d...I could eat more than half the bag in one sitting. And they are SO caloric it's not even funny...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ritz crackers even though I don't eat them anymore because they're hydrogenated

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Chips Ahoy with milk...not allowed in the house...not allowed...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also any chip with hummus...I could finish all the chips and all the hummus...scary!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Original Fritos with Fritos Jalepeno and Cheddar dip. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. - Kettle chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Those jalapeno pretzel pieces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        - Garlic Chex Mix

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MysticYoYo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you know, I just bought a bag of the baked potato kettle chips at grocery outlet and literally ate them all. Almost before I got out of the parking lot.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.kettlefoods.com/our_produc...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bbqboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            These seem to be flavored to resemble a baked potato with all the toppings, but a look at the ingredient list indicates that they are fried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Well, of course. What could be better than a deep-fried baked potato (chip)?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They were REALLY good. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Unique Pretzels, extra dark splits. Cheez-its. And those low-fat cheese curls from TJs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Nori maki arare. I get the Shirakiku brand from a local Japanese place that is a small deli/market. I like to peel the seaweed off and eat that first, and then eat the cracker. If I'm doing this while reading or watching a movie, the bag just disappears.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The other one is that horrible Snap Pea puffy cracker concoction. It is a fake peapod, and tastes like butter via MSG. The first time I saw them at Trader Joe's, I was curious and bought them for a salad, but opened the bag on the drive back. They were gone before I got home. I went back to TJ's the same week and bought a handful of bags . . . and then became aware of the fat content. I don't buy them anymore.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, those fake pea pods are amazing. I will never eat one again ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Oh, there are several. Exhibit A. would be Smartfood white cheese popcorn. I don't know why, but it's a super-satisfying snarf. B. Would be Chex-mix, but only of the homemade, fully-loaded variety; I can't get it on like that w/ the pre-bagged nastiness they sell in bulk. C. is Japanese Chili Crackers or bar mix, and D. is wasabi peas. Salt-n-Vinegar kettle chips have been known to disappear rapidly (she said as she woke up with eyes totally swollen shut), as have a brand of thick bbq chips that I found twice and never saw again. Don't know the name. Oh. Chocolate kisses. I was so twisted about the savory and salty that I almost bypassed the worst bag open=bag gone offender. And lest we forget, Gardetto's snack mix with the little pumpernickel rusks. Oh, salty goodness and joy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mamachef: >>>"""Salt-n-Vinegar kettle chips have been known to disappear rapidly (she said as she woke up with eyes totally swollen shut).""<<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i hear that, girlfriend! http://i876.photobucket.com/albums/ab...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 1) Kettle brand - potato chips - spicy thai flavour - WOW!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2) BBQ flavoured popped potato chips - the orange bag from Trader Joes - AMAZING!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Neither of these survive in our pantry for too long.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Any chips, but the ones I go out of my way to buy and inhale are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Kettle Brand Salt and Pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - Old Dutch Smoked BBQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Hapi Sriracha Peas, even better imo than the Wasabi version. Can't keep them around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The extra-thick kettle-style potato chips made by Calbee in Japan, and only available there, I believe. The regular flavors are Black Pepper and Salt, but the special flavors of Garlic, Green Nori and Yuzu Kosho are especially good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. A Polish caramel candy called "Krówki" (must be "Milanówek" brand). Thank goodness I have to go to NYC to get them or I'd be spherical.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Whole Foods Fleur de Sel Caramels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dulce de Leche ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        See a trend?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Well my answer has changed considerably since 2008...today my open bag jones is dried fruit! Mangos, pineapple, apricots, lord help me...this stuff is crack!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i heard a "alternate health" program last night, and a guest said that dried fruit has added sugar (in the form of hfcs). is that true of your dried fruits?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i should have known! ;-).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (the guests on the show were saying no concentrated sugars...to avoid diabetes issues. i said to myself, dang, i have to give up sugar in my coffee?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't think that comes under the category, candy and sugary pastries are what the doc told me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i think these guests were radicals. ;-). (and not "free radicals," har de har har).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am a habitual label reader anyway but when I bought a dehydrator I never looked back. Big $$$ savings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Really? Perhaps the "general" stupidmarket ones do, but I really hope the dried apricots or cranberries at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods wouldn't.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pringles, Chex Mix, Mellow creme pumpkins, and Combos and sometimes Bugles. But combos must be cheddar cheese or pizza flavor cracker not pretzel