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Dec 22, 2008 10:05 AM

Foods you eat strangely

It must be my OCD, but I kinda play a game with different foods in my mouth. For example, The little "Gold Fish" crackers, I hold one between my teeth and see if I can split it perfectly down the middle. As for popcorn, I try to save a pile of only the soft white corn and dispose of any hulls. Yes I do the Oreo cookie thing also. If I have Campbells vegetable soup I try to save the peas til last. If I have a slice of cheese I try to chew it so it is a perfect circle.
Anyone else have any weird habits.? Nothing wrong with me, with me, with me

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  1. Hi!

    I loved your post!

    I eat rod pretzels in a rather odd way. I like to break off the ends of the rod and then sip coca cola through it before eating it. No joke! I started eating pretzels this way when I had jaw surgery about 15 years ago. I wasn't allowed to eat solid food for 6 weeks, so this was a way I found to get the pretzel down. The habit stuck.

    Nothing wrong with me either!

    Take care-


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    1. re: MEH

      I don't eat the potatoes in New England Clam Chowder, never have don't know why. I can only eat a banana sliced and on a plate...and I turn my plate when eating to have the food that I am eating right in front of me...Nope nothing wrong with me! ;)

      1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

        I give the potatoes in clam chowder to my cat.

        I don't eat the "crust" on pancakes. My SO says that such a thing does not exist, but it does.

        Edit: Reading this I thought I was peculiar.

        1. re: Glencora

          Glencora, it certainly DOES exist, and i don't like it either! it's too dry - i always trim it off.

        2. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

          haha...I don't eat the CLAMS in clam chowder and it's one of my FAV SOUPS!! ....LOVE the potatoes and all the creamy goodness but NOT the rubbery clams! LOL....I know, I know....THAT IS strange huh? ;-)

          1. re: TeriPie

            <<.I know, I know....THAT IS strange huh? >>
            Nope, I'll eat oyster stew, but not the oysters. And I like clam chowder, too, though am psyched when fewer clams find their way into my bowl. :) I'm in it for the cream and the butter, what can I say?

        3. re: MEH

          Oh My Gosh MEH, I have done that with the pretzels. Sometimes I see if I can eat all of the brown off of the pretzel and leave the light insides.
          And as for "Life Savers" I try to not bite them but suck them til they disappear. I have also used the black licorice sticks as straws.

          1. re: HotMelly

            Melly you seem to be implying that some people DO bite Life Savers. Am i reading you correctly? It's unfathomable. . .

            1. re: BeaN

              My husband and I both crunch through hard candies, including Life Savers and mints. I never knew that was really so strange.

              1. re: Caralien

                Never met a hard candy I can't chew through EXCEPT jolly ranchers...they fascinate and repel me for that characteristic. Why are people so offended by chewing hard candies? Even my 10 year old (standing beside me as I type)...she can't understand her old dad's habit!

                1. re: foodiesnorth

                  i'm a chomper, too. i guess i'm too impatient. and yes, jolly ranchers are the exception.

                  1. re: foodiesnorth

                    HAha the couple times I've been silly enough to forget, I have literally fused my mouth closed for the better part of an hour after trying to chew a jolly rancher with my molars. NOTHING was jolly about this experience! You might ask why one wouldn't just pry their jaw open but believe me I tried and only stopped when I was pretty sure I was gonna lose a filling with it.

                  2. re: Caralien

                    Me too! I can't suck on those things- I have to crunch them up. Even jawbreakers, which I have only had a few times in my life.

                2. re: HotMelly

                  If you get the right kind of candy cane, with just a BIT of a hole in the middle, you can stick it in an orange and suck out the juice!

                  1. re: juster

                    Used to suck candy canes down to the sharpest point I could and then poke my brothers with it heh heh heh

                    1. re: PressPlay

                      You know, a lot of jails & prisons have banned candy canes because prisoners were doing the exact same thing, only poking a lot harder. Candy can be dangerous.

                      1. re: ajs228

                        yeah, i got yer candy cane. right *here*!

                        red and white shiv alert!

                      2. re: PressPlay

                        YES! I used to do that when I was little, only I would poke myself to see if it hurt, or try to stab it through a piece of paper.
                        "Look mommy I have an umbrella!"

                      3. re: juster

                        Hah! I used to do that with candy canes when I was little. My mom showed me how. And long red licorice "shoelaces" I used to roll into a flat disk and eat it like a cookie.

                    2. re: MEH

                      when younger, I would eat/ scrape all the chocolate from a 3 musketeers bar so I was left with nothing but fluffy nougat. I also liked to eat cheese doodles as if they were an ear of corn (Taking tiny bites while rotating the doodle....) I am perfectly sane!! Adam

                      1. re: adamshoe

                        OMG I totally forgot about doing that as a kid (3 musketeers). I used to lick the fluff clean. I used to do that with Twix too. Bite off the cracker and then carefully lick off the chocolate.

                        Hmmm... maybe I AM disturbed.

                        I also used to peel the apple with my two front teeth (a habit I started when I lost one front tooth). I would completely peel it. I think I was pretending to be a bunny. No not strange...

                        1. re: Sal Vanilla

                          with twix you have to carefully eat the cracker and then the chocolate and then its just the gooey caramel you can slowly let melt in your mouth... messy business tho

                        2. re: adamshoe

                          For me, it was kit-kats. I'd eat the chocolate off the sides, then separate the wafers.

                          1. re: Terrieltr

                            me too! or with ferrero rocher chocolates, I eat the chocolate off the waffery orb before I put it in my mouth

                            1. re: hungryungry

                              Do you also nibble the edges off of Reese's cups?

                              1. re: TampaAurora

                                I always eat the edges off Reese's (including the Resse's Christmas tree and especially the Reese's Easter eggs). Yumm! Leaving the best for last!

                                1. re: catrn

                                  the reese's easter eggs are the best reese's candy product because of the higher "filling-to-chocolate covering" ratio.

                                  same deal with the "fun-size" nutrageous, compared with regular nutrageous candy bar size. why are the fun size only available -- and rarely -- at halloween?

                                  why is it so hard to get the brach's fiesta malted milk easter eggs? i put mine in my mouth to dissolve the white coating, turning my tongue white. then, i let the chocolate start to melt in my mouth, then ...CRUNCH down to split into the malted milk center. i can eat almost the whole bag, and then feel sick. maybe it is a blessing that i can't hardly ever find them at eastertime.

                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    Nutrageous, Take Fives and Reese's are the way to snack! (See a pattern.) All must have the chocolate edges bit off before consuming.

                                    1. re: alkapal

                                      Any candy with a soft center, 3 Musketeers, York Peppermint Patties, See's chocolates, I always "filet" them, eating off all the chocolate and then sticking the whole center in my mouth and letting it melt slowly.
                                      I also filet my sandwiches, eating all the crusted edges first, then the center. And I love pancake crust, to me it's the best part and I save it for last!
                                      Oh yeah, and cheetos, i always slide them across my lips and collect the cheese on my lips to lick off after I've chewed the cheeto itself. I usually only do that when I'm alone, thank heavens. I separate my M&M's by color then eat them largest quantity first. I'll eat any plate of several foods one at a time, saving my favorite thing (usually the mashed potatoes) for last.
                                      Oh lordy, OCD are us! Maybe I should increase my Prozac...

                                2. re: hungryungry

                                  wait - next time, try it my way!
                                  First, eat the outer chocolate-nut layer.
                                  Next, split the wafer-orb in two, and usually the center soft orb with detatch from one half of the wafer-orb.
                                  Eat the empty wafer-orb half.
                                  Pop the soft ganache orb into your mouth, suck off all the soft ganache, and when the nut is clean, eat it last!
                                  It's fun and makes the candy last longer... Orb orb orb!

                                  1. re: hungryungry

                                    I, too, am a devotee of the Rocher deconstruction approach.

                                    Once the chocolate outside has been eaten, I pull off one wafer orb half and eat that before then consuming the now open-faced hazelnut delight.

                                  2. re: Terrieltr

                                    OMG! I thought I was the only one who did this with Kit-Kats!

                                    I like to put a bit of chili on one corner of a saltine & bite it off. I do all four corners of the cracker except the last corner goes on top of the spoonful of chili (there is nothing left to hold on to).

                                    I also cut up my spaghetti and place bites on my garlic bread.

                                    Wow - I never realized how weird I was until I wrote it out!

                                    1. re: Melania

                                      i used to make spaghetti sandwiches - well buttered italian bread and bites of spaghettie. YUM!

                                      1. re: jujuthomas

                                        Garlic bread with spaghetti on top - only can do at home but so good.

                                        1. re: TampaAurora

                                          I was just wondering this over the weekend. Why is there not such a thing as a spaghetti sandwich? If you grilled it (it would have to be leftover spaghetti, so it was more "solid") in a pan you could even hold it together with Mozzarella....

                                          1. re: L_W

                                            My MIL tells me that spaghetti (from a tin) on toast was popular in England during the war... that's sort of similar?

                                            1. re: L_W

                                              we used to make these with left over spaghetti and those sandwich makers irons where it would seal the bread in the middle and sides while toasting it (the diy hot pocket makers). those were my favourite sandwiches growing up!

                                              1. re: L_W

                                                that sounds like a good idea!

                                                1. re: L_W

                                                  Baked ziti on a long Italian roll is one of my favorite sandwiches.

                                                1. re: KristieB

                                                  with Goulash??
                                                  I'm guessing that you're not Hungarian. (or not referring to real goulash)

                                                  1. re: The Professor

                                                    Goulash is the Czech Republic is eaten with what is usually translated as dumplings, but which actually resembles slices of dense white bread more than what we here call dumplings. So eating it as a sandwich with bread is not that weird, at least compared to some of the OCD practices described in this thread! ;-)

                                              2. re: Melania

                                                I remember that as a child, I would put my Spaghetti-O's on a hamburger bun and gobble it up.

                                                Loved the carbs as a kid, I guess.

                                                1. re: cuccubear

                                                  I am so glad that I am not the only one who has gobbled up spaghetti sandwiches...made spaghetti last night and I think a sandy is calling me tonight, I will take L_W suggestion and grill it with some Mozzarella!

                                              3. re: Terrieltr

                                                hah! this reminds me of how I eat my chocolate covered ice-creamsicles, eat the chocolate first and then the ice-cream on a stick!

                                                    1. re: Terrieltr

                                                      I totally do that too with Kit Kats!

                                                      1. re: nooyawka

                                                        nooyawka, do you realize that you made almost identical posts 12 days apart?

                                                      2. re: Terrieltr

                                                        Me too! Except I would break a wafer off and eat all the chocolate on the ends and sides first then the wafer.

                                                      3. re: adamshoe

                                                        Ha ha, for me it was Butterfingers... I'd scrape off the thin chocolate layer (to which there was always attached a bit of the flaky inside stuck) with my teetch, then throw the rest of the bar away. That was only after Halloween, when we had chocolate in the house.

                                                        I now every once in a while purchase Hot Tamales. I open the box, let it sit for two months until very hard on the outside. Then I suck and let dissolve (takes a loooong time) two or three during a movie. A big box of Hot Tamales from Blockbuster or the Movie Theatre lasts me three years!

                                                        1. re: ideabaker

                                                          i got a great deal on hot tamales and lemonheads after halloween. i'm puckering up just thinking of the lemonheads. neat little virtual tour:

                                                        2. re: adamshoe

                                                          I also would eat the chocolate off a 3 musketeers bar first. Still do if I have one. Cheese Puffs I like to suck on.

                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                            the best way to eat the fat cheese puffs (e.g. Jax) or cheese balls (Planter's) is to suck on them until they pretty much dissolve.

                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                              Sometimes, I can't help but eat the whole bag that way and my cheeks get raw from all the hard bits pushing against it.

                                                              1. re: pinkprimp

                                                                my tongue & the roof of my mouth used to get so sore from doing it!

                                                              2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                I suck Cheetos/Cheese Balls till they disintegrate's so great that so many of us do these things 'cause I know no one showed me that haha.......and, this is';t all that weird if you've been to Cincinnati (or Steak and Shake), but I make Cincinnati Chili Three Ways by eating shitty canned chili over spaghetti with ketchup and parmesan's a comfort thing.....and it's a sure thing to give me wicked gas.............oh boy!

                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                  YESSS!!! Or smash them in between the roof of your mouth and tongue!

                                                                  1. re: kemi5

                                                                    Yes! Both the mashing and the sucking technique, and every once in a while, if I'm impatient, I'll bite and chew them like a normal individual. I find that switching between the techniques leads to greatest enjoyment.

                                                                    1. re: nooyawka

                                                                      They are totally addictive. We get cheeseballs in Canada but nothing like the buttery taste of Planters. I brought 6 containers back with me from St Martin. I had to buy another carry on and put some clothes in it to fit the containers! The roof of my mouth was raw for about 2 weeks. Then they were all gone.

                                                              3. re: adamshoe

                                                                Hmmm, I used to do the same thing with Snickers bar.

                                                                1. re: adamshoe

                                                                  LOL...I did the same with the the 3 musketeers bar!

                                                                  1. re: adamshoe

                                                                    Do that with 3 Musketeers and Milky Ways as well. Best done while they are straight from the refrigerator!

                                                                  2. re: MEH

                                                                    Ummm, how good does coca cola taste through a twizzlers "straw"? Really good!

                                                                    1. re: lynnlato

                                                                      Sprite through a Twizzler was a favorite treat as a kid. Especially when accompanying popcorn with raisinets mixed in, and a animated film in a theater.

                                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                                        Root beer or Dr. Brown's Cream Soda through a *Chocolate* Twizzler...even better!

                                                                      2. re: MEH

                                                                        Too funny- mr. sfumato LOVES pretzel rods and tries to get a clean, straight break with his front teeth when he bites off a piece.

                                                                        I like to bite skittles in perfect halves and make flavour combinations. I don't eat them too often, though.

                                                                        1. re: MEH

                                                                          I would do that with red vine licorice ropes. Bite off the ends and then drink through it like a straw...never considered a pretzel though....hmmm..

                                                                        2. Whenever I eat a dill pickle, I salt it a little bit, and then dip it in mayonnaise...

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                                                                          1. When I was a kid I would cut all my lasagna into bites before starting to eat. It was more like shredding it, with fork and knife, until I had a coarse puree. An efficient way to eat that my parents didn't abide.

                                                                            1. Almonds – I eat them the same way you eat Gold Fish, trying to split them perfectly in two... Pistachios – after the nut, I save that little piece of “skin” stuck to the inside of the shell for last... Chili – I have to scoop it up with crackers instead of a spoon...

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                                                                              1. re: cuccubear

                                                                                were we parted at birth?? same thing with the almonds, but with pistachios, I can't help but eat the "skin" first - it's my favourite part

                                                                              2. Back in my lunch-at-my-desk days (drawing board, really), one of my favorite lunches was to buy a small carton of cottage cheese, a couple of green onions, a can of either sardines or smoked oysters, and a small box of Ritz crackers. I would chop up the fish or oysters very coarsely and the onions more finely and stir these into the cottage cheese, then use the crackers to eat it all with. Didn't usually have a lot of company at these times...

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                                                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                  When my boss started to have meetings at lunch- and told us those mandatory meeting hours would not count as hours worked- nor would she provide a meal for us supervisors, I would bring in my roll of braunschweiger, chopped onions, slices of bread and mustard packets and would proceed to make myself a sandwich in front of everyone.

                                                                                  After three weeks, Dominos pizza started appearring (each time with her holding a timer hoping it was delivered in 30 minutes or less, so she could get it for free). I still brought my braunschweiger, BTW.

                                                                                  In further answer to the OP's query, I only eat baked potato skins, not innards, I only eat popcorn with chopsticks (makes it last longer doing piece by piece) and I only make cooked tapioca pudding, eat the skin off of it and then let a second skin form which I also eat and then the third skin is not much so that is when I finish the pudding...

                                                                                  1. re: Cathy

                                                                                    cathy, i love and may adopt your sun tzu "braunschweiger stratagem."

                                                                                  2. re: Will Owen

                                                                                    I like something similar for lunch... a can of sardines (tomato style, or the ones in water with a splurt of ketchup on top) kind of smooshed down onto Rye Krisp crackers--the "seasoned" ones. I must have cottage cheese on the side with them too... good taste combination.
                                                                                    If I add a can of V-8 and strips of raw green bell pepper, and it's a great dinner too.