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Foods that you are embarrassed to tell people you actually eat (a.k.a. foods you only eat when alone).

OK, let's face it - most of us in Chowhound would consider ourselves "foodies".
Otherwise, why would we care about a food site/blog, right?

And as a foodie, I basically know what is, and what is not, considered "normal" foods, authentic foods, specialty foods, organic foods, expensive foods, healthy foods, 5 star gourmet foods, etc. And so do you (again, why would you be here otherwise).
But, most of us (dare I say all of us) have a secret... we really like to eat something(s) that the rest of the world, or at least our foodie friends, would consider, well, kind of gross.

For me it's the following things that I secretly eat at home, alone, and then immediately cover the evidence when I'm done:
* Hot dogs
* Smokey links
* Cream Chipped Beef on toast (aka SOS)
* Burger King's regular chicken sandwich, loaded with mayo, cut in half of course (I generally HATE fast food, and even been known to shed tears when I have to eat it on the run)
* A piece of toast with a piece of american cheese on top
* Taco Bell's Nachos Bellgrande (see above re: fast food)
* I can actually eat a dozen deviled eggs in one sitting

I'm sure there is more, but that's all that comes to mind right now.

What about you? Are there any foods you eat that you would never, ever tell any of your friends that have an appreciation for food?

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  1. I like your topic; but NOTHING I eat embarasses me - from gas station heater box corn dogs to CBrD ravioli to a Big Mac to foods found the world over from street to "gourmet"!

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    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

      Oh, and mayo. I find that I just can't eat a sandwich without it. I have a few friends that would rather die than eat it. One friend in particular comes to mind... well, maybe more than a friend since I dated him for 12 years. But anyhoo, he absolutely hates mayo - every sandwich he eats has to have Italian Salad Dressing on it (yawn), which I hate on most sandwiches.
      We actually lived together for a year, and I didn't even keep mayo in the house because he looked down on it so much. He called it "gelatinous globs of white fat".
      Needless to say, I didn't enjoy eating any sandwiches all year long - they all sucked since we had no mayo to put on them!

      1. re: aces551

        These threads have surprised me- REALLY surprised me in that so many people hate mayonnaise! Miracle whip grosses me out personally, but mayo's one of those (I thought) ubiquitous things that's usually better when homemade but not bad at all if it's Best Foods/Hellman's.
        Aces, the thought that you have to hide your affinity for mayo because your SO hates it so much- makes me sad.

        1. re: EWSflash

          Don't be sad... I could have stamped my foot and brought some mayo into the house anyway. I was just trying to play his way for awhile, thinking I might be doing myself a favor by not eating white fatty things like mayo, ranch dressing, sour cream, etc. (read: lose some weight), all of which he hated.

          But alas, it was not to be.

          No more worries, I now live on my own and I have mayo, ranch dressing, AND sour cream in my fridge RIGHT NOW!

      2. re: Sam Fujisaka

        i agree, sam, no embarrassment required. on my unapproved-by-many-foodies list are sausage egg mcmuffins, fishsticks, and boloney and american cheese on white bread with mayo.

        1. re: Sam Fujisaka


          If I like it, I eat it and/or talk about it publicly- no reason to be embarrassed!

          1. hehehe great topic.

            here are a few of mine

            cold spagetti with toast for breakfast

            I pride myself on not eating fast food but occasionally on a road trip I'll have a wendy's bacon cheese burger or a spicy chicken sandwich.

            I like my hotdogs almost burnt

            I like mixing my guacamole, sour cream, queso dip and salsa alltogether so it looks like one big pile of vomit, its so delicious though.

            I like to drink really crappy canned beer sometimes, it reminds me of college

            Five Guys burger and fries is probably the only other fast food place I've been to in a year. It's the only thing I can eat all day after that, but I'm sure one burger there is 1500 or more calories.

            My brother eats deviled ham sandwiches, we make fun of him and call them cat food sandwiches because that is what it looks like.

            and on the flip side, there is a secret society of people who put mayo on their meatball subs. I used to work at a subshop when I was in college and we'd get several of these orders a month.

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            1. re: Sandwich_Sister

              Oh yeah, how could I forget? Sandwich Sister, your post mentioning your brother reminded me... I love a ham salad sandwich too. That's probably similar to the deviled ham your brother eats.
              Ham salad is probably not actually a food. It's minced up ham (is it really? We don't know for sure. It's a meat product of some sort, like baloney - who really knows what's in there?), relish, mayo, and has about 1,000 calories and 35 grams of fat per serving. Yum! Yet kind of gross at the same time...

              1. re: aces551

                I love ham salad. I used to call it ''shower sandwich'' because that what was usually served at bridal showers in the 50's. I occasionally make it today when I have leftover baked ham.

                1. re: Babyducks

                  The recipe for ham salad (if you can really call it a recipe...) has been passed from my great great grandmother, on down to me. We still have great grandma's hand crank grinder, and every time we bake a ham, we screw it on to the counter, and grind away, making a delicious ham salad. Mayo and sweet relish are all that are needed, but I think the decades old hand grinder adds to the flavor :D

                  1. re: milkyway4679

                    I've had that too, done the same way. There is no substitute, as far as I've found.

                    When my mother (who had no impulse control whatsoever) moved to a smaller house- which she eventually decided was too small and moved back into a bigger house- she got rid of the hand grinder and just about everything else that I wanted to inherit from her, but around the same time DH's great aunt passed away and we got her aluminum grinder, which has maybe been used once, but I'm glad to have it.

            2. "S.O.S."

              Hah hah! My dad used to make us his old favourites, from growing up in the fifties to crap from a can from his days at war in Vietnam. S.O.S. just happened to be one of those rare specialties from both places. We loved it even though I don't think I could eat it now. I loved and still love anything my dad makes.

              Where was I? Yes, although I'd like to think I have nothing to hide, I was food-traumatized as a child while in grade school. Natsy old mean teacher! Too bad I never said anything to my parents when I was young. One of my most traumatic experiences was being forced to eat Everything in my lunch bag including orange peels, apple cores, bread crusts (this was a big deal when I was six!) AND she would take the deserts from our lunches and put them in the trash bin. Mrs. Smith.

              I like to sneak my deserts every now and then. My favourite is sneaking chocolate covered almonds. My mom would put some in my lunches because she figured it was better to have the almonds with the chocolate than just plain old candy that was sold at school.

              What I like to do is to sneak a little bag of about ten. Later, I'll change it up and tell my partner that I had such yummy chocolate almonds. Somehow it is more fun to do the sneaking first then to "get over it" and take away the sneakiness at the end. Makes me feel like I've overcome the old trauma.

              I'm not sure that is the same thing you are talking about but that is what I get embarrassed about.

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              1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                That's funny about your teacher from way back when making you eat orange peels and apple cores. I had a teacher in 1st grade who would sit with us to eat lunch, and she always ate the entire fruit, whatever it was that she had packed that day, skin, core, seeds, and all. She said that is where all the vitamins and nutrients are. And she was right!
                To me, fruit and veggies can never be gross, therefore, I could never be traumatized by them. I've eaten orange peels and apple cores - not pleasant, but not traumatic. Meats on the other hand, well, that's a whole different category. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I was raised a vegetarian - ate meat for the first time when I was about 6 yrs old. But that's a topic for a whole other post.

                1. re: aces551

                  How odd! I wonder if it was a generational thing? It wouldn't have been so traumatic but she was so mean in other ways to (used to lock us up one by one in a dark room all alone) that Everything she did made me cringe. I kinda thought she was just angry at kids in general.

                  I do like peel sometimes, especially tangerine peel or candied peel.

                  1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                    Yes, eating fruit peels, skins, cores, etc. probably is a generational thing. I am 39, so my 1st grade teacher, who was already pretty old-ish at the time, probably lived through the last days of The Depression in the '30's.
                    Then she lived through World War II, obviously. So that generation of folks really learned to never waste anything, especially food.

                    And your former teacher, Mrs. Smith? Sounds like everything she did was basically illegal. Can you imagine a teacher getting away with things like that now days? She'd be crucified.

                    1. re: aces551

                      Yeah, she was a real peach and in the wrong profession! Certainly would not make it in today's schools! At least, I hope not! Wonder why she stole our desserts? Maybe she had never had that luxury?

                      Funny, my grands would eat the throw-away parts of veggies and I thought it was gross. My gran ate the stems and peelings and my gramp ate the cores of cabbages. They were depression era too.

                      Silliest thing is that I accidentally ate cabbage core in stew and fell in love with it. Why would anyone throw that part away?? It is my favourite part now...hah, time changes tastes I guess!

                      Same age over here!

                      1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                        the core IS the best part of the cabbage! by far!

                1. re: scubadoo97

                  You really do like fruit cake? I can't say that I've actually ever had it - isn't that funny? For my entire life, I have avoided it. It has such a bad reputation. It's the victim of so many bad jokes.

                  I would really like to try a fresh, home made fruit cake made by someone who loves it and knows what they are doing. Maybe I would like it after all?

                  I never say I don't like something until I've tried it, cooked properly!

                  1. re: aces551

                    Don't listen to anyone else when it comes to food. Try it (whatever it is) out yourself!

                    1. re: aces551

                      It can be so delicious. Do you like dried fruit? My friend makes a kind of fruit cake using only high quality dried fruit and nuts: figs, cherries, dates, you get the idea. None of the bright red candied stuff. OMG it is heaven. So good.

                      1. re: aces551

                        I love good fruitcake. Not the Hostess stuff they put on the shelves for a few weeks at Christmas, but really dense, fruity, nutty fruitcake. There's one local brand that I can only find during the holidays and I watch for it to make sure I can snag at least a couple. Sometimes after the season they're on sale for just a buck or two, so I get some more, and they last until summer!

                        1. re: scubadoo97

                          I like fruitcake. Not embarrassed about it either, unlike my occasional craving for Kraft Mac & Cheese. I've even bought the cheese stuff separately when I've found it, it's usually near the green-can parmesan (which, by the way, is the only way to make my garlic toast)

                          1. re: EWSflash

                            I love a good fruitcake ...AND Kraft mac & cheese....the cheap one - not "Delux"!!!

                            I also love Underwood Deviled Ham (Cat food) on Wonder bread.... though I haven't had it in YEARS because I cringe when I look at the fat content...
                            Same thing with Spam - I only have had it once - I tried it last year for the first time - and I really liked it! (Yikes!!) - but I can't bring myself to buy it because of the fat content...

                            I am a bit embarrassed of my love of Oreo's with sour cream on top .... but not enough to stop doing it...
                            (havent had THAT in a while though either....
                            I'm allot skinnier than i used to be!! lol

                        2. Peanut butter.
                          When it involves these two, I find myself not caring about the evil fats and industrial syrups- I eat them straight from their packaging, with or without spoons. I couldn't possibly do that with company.

                          Oh, and I never serve my overnight guests peanut butter, Nor marshmallows, if I can help it.

                          1. I sneak furtively into Kentucky Fried Chicken, and place my order for Original Recipe, side of mashed, side gravy, side cole slaw and biscuits, look around to make sure no one's watching, and run to the car and pray that nobody's watching me drive out of the parking lot.

                            I bring this mess to our *restaurant* -- where the barmaid and I scarf it down while hiding in the back.

                            The shame of it all...

                            On the way home from work, I'll pull into a convenience store and buy a pack of Hostess Yodels cakes and a Hostess cherry pie. They're gone (including the wrappers - in the garbage) by the time I arrive home, ten minutes later. Why is that?

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                            1. re: shaogo

                              no answer on the kfc. but if you were into the hostess chocolate cupcakes or snoballs you wouldn't have to hide your guilty pleasure.

                              1. re: shaogo

                                Ha! I do the same thing with Twinkies once a year or so.

                                1. re: shaogo

                                  Where's the shame in this? The exact combo you mentioned is my standby at KFC and IMHO one of the all time great meals. Nothing beats original recipe KFC with a side of slaw and gravy mash. I'm not joking when I say it's in contention for my final meal.

                                  1. re: shaogo

                                    If it makes you feel better, I remember reading a while back that Princess Diana (who had a personal chef) was a big fan of KFC. :)

                                    1. re: shaogo

                                      Well, shaogo, your post actually dug an old song out of my brain, and I had to go find details. So for anyone else who's hearing it from this thread, the song is "Junk Food Junkie", Larry Groce, 1976. Thanks for the nostalgia and laugh. :)

                                      My home-alone indulgence: sour cream. Waaaay too much, usually on homemade nachos or as a plain potato chip dip.

                                    2. My guilty secret is SPAM. I try to be a healthy cook, make as much as I can from scratch, eat organic if I can and toss my haughty nose at processed highly marketed fatty foods. Every now and again, the SPAM demons take over my soul and I succumb. My love for processed canned chunks of salty fatty pseudo meat stems early childhood memories of fried spam slabs served with macaroni. Sometimes I even go as far as serving a spam omelette to my husband who responds with a perplexed "where's my
                                      Boeuf Bourguignon" look. Is this the type of confession you mean aces ?

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                                      1. re: baajee

                                        SPAM is great, especially with scrambled eggs over rice. But people do make remarks when I eat or mention it. So I just don't say anything.

                                        Another one I'm quiet about is going to an italian or german deli and buying headcheese. It's great in sandwiches or even quesadillas (use good quality tortillas and real mexican cheese). One of the only times I shared a hog's headcheese sandwich was when I made a couple extra for a rafting trip lunch. I shared them with my buddy who was guiding. I've known him for a while, so I knew he liked trying different stuff. He asked me what kind of sandwich it was and I told him to just trust me and try it. Dude really liked it. Other people on that rafting trip would've balked.

                                        1. re: baajee

                                          Fried is about the only way I don't eat SPAM. Try scalloped potatoes and SPAM, Western omelette, SPAM and macaroni salad, SPAM and pickle salad!

                                        2. Fake-o American cheese slices and saltine crackers. Yuuuuuumy! Only do it when the bf is away.

                                          1. Oh where do I start? Spagettios. Little Smokies, Underwood Deviled Ham. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Bologna sandwiches.Krab.Tater Tots.Twinkies. But like Sam...I hold my head up high (like my blood pressure.)

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                                            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                              I have been craving Spaghettio's!
                                              But I only like it with the sliced franks!
                                              ...I haven't been able to find it with the franks...do they still exist?

                                              1. re: NellyNel

                                                Yup...they do! I checked Campbells web-site
                                                But I can't find 'em!!

                                                1. re: NellyNel

                                                  yes indeedy. Those are my favorites. They carry them in call the major supermarkets in my area. (Los Angeles)

                                                  1. re: NellyNel


                                                    Found Spaghettio's with Franks - see 'em allot now.
                                                    Had to buy 'em.

                                                    What a disappointment!
                                                    They were truly disgusting...I tried to eat a few bites to try to figure out what I could have liked about them!
                                                    But nop - they were bad.

                                                    I don't know if the recipe changed or I have just moved on.....but I had to thow the rest away. ***shudder***

                                                    1. re: NellyNel

                                                      I used to love Spaghettios with franks too. In the last year I am pretty positive they reduced the salt content (like they have for several products) and now I find them to be kind of gross. The salt was the flavor. I still eat regular Spaghettios once in a while and slice in my own hot dogs. If they reduced the salt in the plain, it is at least not as noticeable.

                                              2. Two of my tastiest guilty pleasures are "Hamburg" Bar-b-q sandwich, paired with Hamburger Macaroni Soup. As made by our DoD lunchroom cafeteria. I always feel "cheap & easy" after eating it. Hmmmmmm.

                                                1. Campbell's Vegetarian Vegetable soup in a can
                                                  Cheapo Top Ramen
                                                  Bailey's Irish Cream
                                                  Velveeta Shells and Cheese

                                                  1. Velveeta Shells and Cheese (its less expensive here than Kraft)
                                                    Hot Dogs with Thousand Island Dressing & shredded lettuce
                                                    Jr. Whopper with cheese - extra cheese, pickles & tomato
                                                    Frozen Tater Tots and Fish Sticks (although I do heat them) :-)
                                                    Box Wine (yeah - I know, I know)

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                                                    1. re: boyzoma

                                                      8^) me too- I won't say which ones.

                                                    2. Toast with peanut butter, garlic powder, and baco's

                                                      Fish Sticks!

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                                                      1. re: joth68

                                                        "Toast with peanut butter, garlic powder and bacos"
                                                        Wow. That's a new one. No judgement. :)

                                                        1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                                          I have not heard of that one either. My mom told me she used to eat sugar bread - a piece of bread spread with butter and then powdered sugar sprinkled on top! Ugh!

                                                            1. re: boyzoma

                                                              as a kid, i LOVED doing that! but i would use english muffins or those toaster cake patties, and melt tons of butter on them while they were toasting and then "sprinkle" with sugar.

                                                            2. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                                              My dad got me hooked on it. Don't forget regular butter under the peanut butter! The funny thing is I tried to class it up by sauteing garlic and using real bacon once and it wasn't as good(actually i'm sure it was better but my taste buds still wanted the processed stuff)

                                                          1. A plate of cubed killer strong cheddar with a sliced red onion. Highly anti-social, but yum.

                                                            1. I have a hard time admitting I prefer the out of a box matzoh ball soup to anyone's homemeade version. As a refernce for the goys out there, it's like admitting you PREFER kraft mac n cheese to homemade...
                                                              There's not much more I'm embarrassed about, but I did just stand in the kitchen while I ate a piece of bread covered in dijon and capers, rather than walk it proudly back to my desk.

                                                              1. This is an easy question - Kraft Macaroni and Cheese mixed with a can of Hormel Chili with (or without) beans.

                                                                Sad, yes? lol But don't knock it till you've tried it!

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                                                                1. re: librarianjen

                                                                  Hi all,

                                                                  Gosh, that sounds good!

                                                                  Reminds me of a recipe I found on the side of a box of Albertson's Mac & Cheese. It involved the prepared mac/cheese with added browned hamburger, onion, bell pepper, corn and tomato paste. Extra milk and a few slices of process American cheese added to the mac/cheese.

                                                                  I had a big bowl of it in the fridge when some family members got here famished. They had been on Amtrak from Florida to California. The whole bowl was GONE in minutes!


                                                                  1. well, this should make you all feel a lit better about yourselves.

                                                                    mine is Tuna Helper.

                                                                    god help me, i can eat the whole pan in one night.

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                                                                    1. re: Jelly71

                                                                      I don't eat anything too funky other than natto (soybeans that have been acted on by a fungus), but my Mom had a crazy one: a pat of margarine on a knife, dip it into rice crispies and eat those off the margarine and take another dip until the margarine was gone. She also loved frozen Milky Ways.

                                                                      1. re: Akitist

                                                                        I've never thought to eat them that way!
                                                                        As an after-school snack we used to mix Rice Krispies, Chex, and Corn Flakes and mix them with melted butter. Haven't done that in years. Yum.
                                                                        The butter on knife sounds more efficient for getting the tiny rice cereal, though.

                                                                      2. re: Jelly71

                                                                        You are not alone I like it too. Especially for lunch.

                                                                      3. Canned pastas (even though they're nauseating), mayo galore, hot dogs, jalapenos from the jar, KD, ham salad sandwiches, Mr. Noodles.

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                                                                        1. Baked potato with boiled onions, sliced franks and ketchup.
                                                                          Baked Beans&Franks as a Toastie filling
                                                                          Chocolate Semolina
                                                                          Tomato Macaroni Cheese (baked mac-n-cheese with a tin of Campbell's Condensed Cr.of.Tom added) I don't eat cheese or pasta bakes as a rule but this one is the one my mum forced down my throat as a kid, and I've learnt to enjoy it.
                                                                          Cheap chocolate. I adore the 50% cocoa solids/all-cocoa-butter Milk chocolate I buy, it's intense and creamy and not too sweet. But then there are the days when I want the vegetable fats and heavy sugar stuff.
                                                                          Jelly Dougnuts. Especially if they are powered sugar. I buy a 5-pack and eat the lot and hide the packaging. I keep looking at recipes to make my own, but the recipes make so many (24!) that I'm scared to try - I'll either mess up the recipe trying to reduce it or I'll make loads and gorge on them

                                                                          1. Vienna sausage either on its own or in mac n' cheese. I love those lil' things!!!

                                                                            1. Tuna casserole. Don't know why ppl are so snobbishly down on this (especially Anthony Bourdain!). Nonetheless, I can only prepare this for myself and no others.

                                                                              And I do make a good one.

                                                                              1. I have been dying to confess to someone about my current liking of instant brown rice. Usually if I want a quick starch side dish I opt for cous cous, but sometimes it doesn't go with Chinese stir fries. Though I know it doesn't have any of the nutritional benefits of real brown rice, I like the fluffy-nutty texture and the way it absorbs sauces.

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                                                                                1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                                                                                  I'm chiming in way late, but I buy the Bird's Eye Steam Fresh bags of white rice - easy & quick & like you said, great for stir fry sauces!

                                                                                2. I would have to say milk toast. It's not so much that I am embarrassed as much as it seems to kind of gross people out when they see me eating it.

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                                                                                  1. re: LorenM

                                                                                    Milk toast is my number one most hated food of all time. I tried it at an elementary school friend's slumber party and am scarred to this day.

                                                                                  2. Shake and bake pork chops are a secret family favorite. I know I could bread them myself, but we really like shake and bake.

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                                                                                    1. re: jeanmarieok

                                                                                      I'm a big fan of Shake and Bake too!

                                                                                    2. In a small bowl, I like to take some instant cake mix, mix in some water until it is like batter and eat that. Sometimes, I warm it up a little in the microwave.

                                                                                      Will I now be banned from CH?

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                                                                                      1. re: eatswjoy

                                                                                        Not by me, eastwjoy!! You would have a hard time believing what some of us - me included - eat in private, and that's just the foods we admit to. : )

                                                                                        1. re: eatswjoy

                                                                                          Brilliant idea!! I would start to make jello but really I'd only add the hot water, stir, allow to dissolve and then drink. I don't even like jello.

                                                                                          We get free vitamins and other nutritional supplements at work. There is a powdered whey beverage that I normally wouldn't like except if you take the sample pouch, put it in a mug, add just enough water to make it the consistency of cake batter then eat it with a spoon, it is kind of like eating cake batter. I think your way sounds yummier!

                                                                                          1. re: eatswjoy

                                                                                            Au contraire-You get mad props for being so creative.

                                                                                          2. leftover cold pizza with mustard lightly spread on top.... Twisted, I know... but damn does it get my taste buds buzzing.

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                                                                                            1. re: BedazzledLV

                                                                                              See what I mean? I personally prefer my cold, preferably low-quality (ok, not superbad, but not remotely gourmet) pizza with congealed cheese and extra crispy dry pepperoni , topped with a thin spread of applesauce or apple butter.

                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                Popeye's Spicy Fried Chicken
                                                                                                Rice Krispie Treats
                                                                                                Cheezits--whenever we go on a road trip that's what I get when we stop for gas. I just love them.

                                                                                                1. re: DaisyM

                                                                                                  My friend just to come to school with a packet of unprepared jello and would lick her finger, then stick it in the powder, then lick it off. I thought, and still do, think that's disgusting. But then again, I used to eat sugar cubes wo who am I to point (a sticky) finger?

                                                                                                  I like to eat canned corn. Right out of the can. Or, better yet, with melted cheese on top. I also like canned stewed zucchini or tomatoes with cheese on top.

                                                                                                  1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                    I used to eat canned corn while watching a movie, instead of popcorn - I was in high school :) Loved that! Then I would drink the juices lol.

                                                                                              2. re: BedazzledLV

                                                                                                Um this does sound twisted but I prefer my pizza cold the next day and I am a mustard fanatic so I'm going to try this next time. Oh, not sure what it will be like but still thinking about it!

                                                                                                Edit: This was supposed to link to bedazzled but I'm not sure it did.

                                                                                                1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                                                                                                  Lol you can even add mustard when it's hot with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Just ignore the crazy looks from your family....Mmmmmm it can be really addictive.

                                                                                              3. Kraft blue box Mac and cheese with a can of tuna and a can of peas.

                                                                                                Don't ask.

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                                                                                                1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                  A can of peas, huh?
                                                                                                  I'll have to try that some day. Maybe with a can of green beans though.

                                                                                                  1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                    Actually there is this italian recipe we make that has peas and a creamy bechamel sauce. No Tuna but I think I understand a little bit.

                                                                                                    1. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                      My mom made this one but with tuna, canned black olives and canned green beans. It was yummy!

                                                                                                      1. re: MinkeyMonkey

                                                                                                        that sounds like my next comfort food/rainy day meal. It may not be until next Fall, but it will happen someday!

                                                                                                      2. re: C. Hamster

                                                                                                        my ex from years and years ago ate this! we were on vacation in hawaii with friends, and staying in a condo. one night when i was making dinner, this was one of the dishes served, per his request! kraft mac'n'cheese made on the stove, then tuna and peas stirred in, and baked for a few minutes til crusty.

                                                                                                      3. ...You know processed meat in a can? Like Spam? I really like that on a sandwich. XD Terrible...

                                                                                                        1. I love good food, and generally high standards for what I buy but these are my pitfalls.

                                                                                                          *Cheap Chips
                                                                                                          *Generic cheese - I maintain cheese should be a treat and usually reserve my cheese eating for when I can afford good cheese. But when I need cheese for a recipe, the generic store brand cheddar is purchased not the cabot/singletons.
                                                                                                          *Most soda
                                                                                                          *Burger King
                                                                                                          *BAD hot dogs
                                                                                                          *Ranch dressing on things
                                                                                                          *Slim Jims
                                                                                                          *candy bars
                                                                                                          *non-homemade ice-cream - I have an ice cream maker!
                                                                                                          *Cheap Chinese
                                                                                                          *Nico's Pizza as opposed to King of Pizza Pizza. (That's a personal/Schenectady thing, King of Pizza is better but pricier).
                                                                                                          *all the snack foods the kids at my work eat, including the canned 'chocolate' pudding.

                                                                                                          1. Diet yogurt
                                                                                                            Sweetner in my coffee

                                                                                                            My friends find junk food (mcdonalds etc) more acceptable than fresh vegetables or fruits
                                                                                                            sooo most of the foods I enjoy are apperntly weird and strange.

                                                                                                            But I keep those two things hidden because everyone assumes I'm on a diet and I'm not!
                                                                                                            I honestly just enjoy the taste over full fat yogurt and sugar, it's not a calorie thing at all.

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                                                                                                            1. re: dinnerwithfox

                                                                                                              At work I'm known for eating weird things - quinoa, dried cherries, jars of cornichons, olives. I eat these by themselves and usually snack all day as opposed to eating a normal lunch. The only time I have a regular lunch is if I order in or go out. I also bring popcorn almost every day(that I make on the stove w/ olive oil and butter). People always think I'm on a diet too but it's mostly because if I buy junk food I will eat it ALL in one sitting - no self control.

                                                                                                            2. In grad school I actually wrote a paper comparing eating alone to sexual self gratification because they are solitary acts from which we derive intense pleasure. Love this thread!

                                                                                                              Here are a few of my indulgences: canned sardines on toast, entire bags of baked lays (they're baked, so they're healthier! right?), terrible sushi, stuffed grape leaves, seafood salad. And entire cucumbers, with the skin on, eaten just like a hot dog.


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                                                                                                              1. re: cristinh

                                                                                                                I can see the comparison between eating alone and sexual self gratification - do you still have the article?

                                                                                                                As for your indulgences, why are canned sardines on toast, stuffed grape leaves, seafood salad, and cucumbers on the list? Canned sardines are a good source of omega-3 fats, and everything else sounds healthy and delicious to me :)

                                                                                                                1. re: msnm008

                                                                                                                  Iceberg lettuce, canned fruit cocktail (any canned fruit or veggie, actually!) bottled Italian dressing, fruit cake (yes, those!) cheap chocolate, Laffy Taffy, Kool Aid.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Miri1

                                                                                                                    Laffy Taffy banana...yum! I'm a fruitcake lover too.

                                                                                                              2. Capt. Crunch- try as I might- I just can't stop myself.

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                                                                                                                1. re: NCDawg

                                                                                                                  I can't buy cinnamon toast crunch because I will eat the whole box in one sitting.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Fromageball

                                                                                                                    my friend in college stocked her bookshelf with cereal (boxes) like books. she used to eat it dry while studying (as well as feed friends). never less than five boxes to choose from including (as she dubbed them): Cinnamon Toast Crack, Captain Crack, Crack Pops (Corn Pops), Frosted Crack, and Apple Cracks... at the bare minimum. then there were alternates that appeared like Cracklin' Oat Crack, Cookie Crisp, and Raisin Bran Crunch. i still smile thinking back on seeing that shelf.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Fromageball

                                                                                                                      Many many years ago my roommate and I would occasionally go to the nearest 24-hour grocery and buy a box of peanut butter Cap'n Crunch, take it home, and eat it by hand out of the box until it was gone. Were we stoned? of course- we were teenagers in 1971.

                                                                                                                  2. I love mayo on cheeseburgers, which many people think is disgusting - mayo, extra pickles, and lettuce. I hate mayo on anything else.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Fromageball

                                                                                                                      broiled onion bagels with mayo...and I love spam!

                                                                                                                    2. Hash from a can. Although I DO add a lot ot extras to make it a bit more palatable and less like dog/cat food.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: arktos

                                                                                                                        Oh man- I cxook up a can of hash, then dump it out onto a quadruple layer (folded over) of paper towels. Dab it around, add a ton of pepper, and eat the whole damn can. I haven't done this in at least 25 years, but I can't say I"ll never do it again.

                                                                                                                      2. I have to have mac n cheese from the box a few times a year even though I can make it better, cookie dough, cake batter,lucky charms, fish sticks, marshmallows (though usually on sweet potato casserole), oh god, what else? Lol. I feel better now that i let that all out:)

                                                                                                                        1. Vienna Sausages and Banana Sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Ottojr

                                                                                                                            I haven't had vienna sausages in decades, but when I was a teenager, I loved them on sourdough bread with lots of, um, mayo.

                                                                                                                            Also love PB and banana sandwiches!

                                                                                                                          2. fish sticks, filet o fish, or Long John Silvers Fish filet- this last one was a truly special treat from my childhood which I only ate in FL with gparents.
                                                                                                                            hot dogs with spray cheese on them, I haven't eaten these in awhile because I'm trying to lose weight and once you start with spray cheese...
                                                                                                                            a whole ball of mozzarella burrata, just embarrassing that I can sit there and eat the whole fattening thing by myself, wouldn't do this in front of someone.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: fara

                                                                                                                              I love LONG john Silvers- can't find anybody to go there with me so it has become a lone pleasure. Can't stand the hush puppies, though.

                                                                                                                            2. Ryvita (my English parents always had this in the house growing up, not sure why) slathered with butter and Marmite.

                                                                                                                              Something called 'White Trash Casserole' that a friend from California intoduced me to. It involves tater tots, loads of sour cream, grated cheese and dill. There's more dairy in there, too. It's DELICIOUS.

                                                                                                                              1. It's not really the foods themselves that are embarrassing, it's how I eat them: I've been known to eat chickpeas out of the can, or to have baby carrots and salsa for dinner. I sometimes eat bread crusts (so crispy!) and leave the innards for the dog.