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What was your favourite childhood concoction, which you now think is disgusting?

We were discussing this on the drive down (12 hours).

Mine was mint-chocolate chip ice cream (tinted green) with Mom's home-made cranberry sauce and Aunt Jemima's. A sugar bomb which did have a sweet-sour-bitter-astringent-creamy flavour (my husband actually thought that it didn't sound all that bad), but I wouldn't touch it today.

(other childhood treats included salami with cream cheese, which I've since exchanged for Spanish chorizo and goat cheese, or soy sauce and butter on rice...but those I do not find disgusting)

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  1. i used to make tomato sauce sandwhichs just plastic white sandwhichs with tomato sauce. i'm from australia so i guess its kind of like having a sausage sizzle without the sausage. i also used to eat raw dough, basically mixed up flour and water which i found in the cupboard. thats about all i can remember which was thinking back disgusting. :-)

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    1. re: umbushi plum

      I love eating raw dough! Mix up some flour salt maybe a touch of sugar and milk...its a great snack. or just any left over dough from anything I am cooking.

      1. re: Greeny17

        I was a raw dough eater too... still am actually! I think the most disgusting "dough" I ate was play-doh! My mum used to make it herself, and it was bright pink and super salty, which I loved. She caught me more than once putting chocolate chips in the play-doh, making myself a pizza out of it, and then actually eating it!

      2. re: umbushi plum

        You're right... raw dough does sound disgusting! :p

      3. roast beef sandwich with tons of mayo and melted swiss cheese

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        1. re: pegrosen

          @pegrosen : That doesn't sound too disgusting to me! Well, it depends on what you mean by 'tons' of mayo, I guess. I love roast beef sandwiches with melted Havarti or Muenster cheese, especially served on crusty French bread or baguettes. I usually toast the bread on a grill and brush it with butter before grilling. I might add a little mayo (or not) depending on whether I add lettuce and tomatoes, etc. to the sandwich. But, the combo of the rare roast beef and the melted cheese...I LOVE it.

          1. re: pegrosen

            Ha! I just noticed I replied to a two year old comment! Too funny. Some of these threads go on forever.

            1. re: FibroLady

              Nothing wrong with replying to a 2 year old comment as long as the topic continues to be relevant and interesting.

              However, it would be nice if Chowhound highlighted or red-flashed the date of older comments so people would know immediately what they're replying to.

              Mr Taster

            2. Maybe not *the* favorite of my childhood, but certainly things I used to eat that I don't anymore:

              - canned ravioli (I actually really, really loved those)
              - sugar sandwiches (toast, butter, sugar)
              - marzipan "potatoes" -- ok, more of a confection than a concoction, since you buy them in the store. I'm sure most of the appeal came from the shape and color of the marzipan. I now find them waaaaay too sweet.

              Oh, and my mom would whip up the occasional OJ with a raw egg & some sugar. It was called 'sugar egg', and I am guessing it was supposed to be healthy. Gross.

              Ah, the 70s :-D

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              1. re: linguafood

                I used to love toast with butter and sugar (a huge smear of butter topped with as much sugar as possible until the top was crunchy...

                The OJ thing reminded me of Orange Julius--that disgusting orange juice, milk, and sugar combo we all had to make in Home Ec. Ugh

                1. re: Caralien

                  Cinnamon sugar toast was one of my favourite breakfast items as a child, after cinnamon rolls!

                  1. re: tjr

                    I loved sugar cinnamon toast. I made it for my boyfriend because he had never had it...still great!

                    1. re: hungryungry

                      Butter the bread on one side and top with sugar & cinnamon. Place bread slice(s) on cookie sheet and place under the broiler for about 3 min. Check for desired level of toasting. Growing up we called this oven toast, and it's still my favorite way to make toast - with sugar & cinnamon, or just plain buttered bread, it's the best.

                    2. re: tjr

                      Toast the bread. Spread the butter. Mom always had a jar she had pre-made with cinnamon and sugar mix--shake that on the buttered bread. It's been decades since I've had this, but now I'm thinking maybe a good option for breakfast tomorrow.

                      1. re: gaffk

                        if we were sick mom would make cinnamon toast covered with warm milk (milk toast) for us... the butter would float on top of the milk and the bread would melt in your mouth

                        1. re: betsydiver

                          I was lucky; mom made this for us pretty regularly, not just when we were sick. (And yes, I did make it myself shortly after this post, and it's still delicious :)

                        2. re: gaffk

                          My mom made this too! She also made the same thing but substitute cinnamon for cocoa powder...mmmmm!

                    3. re: linguafood

                      ugh, the memory of that canned ravioli (and canned Spaghetti Os) makes me shudder...but we thought it was such a treat back in those days!

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        I know i used to love Spaghetti O's had some the other day sooo gross. Also used to love mayo, balonga and white wonder bread. Yuck now.

                        1. re: PurpleTeeth

                          Ditto that. I wonder if they actually taste different now or if my palate never picked up on the bland-bitter thing that I taste now.

                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          I'm not Italian, but I grew up around the heavily Italian-American influenced suburbs of central New Jersey. My parents were hardly gourmets, but they had grown up around home cooked Italian food and small local Italian restaurants, and therefore knew enough to pass up Chef Boyardee for a good Italian/New York brand of frozen ravioli, and to avoid Little Cesars for the local mom and pop pizzerias.

                          Because of this, I wasn't raised on the canned ravioli, nor do I remember having it at my friend's houses growing up. However, I distinctly remember a time as a teenager where I had a little money in my pocket, and found myself at the supermarket, and gave it a try.

                          A funny thing happened... it was gross. I knew it was gross. Mushy, overcooked pasta... tinny, sharp tomato sauce. Mealy, gritty "meat" filling. However, there was something comforting to me about the brand-- that smiling chef on the label, a lifetime of memories of Chef Boyardee commercials, and I continued to buy and eat those horrible canned ravioli well into my college years KNOWING FULL WELL IT TASTED TERRIBLE. I knew better, yet I continued to vote with my wallet.

                          Ever since I discovered Chowhound about 10 years or so ago, I've made a concerted effort to focus on deliciousness as the exclusive factor in determining where my next meal will be. For me, fancy trappings of an elegant restaurant serve the same purpose as that comforting Chef Boyardee label... a way to seduce you in to trying something which may (or may not) be delicious.

                          Today, 15 years later, I just purchased my first homemade pasta maker-- a Mercato Atlas 150 from ebay, for $13 :)

                          I guess it just shows you that people eat things for many different reasons, and taste/flavor is just one of many other criteria that goes into our decision making process.

                          Mr Taster

                          1. re: Mr Taster

                            I LOVE your post, I really do. I hve a lot of the same thoughts and impulses. :-)

                          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            I used to love canned ravioli, especially the cheese filled ones! I sometimes find myself craving it but I literally cannot eat it now since finding out I am gluten intolerant (maybe even celiac, yikes!).

                          3. re: linguafood

                            My mother in law still keeps those in her pantry for DH to have when we to go visit. yick.

                            1. re: linguafood

                              I used to *love* canned ravioli! Every week my mom would let me get one can, and I would take awhile to decide which one I wanted. Then when we got home I doctor it up with all the dried spices we kept in the house, thinking I was being very fancy and gourmet. So good!

                              I don't think I could eat it now.

                              1. re: manraysky

                                Yeah, I doubt my mom even doctored it up or anything. I think the overall blandness of those dough pockets with their mystery meat filling and the super-bland tomato sauce must be appealing to kids' palates. I am pretty sure I wouldn't like it now either, save for some serious garlic & crushed pepper added. But that would only solve the sauce problem. The ravioli..... ew.

                              2. re: linguafood

                                It was a treat to go to my Grandma J's and eat Spaghetti-O's with meatballs. I also liked spaghetti straight outta the can, no heat applied. I don't know why she had canned pasta on hand, she was an excellent cook--I guess she thought I really liked it (and I did).

                                My friends and I all enjoyed a concoction we called barf dip, which I believe the third grade me can accept credit for. It was refried beans, sour cream, Pace picante sauce and guacamole (when available) stirred together and served on tortilla chips. Big hit with third graders in Gardner, Kansas during the summer of 1983.

                                1. re: linguafood

                                  That oj egg beverage reminds me of Sly Stallone in Rocky I drinking raw eggs as a nutritional enhancer (Boy, is my face GREEN!)

                                  1. re: Sparkina

                                    You know, you couldn't really taste the egg, thanks to the OJ and added sugar. And she whipped it so it would have this frothy texture (like many adult cocktails that contain raw egg). It really was not as bad as it sounds, but I would not drink it today. I'll have to ask her next time what that was all about '-)

                                    1. re: linguafood

                                      We had a full farm breakfast every morning when I was growing up, even though we lived in the city. My mother thought children could not learn unless their stomachs were full. If, however, we were running late,, mom got the milk, raw egg, vanilla flavoring or perhaps Nestle Quick, and beat the concoction to frothiness. She met us at the door and insisted we down it before leaving the house. Actually, I don't remember it tasting bad. Our neighbor, raised in Italy, would just poke a hole in the end of a raw egg and suck it down...that I never even attempted.

                                  2. re: linguafood

                                    I loved canned ravioli as well. I remember the strange look my piano teacher gave me when I told her that Chef Boyardee was my favorite (this was after she was telling me about her love for Raffetto's beef and spinach ravioli -- Raffetto's is an artisanal pasta shop in NYC).

                                    The OJ with raw egg and sugar sounds vaguely like Orange Julius. Also used to love those as a kid. Haven't had it in years.

                                    1. re: linguafood

                                      I used to love the beef canned ravioli too- now I think it is nasty!

                                    2. I can't claim this was a childhood whim--we invented this one my freshman year of college. It was Velveeta mixed with sunflower seed kernels. It had to be eaten on Wheat Thins. And since we were 19, it was probably accompanied most times with whatever god-awful alcoholic experiment we'd thought up that night--vodka and grape juice, Southern Comfort and pineapple juice...

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                                      1. re: MsMaryMc

                                        or vodka and black cherry soda? tasted like robitussen, but we drank it anyway. another gross drink was Bengal Spice Tea with Southern Comfort (my memory included a lot of overly sweet drinks based on Southern Comfort, Midori, and Amaretto, and Peach Schnapps)

                                        1. re: Caralien

                                          I used to love Jack Daniels and root beer.

                                          1. re: coll

                                            Admittedly disgusting.

                                            But as a child?

                                            1. re: chicgail

                                              I wish I was 17 again, I was such a baby....and actually it doesn't taste that bad, even now.

                                            2. re: coll

                                              Jack Daniels and Pineapple was pretty good, from what I can remember...would I drink it now?...NO

                                              1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                                                Hah! Grain alcohol & iced tea. But please note, not a CHILDHOOD favorite, exactly.

                                                1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                                                  Oh, gawd. I used to mix cheap vodka with orange or pineapple orange FAYGO.

                                                  1. re: dingey

                                                    In college we'd mix cheap vodka into a 2 Liter bottle of orange soda and take it to campus movie night. We called it "econo-drunk".

                                            3. re: MsMaryMc

                                              Oh, mine was SoCo and Cherry or Strawberry limeades from Sonic.

                                              1. re: amy_rc

                                                That actually sounds really delicious. Granted I've got a huge crush on SoCo, and generally drink it on the rocks with a splash of rose's lime, but the cherry lime sounds tasty.

                                                1. re: amy_rc

                                                  That sounds positively nausea-inducing! I loathe, loathe SoCo, though.

                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                      Southern Comfort, I think. That's what we used to call it in Michigan.

                                                2. re: MsMaryMc

                                                  that cheese-spread-sunflower-seed thing actually sounds TASTY and is packed with protein! :-)

                                                3. Ginger ale & strawberry soda, any fountain mixology creation - or really most sodas now.

                                                  One potentially gross mixture that I haven't grown out of - sauteed mushrooms, onions, peas, white rice, ketchup and sumac. It was my creation out of boredom at the dinner table and trying to avoid eating my mother's steak. I still crave it occasionally, and now eat it without the addition of the ketchup.