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favorite guilty snack food

I can't go a day without kettle cooked potato chips.

Original Cheez Its (a recently discovered item for me) don't last more than a week in my house.

Cookies, cake, brownies.. eh.. can sit there for days and doesn't interest me.

What's your favorite snack or junk food?

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  1. cheeseburger ~~ no bun or condiment necessary

    1. Any and all sort of ginger cookies.

      1. Dried Beef from Ping's in NYC's Chinatown.....I think it's up to $22 per pound...absent of that...Italian Butter Cookies.

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        1. re: fourunder

          Amazing! one of my top gulity pleasures is also a meat from Chinatown. In my case it's the pork jerky (regular) from Lung Kee or something like that (the little jerkey store on Canal about a block or two east of Allen street) I LOVE the fact you can taste the grill char on each piece. On the more conventional (i.e. stuff you can buy in the grocey store)

          D'artagnian dried cured duck slices (basically duck meat proscuttio)
          The house brand of Fennel Soppresata that is carried by the A&S Delis around where I live (I know they get it from somewhere in California but that's about it). Also thier made in house roast beef (I've yet to find a tastier deli roast beef)

          Swiss Tete de Moine (yes I know there shoud be a little hat on the "e" ) eaten in big chuncks with a knife, not with one of those fussy girolles

          Triscuits (in my opion the best base cracker ever devised by man)

          1. re: jumpingmonk

            i was driving behind a D'Artagnan truck in NYC today, and had a fantasy of the truck breaking down and the driver giving away the cargo to anyone nearby who wanted it before it spoiled :)

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              If that ever does happen to you in real life, I recommend focusing on the driy skoed duck (obviosly) and the whole wet smoked duck breasts (they freeze farily well, and if you pull off the fatty layer and slice them they make a nice sandwich filling). The wild boar saucisson is okay too, though you can get tired of it after the second or third time you try it. I also like the duck bacon, but thats a bit of an aquired taste (it's a a lot stronger and saltier than real bacon is, paricualry if, like me you de fat it before you cook it (duck breast has pretty much all the fat in one loose layer so its easy to pull it off before cooking.) I know I'm gonna get a lot of flack over the above stament, people saying that the fatty skin is the best part. To them I answer, you eat it your way, I'll eat it mine.

              Finally the spring season has reminded me of another guilty little pleasure; Cadbury creme eggs.

              1. re: jumpingmonk

                the spring season? are we on the same calendar?

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  No, we're on the same calender g>. It just that the eggs are already in the stores and since I associate them with Easter my mind went to spring. It a bit like my mind tends to start thinking "autumn" when I start seeing bunches of Indian corn at the stores and markets, even though autumn has generaly already been going on for almost a month when I see the first ears.

                  1. re: jumpingmonk

                    got it. i just have a hard time thinking "spring" when the temps are in the 20's!


                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      It's spring in LA! on that note, I really love the Cadbury mini eggs.

                      1. re: mollyomormon

                        you had to rub it in, huh molly?

                        man, i miss Cali!

        2. Cheetos, the crunchy kind. Once I have a couple, I can't stop. This is why I never have them at home, and only bring them along to poker games in the hopes of corrupting other people. Generally, though, I end up eating most of them myself '-(

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          1. re: linguafood

            count me in. I also love the Texas BBQ Fritos. Try that with just sour cream.

          2. Limburger cheese on oatmeal cookies, with bacon bits. YUM!

            1. cheddar or honey mustard pretzels!

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              1. re: mess

                i love those honey mustard pretzels, but i wont buy them!

              2. i love liquiroce any type even those ones in ball you unwind they are a metre long. a metre of goodness! mmm

                1. Chocolate biscotti; Ite crack.

                  1. Walkers Shortbread, dipped directly into a jar of Nutella.

                    I just ate the last shortbread in my stash, alas.

                    1. Chips and salsa - I'll put down half a jar in no time flat, then wonder if I should just finish the whole thing before my husband gets home and hide the evidence in the trash!

                      Also, sesame sticks - those fried, salty sweet sesame sticks are way too addictive!


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                      1. re: Phoo_d

                        My husband eats chips and salsa like you do- but even if he hides the evidence he leaves some kind of trail!

                        Sesame sticks- if I'm thinking of what you're thinking of then YUM

                      2. Saltine crackers. I can't explain it, but if I open a sleeve, I continue eating until the sleeve is gone. Speaking of which, I have a box in the cabinet...

                        1. Wheat Thins with Heluva Good! French onion dip... I can eat them until I feel ready to burst.
                          Jax... until the stinky socks smell overpowers my craving.
                          Middleswarth bar-b-q potato chips. They come in a bag called "The Weekender." Yeah, right.

                          1. Chili Cheese Fritos, if I open a bag I eat the bag.

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                            1. re: ypman

                              American cheese melted on toast. I love fine cheeses, the stronger the better, but sometimes I just want that old familiar childhood taste. Of course it has to be GOOD American cheese, like Land o' Lakes, not some crumbly generic stuff!

                            2. Better Cheddar crackers, I can eat the entire box in one sitting. Ditto for Cinnamon Life cereal, no milk required. Trader Joe's cheese puffs - so much better than Cheetos. Anything from Little Debbie, I'm definitely a child of the South in that respect. Above all else, peanut butter and Diet Coke, the only foods (or food-like substances) I can't go a day without.

                              1. Emerald chipolte roasted peanuts - The BBQ flavor is good too.

                                1. I'd buy it more often only if I could find them...Munchos. Love that salty, crunchy, munchy goodness! Also, most salty, crunchy, spicy Indian snacks (just don't have much around as the store is a bit distant).

                                  My latest guilty pleasure which I love & can't stop buying for some reason are the frozen canneles at Trader Joes (heated in a toaster oven until outer edge is a bit hard/crisp). I know they are not representative of how canneles should be, but just love them in their own right :)

                                  1. Taco/Tortilla chips and my home-made and canned super hot salsa. What a pig I am :-)

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                                    1. re: billieboy

                                      Care to share the recipe? As noted above salsa is my weakness...

                                      1. re: Phoo_d

                                        I modified this recipe slightly. I don't care much for vinegar so changed the 1/3 cup to 1/3 cup ReaLemon. Added a couple of more jalapeƱos. I use the pressure canner. Makes better tasting salsa. The BWB method takes 1 whole cup of vinegar.


                                    2. Jalapeno poppers......but very,very rarely.......Maybe once a month kind of a guilty snack, when nobody is watching.

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                                      1. re: polish_girl

                                        I love poppers. I know they're gross but sometimes they are necessary evil!

                                      2. Love Kettle Chips (russet and green onion & yogurt).

                                        I also have a secret weakness for Ore Ida tater tots (the kind with onion) cooked extra crispy in the oven... and dipped in ranch dressing. I know. Don't ask.

                                        1. Onion rings and Pepperoni Combos. Quitting smoking is easier than resisting these things.

                                          1. just got a box of chex turtle granola bars - they are SO good! I could eat a box of them! :)

                                            1. As someone else said, crunchy Cheetos. There is no reason to eat them other than that they are the best thing ever, but I indulge when I am working late.

                                              I love chips and salsa and can eat a ton, but I generally don't feel guilty about it, I think because I love them too much. I get this one local brand of chips (Solena) and their chips are so thin and crisp, they disappear like crack once I start.

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                                              1. re: cocktailhour

                                                Jax cheese puffs,Peanut M&Ms,Combos snacks(pretzel nuggets filled with cheddar cheese).

                                              2. I love seasoned croutons and sometimes eat them right out of the bag. I especially like the light crispy ones rather than the dense crunchy ones. They are really good with little slices of cheddar cheese and a diet pepsi. YUM.

                                                1. Onion Rings, lots of ketchup
                                                  spinach dip with pumpernickle bread

                                                  1. Tabasco Cheez-Its, especially the bottom of the bag!

                                                    1. Easy - lays potato chips (original) with onion dip (from lipton soup/sour cream). And I love the new flavors of Triscutts (rosmary and garlic or parm).

                                                      1. Trail mix. It's the raisin and nut combo, sweet and salty. I like the high end kind that has raw cashews in it and the low end kind that has some m&m's. I also like licorice allsorts, but somewhere along the way I read the calorie count and it was a lot higher than I would have guessed. I wish I had never looked :-)

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                                                        1. re: Judith

                                                          Judith, for the ultimate sweet & salty combo, you can't beat chocolate-covered pretzels.

                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                            I make my own for this ... I use nutella and dip the pretzels I like the sticks in it and then I dip in chopped pecans ... my fave. But each is own. Just mine.

                                                        2. Just about anything that comes out of a bakery - at least once a day. Also, pistachios - I try to keep it to 4-8 ounces a day. Also, pieces of blue cheese. It goes with so many things - at least I like to pretend it does...

                                                            1. My 2 addictions
                                                              1. salsa & chips
                                                              2.. roasted & salted squash seeds.
                                                              How do I know when to stop eating them?
                                                              When they run out.

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                                                              1. re: Rmis32

                                                                Rmis, are the squash seeds in the shell?

                                                                my #1 absolutely-can't-control-myself-so-please-take-them-away snack food is roasted, in-shell pumpkin seeds.

                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                  Especially when dusted with cayenne, cumin, and a pinch of salt!

                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                    Definitely in the shell. I find the exercise of extracting the seeds from the shell to be therapeutic. I buy them raw, soak in water for a couple of hours, drain, salt generously w/ kosher salt & roast 'til slightly browned.

                                                                    1. re: Rmis32

                                                                      i don't extract them...i eat the whole thing, shell and all!

                                                                      i do, however, get the same therapeutic benefit you describe when i eat peanuts or pistachios - i always buy those in the shell & extract one by one as i eat.

                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                        You eat the shells? Mom always said" Don't eat the shells, you'll get a bellyache." Not the case?

                                                                        1. re: Rmis32

                                                                          i've never had a problem. but i only eat the shells when they've been roasted/toasted, not raw...that may make a difference - i think once they've been toasted they're easier to chew & digest.

                                                                          1. re: Rmis32

                                                                            On pumpkin seeds? Sure, they're good roughage. Been eating them nearly all my life - when I was a kid one of my favorite items in the candy store was Indian Pumpkin Seeds, whole seeds in the shell coated with an obscene amount of salt. Haven't seen those in years, but nowadays I prefer them with less salt and lots of spice. And definitely roasted first.

                                                                            1. re: BobB

                                                                              Oh yes, plenty of coarse, kosher salt, so that by the time I'm finished snacking, my lips burn.

                                                                  2. Pocky- any flavour http://www.alde.com/anime/pocky1.html

                                                                    Sticky Maple Pecans (a recipe from Nigella Lawson's Express book


                                                                    Peak Freans Digestive or Family Digestive Biscuits

                                                                    President's Choice Animal Cookies

                                                                    Mr. Christie's Arrowroot Cookies

                                                                    S'mores on the fly- jersey milk chocolate, honey graham crackers, marshmallows (or marshmallow fluff).. made in a toaster oven and devoured in 10 seconds flat.

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                                                                    1. re: sugarcube

                                                                      I could live on this stuff... (at least for a short time) but I really try not to eat any of it anymore...

                                                                      Any type of Combos
                                                                      The Snyders pretzal sandwich things filled with cheese (OMG the WHOLE bag in two sittings...eek!)
                                                                      As many have said, cheetos
                                                                      pretzals with sour cream dip (preferably the incredibly salty 80's one my mom made with sour cream and knorr vegetable soup mix)
                                                                      The buttery crackers from Keebler...but I can't remember the name - they have a rectangular shape and they're white.
                                                                      FRENCH FRIES!!!!!!


                                                                      1. Kettle Corn - open bag, finish bag.
                                                                        Mint Milanos - open bag, might take a day and a half, two at most to finish. Depends on how much milk is on had.
                                                                        Poppycock - open can, finish can. Pray dentist doesn't kill me for what it does to my teeth/gums

                                                                        1. Cheez Its! I really cant have these in my apt. or I'll eat large handfuls of these things.
                                                                          Lays...greasy...salty..so good
                                                                          Those Qudratini brand mini wafer cookies..vanilla,choc, or hazlenut..these also get eaten handfuls at a time.
                                                                          Almond Thins
                                                                          The Entemanns All Butter Pound Cake Slices (the packaged single slice)..I find that Entenemanns tastes a little too artificial nowadays but I cant kick these slices! I like to heat them up and eat with Vanilla ice cream.
                                                                          The Whole Grain Goldfish Crackers
                                                                          Most recently, the Jalapeno-Cheddar Trader Joe's brand Cheez-Its..these are like crack to me!

                                                                          1. Cajun flavored corn nuts. -- I have never reached my limit while eating them. I have always finished the bag before I had enough.

                                                                            1. Munchos and pepperoni pizza cracker Combos. The Munchos are pretty readily available in my area, so it requires some discipline to not buy them. The pepperoni pizza cracker flavor Combos I've only found at one very inconveniently located Shopko in my city, so those are easier to avoid. I also really love the lightly salted Baked Kettle Chips, even more so than regular potato chips and better for you than regular potato chips, but not so much if you eat the whole bag.

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                                                                              1. re: gmm

                                                                                there was a time when i probably could have eaten my weight in Nacho Cheese Pretzel Combos before getting sick of them :)