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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 cheese....lol.

                                                        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

                                                                    well....in all fairness....it'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?

                                                                  3. there are some Japanese or Chinese snack crunchy things, I have no idea what they are called but they are truly disgusting.

                                                                    Salt and vinegar flavoured crisps are bad too (chips to Americans).

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                                                                    1. re: smartie

                                                                      There are lots of Salt and Vinegar chips sold in the US and have been for at least 30 years. I think it started in the NE with the people who liked putting vinegar on their french fries (chips to you in the UK)

                                                                      1. re: smartie

                                                                        I hope you don't mean wasabi peas. They are GREAT.

                                                                        1. re: smartie

                                                                          I just ate a bag of salt and vinegar pop chips... I would probably eat salt and vinegar styrofoam if put in front of me.
                                                                          Salt + vinegar + almost anything= addicting, burny joy

                                                                          1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                            Oh, those are good! I love salt and vinegar anything, too.

                                                                            1. re: manraysky

                                                                              me too i know this is suppost to be the worst tasting but two things people keep mentioning are my favourite snack junky items- liquorice and salt "n" vinegar chips

                                                                                1. re: umbushi plum

                                                                                  I found the 'salt and vinegar' powder on a spice website someplace, and bought a big shaker and put it on everything, until it got too clumpy. It was probably really bad for me, though.

                                                                                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                    ha i bet it would be really nice on a baked potato or home made skin on chips mmm salty blood pressure spiking seasoning....

                                                                            2. re: smartie

                                                                              YUM. Salt and vinegar chips. One of my favorite snack foods.

                                                                            3. Joe Louis (sp?) snack cakes- those circular chocolate "cake" things with a thin layer of white "cream" in the middle. I remember them being a lot better as a child, which is why I recently bought a box out of nostalgia but GAHH! These were horrid. Dry, crumbly and sour tasting!!

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                                                                              1. re: pinkprimp

                                                                                "Jos. Louis" is a snack cake that originated in Quebec. It consists of two halves of chocolate sponge cake with a thin layer of vanilla creme (think Hostess cupcakes), all covered in a thin chocolate shell. I ate these as a kid (in fact, at Christmas, the baker in our neighbourhood used to throw them to the kids as he drove past).

                                                                                If you got a package that was "dry, crumbly, and sour tasting", I'll suggest they were past their due date. I can only eat them infrequently now, but every time I've had one, they're pretty much as I remember - tiny crunch from the chocolate shell, slightly chewy cake, and the moist creme. They're extremely sweet, and they have the slight chemical flavour of all "shelf stable baked goods", but I prefer them over the US equivalent Ding-Dongs or Ho-Hos.

                                                                              2. I am not a potato chip eater, and it never fails, I always get a bag of Salt and Vineger when we go to Subway (which is rare-thank goodness) and anyway I take a bite of one, then two and close the bag, followed by a "why did I just buy these AGAIN? They're horrible!"

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                                                                                1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                  chicklet, this makes me sad. i used to *adore* S&V potato chips back in the day. haven't eaten them in years, though.

                                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                    OH gosh, I DID TOO! I think its the Kettle (is that the name?) ha ha I almost said Kettle 1 Chips. woo hoo! But the Lays brand that's sold at Subway, gross. And don't be tempted ghg, they're full of so much salt, more salt than vinegar. You above anyone knows about how bad salt is (in that manner of consumption) for our hearts.
                                                                                    Geez I just realized that I held you to a higher standard, hope you can handle that...

                                                                                    1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                      LOL. no worries chicklet...no one holds me to a higher standard than i do myself ;)

                                                                                      1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                        "kettle one" chips. now that is something i might get into. ;-).

                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                          I too adore S and V chips. I eat so many of them it burns off a layer of skin on the sides of my mouth making it raw. Am i the only one this happens to?

                                                                                          1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                            Don't worry it happens to me to. I love S&V chips so much that I am willing to forgo the searing/melting away of my sides of my mouth.

                                                                                            1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                              me, too -- the vinegar flavoring is killer on the palate. literally.

                                                                                                1. re: AhRoi

                                                                                                  Love S&V chips. I found the 'powder' on a website that sells flavoring for pork rind vendors, and bought a shaker bottle full. It was so good, I put it on french fries and baked potatoes. But it got clumpy really fast.

                                                                                                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                                    probably best that it all clumped up on you if it discouraged you from using any more :) i imagine it was mostly salt & preservatives, and perhaps even MSG.

                                                                                                  2. re: AhRoi

                                                                                                    I am the same way but with Sour Keys. The best ones I have had are at the Dollarama. The roof of your mouth and tongue are raw and you have absolutely no taste buds for about 2 days. Some may say self torture I say self indulgence.

                                                                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                  S&V potato chips originated in Quebec (where you could also find the "dill pickle" and "all dressed" variations), where everyone has their fries with salt and vinegar.

                                                                                                  If you want to recreate the flavour without the guilt of chips or the mouth burn, put some vinegar on your fries!

                                                                                                  1. re: FrankD

                                                                                                    Salt & Vinegar chips (crisps) originated with an Irish company in the 1950s, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato_chip

                                                                                                    1. re: FrankD

                                                                                                      oh i *like* the mouth burn ;) and how are fries less guilt-inducing than potato chips?

                                                                                                3. Oh goodness...yesterday I picked up some double salted licorice because I love black licorice, the salted variation sounded good to me, and I had never had it. OH DEAR GOD was that brutal! I hear the double-salted variety is an acquired taste, but I don't see myself EVER acquiring a taste for that much ammonia. <shudder>

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                                                                                                  1. re: Wahooty

                                                                                                    haha okay i thought of one. black licorice- yuck

                                                                                                    1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                      I think that's a flavour you have to grow up having. Italians are immune to the 'ick' of anise flavour, as are most Greeks. :)

                                                                                                      1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                        what is interesting is that i sort of enjoy the anise flavor, in moderation. i love anise cookies and other similar-tasting thing. i think it's the combination of the strong flavor with the rubbery chewy texture of licorice.

                                                                                                        1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                          CoryKatherine, i'm with you. i never could stand licorice-flavored candy or jelly beans, but i love anise, fennel & tarragon...and back in my party days i consumed *more* than my fair share of Jägermeister & Sambuca ;)

                                                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                            haha I draw the line with the Sambuca- I gag just thinking about it- but I do enjoy some Jager now and then...

                                                                                                        2. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                          Anisette!!! Yea, that's a drink that grows on you.
                                                                                                          the French love it too!

                                                                                                          1. re: chef chicklet

                                                                                                            Mmmm... pastis... absinthe... raki... ouzo... sambuca...

                                                                                                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                                              And you can all leave the Pernod for ME....!!!!! '-)

                                                                                                        3. re: Wahooty

                                                                                                          Don't ever go to Denmark then! I actually love those extra-salty licorice candies -- but I don't need to have one two or three times a day like the Danes I know...

                                                                                                          1. re: dmd_kc

                                                                                                            I've heard it's the Dutch that REALLY get into them. It's not the super-saltiness that's off-putting - I love salt and I love licorice (and am neither Italian, nor Greek... :) ) - it took me two tries to carefully read the package and figure out that I wasn't hallucinating the ammonia. I think ammonium chloride may be the one exception to my otherwise hard and fast salt-fiend tendencies. I'm not a fan of candy that burns my tongue AND my nose. But hey, if there's anybody out there that loves them, I've got a barely used package I'd gladly send your way... :)

                                                                                                            1. re: Wahooty

                                                                                                              You are right - it is the Dutch. Wiki says the same is true of Scandinavia. It does take a while to get used to them. And I do like them. They also have the advantage that for a candy you tend to have a limit of two or three. There is no way you could wolf down a half-pound of them.

                                                                                                              Self-limiting diet food.

                                                                                                              1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                Yeah, that's why I didn't immediately toss them - I figured that I might acquire a taste for them and they'd come in handy when I get a salt craving. But I just don't think I can do it.

                                                                                                                Hey, you're here in Toronto - you want free candy from a stranger? :)

                                                                                                                1. re: Wahooty

                                                                                                                  My husband cons his coworkers into trying saltafiskar (salted fish-shaped licorice candy) by first letting our five year old daughter eat one. She loves them. I adore salt, and I like real licorice, but I can't do the two together.

                                                                                                                2. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                  indeed. I was in Iceland a few weeks ago and nearly ALL candy is liquorice flavored. disgusting.
                                                                                                                  even some chocolate bars!!

                                                                                                          2. Barbecue flavored (?) and sour cream and chive flavored (?) potato chips are so revolting I would not feed them to my neighbor's dog. And I dislike the neighbor and the dog.
                                                                                                            Gimme Cape Cod chips!

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                                                                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                              fake flavoured ANYTHING... bacon"flavouring" always taste strangely of toothpaste to me.. and honey soy "flavouring".. WTF is that?? It taste neither like honry OR soy.. more like Aspartame and... and.. I don't even know.

                                                                                                              her in OZ, I once succumbed to Fritto's "Pork Crackle".

                                                                                                              Stale, crunchy, oily tastless-yet-smells-like-rotting-fish-and-cat-whizz.

                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                Agree -- I detest all flavored potato chips. I don't know why they bother -- you can't improve on perfection. But as the posts show, there's a market for them.

                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                  For a while my college roommate and I were addicted to organic barbecue chips. Wow, were they delicious. Of course, being organic they didn't have artificial flavors, but we sure gained weight anyway. It doesn't look like the brand we had is available any more.

                                                                                                                  And I don't usually go for flavored chips--beyond the craving for S&V once every few years.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                    I totally disagree!
                                                                                                                    There have been a few bbq-flavored potato chips that have been very good.

                                                                                                                    I just tried these Ruffles Texas-style bbq chips the other day. Not my favorite bbq-flavored chips, but still pretty tasty.

                                                                                                                  2. Cool Ranch Doritos. Or anything Ranch flavored, really. Gross.

                                                                                                                    I thought I hated Ranch dressing until I tried it homemade, with fresh herbs and buttermilk. It's actually delicious! It's just the bottles of stuff with 85 ingredients, all chemicals, that I can't stand.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: manraysky

                                                                                                                      The original ranch dressing recipe is one of the classics of the last half of the 20th century. Feh on anyone who says it sucks. It's awesome.

                                                                                                                      The shelf-stable bottled version is very gross. It tastes nothing at all like the real thing. I haven't tried the refrigerated one, but there's no real point in my opinion.

                                                                                                                      This thread had lots of advice:


                                                                                                                      1. re: manraysky

                                                                                                                        cool ranch doritos ....blecchhhhhh...i agree

                                                                                                                        1. re: Johnresa

                                                                                                                          nooooo!!!! the blue bag is the only bag of doritos worth buying, imo

                                                                                                                          1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                            I used to bartend and was once asked by a customer, "What goes well with Sauvignon Blanc?"
                                                                                                                            A waiter who was nearby threw out the quip, "Cool Ranch Doritos."

                                                                                                                            The crowd roared.

                                                                                                                        2. re: manraysky

                                                                                                                          Yuck- have to agree. I cannot stand anything ranch flavored.

                                                                                                                          1. re: manraysky

                                                                                                                            I used to love Hidden Valley ranch until I went about a year without it and tried a bottle...I could actually taste the chemicals. Homemade ranch(or even trader joes had a good one in their refrigerated section) is awesome though.

                                                                                                                          2. I tried a soy mayo flavored potato chip in Japan. I didn't realize what flavor it was and it really tasted horrible. I am gagging just thinking about it.

                                                                                                                            1. Wasabi peas are tasty... until you start to chew them.

                                                                                                                              1. "Big Squid" a processed and seasoned squid "Sheet"snack sold in Asian markets that has been described by my associates as looking like a fruit rollup,feeling like a glue trap, smelling like the bottom of a chum bucket and tasting like sweetened 3 day old shrimp left out in the sun. I must confess, I rather like it.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: currymouth

                                                                                                                                  I like many varieties of dried, sweet squid leathers. I don't find the brands I've had (Japanese are best) off-puttingly fishy at all. In fact, I bet that's a good healthy-ish snack, other than the sodium content.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: dmd_kc

                                                                                                                                    The one I get is Thai and can get pretty rank out of the package but apparently makes good sea bass bait, or so my friend tells me.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: currymouth

                                                                                                                                    Dried squid snacks are the equivalent of potato chips in many Asian countries, including Korea. The dried squid section is usually much larger than the chip section in Korean food stores. They are a little fishy smelling, but they are nice and chewy and take a long time to eat. It is a pretty healthy snack, much healthier than popcorn with fake butter or chips. But I must admit it has been a long time since I went out and bought this stuff.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                      I was partial to the dried shredded cuttlefish as well as the Korean sweet baby anchovies but then I saw "Big Squid" and I was hooked. It is also the one snack that never gets stolen.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                        Someone @ work brought in a packet of squid jerky from an asian market she'd gone to near Nashville (forget where she said it was- a huge, glorious market full of stuff you can't easily find where we live) and it was...... just horrible. If you got past the smell, the texture was just like chewing gum someone else had chewed for a week-after eating rotten fish heads... I can't imagine craving something like this, but that's just me.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Boccone Dolce

                                                                                                                                          It is truly an acquired taste but a everyday snack in certain parts of Asia.

                                                                                                                                    2. Circus peanuts
                                                                                                                                      milky way candy bar - such a waste!
                                                                                                                                      pork rinds
                                                                                                                                      Gen soy chips - taste like vomit

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: six dower

                                                                                                                                        I used to like circus peanuts as a child....NOT NOW...lol!!!
                                                                                                                                        3 Musketeers and Milky Way both stink.
                                                                                                                                        I forgot candy corn...how can anyone like that!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Johnresa

                                                                                                                                          I am sad to say I love candy corn (year round) I have been known to eat sooo many, Iget physically sick from sugar overload. Can't help it though, once I start, it's too hard to stop!

                                                                                                                                          1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                            I am the EXACT SAME WAY. Hmm, there are others... Maybe I should look into forming some sort of a support group

                                                                                                                                            1. re: sunangelmb

                                                                                                                                              I like the little pumkin one's at Halloween but I don't like the corn, don't know why, it's the same thing.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                                                                                                                I love those pumpkins even more. I have now found the easter version of this at our local Amish Market. They are pastel bunnies just as yummy as the pumpkins. They make me soo sick from overconsumption. I found if you finish it with salt (like pretzels) that sick feeling goes away quicker. It's a sickness I know. I need a support group cory!

                                                                                                                                            2. re: Johnresa

                                                                                                                                              i'm convinced those Circus Peanuts actually *are* made of styrofoam.

                                                                                                                                              every year around Halloween, i'd eat some candy corn, enjoy the first few pieces, and then suddenly get completely nauseated by the flavor and texture and vow never to eat it again...until the next Halloween, when i'd inevitably do the same thing. took me quite a few years, but i eventually caught on ;)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Johnresa

                                                                                                                                                re: 3 Musketeers and Milky Way - I can't stand that fluffy nougat stuff!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Johnresa

                                                                                                                                                  Oh NO NO NO! I absolutely love 3 Musketeers and Milky Ways - especially out of the fridge! And candy corn - love that too, but can only eat it around Halloween. It's one of those things that can repulse you after you eat too much!!! Liking that Halloween mix with the pumpkins in it too!

                                                                                                                                                  Not sure I think we need the Easter candy corn, though. Something about those purple and green colors isn't the same!

                                                                                                                                              2. My husband loves Twiglets- I've only known them to come from the UK (London, specifically). They look like cheetos except that they are covered in a yeast flavored topping- like marmite (it might even be marmite). I think they taste burnt.

                                                                                                                                                So I guess my second choice would be marmite. I tried it once when I was travelling and met someone from Australia that offered to share. OMG! It was overwhelming.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: lhb78

                                                                                                                                                  Twiglets, ugh! When I read "worst snack ever" I thought "Got to be Twiglets." Like, who thinks of an overcooked marmite-flavored thing as a snack?

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fluffernutter

                                                                                                                                                    Please Sir, can I have some more?

                                                                                                                                                    And a spoonful of Marmite or Bovril in boiling water... as the Dutch would say...lekker.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: lhb78

                                                                                                                                                    Have to agree there, Twiglets absolutely foul.

                                                                                                                                                  3. Absolutely Free "ice cream" bars.
                                                                                                                                                    They are ABSOLUTELY horrible. I'm a huge fan of low fat/no fat desserts and these were the worst tasting excuses for food I ever tried. And for $6.99 for the box I was really pissed.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: misnatalie

                                                                                                                                                      i just had to look these up out of curiosity. from the Absolutely Free website:

                                                                                                                                                      "Absolutely Free Gourmet Ice Cream ingredients are wholesome and natural like fruits, vegetables and dairy products such as skim milk, and whey, naturally fermented corn (erythritol) chicory vegetable fiber (inulin), starch from corn (maltodextrin), Irish moss (carrageenan), xanthan gum and sucralose from table sugar (Splenda®)."

                                                                                                                                                      one look at that list of ingredients would have been assurance enough that they'd taste horrible. oh, and apparently the manufacturer believes Splenda is as "wholesome and natural" as fruits & vegetables...?

                                                                                                                                                    2. ANDY CAPP HOT FRIES - Bleck! these things taste like spicy sawdust. My husband can eat an entire bag in one sitting whenever he is "lucky" enough to find them.

                                                                                                                                                      Pork rinds are not my friends. Hubby likes these also - so gross.

                                                                                                                                                      Anything artifically banana-flavored.

                                                                                                                                                      Trader Joe's crunchy green beans - ew. All I can taste is canola oil. <shiver>

                                                                                                                                                      Oh, and those cubed "wine crackers" you sometimes see in wine stores... they are supposed to cleanse your palate. They have little taste and are kind of like eating Tums.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                        hahaha the irony. I'm sitting here with a bag of trader joe's crunchy green beans. I just ate half the bag in one sitting and I had to put them away to avoid polishing it off... too funny.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                          I'm with you on those green beans. They're just terrible.

                                                                                                                                                          Oh, and I don't know if this is considered a snack, but I think Diet Coke has to be one of the most horrible tasting beverages I've ever had.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                                            I love Diet Coke. I remember the first one I ever had, about 25 years ago. Life altering experience.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                              LOL wow I'm dying. If only i could remember when I had my first one. I might make it a holiday. I am partial to a good fountain soda on a long day but I'll settle for a can... sigh

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: laliz

                                                                                                                                                                I like pretty much all types of diet soda. That said.... the one soda that stopped me in my tracks was the Diet Dr. Pepper with chocolate.
                                                                                                                                                                I took one drink. Thought SURELY it doesn't taste that bad. I drink the cherry and vanilla versions, and they are fine.... so I had a second taste. EW. May be the only drink I didn't finish purely based on the vomitous taste.
                                                                                                                                                                A close runner up was the Diet Pepsi with lemon. Tasted like Windex. But at least I could finish it.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                              I agree about the banana flavored things.. My aunt used to try and force her love of Banana Mighty Bites, Laffy Taffy, and Now and Laters on me.....ahhhhhhhhhh...I would rather starve

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Johnresa

                                                                                                                                                                I think my stomach turned just reading your post - ew.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Johnresa

                                                                                                                                                                  In a college chemistry class, we were making various artificial fruit flavorings. A girl next to me at the lab table dropped a vial (vile?) of faux banana. It splashed EVERYWHERE, soaking into the leg of my pants.

                                                                                                                                                                  I had to wash them several times to get the smell out. I can still imagine it all too vividly today. No idea why people like that stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dmd_kc

                                                                                                                                                                    In grad school, we all dreaded the week we did the lab where the students synthesized artificial banana AND oil of wintergreen. In order to get their points, the TAs had the dubious honor of sniffing the tubes to verify the products. If you think you don't like it by itself, try it immediately before or after a wintergreen lifesaver. 28 TIMES. {shudder}

                                                                                                                                                                    Oddly enough, I still like banana Runts, but I do get traumatic flashbacks from anything containing wintergreen.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Wahooty

                                                                                                                                                                      Wintergreen is my nominee for world's worst candy or gum flavor. There's a Chinese expression for disliking a flavor - you don't say "I hate x", you say "I fear x". This is my feeling exactly about wintergreen.

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yeah, artificial banana flavored anything is just gross.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: manraysky

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm also the only weirdo who likes the banana runts the most... what is wrong with me??

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                      You can have mine since I usually toss them ;)!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mollyomormon

                                                                                                                                                                        Don't toss them. Send them to me. Love the banana ones!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                        The banana runts are the only flavor I like!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                            me too...my favorite one! i sometimes go to the candy store just to get them and only them.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                          They are the one ones I eat....my son loves Runts and has come to realize that mommy gets all the bananas...ok most of them. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                            I like em too! The only flavour worth eating, imo. The other ones are just nasty.

                                                                                                                                                                            I think I should mention that I also like Chapman's banana popsicles :$

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                              Not the only weirdo - my favs too! I'm heartbroken that the banana Valentine Sweethearts have been replaced with lemon (at least that's what I read...)

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Pork rinds- my boyfriend buys these from time to time, and once I was stupid enough to sample one- literally tastes like plastic.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. I'll throw another one in the hopper for discussion ...

                                                                                                                                                                            Sugar free Peeps.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                              How about we just say Peeps...lol...GROSS

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lynnlato

                                                                                                                                                                                  Those things exist to get microwaved when you're stoned. I have no idea what people did with them before we had microwave ovens...

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                    Toasted them over a lighter. Or so I've heard.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                      OOooOOOoOoOoooooo... Peeps in a microwave! Did you ever put two in at one time, then take bets on which one would blow up and implode first? Winner gets to keep the burnt sugar! '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                          No no no. It's all right. I only do it to purple Peeps. They're dangerous mutants!

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Johnresa

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bite.Your.Tongue !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      I love me some peeps. I never eat gelatin, and that is my once yearly foray into the gelatin world.

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                                                                                                                      *ducking* since marshmallows are the perfect food, I love Peeps.

                                                                                                                                                                                    4. The boiled peanuts I had in a S.F. Chinatown dive bar once.....wow, I almost hurled.....
                                                                                                                                                                                      I like the styrofoam/rice cake comparison.....perfect!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: EmoryJ

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yes, boiled peanuts are hands-down the worst snack food ever. I honestly cannot believe anyone enjoys them. I would much, much rather eat plain rice cakes--and even styrofoam. I would rather eat syrofoam than eat boiled peanuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm with you, buttertart! I love them -- when purchased at the side of the road by a guy in a ramshackle cart with a hand drawn sign announcing them. This is cause for a dramatic swerve off the road!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. My vote for the worst snack ever is the Japanese oshiruko KitKat. My local 99 yen shop has had them in stock for ages and they can't unload them.

                                                                                                                                                                                          They're pictured here:


                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I would have to vote for "Veggie Booty", that puffed rice and corn snack made with a blend of vegetable flavors, namely Spinach, Kale, Cabbage, Carrots and Broccoli!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: choco_lab38

                                                                                                                                                                                              Veggie Booty is freaking delicious. Basically green cheetos. Sans artificial color and with vitamins.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Nobody has mentioned the pringle chips with olestra. I don't know if they still make them. They leave this goopy glop in your mouth... a coating of greasy like putty that cannot be removed without swishing a carbonated soda in your mouth. I have not tried any other olestra chips, but those were NOXIOUS.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                                                                                                                                                                                they still make them. my MOTHER eats the Lay's with Olestra. ack! i was appalled when she told me. i headed straight to TJ's, bought her a bag of their reduced fat potato chips, and made her throw out the other ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. In France, they sell bags of snacks that are essentially cheetos but which are peanut flavor - they obviously thought it was a great idea to combine two snacks together but the end result is just vile.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Emma01

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh God... they're called "Curly" and they're just absolutely revolting. Dégueulasse !

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Emma01

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds like Israeli Bomba! I love Bomba.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I REALLY love Snyder's of Hanover Honey Mustard and Onion Multigrain Pretzel Nibblers, which I get on Amazon since most stores don't carry the multigrain version - I think they are even better than the very good HM&O nibblers (which are better than the overly-seasoned HM&O pieces). Confused yet? Amazon is not currently stocking them but had some other Snyder's snacks I'd never seen. I ordered their multigrain cheese puffs and pumpernickel/onion pretzel sticks. The former proved to be corn and rice...not what leaps to mind when I read "multigrain". That would have been okay but they taste like they're made from livestock feed. The pretzel sticks would be fine if they weren't overwhelmingly salty. I don't know if Pepperidge Farms Pumpernickel Snack Sticks are still made - used to like those so I thought that onion pumpernickel would be even better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    BTW, I used to show pedigreed cats. EZ cheese and jars of meat baby food are typical show-bag equipment for folks who show the slim, lanky breeds. The breed standards call for tubular torsos and some cats have bulgy tummies if they eat cat food during the show, so most of us gave our cats little dollops of these treats until judging was finished for the day. Very common to walk down a row of show cages and seeing a Siamese or Cornish Rex sitting at the open door of its show cage, licking EZ cheese right off the nozzle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                                                      "That would have been okay but they taste like they're made from livestock feed."

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hey, I used to show horses and goats, and it was a nice treat for us kids to nibble on their COB with molasses. COB=Rolled corn, rolled oats, and barley. But then again, we knew what it was going to taste like!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've only been to one cat show, locally, and was amazed at how people carried around their cats by the arm and leg joints. I can just see how my cat would take that! Oh, and my arms would fall off trying!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                                                                                        i used to love, love, love those Snyder's HM&O nibbles. such a good late-night snack in college!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        re: the "multigrain" cheese puffs, it really irks me the way these manufacturers use meaningless buzzwords to make their products sound healthier than they really are. if i want baked, cheese-flavored corn & rice puffs, i'll stick with Pirate's Booty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I can't believe no one has mentioned Cheez-its (aka Cheez Nips). I don't know what kind of cheese they're supposed to taste like, but I don't think I want to try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I will admit I have enjoyed - on more than one occasion - the "White Cheddar" Cheez-Its...not too bad

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BaltoPhilFood

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I will admit that I have eaten an entire regular-sized BOX of cheez-its on more than one occasion. But please, Cheez-its are not "AKA" Cheez Nips. Cheez Nips are a disgraceful imposter. Huge difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: CoryKatherine

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seconded! Cheez-it wannabes are all they are. D-listed snacks begging for some rubbed off attention.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: JungMann

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I found a recipe once and put alot of effort into making some sort of "cheese crisps". I don't rememember how the recipe described them, but they came out tasting just like Cheez-its. Not what I had in mind!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. These may not be the worst tasting snacks ever. But they were the most disappointing snacks ever to me. My bf brought me a back of "A-1" flavored beef jerky. I LOVE A-1! I LOVE beef jerky!
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I opened the bag... got a huge whiff of A-1!!! Hooray.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            I took a bite.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            All smell..... no cattle.....
                                                                                                                                                                                                            it wasn't bad.... it just wasn't what I'd hoped for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I tried this revolting Rootbeer/cream mixture beverage, it was supposed to taste like rootbeer float or something. It was gross. My brother had me try it as a joke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Yes, there are some "weird" potato crisp flavours here in the UK, but without doubt the worst, nastiest ones I ever tried were bacon and roquefort flavour from M&S. I love pretty much any potato product, but this was revolting. Couldn't finish two, never mind the bag. Ick.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also bad was the new Walkers brand flavour - fish and chip. Imagine opening a bag of fishy grease. Not good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The worst ever snack that was non-potato based has to be salmon jerky. Mmmm, fishy leather - how did anyone think that would be good?!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I don't know if it was actually worst tasting ever, but a few decades ago the Swenson's Ice Cream parlor in El Paso whipped up some dill pickle ice cream in honor of the owner's wife being pregnant. fortunately, they only made about five gallons of it, which mostly went into the trash after two weeks. I asked for a spoonful to taste it, but the waitress brought me a full scoop on the house. She said they were having a lot of trouble giving it away. Maybe if they'd added a little dill weed for color? Next time you have a slice of kosher dill pickle around, dip it in sugar and see what you think.... '-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. A friend picked up a big bag of Thai shrimp chips. I don't know the brand, but it came with a tube of spicy chili sauce to dip the chips in, kind of like a ketchup package. My friends are an adventurous bunch of eaters, but when we opened the package they all fell away, overwhelmed by a very strong fishy smell. It was quite powerful, and the flavour was quite strong too. I actually didn't mind them that much, but I was in the minority. Everyone else voted these chips the worst tasting snack ever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Now these friends haven't had the dubious pleasure of trying Bun- dae- ki, boiled silk worm larvae that are served as snacks at tourist attraction in Korea. Now that has to be the worst tasting snacks ever!!! The smell is nauseating, the texture disturbingly crunchy and gritty, and the flavour hideous. Yuck. This is one of the only foods that I may never be able to bring myself to try again. It was so odd seeing all these families buying these things for their kids, and seeing them chowing down... (shudder)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Not so much a taste thing, but a texture and "why bother" thing.....microwave popcorn of the non-fat / ultra low fat variety. It is a blasphemy against all things popcorn. And I really don't like my teeth to squeek when i'm eating thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's like eating packing peanuts. And it doesn't even taste like corn.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: im_nomad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So no squeaky cheese? AKA Fresh Curd. Yummmm!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tracylee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          different kind of squeak.....that's my story and i'm sticking to it !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Mr Yu, your description "if styrofoam could rot" is one of my favorite things I have ever read on Chowhound. Wonderfully vivid. Bravo!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Cheetos, doritos, anything of that sort. I hate HATE cheese powder, it smells like vomit. And then it dirties your fingers and it gets all gross. *shudders*

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Corn Nuts-absolutely vile!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Pork Rinds fried up to have the texture and appearance of "Fun-Yuns," ewwwww. Jack Links brand beef jerky. To me, it smells and looks like dog food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I forgot to add Slim-Jims.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: natewrites


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I first got my driver's license, I had to cart my little sister everywhere I went. I used to make her stand outside of the car to eat these if she bought them at the gas station!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And for some reason she still loves me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Not trying to start any controversy about culturally -acquired tastes, because I have some of my own, but once upon a time a neighbor from Laos gifted me a bag of hard durian candies. I could smell them through the (sealed) package and through their wrappers. There's just no disguising it. I did manage to put one in my mouth for about 4 seconds, and it tasted just like it smelled, and I wrapped the bag inside an old milk carton and threw it away so my neighbor couldn't see it had been trashed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love tropical fruit but durian is a fruit too far for me too, I'm afraid. As a fruit and in things. Memorable durian cookie from the Philippines experience - one of the very few things ever to give me severe heartburn with "repeats". It's not given to some of us to understand it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I went to an Asian market that had frozen durian. I could still smell it. I'm cool with remaining ignorant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I grew up in the NE US and I love durian. Not to say there aren't some gross-tasting durian products, but most forms I've tried have been delicious. Not so kind to the breath, however.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. ketchup flavoured potato chips. hate them.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. dried mango with thai chilli seasoning from Trader Joe's....gag...disgusting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I will stick with their regular mango which I love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. This whole thread reminds me of the sadly no longer updated bad-candy.com. I'd avoid anything even MENTIONED there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. a bag of whoppers or a bag of chalk. it's a toss-up

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: emilygreer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              my wife gets these things that looks like french fries and they are three colors white (?) green (spinach) and orange (carrot) they are in a snack bag and no amount of dip can save them blech!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: imhungryletseat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                haha, the vege sticks..they are ok...i don't mind eating them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: imhungryletseat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Veggie sticks are awesome. As are whoppers! Hurray for chalky snacks! Maybe my mouth is too damp, I don't know, I love 'em.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: imhungryletseat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, the plain ones aren't all that hot, but the maui wowie in that brand is pretty good, and one of my favorite "good" snacks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: emilygreer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    yes! the first - and only - time i tried to eat a Whopper i choked! i loved malted milk and similar flavors, but those things were like eating a mouthful of dust...and that dust stuck to my teeth & the roof of my mouth like paste. gack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the whoppers of yesteryear were actually made with real chocolate -- and tasted good! we're talking WAY back, though. they haven't been good in at least 20 years. ;-(.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Old Whoppers were so good. You'd pop one into your mouth and the (decent-quality, unwaxy, un-chemically) chocolate would start to melt...then when one side wore down, to crunch into the malt-seafoamy center that let you bite and chew cleanly, without clinging horribly to your molars.......then let it melt a little more and get into the real business of finishing that Whopper so you could pop in the next one....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, and Chick-o-stix used to have a nice, flaky, Butterfingery-texture (that even BF's no longer have) but they too have deteriorated into something that, when chewed, causes temporary lockjaw.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        York Patties are still pretty good in a pinch, but don't even get me started on Junior Mints.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Pork rinds in any form or "flavor"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ditto on the pork rinds. When I went through the low carb phase I tried them as a snack, ground up for breading and any anything else you could think of. All I can say is yuck. That fad did not last long and my husband and kids thank me. Besides it is so not healthy. One other product I find gross is rice cakes. They are crunchy rounds with absolutely no flavor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: 02putt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everyone is dissing the rice cakes - have you actually tried them in the last 10 or 15 years? That may have been true when they first came out but Quaker makes some that are great - the caramel corn, chocolate crunch (w/choc chips), and white cheddar ones have lots of flavor. Granted some of the cheaper brands are not all that good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ncyankee101

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't tried them lately. Once was enough. I would think no matter how you flavor them they are an "acquired taste". I won't buy any but if I am somewhere at a potluck I will try a little and see what I think.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: 02putt

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              no offense, but if someone put those out at a potluck i wouldn't want them as friends! bleah... ( :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. These curry-flavored potato chips have got to be among the most loathsome snacks known to humankind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. A really nasty licorice snack I got at a touristy store at the Tower of London: sticks of licorice filled with almost pure sugar with little candy bits on the end, deviously designed to look like they are stick-shaped licorice allsorts (which I love). Basically, licorice pixie sticks. Impossible to eat- had to throw out most of the (stupidly overpriced) package. Even if you like licorice, NEVER buy those things. EVER.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The WORST kind of chips is smoky bacon flavour (especially Walker's brand). As well as an atrocious flavour, they leave a horrible aftertaste that refuses to go away! I tried one little bite of one chip and that was it. I threw out the whole bag. (just one of the snack-sized bags, but still)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don't ever buy them- they're nasty!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LePetitChefCanadien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hostess pickled onion, Walker's pickled onion. I liked smoky bacon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TheDewster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agree with you on the pickled onion, cheese and onion, yes please :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I actually like smokey bacon chips. Anyone else remember when Hostess potato chips came out with sweet flavors? ick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. These aren't the worst tasting snacks I have had - but the biggest let-down - Creamsicle No-sugar-added bars. The creme filling was dry chalky and tasteless, the fruity part bland - and they were not cheap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The sad thing is there is Kroger store brand of the same product that is just wonderful, 20 calories per bar and you would never know they were fat free and no sugar added - and they cost about half what the Popsicle brand does.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ncyankee101

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ITA. I picked up a box of these once and tossed them thinking they were bad or had hidden out in the back of a freezer for way to long. Grainy weirdness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I'm probably in the minority here but I can't stand triskets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                they are so dry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Sandwich_Sister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  they are, but top them with cream cheese or swiss or liverwurst or butter or anything not dry and voila! - not so dry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Mr Yu, I still think that is the best, most succinct description of a taste ever on CH.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Japanese seafood and seaweed flavored candies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. It has got to be (Thai) Lay's chips, double cheeseburger flavor. They're porky, pickle-y, oniony, and pinkish with ketchup color. Blech!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My best fiend and travel partner was crazy about them. But even the smell made me sick.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. My Mom gave me a curry flavored chocolate candy bar. I will eat just about anything but it literally made me gag!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They should have a new show on the Food Network "The Crappiest Thing I Ever Ate"!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I hope I haven't already posted this but rumaki is a dirty trick. Wrap water chestnuts in bacon and grill, it's a perfect combination of sweet vegetable and unctuous bacon fat with crispiness on the edges, Then you bite down on the next one and get a goddamn chicken liver after you bite through the lovely crispy bacon shell. I really hate liver, not an attitude, I've eaten it not knowing it was liver and hated it, which is sort of the point of being afraid of rumaki.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. CRACKER JACKS- Vile, disgusting, loathsome things that even as a child, I wouldn't go near.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LICORICE- Same applies for this one, and I don't know which is worse, the red or the black.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BEER NUTS- You'd have to be nuts to eat this rubbish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ENGLISH MUFFINS- Toss 'em into the river!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            GRANOLA- I'd rather eat dirt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PRETZELS- Whoever invented this should also be tossed in the river.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            JELL-O- Just say no!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BAKED POTATO CHIPS- Absolutely tastless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            VEGGIE CHIPS- More tasteless crap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PRINGLES- See above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MACAROONS- I'm starting to feel ill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SUMMER SAUSAGE- I need to call the medic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: arktos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Surely, you are referring solely to hard pretzels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How can anyone hate soft hot pretzels?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have you ever had Auntie Anne's pretzels?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never had soft prezels, what are they??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OH! and I forgot to include: COTTON CANDY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lived in NYC (soft pretzel central) for 21 years (and still live very close) and I do not like them at all, hate may be too strong but strongly dislike even the smell of them. Hard pretzels are OK but I have to be in the mood for them, myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not all soft pretzels are the same, buttertart.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (And btw they are also very popular in Philly.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The ones the streetcart men sell are often mishandled -- overcooked, undercooked, dried out and tough, oversalted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do prefer Auntie Anne's pretzels to the street vendor/ballpark vendor pretzels. And even with Auntie Anne's, you have to be careful you are getting ones that are still very fresh, that haven't been sitting out, drying out, forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Arktos, I can understand your feeling about Cracker Jack (I never did like them, just always wanted to get the toy inside -- and was always disappointed by the toy when it finally came out!), licorice, beer nuts, baked potato chips, and summer sausage.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There are some versions of the others on your list that can be tolerable or even good, though.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (I had to give up the cheddar pringles that I had become addicted to a few months ago when I realized that eating them was altering how my taste buds behaved for several hours after I'd eat them. It would take half a day to be able to taste food normally again.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: arktos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "ENGLISH MUFFINS- Toss 'em into the river!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ahahaaha! i've never seen such an adamant reaction to pretty "normal" foods - it's not like these are weirdly exotic or anything! love your post.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. those flaming hot cheetos. ugh - and not because they're hot. also Kettle Chips buffalo blue cheese, i think they're called? had them as part of a test marketing thing my sister did - tasted like actual vomit. they don't even make them anymore, it looks like, according to their website. good riddance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i just tried the new Tapatio Doritos (so not WW pts friendly)! there was a thread somewhere that i can't find, or i'd post this there. they were pretty good - did not taste exactly like Tapatio, and did not taste exactly like the Taco flavored Doritos of yore, but somewhere in between. Not bad.