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Aug 18, 2008 07:14 PM

Things I ate/drank in college that I will never eat again

So going off of the one hit wonders thread..Wandering Lady gave me an idea. I was thinking about fuzzy navels and wine coolers...Zima...ugh...and those were all college drinks...along with Harry Buffalo. But it also got me thinking about the food. I have said many times that I will NEVER eat Ramen noodles again. I also have no lust in my heart for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese made with water and margarine as we could not afford milk.

What, from your college days, will you never eat/drink again????

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    1. hmm, i hate to say it, but i will always have a place in my heart for the lowest of the lowbrau foods. but my metabolism sadly no longer supports the warm cheesecake sundaes i used to consume once a week. when i visit my alma mater, i still go to food court for the spicy fries and benihaha-style stirfries just for old time's sake. =)

      1. Pretty much any kind of fast food and chain pizza. Regarding the drinking: Southern Comfort, Brass Monkeys (made by combining Miller High Life and Sunny D), and any kind of Rum, especially Parrot Bay or Malibu.

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        1. re: gmk1322

          Southern Comfort.

          I can barely read or type the words, without a little bit of reflux in the back of my throat.

          Had WAY too many out-of-stomach experiences with SC in my university days!

          1. re: purple goddess

            In a related and super disgusting way, I can no longer eat pastrami because of a SC drinking binge. I won't go into details. When I think about it, the only hard alcohols that don't induce nausea and I can still drink are vodka and scotch.

            1. re: gmk1322

              Southern Comfort, (shudder), sloe gin (that stuff will leave a stain coming back up), any drink mixed in a large trash can with fruit and whatever liquor the party guests bring and mix in, Zima with jolly ranchers dropped in, Boone's Farm "wine" and the little box of Jiffy blueberry muffins slathered in about a stick of margarine for the morning after.

              1. re: Firegoat

                "any drink mixed in a large trash can with fruit and whatever liquor the party guests bring and mix in"

                You're not by any chance from rural Michigan, are you? I thought my husband and his buddies were pulling my leg when they told me about this one...

                1. re: Cowprintrabbit

                  lol no, that would be an old Kansas State University party drink. Preferably served at a winter party with snow outside so that you have lovely technicolor yawns decorating the front yard afterwards.

                  We also had a "moose-themed" party one time. No idea why, but picture of Moose were hung around the house, and we created a drink called Moose-snot ..... I know it contained Midori Melon Liquor and orange juice, not sure what else.....
                  Add Midori melon liquor to something I haven't had since college as well.

                  1. re: Firegoat

                    Firegoat: not to take this OT, but when were you at KSU? I was 83- 89 or so off and on.

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        hey those porches on the old Tatarrax apartment building (one block South of campus near 16th) were MADE for trashcan punch. (among other things) not College Courts right on Anderson, I lived there too, there we had the back steps to 'shotgun' beer cans. there I liked to cook with a lot (a LOT) of fish sauce as my kitchen was right on a shortcut a lot of the frat and sorority members used to get to those houses. oh the comments I'd hear.

                        1. re: hill food

                          I think I may have gone to a party or two. The last trash can punch party we hosted was right after a big snow storm. We had a lot of "Technicolor yawns" all over the lawn and off the back porch the next morning. I was there from 86-90.

                  2. re: Cowprintrabbit

                    i recall that trash can punch in florida and d.c.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      I guess I led a sheltered life!

                      Firegoat, theirs was usually served in the snow, too; around a tire bonfire in the woods.

                      1. re: alkapal

                        hartwick college (upstate NY) at pretty much any frat party

                      2. re: Cowprintrabbit

                        At UCLA in the early 70's, that drink was called Strip-and-Go-Naked. It was too heinous to consume in quantity-- one or two sips was all I could manage, thankfully!

                        1. re: Cowprintrabbit

                          trash can punch is popular at all college campuses in the US.

                          it's fruit, fruit juice, various liquor, and usually various liqueurs (like sour apple pucker) in a trash can

                          1. re: Cowprintrabbit

                            UMaine here! We called them 'Purple Jesus', too. The combo of Treasure Island Rum (or Poland Spring Gin- the pride of Lewiston) and Zarex and fruit cocktail liberated from the cafe...
                            It's amazing I lived through it....

                            1. re: mollydingle

                              To wash down Pat's Pizza?
                              Maine hockey now has a 9 game unbeaten streak!
                              Go Black Bears!

                          2. re: Firegoat

                            THAT is Harry Buffalo!!!!! Looks like we all had our versions. Ours included grain alcohol and koolaid.

                            1. re: rHairing

                              We called it Purple Jesus juice. Prolly cause you prayed to the porcelain god the next morning

                              1. re: starlady

                                It was called Wapatooey (not sure of the proper spelling) where I went to college in MN. Uff da!

                                1. re: seahag

                                  That's what we called it, too - coming from buffalo, NY....

                                2. re: starlady

                                  Known as Purple Jesus to me to, in PA. Might have been grape juice based. You might find it amusing to learn that my father, a pharmacist, used to tell me about concocting "bath tub gin" in the bath tub of his fraternity house out the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in the 30's. He and his frat buddies also thought it very amusing to light each othere's farts & claimed they could tell what someone had eaten by the color of the flame. Makes Ramen Noodles look pretty tame.

                              2. re: Firegoat

                                ugh soco and lime...i can get sick right now thinking about it..also those HUGE jugs of wine...i thought i was so "classy" drinking wine...also the last night pizza and buffalo wings and the unlimited fries from the mess hall..i thought it was the best thing wonder I gained the freshman fifteen

                                1. re: Firegoat

                                  yeahhhh jungle juice! two trashcans..... lots of red koolaid, grain alcohol, and lots of fruit tossed in (to be eaten at your own peril!) That was college in rural (lexington) va for me.

                                  1. re: kubasd

                                    haha, yes! jungle juice, philly tradition - mix together whatever juices and leftover alcohol you have, add kool aid packets and grain alchol (everclear)....cut up a bunch of fruit to throw in and as it sits the fruit gets more and more potent to be eating.....loooooove!

                                    1. re: pie22

                                      We did the same thing at Tulane and called it jungle juice! Also, we mixed jello w/everclear and made jello shots. Sometimes, the high school students would stop by one of the many local bars and do their homework and have a jello shot. It's a wonder we ever graduated!

                                  2. re: Firegoat

                                    Oh yes, the dreaded trash-can punch made from hawaiian punch and everclear. *shudder*. Here isnTexas you'll find it at every campus bash. Right next to the keg.

                                    1. re: aggiecat

                                      and hopefully the twain ne'er meet in tummies. but when they do, stay very, very far away!

                                      1. re: aggiecat

                                        In Montana, we'd soak fruit in everclear overnight, and then make the punch.
                                        A sip of punch with a few grapes and apple slices were all that was required to have a tremendous hangover.

                                        A few years ago we went to a friend's 30th birthday party, and the host (who was in his 40's) served everclear margarita's and really cheap wine. We were all so horrified that we made exuses to leave early. There was no way we were drinking anything that was offered. We went to a local wine bar and had a much better time!

                                        1. re: FoodChic

                                          Forgot about Everclear and champagne, that was quite the hangover.

                                          1. re: roro1831

                                            "Beer and liquor, never sicker!"

                                            In Maryland, we bought cases of this grossly cheap beer called Weidermans. When the beach patrol trucks came down the beach, we would throw the case over the fence and then spend the rest of the night trying to retrieve it! Oh yes, Weidermans and Thunderbird "wine".

                                            1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                              Oh yes, I remember drinking Weidermans at George Washington (not to mention the trash can punch made from grain alcohol and bug juice). Weidermans was a step up from Iron City Beer, which was tasted like the waste water of steel mills.

                                              1. re: tunghoy

                                                To each his own...but I can't agree with you about Iron City... during my college years (some 39 years ago) it was considered by most to be a much better beer than, say, Budweiser and other 'big brands'. We would actually seek it out!
                                                While I was more partial to darker, fuller bodied beers, I would never turn down an "Arn" if one was handed to me back then. Haven't had it lately, and it has probably changed over the years, but back then it was certainly well made and of better quality than a most other beers of its type.

                                              2. re: stuck in Hartford County

                                                Man, hadn't heard the name Weiderman's in years. That was our "post-buzz" beer. We'd have a case of something decent (in those days Hiene or Lowenbrau or Michelob would suffice) and after 2 or 3 bottles of those, you went to the Weidemans for the balance of the night because it just didn't matter anymore.

                                            2. re: FoodChic

                                              In Gainesville, we called it Hunch Punch! Kool Aid, Diesel and fruit cocktail in a cooler! then we'd munch on the fruit when the punch ran out. It totally grosses me out now thinking about it!

                                              1. re: jessicam29

                                                i'd suspect that canned fruit cocktail looks the same "before and after" -- before it goes down the gullet, then goes back the same way. this characteristic of fruit cocktail is perhaps unique in the world of food.

                                          2. re: Firegoat

                                            I was trying to think of the name of the liquor -- Everclear! Now I'm sorry I've remembered.

                                            The "mixer" for the trash can punch rotated depending on what generic, sugar-laden fruit punch-ish drink was on sale at the Food Lion. As if it ever tasted like anything but a mouthful of fire. And as if I cared at the time.

                                            It's a wonder I or anyone else got through college with an intact digestive tract. Ugh....

                                            1. re: merrymc

                                              There was also a brand called Diesel

                                            2. re: Firegoat

                                              "PGA Punch." (Pure Grain Alcohol, sold as such.) Hosts provide the case of fiths of PGA. Guests bring the mixers: any kind of fruit juice, mixers, soda pop, you name it. Dump all the mixers in a semi-clean trash can and start pouring in fifths of PGA. See how long it takes the drunken fools to dare each other into adding the whole case of PGA to the punch, and what truly idiotic fools will still drink it.

                                              1. re: Firegoat

                                                I remember Boone's. Good lord. And Rolling Rock. I used to drink a lot of Rolling Rock.

                                                That and Duncan Heinz golden vanilla cake with chocolate icing and a glass of Mountain Dew for breakfast on more than one occasion. It's amazing my teeth didn't rot out of my head in college...

                                            3. re: purple goddess

                                              The thought of Southern Comfort is disgusting. I also can't drink tequila, even in margarita form. Same for Zima and wine coolers (though that was more HS drinking).

                                              Food -- Tuna helper -- that's about it. I ate relatively well compared to most college kids.

                                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                                I used to make Tuna Helper too! My mom would send me care packages with all kinds of pre-packaged stuff (even though she's a great cook). It wasn't too long afterwards that I figured out how to cook real food!

                                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                                  i ate pretty well too compared to most except for the occasional easy mac and ramen, and i second the fuzzy navels, and "whatever beer was around"

                                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                                    miss n, for years, i couldn't drink tequila in any form without gagging. one of the initiation rites for a group i was in was the "stoic shot": you had to drink a shot of tequila as slowly as you could. awful. really awful.

                                                    about a year or two ago, though, i happened upon an aged, smoky tequila at a bar specializing in the stuff. it was so lovely -- truly a sipping liquor -- that it somehow wiped the slate clean for tequila more generally. i'm still not a fan of the shizzy bottom, bottom shelf plastic bottle varieties, but there is *some* stuff worth drinking!

                                                    1. re: cimui

                                                      Oh, I just stumbled on this post about a year later. DH does tell me that the good stuff (we have a bottle at home) is nothing like the Cuervo crap college students usually drink. I guess I should get in touch with the inner Chowhound and try tequila again (like I did with uni). But I have a feeling I'm going to have to be stupid drunk to do so! My feelings of nausea associated with tequila don't have to do with taste but with getting disgustingly sick from downing about 7 shots in 45 minutes.

                                                      1. re: Miss Needle

                                                        I can still remember one episode in college where I actually hallucinated after drinking way too much tequila one night. The details are getting fuzzy on me now but it happened. I can still drink it - but only the good stuff.

                                                        1. re: flourgirl

                                                          Hmmmm... maybe if you are able to drink it now, I should give it a go one day. But I have to admit that even the smell freaks me out.

                                                          1. re: flourgirl

                                                            Ah yes, the tequila delusions. I had those once, many years ago, after doing waaaaaay too many shooters. I thought I was having a royally good time, and went to give a big butt-bounce on the bed in the room i was in, missed the bed completely and busted the hell outta my tailbone. Off to the ER to learn that virtually nothing could be done, and no, I wasn't getting any painkillers either since I was completely likkered up.

                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                              @flourgirl, are you sure you didn't drink the worm?

                                                            2. re: Miss Needle

                                                              Holy Jose Cuervo!!! I'm reluctantly impressed: 7 shots in 45 minutes!?! No wonder you don't like tequila!

                                                              I can't remember the name of the anejo I had at Gabriela's that made me start liking tequila, again, but we have one at home right now from the 1800 Tequila label -- the Anejo Reserva Antigua -- that's really pleasant to sip (if you're into strong liquors). It doesn't have that raw, rough kick that younger tequilas have. That rawness is the taste that triggers the gag reflex in me, I think.

                                                              1. re: cimui

                                                                Yup, not one of my proudest moments -- happened about half my life ago. Hopefully I learned a little something since then.

                                                                I actually used to love the taste of tequila -- even the Jose Cuervo, which back in those days I considered to be the "gold" standard!. Guess I wasn't such a discriminating drinker back then. But my experience kind of scarred me. DH has the Chinaco Anejo at home, which I think is supposed to be pretty good. But I still haven't gotten the muster up the courage to give it a whirl.

                                                                1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                  Wow! I salute you guys. 3 shots is about as much as I could handle and the after-effects are STILL lingering today! :o) There was also this awful concoction called Tequila Rose - like a creamy tequila drink...when I was in college, my friends downed that stuff thinking, "Nah - it's not as hardcore as straight tequila..." Famous last words!!

                                                                  1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                    That Tequila Rose stuff is some of the nastiest crap I have ever tasted (note that I did not say consumed, because I couldn't make myself swallow it!) In my memory, the taste was an odd combination of awful tequila, Pepto, and fake strawberry flavor. It was just foul beyond words.

                                                                  2. re: Miss Needle

                                                                    Oh yeah, that *is* the good stuff. Want me to try it for you? ;)

                                                            3. re: Miss Needle

                                                              We had a shooter set called either the three amigos, three wisement, or three muskateers, three stoogies, depending on which one you were on:
                                                              Jack Daniels, Johnny walker, and Jose Cuervo.


                                                              1. re: jchamberlain

                                                                um, i got the three amigos.... but wisemen or muskateers?

                                                                1. re: jchamberlain

                                                                  This is what a Three Wise Men really is. Jack, Johnny, and Jim.


                                                                  1. re: MWinston

                                                                    who comes up with these things? LOL! <D'OH, *college students!!>

                                                                    here's the "four horsemen of the apocalypse", with variations!


                                                                    it uses the 4 "j"s.....

                                                                    then there are such variations as:
                                                                    Four Horsemen and Hell Follows - Adds one part of Everclear
                                                                    Four Horsemen Go Hunting - Adds one part of Wild Turkey
                                                                    Four Men in a Boat - Adds one part of Grand Marnier

                                                                    1. re: MWinston

                                                                      When I was in grad school, there was this annual 5k race (organized by people in my program) that ended at a pool party. The race leader carried the keg tap, and the back of the pack was given some sort of punishment alcohol. The year I did it, it was the run from the Three Wise Men. We finished the airplane bottles at the end of the course - much to the surprise of non-affiliated runners, who just thought we were doing shots at 9am on a Saturday...

                                                                2. re: purple goddess

                                                                  A couple years ago we went to see my son's band play at The Chance in Poughkeepsie and my daughter got me something called a SoCo and lime in a shot glass. It was vile. However it reminded me of the kamikaze shots we used to do - will never do them again either.

                                                                  Other things are Mad Dog 40/40, and bad whisky. When i went away to college my older brother gave me one piece of advice - never drink anything with a number (Three Feathers, Four Roses, etc.) Can't remember if i heeded his advice, though.

                                                                  1. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                    lol, soco is just short for southern comfort. Better drunk straight up, in a shot glass, no lime.
                                                                    I remember drinking other peoples drinks that were left around the party or bar. We wouldn't do that today for sure.

                                                                    1. re: momof3

                                                                      I had a friend who tended bar, and sometimes when people didn't have enough cash for another drink, he'd give them what we called a "barmat beverage," which is exactly what it sounds like; the drippings from the barmat poured into a highball glass over ice, and served up for free if you could handle it.

                                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                                        I always thought that was an urban (bourbon?) myth. yeesh, even I never stooped that low.

                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                          Wow. I can't even imagine the barmat beverage!

                                                                      2. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                        Southern comfort and lime juice shots are called snakebites if I'm correct in my thinking. You could buy a snakebite kit in the liquor stores

                                                                        1. re: jacquelyncoffey

                                                                          I thought a Snakebite was cider nad beer mixed...? At least they are here (Van, BC)

                                                                          1. re: starlady

                                                                            I think the name applies to both. I've drank both snakebites, and also heard the guiness and cider mix called something else.

                                                                          2. re: jacquelyncoffey

                                                                            The Snakebite Kits we used to buy had Yukon Jack and lime juice. Actually, there are 10 "Snakebite" and 7 "Snake Bite" recipes on

                                                                            BTW - Mad Dog was 20/20.

                                                                            1. re: al b. darned

                                                                              a snakebite in most areas is yukon jack and rose's lime. in the mid atlantic, for some reason, it's cider and guinness.

                                                                          3. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                            I'm all to familiar with The Chance - I went to Marist!

                                                                            1. re: Pita_Turner

                                                                              LOL, I may've served you quarter beers up the road at the Hyde Park Inn.

                                                                            2. re: mrsbuffer

                                                                              what great advice!
                                                                              made me recall Walker Percy's essay on bourbon in Signposts in a Strange Land, and his run-in with Two Natural. of course, he was no connoisseur................. he makes that clear!

                                                                            3. re: purple goddess

                                                                              I had just one hideous out-of-stomach experience with SC in my freshman year, and that was enough! Got so sick I had to go to the student medical center. The exact same thing happened to my dad when he was in the army, only he couldn't tell them what was wrong-- I forget what the official (mis)diagnosis was! SC-- NEVER AGAIN!

                                                                              1. re: purple goddess

                                                                                HA HA - did the same thing. The 1st & only drunk after my freshman year was a pint of SC, chased with a little of my friends vodka. We wobbled arm in arm back to the dorms, passed out & had to live through the next day.

                                                                                Dying would have been more merciful.

                                                                                1. re: gmk1322

                                                                                  Oh yeah, Parrot Bay or Malibu. Just that sunblock-smell makes me nauseous.

                                                                                  1. re: ajs228

                                                                                    I can still appreciate a Malibu baybreeze under the right circumstances.

                                                                                  2. re: gmk1322

                                                                                    is that what a brass monkey was? i cannot drink rum either, and i'll NEVER eat cincinnati chili again.

                                                                                  3. On reflection, I am amazed and repulsed that I and many classmates got an Ivy League degree while consuming pancakes, fried chicken, and beer, pretty much around the clock. I think Bobby and Louis at Koch's (extraordinary) take- out deli at 43rd and Locust in Philly may have saved my life...

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                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                      Koch's Deli.....what great memories. A hoagie from them had enough meat to sustain you for a week.

                                                                                      1. re: sbp

                                                                                        Koch's is stillllll awesome. Hot Pastrami with a side of banter with the worker!

                                                                                    2. Any purple punch; unspecified-meat meatballs; white gooey dips w/unnamed lumps or clots.