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Mar 21, 2009 05:29 PM

Worst tasting snacks - ever!!!!

Bought a bag of 'Thai Green Curry Crackers' from Marks and Spencer in Hong Kong. It must be one of the worst tasting snacks made by man. The taste can be described as what you would get, if Styrofoam could rot! Shouldn't have tasted it since the smell alone is enough to make one gag!!

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  1. sounds like the Tom Yum cashews i recently tried from Trader Joe's. i've actually sen some positive reviews online, but i personally thought they were so wretched that i actually returned them to TJ's.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      damn, I just bought those, have been a little afraid to open them, now I'll be a lot afraid!

      1. re: harryharry

        Good luck!! Taste one and give us your feedback! Assuming you manage to survive the trauma, Ha!

        1. re: harryharry

          definitely report back - i'm curious to know what you think of them.

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I bought them too! Way too much going on, with the worst thing being the consistency; like taffy. I tried to add some to a salad I was having, no good. I threw the rest away.

          1. re: BaltoPhilFood

            glad it's not just me! ugh, they were chewy, stringy, way too sweet, and overpoweringly lemongrass-y. they almost tasted rancid. nasty.

          2. re: goodhealthgourmet

            second that. awful tasting stuff. took them to work and just left them on the table and heard awful things about them there too....

            1. re: foodwich

              They was sort of intrigued by the taste -- kind of like Tom Yom Noodle Soup -- but they made my stomach hurt!

              1. re: rememberme

                most things get eaten up in the office coffee room so when people complained about these i could not even bring myself to admit i had brought them in !!

          3. Rice cakes. More mainstream now, but no amout of sugar, vanilla and caramel can disguise the texture of cardboard. It must be an acquired taste.

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            1. re: RGC1982

              I completely agree, I never did understand their appeal...

              1. re: RGC1982

                Gah. Only if you can acquire a taste for styrofoam cups. I have never understood how people can eat those things.

                1. re: RGC1982

                  Rice cakes are sold exclusively to people who believe you can't possibly lose weight if your food isn't disgusting.

                  1. re: Caroline1

                    Miss Caroline you've got to know how to schmear 'em!
                    If you cover a rice cake with enough nutella, or gooey cheese and a hunk of salami, etc..etc... the rice cake just melts away. (sorta)

                    I actually like rice cakes. The popcorn ones are fairly tasty too. Ooh or the cheddar.

                    1. re: Boccone Dolce

                      But if you already have nutella or cheese or salami, what the hell do you need the rice cake for? As Caroline1 points out, rice cakes are supposed to be a diet food. If you're gonna take a diet food & throw fat all over it, why bother? It's like ordering a Friendly's Reeses Pieces sundae and a Tab. Which I totally have done, btw.

                    2. re: Caroline1

                      awww come on now. The right flavor rice cake is delicious to me! White cheddar rice cakes are my substitute for cheez-its which are my biggest weakness when it comes to salty, carb-y snacks (I've eaten 6, 8, 10 servings at once). The apple cinnamon mini rice cakes (quakes) are pretty addictive too. And all the cheesy versions of those.

                      1. re: CoryKatherine

                        i'm with you Cory....especially with the corn and rice cake varieties, and those tortilla ones. if i keep stuff like that in the house, i'm less likely to overdo it elsewhere. I'm not a fan of the sweet varieties though. My favorites are the sour cream and onion, dill pickle, sea salt, salsa etc types.

                        1. re: im_nomad

                          sea salt! i forgot about those. yum.

                    3. re: RGC1982

                      Rice cakes are not food; rice cakes are food substitute, meant to keep the body just this side of starvation until real food can be located and consumed.

                      Oh, can I put in a vote for the Snapea Crisps they sell at Trader Joe's? They taste like KRILL.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                        i second the snap pea crisps! ugh....

                          1. re: Sal Vanilla

                            I love them too, but only the Caesar version. Maybe I'd like KRILL too . . .

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          ROFL Das Ubergeek

                          Yes, ricecakes are just exercise for the jaw muscles, and a poor exercise at that.

                        2. re: RGC1982

                          There is a local ethnic, market in Catonsville, MD that has a little old man with a decrepit looking machine that pops out fresh rice cakes(one about every five seconds)...these things are really quite good...about $2.00 for ten rice ckaes....

                          1. re: Hue

                            Are you talking about H-MART (route 40)? If so, I could never bring myself to try his rice cakes because he was wedged right next to the seafood section of the market, and the mingling off-fish odors with warm toasted rice does not do it for me.

                            1. re: AhRoi

                              I'm tellin ya they are the best I ever had!!! If the fish odor permeates then it's adding something.

                          2. re: RGC1982

                            The mini cheddar rice cakes at Aldi are totally great. Not incredibly good for you, but much better than an equivalent portion of potato chips.

                            1. re: RGC1982

                              Agreed. I only eat rice cakes if I'm sick with some kind of stomach bug and I can't withstand something more substantial. After a day of just broth, a rice cake is a real treat lol

                            2. Soy Joy.

                              It's what Styrofoam invented to keep people from eating Styrofoam.

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                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Are you talking about Soy Joy bars? I swear I developed such a taste for them made my hubby drive all over town for the Mango. I hated them, and then suddenly, loved them? Who knew? They are not something that I would ever eat, and at $1 for a dinky bar...

                                1. re: chef chicklet

                                  a friend of mine used to work on the SoyJoy advertising account, and when they first landed the account all the people in the group were given sample bars so they could try them and get a sense of what they were working with...she said *every* one of the sample bars ended up in the trash - nobody could get past more than one bite.

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    That's one helleva account for the ad agency. How do you sell stuff that makes styrofoam taste like creme brulee?

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      Their ad is really cute, little stick figured gal, and the music is upbeat, lively and colorful. The ad sort of stuck with me and then I saw the bars being promoted. I was dieting, and thought I'd try a couple. I tried the fruit, apple and the mango. I did notice that no one really cared for any of them. I can' t remember why I tried it again. Maybe I was hoping for a miracle, something that would keep me from getting hungry. Absolutely was not the case, I'd eat a couple of them! The mango bar is moist.

                                      1. re: chef chicklet

                                        oh. a stick figure gal? where did they get that idea? from all the people who were given the soyjoy bars to eat for one week, and came near to starvation for lack of sustenance.? (kudos to you chef c, for eating the mango version. you are a trouper! ;-).

                                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Yea, I would say that was accurate. They are really dense and cardboard like, but I guess I got a hankering for it, cause I sure do like the mango one. Full of fiber.
                                      What is really odd, is that I don't eat health bars, or diet bars ever.

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          I've only tried the strawberry SoyJoy bar because I've been told it's the best one, and, well, I'm not in any hurry to try the other flavors. Really, the strawberry SoyJoy wasn't terrible. It tasted rather like a really dry, really bland Fig Newton. But it's not anything I'd waste my money on and I'd rather grab a granola bar or a piece of fruit if I want a light snack.

                                          Funny story about the ad agency, though. Were they involved with SoyJoy's packaging design at all? I do like their packaging...

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        Totally agree--these are disgusting. A friend got a whole box as a work related "product sample" and immediately tried to pawn it off on the rest of us. I'm a sucker for freebies, but I couldn't palate this at all. They were also being given out for free at the New Yorker Festival in NYC this past fall, and, having become wise from my previous experience, I steered clear of that area. Yuck!

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          Oh, I totally agree! I got some Soy Joy bars as a sample, and I couldn't believe how awful they are!

                                        2. I once bought an energy bar at my local grocer that contained spirulina. The only way to describe it is to say it was like biting into rubbery pond scum.

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                                          1. re: pitterpatter

                                            um. spirulina is pond scum, that blue green algae color is off putting, but the smell. OMG.

                                            1. re: chef chicklet

                                              Haha, I remember buying a fancy premium mixed juice with spirulina about 10 years ago. I was 15, and thought spirulina was some sort of exotic fruit. Tasting it was indeed like drinking pond scum. That's when I read the label closely to discover pond scum was exactly what I was drinking.

                                              Mind you - while not a snack - smartfish omega 3 juice/dairy drink must be the worst tasting juice-box ever. I got a free sample at the grocery store, and actually gagged from the sip. Whoever decided that milk, fake raspberry flavor and fish oil go together well should be fired.

                                              1. re: hangrygirl

                                                Wow, people, some things should be eaten in capsule or tablet form- like krill and spirulina!

                                            2. re: pitterpatter

                                              When I used to work at earthfare they gave us this supplement with spirulina in it to try (they gave us a whole bottle!) and we were all supposed to mix it into our juice in the morning. It made my farts smell like a hot summery pond! It's funny now, but it wasn't then.

                                              1. re: southernbelly

                                                **It made my farts smell like a hot summery pond!**

                                                Well there is a sentence I never thought I'd read.

                                            3. Aerosol spray cheese.
                                              Those supposedly healthy multi colored chips made of various roots & tubers.
                                              Bacon flavored anything (and I like bacon)
                                              rice cakes
                                              Those cookies that look like windmills.
                                              cheap candy from europe (like you get at Big Lot's)

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                                              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                I'm ashamed to say that I love E-Z Cheez squirted onto Chikin in a Biskit (sp).

                                                *hides his face in shame*

                                                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                  Chikin in a basket is the best, but years ago weren't they called a different name?I would sit in front of the TV with a box and a tube of ABBA salmon roe caviar and go into sodium overload, then down a six pack of Fresca.
                                                  E-Z Cheez in the can is great for feeding reef fish when snorkeling or diving, but watch out for the Cudas.

                                                  1. re: currymouth

                                                    Chicken in a Biskit have never gone by any other name, AFAIK.

                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                      Wow -- I didn't know they still make Chicken in a Biskit.

                                                      1. re: rememberme

                                                        Seriously, me too! I went hunting for them a while back and couldn't find them anywhere. I remember when my family and I first came to this country and discovered this wonderful product (we thought, Wow, this and Entenmann's pound cake--what a great country!).

                                                        Where have people been able to find CIAB?

                                                        1. re: gloriousfood

                                                          Large chain grocery stores in downmarket areas, for my part...

                                                    2. re: currymouth

                                                      Please, do not feed fish E-Z Cheese (or hot dogs, potato chips, etc.). It is very bad for them, their digestive systems are not able to handle the fats that are not naturally in their diets. And yes, I am guilty of having done it in the past before I knew better.

                                                      Now, having said that, take a piece of pickled herring and put it on a chickin in a biscuit and you've got some good eats!

                                                    3. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                      or squirted directly on your finger. Viola! Cheese straws.

                                                    4. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                      lol I love those roots and tubers. delish!

                                                      then again there is hardly anything I don't like. I can't even think of a response for this thread.

                                                      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                        NOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I love those windmill cookies and spray

                                                        Now that rainbow colored sticky popcorn is GROSS and black licorice is AWFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                          roots and tubers? the french fry looking stuff? love those.

                                                          1. re: chef chicklet

                                                            i think they're called Terra Chips, Chips made from sweet potatoes, beets, turnips.... some other things. Yummy.

                                                            1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                              I am addicted to Terra Chips. Love them...

                                                                1. re: EWSflash

                                                                  +2 - especially the sweet potato ones, if I get a bag of just those I never have to break out the chip clip.

                                                                  1. re: ncyankee101

                                                                    +3 The sweet potatoes are my fave, and no matter how hard I try not to, I always finish the bag!

                                                              1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                I hear you can get some really creative crisps in England. I was reading in someone's Live Journal about how they tried lamb flavored crisps. From what they said, probably not the first thing I'd try if I get to visit Britain.

                                                                1. re: givemecarbs

                                                                  mmmmmmmm....lamb crisps!
                                                                  prawn crisps, yes! lamb? not so much......

                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                           all's prawn cocktail crisps, and really they only taste of cocktail sauce, not prawns.

                                                                    1. re: im_nomad

                                                                      prawn crisps taste like cocktail sauce? not the ones i've had....

                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                        British prawn cocktail crisps taste of cocktail sauce -- Asian prawn chips taste of krill.

                                                                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                          Prawn cocktail chips taste like a cross between ketchup chips and all dressed, so, not very tasty. I HATE ketchup chips- just the concept is disgusting!

                                                            2. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                              EZ Cheese consumed quite happily around here, and I've known lots of people who couldn't live without the windmill cookies; I just think they're OK. The only snacky thing I work hard at avoiding is pretzels. First time somebody gave me one I was amazed to see everyone else gobbling them up as though they actually tasted good, and I was around five at the time. I tolerate them better now, but to me their one advantage is that I know I'll never make a pig of myself if that's all there is.

                                                              1. re: Will Owen

                                                                I feel the same way about pretzels.

                                                                1. re: Blush

                                                                  ever tried the chocolate-dipped or peanut butter-filled ones?

                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                    I had to stop buying peanut butter-filled pretzels, because the bags kept mysteriously disappearing. [grin]

                                                                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                      I don't like little crunchy pretzels, but I love the big soft ones with salt on them. They deserve a whole different name.

                                                                      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                        Amen. We keep an open bag of TJ's peanutbutter-filled pretzels in our pantry and grab a couple every time we go in there. They never get stale b/c we eat them that quickly.

                                                                        Broken hard pretzels from PA is a weakness of mine. My family was just in town from PA and brought me a bag. Aaaaah, love 'em.

                                                                        1. re: lynnlato

                                                                          Peanut butter-filled pretzels make a great movie snack.

                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                              GHG-Have you tried the wheat free/gluten free pretzels? The brand name escapes me but I was wondering if they are any good.

                                                                              1. re: BaltoPhilFood

                                                                                Someone just brought a bag into the office and they were gone in minutes. Better than regular pretzels, imho.

                                                                                1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                  aww, thanks :)

                                                                                  Balto, most of the packaged GF pretzels contain soy flour, which i also can't eat...and they're all *absurdly* high in fat & sodium.

                                                                  2. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                                    Terra Chips? One of the best things ever invented?