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favorite guilty snack food

cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 09:06 AM

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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    laliz RE: cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 09:10 AM

    cheeseburger ~~ no bun or condiment necessary

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      yankeefan RE: cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 09:13 AM

      Any and all sort of ginger cookies.

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        fourunder RE: cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 09:19 AM

        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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          jumpingmonk RE: fourunder Feb 18, 2009 01:44 PM

          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)

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: jumpingmonk Feb 19, 2009 06:31 PM

            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 :)

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              jumpingmonk RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 20, 2009 06:03 AM

              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.

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: jumpingmonk Feb 20, 2009 07:59 AM

                the spring season? are we on the same calendar?

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                  jumpingmonk RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 20, 2009 12:43 PM

                  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.

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                    goodhealthgourmet RE: jumpingmonk Feb 20, 2009 02:31 PM

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


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                      mollyomormon RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2009 05:12 PM

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

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                        goodhealthgourmet RE: mollyomormon Feb 23, 2009 05:20 PM

                        you had to rub it in, huh molly?

                        man, i miss Cali!

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                          mollyomormon RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2009 05:48 PM

                          I know, I'm sorry! LA misses you too! :)

        2. linguafood RE: cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 09:29 AM

          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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            brendastarlet RE: linguafood Feb 12, 2009 09:49 AM

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

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            filth RE: cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 09:36 AM

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

            1. mess RE: cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 05:32 PM

              cheddar or honey mustard pretzels!

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                cheesecake17 RE: mess Feb 12, 2009 06:56 PM

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

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                umbushi plum RE: cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 05:48 PM

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

                1. Passadumkeg RE: cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 06:00 PM

                  Chocolate biscotti; Ite crack.

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                    DarkRose RE: cheesecake17 Feb 12, 2009 07:39 PM

                    Walkers Shortbread, dipped directly into a jar of Nutella.

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

                    1. Phoo_d RE: cheesecake17 Feb 17, 2009 01:48 PM

                      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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                        cheesecake17 RE: Phoo_d Feb 17, 2009 02:54 PM

                        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. eatsbread RE: cheesecake17 Feb 17, 2009 02:59 PM

                        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. lisavf RE: cheesecake17 Feb 17, 2009 04:24 PM

                          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.

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                            ypman RE: cheesecake17 Feb 18, 2009 06:57 AM

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

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                              BobB RE: ypman Feb 18, 2009 08:21 AM

                              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!

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                              mpjmph RE: cheesecake17 Feb 18, 2009 08:30 AM

                              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.

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                                mitchell25418 RE: cheesecake17 Feb 18, 2009 08:54 AM

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

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                                  ceekskat RE: cheesecake17 Feb 18, 2009 09:09 AM

                                  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. billieboy RE: cheesecake17 Feb 18, 2009 09:28 AM

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

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                                      Phoo_d RE: billieboy Feb 18, 2009 12:56 PM

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

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                                        billieboy RE: Phoo_d Feb 18, 2009 02:43 PM

                                        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.


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                                      polish_girl RE: cheesecake17 Feb 18, 2009 01:10 PM

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

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                                        lucygoosey RE: polish_girl Feb 19, 2009 02:41 PM

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

                                      2. sfumato RE: cheesecake17 Feb 18, 2009 03:17 PM

                                        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. JungMann RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 06:23 AM

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

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                                            jujuthomas RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 06:34 AM

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

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                                              cocktailhour RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 12:40 PM

                                              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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                                                foodnwine RE: cocktailhour Feb 19, 2009 12:57 PM

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

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                                                akq RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 05:32 PM

                                                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. kchurchill5 RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 05:34 PM

                                                  Onion Rings, lots of ketchup
                                                  spinach dip with pumpernickle bread

                                                  1. mrsfury RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 06:10 PM

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

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                                                      lexpatti RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 06:16 PM

                                                      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).

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                                                        Judith RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 07:06 PM

                                                        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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                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: Judith Feb 19, 2009 07:47 PM

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

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                                                            kchurchill5 RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 19, 2009 08:02 PM

                                                            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.

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                                                          bulavinaka RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 07:26 PM

                                                          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...

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                                                            OnkleWillie RE: cheesecake17 Feb 19, 2009 07:55 PM

                                                            Kimchi and Shiner Bock.

                                                            1. Rmis32 RE: cheesecake17 Feb 20, 2009 12:32 PM

                                                              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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                                                                goodhealthgourmet RE: Rmis32 Feb 20, 2009 02:33 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                                  BobB RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 21, 2009 07:01 AM

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

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                                                                    Rmis32 RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 21, 2009 08:12 AM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: Rmis32 Feb 21, 2009 12:05 PM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                        Rmis32 RE: goodhealthgourmet Feb 23, 2009 04:14 PM

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

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                                                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: Rmis32 Feb 23, 2009 04:26 PM

                                                                          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.

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                                                                            BobB RE: Rmis32 Feb 24, 2009 04:01 AM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                              Rmis32 RE: BobB Feb 24, 2009 02:20 PM

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

                                                                  2. sugarcube RE: cheesecake17 Feb 20, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                                    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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                                                                      lovessushi RE: sugarcube Feb 20, 2009 09:50 PM

                                                                      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!!!!!!


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                                                                      bigfellow RE: cheesecake17 Feb 21, 2009 11:39 AM


                                                                      1. mcsheridan RE: cheesecake17 Feb 23, 2009 05:45 PM

                                                                        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

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                                                                          venezuelan RE: cheesecake17 Feb 24, 2009 06:06 AM

                                                                          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!

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                                                                            tomhensr RE: cheesecake17 Mar 26, 2012 05:58 AM

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

                                                                            1. gmm RE: cheesecake17 Mar 26, 2012 06:29 AM

                                                                              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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                                                                                goodhealthgourmet RE: gmm Mar 26, 2012 08:16 AM

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

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