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bellywizard Sep 30, 2010 07:09 AM

This is meant to be a fun topic about foods you enjoy(ed) but wouldn't go near now. There are other threads about current guilty pleasures - but this is about food that's just too hard for your "grown-up" gut to handle.

Some of mine:
-International Coffees (the General Foods powder mix - loved it when I was 20!)
-huge servings of red licorice
-meals with no fruit or vegetables
-rock hard, cigarette smoke infused muffins at the doughnut shop (ugh...)

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    HeBrew Aug 5, 2012 12:39 PM

    Velveeta
    Chef Boyardee
    Hamburger/Tuna Helper
    Jell-O

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      sandylc Aug 5, 2012 12:44 PM

      Oh, yeah....add Jell-O to my list, too. Never ate Velveeta, though....didn't understand eating it then and still don't now!

      Oooh, cake mixes. Gross.

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      sandylc Aug 5, 2012 12:30 PM

      Spam. Chef Boyardee. Cheetos. Meals without veggies/fruit. Fast food. Hot dogs. Soft Drinks. Milk, except as a recipe ingredient.

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        plasticanimal Jan 14, 2012 02:29 AM

        balogne
        apple juice
        chicken noodle soup with cut-up hot dogs in it
        most candy
        chef boyardee
        strawberry milk
        sugar cereal
        fruit punch
        undiluted juice (I just put a little juice in a glass of water)

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          Cookie Baker Jan 14, 2012 02:16 PM

          I actually liked liver and onions as a kid - now the thought of eating an animal organ makes me gag.

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            Breadcrumbs Jan 14, 2012 03:03 PM

            omg, I'd forgotten about that nasty strawberry milk! I had a very, very bad experience with strawberry milk. So much so that it took me 20+ years to be able to eat anything strawberry again. To this day, the only time I'll even consider something strawberry is if it is a fresh one I've picked right from the vine!!

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              klyeoh Feb 10, 2012 07:26 AM

              Do you have mint-flavored milk in the US? Coz we have it in Australia. I remembered drinking what tasted like liquid toothpaste all those years ago :-D

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                plasticanimal Feb 20, 2012 03:54 PM

                The only thing like that in Canada that I've seen is the Shamrock Shakes they have at McDonalds around St. Patrick's Day.

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            therealdoctorlew Aug 26, 2011 10:09 AM

            Canned potatoes
            Dinty Moore's Beef Stew
            Pop Tarts

            1. klyeoh Aug 25, 2011 04:27 PM

              Vegemite on toast.

              1. alliegator Aug 25, 2011 03:18 PM

                Oscar Meyer Balogna. How on earth I ever accepted that I will never know. I think you could offer me a crispy $100 bill to eat one slice and I would be unable to do it.

                1. mamachef Aug 25, 2011 01:17 PM

                  Once upon a time (and a very long time ago it was, I assure you) the market shelves had something called "Space Sticks," I believe it was. They, along with Tang, were astronaut food and were marketed as such. Oh, how I begged and pleaded for those. Oh, how I whined and dragged my feet, looking up longingly at those cool space-age foodlike items. Finally dear mom had had enough of me and bought a box just to shut my big mouth up. I liked them at the time - they were like a poor man's version of a tootsie roll, mixed with fiber or something....but now the taste memory and texture memory literally make me shudder out loud, w/ sound effects. Today I'd rather rip a branch off the tree in the backyard and give it a good gnaw.

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                    sunshine842 Aug 25, 2011 02:01 PM

                    or "astronaut ice cream", sold by the kajillions at Kennedy Space Center....nice name for a block of sweetened styrofoam. Pleh.

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                      leeniebeanie Aug 25, 2011 02:16 PM

                      We used to make Tang sandwiches. Wonder bread, butter and Tang. Nothing better!

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                        mamachef Aug 25, 2011 03:05 PM

                        Didn't I see you in "The Breakfast Club," leeniebeanie?

                      2. re: sunshine842
                        mamachef Aug 25, 2011 03:04 PM

                        Oh god I remember that too! Was never ever motivated to try that though. I could tell by looking with my beady little suspicious jungle eyes and knowing something about it was just very wrong: proved out about three decades later courtesy by something similar and equally vile called "Dippin Dots" which are little pellets of something terrible covered with something worse, sold as the "Ice Cream of the Future" at a local State Fair near you. Gawd. If that's the future, I pray for our youth. :)

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                        NellyNel Aug 26, 2011 09:03 AM

                        Oh, no!
                        I LOVED Space Sticks!

                        They dont make 'em anymore, and I would kill for the peanutbutter ones...I still crave them to this day!

                      4. Motosport Aug 25, 2011 12:55 PM

                        All of those sweet sugary dry breakfast cereals. Capt. Crunch was my favorite. What was my mom thinking?

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                          montrealeater Aug 24, 2011 09:52 AM

                          - 'raw' hot dogs (i.e. straight out of the fridge) - we had to do this on the down low because my mom would have killed us
                          - Jel-lo powder and unset liquid Jel-lo
                          - Bisquik powder straight out of the box
                          - as with someone above, I FLOVED processed cheese products as kid and Kraft singles were a major treat in our house, that we got maybe once a year when my mother caved to 3 under-6's whining and begging the entire grocery-shopping trip. I recall a moment when she actually gave up one day as we returned home and then tossed the 'family size' pack onto the floor in front of my sisters and I. We attacked it like vultures and it was gone within 5 minutes. I can still remember the look of horror on my mother's face.

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                            onceadaylily Aug 24, 2011 10:52 AM

                            Oh, I used to love to peel the 'skin' off of the hotdog, and eat that first, and then I'd eat the rest in tiny nibbles. It was a little ritual of mine.

                            Ugh.

                          2. sunshine842 Aug 24, 2011 09:06 AM

                            Chewy Sweetarts.

                            My grandmother swore they we'd fished them out of a urinal somewhere, and the older I get, the more I'm inclined to agree with her.

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                              burgeoningfoodie Aug 24, 2011 07:10 AM

                              Parents swear I loved cantaloupe when I was young. I can't stand it now.. nor any other melon for that matter.

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                                ferventfoodie Aug 23, 2011 03:17 PM

                                In our house, where money was tight, we regularly ate boiled beef tongue and I really enjoyed
                                it until I realized what it actually was. The same with pickled pigs' feet which my dad loved
                                and ate occasionally. I still remember the taste and think I would still like them now if I could
                                only get myself to eat them.

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                                  burgeoningfoodie Aug 24, 2011 07:09 AM

                                  Beef Tongue is great and very lean.

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                                  burgeoningfoodie Apr 1, 2011 08:33 AM

                                  I really can't think of anything that I would absolutely not eat now that I can remember eating as a child. My parents swear I use to love canteloupe as a baby.. but that was before my memory of food..

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                                    nafrate Mar 31, 2011 12:42 AM

                                    Anything Chef Boyardee
                                    Bitter melon
                                    Liver
                                    Shake and Bake
                                    All the Hamburger Helper type products

                                    Interestingly enough, I still love the fake cheez type products - mac and cheese in a can, spray cheese, fake processed cheese food, etc.

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                                      Jenn1234 Mar 30, 2011 11:39 PM

                                      American cheese
                                      Velveeta
                                      Cheez wiz (i'll only have it in philly cheese steaks)
                                      Mac and cheese from Boxes
                                      Most Fastfood Chains
                                      Hawaiian Punch
                                      Sunny Delight
                                      Tuna Helper

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                                        lewinters Mar 30, 2011 12:44 PM

                                        spaghetti and ketchup!

                                        1. yummykimmy Mar 30, 2011 12:18 PM

                                          SPAM
                                          Olive Loaf
                                          Pimento Loaf
                                          and last but not least...Hostess SnoBalls - those pink marshmallow covered chocolate cakes...ack

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                                            Jelly71 Mar 30, 2011 11:40 AM

                                            Any of the canned pastas from Franco American or Chef Boyardee. Those were big treats when I was a kid and I could have happily lived on Franco's mac and cheese. I tried it again a few years ago, looking for a good nostalgic comfort meal. It was awful. And I am not a food snob.

                                            1. srsone Mar 30, 2011 09:24 AM

                                              the 3 foot long pixie stix....my teeth will kill me now...

                                              1. Michelly Mar 30, 2011 09:12 AM

                                                Cheez whiz
                                                Velveeta
                                                American Cheese (Jeez , I guess Mom didn't give us ANY real cheese!)
                                                Bologna
                                                Spam
                                                Vienna Sausage
                                                Margarine
                                                Wonder bread
                                                Jello
                                                canned veggies (except beans)
                                                Twinkies
                                                Ding Dongs
                                                Fruit "Pies" (I forget the brand; they were shaped like a turnover and promoted by Archie characters)
                                                Instant Pudding
                                                Popsicles
                                                Cheap chocolate
                                                Tang

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                                                  honorelle Mar 30, 2011 03:26 AM

                                                  I teethed on Pepperami - can't stand the smell or taste of the stuff now. I used to like Beef in black bean sauce when we got Chinese, can't stand the taste now. Certain sweets, foam bananas for one, are just too sweet.

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                                                    Michelly Mar 30, 2011 09:13 AM

                                                    "Foam bananas'??

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                                                      sunshine842 Mar 30, 2011 10:34 AM

                                                      Those weird marshmallow things, like circus peanuts only...banana.

                                                  2. jiminy Dec 12, 2010 04:55 PM

                                                    cheeze whiz or however they spell it that stuff is evil......My mother in law worked at a plant where they made it and it was grey like paper pulp before they add the colouring oooo scary

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                                                      Breadcrumbs Dec 12, 2010 05:40 PM

                                                      omg, that's soooo wrong. How horrible!

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                                                      burgeoningfoodie Oct 7, 2010 01:11 PM

                                                      The one thing that I ate (not because I liked it, but because it was that or nothing.. day care lunch) that I wouldn't eat now are fishsticks. Well that and my mom swears that I loved Cantaloupe when I was little, but I can't stand it now.

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                                                        cgarner Oct 7, 2010 12:47 PM

                                                        Stuff I would eat as a kid, that you couldn’t pay me to eat now

                                                        Bubbalicious
                                                        Cadbury Crème eggs
                                                        Lik-a-stix
                                                        Razzles
                                                        Pop-rocks
                                                        Betty Crocker frosting out of the can
                                                        (ok, I might still eat that today, if I were to ever come across a can of frosting again)

                                                        McDonalds
                                                        Burger King
                                                        Taco Bell
                                                        Franco American Macaroni & Cheese…. Mac and cheese in a can, and I liked it!
                                                        Hot dog wrapped in crescent roll dough
                                                        Lipton Ring-o-noodles
                                                        Anything made from a box of something that has the name “helper” at the end of it
                                                        i.e. hamburger helper, tuna helper

                                                        It’s amazing to me that I made it out of adolescence as a healthy kid!

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                                                          mom22tots Oct 8, 2010 01:10 PM

                                                          Great list....I used to do frosting straight out of the can and sometimes spread on chips ahoy cookies! I'm positive I'd still like this (maybe minus the cookies), which is why I'd never buy a can!! Also did Cadbury creme eggs...must admit, even then I think these appealed to me more in concept than in actual taste--but ate them anyway!

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                                                            sunshine842 Oct 9, 2010 01:16 AM

                                                            I was given a Cadbury cream egg just a couple of weeks ago -- I hadn't had one in a few years.

                                                            I still *really* liked it, although that one is probably good enough to last me for another couple of years.

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                                                              alliegator Aug 25, 2011 03:20 PM

                                                              Agreed. I eat one every Easter, I love it, then forget about 'em for another year.

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                                                                srsone Aug 26, 2011 06:07 PM

                                                                me too...
                                                                usually 2 for a dollar at walmart or walgreens...
                                                                then wait till next easter

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                                                              tinahtulsa Sep 4, 2011 03:53 PM

                                                              I buy myself a can of frosting about every 2 or three years. . . It's disgusting and so good I can't stop at the same time, and I manage to shovel the entire thing in my mouth over about a week. The only reason it takes me that long is because I read the calorie count one time. . . .

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                                                            centralpadiner Oct 6, 2010 07:32 PM

                                                            Easy Cheese - loved it on Ritz crackers for an after school snack. My brother and I would sit in front of the tv and go through a whole sleeve of crackers and half a can of cheese. Can't imagine even considering having that in my house now.

                                                            Stove Top Stuffing and Shake'n' Bake were 2 convenience foods my mom got on a regular basis . . . ugh, just thinking about all that salt!

                                                            My favorite sugary cereal was BooBerry, mmm..... I think I'm more afraid of ruining the memory more than anything else with that one.

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                                                              NellyNel Oct 7, 2010 12:15 PM

                                                              Wow - now I really WANT a filet-o-fish! I havent had one in YEARS.
                                                              I am sure it would be disappointing - but I would still enjoy it - if only for the novelty!

                                                              I bet would still get a kick out of easy cheese...
                                                              Stove Top stuffing used to be my favorite, and I had it again fairly recently and was appalled!
                                                              Wow, again as I said in my post above, I don't know if my palate is much more sophisticated or the the recipe has changed...
                                                              But man when I was young - I LOVED Stove Top!

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                                                                mariacarmen Oct 7, 2010 12:24 PM

                                                                i had one 5 years ago, after not having had one for like 10 or 15 - and you know what? it didn't disappoint! My tastes may have changed for other things, but it was exactly what I expected and wanted.

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                                                                  NellyNel Oct 7, 2010 12:37 PM

                                                                  Really??!!
                                                                  Hmmmmmm...

                                                                  I am due for a fast food splurge.

                                                                  I KNOW I still adore McD's french fries!!!!

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                                                                    mariacarmen Oct 7, 2010 12:41 PM

                                                                    McD's fries are on my list of things i would want to eat as my last death row meal.

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                                                                      foodslut Oct 7, 2010 12:45 PM

                                                                      Watermelon slathered with Nutella.

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                                                                        jiminy Dec 12, 2010 04:58 PM

                                                                        that sounds dirty, but I'm not sure if its dirty in a good way

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                                                                        NellyNel Oct 7, 2010 12:58 PM

                                                                        Yeah... when they are good = potato-y, fresh, hot and salty...they are ssoooooo goooooood!

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                                                                          msgenie516 Feb 5, 2012 08:44 PM

                                                                          Never really cared for McD's fries (or actually anything else from there except maybe the fish sandwich if I'm desperate--even when I was a kid) but I LOVE Nathan's fries and hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard.

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                                                                aasg Oct 6, 2010 10:26 AM

                                                                Hot dogs
                                                                A single slice of processed cheddar cheese melted onto a plate
                                                                Filet O'Fish from McDo
                                                                Bologna
                                                                Mac and cheese lunchmeat
                                                                Canned ravioli

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                                                                1. re: aasg
                                                                  mariacarmen Oct 6, 2010 06:51 PM

                                                                  i would eat a Filet O'Fish anytime, still!

                                                                2. sunshine842 Oct 5, 2010 04:55 AM

                                                                  how about Cool Whip, still frozen, straight out of the freezer.

                                                                  Thought my mom was gonna kill my sister after about the fourth time she opened a tub of Cool Whip from the freezer to find it half gone.

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                                                                    catrn Oct 4, 2010 05:21 PM

                                                                    Pillsbury raw cookie dough. Could eat a whole roll of that stuff in one sitting.

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                                                                      LoBrauHouseFrau Oct 5, 2010 04:15 AM

                                                                      Oh, yes! I used to break off small pieces of dough, roll it into balls and freeze it for a little while so it would get this crumbly, almost crunchy texture.

                                                                      Also, Franco-American spaghetti straight from the can. (It's now Campbells)
                                                                      Fluff & strawberry jelly sandwiches
                                                                      Miracle Whip
                                                                      Veryfine Fruit Punch

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                                                                      fryerlover Oct 4, 2010 05:05 PM

                                                                      Carnation Instant Breakfast (chocolate), frozen TV dinners, frozen potato puffs, frozen meat with gravy pies (those ones they sell for about $1), spaghetti with butter and salt. I grew up poor if these foods did not give that away already.

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                                                                        freckles1963 Oct 4, 2010 02:28 PM

                                                                        never ever again....
                                                                        Tang
                                                                        Cinnamon Spread
                                                                        Cheez Whiz
                                                                        Snowballs (coconut on pink cake balls)
                                                                        Spam
                                                                        Boloney
                                                                        Strawberry Quik
                                                                        Captain Crunch
                                                                        Tahti Treat (so sweet)
                                                                        Squeezable Cheese
                                                                        Fluff

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                                                                          burgeoningfoodie Oct 7, 2010 01:18 PM

                                                                          I haven't had those snowballs in forever.. I still love them though bad for you.

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                                                                            onceadaylily Oct 7, 2010 07:56 PM

                                                                            My mom always packed them in our lunchboxes on St. Patty's (green ones then) and Valentines Day (pink or white). They still make me smile when I see them. I was fond of the peel-and-eat method.

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                                                                            jbsiegel Dec 12, 2010 04:40 PM

                                                                            I was at the local 7-11 the other day with my kids. They saw the Snowballs and were so curious about them (having never had them!) that I bought some. They LOVED them! I still do too...along with Ring Dings, Yodels, Hostess Ding Dongs and Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes...not exactly gourmet (to say the least), but yummy!

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                                                                            Fydeaux Oct 2, 2010 08:48 AM

                                                                            Cotton candy
                                                                            Circus peanuts (those orange stale-marshmellow-type things)
                                                                            Wonder bread
                                                                            Oscar Meyer liver sausage
                                                                            That casserole made with canned tuna, rice, and a can of cream of mushroom soup, usually cooked in a hotpot.

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                                                                              sunshine842 Oct 2, 2010 08:55 AM

                                                                              My other half and I found a coupon in the newspaper a few years ago for a buy one, get one for a Dairy Queen Peanut Buster Parfait (hot fudge, peanuts, soft-serve vanilla, repeat to the top of the glass)

                                                                              We both were all excited, thinking oooh, boy, we're adults, we get the whole hot fudge layer all to ourselves.

                                                                              Nah. Got halfway through it and were nauseous. Tasted good, but just too rich and too sweet.

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                                                                                mom22tots Oct 2, 2010 09:04 AM

                                                                                OMG those circus peanuts used to make me soo sick!! Just reminded me of Asto Pops for some reason. Does anyone else remember those? They were 3 different colors--clear, red and green I think and had they wax on the bottom...they took seemingly forever to eat. And once you'd been eating them for a while, they became bendable.

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                                                                                  sunshine842 Oct 2, 2010 12:59 PM

                                                                                  bendable...or murderously sharp! My sister cut her tongue with one of those stupid things...bled like crazy for quite a while.

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                                                                                    mom22tots Oct 2, 2010 02:23 PM

                                                                                    So right!! You could work them into quite a point at the end.

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                                                                                lulou23 Oct 1, 2010 11:47 PM

                                                                                hot dogs with the cheese inside - straight out of the fridge

                                                                                butter

                                                                                1. monavano Oct 1, 2010 02:35 PM

                                                                                  Oh, so many!
                                                                                  Root beer and milk
                                                                                  margarine
                                                                                  Waffles smothered in margarine and powdered sugar (would still love it, but too much sugar)
                                                                                  Well-done steak
                                                                                  Tang
                                                                                  Shrimp cocktai in a glass

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                                                                                    Christnp Oct 1, 2010 02:23 PM

                                                                                    Fluffernutter sandwiches
                                                                                    Underwood deviled ham (hated it then too, but forced to eat it)
                                                                                    powdered milk (ditto)
                                                                                    jell-o salad
                                                                                    Velveeta

                                                                                    1. junescook Oct 1, 2010 12:31 PM

                                                                                      Banquet frozen fried chicken -- a lot.
                                                                                      fried balogna
                                                                                      and wow, I had forgotten about olive loaf. I loved olive loaf.
                                                                                      frozen pizza rolls and frozen mini eggrolls.
                                                                                      liverwurst on dark pumpernickel, though I think about that once in a while.

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                                                                                        msgenie516 Feb 5, 2012 08:32 PM

                                                                                        Fried bologna! I never even heard of this before reading CH. Somehow, I don't think I would like it because I don't like bologna to begin with and I feel frying is likely to make it more salty tasting. Just like I prefer my hot dogs boiled rather than grilled.

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                                                                                        mamueller Oct 1, 2010 12:22 PM

                                                                                        I used to love to eat mushrooms out of a can, and also black olives. I could eat them now, but can't think of any reason why I would want to.

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                                                                                          NellyNel Oct 1, 2010 12:55 PM

                                                                                          I still have a thing for canned black olives!

                                                                                          I grew up in an Italian American household so mom would never think of serving us spaghettio's or canned ravioli; Even as a child I knew it was a **shudder** item.
                                                                                          however there was something grossly enticing about them.. around the age of 12, I started buying hef Boyardee ravioli on the sly, and used to enjoy it as an afternoon snack. Yup - that and Spaghettio's - it had to be the can with the sliced franks though!
                                                                                          Eventually, I realized it was really pretty disgusting and stopped eating it.

                                                                                          Recently after reading a post here on CH - I got a tremendous urge for franks & Spaghettio's so I broke down and bought a can. WOW - what a disappointment - it was truly inedible.
                                                                                          Don't know if my tastes have changed or if the recipe is different now....

                                                                                          There are loads of things I won't eat now - like slim-jims, Underwood Deviled Ham..or frozen pigs in a blanket or frozen egg rolls...
                                                                                          but those items I would absolutely still enjoy, oh yeah!...But if I am going to eat that many calories and fat - it's going to be REAL food!

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                                                                                            Mona Williams Mar 30, 2011 01:08 PM

                                                                                            I think they do change recipes. I used to love Chunky bars--they had cashews in them. Now it's just stale peanuts.

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                                                                                            sunshine842 Oct 2, 2010 08:53 AM

                                                                                            the only way to eat black olives out of the can is to stick 'em on the ends of your fingers first.

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                                                                                              mom22tots Oct 2, 2010 09:01 AM

                                                                                              Absolutely right...can't believe I forgot about that!!

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                                                                                                Brianne920 Oct 4, 2010 06:36 PM

                                                                                                I do that, and then do an E.T. voice/ adopt his mannerisms....until I eat the olives. I'm 25 and just got out of law school. It probably needs to stop.

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                                                                                                  sunshine842 Oct 4, 2010 11:41 PM

                                                                                                  Naaah.

                                                                                            2. re: mamueller
                                                                                              Sparkina Aug 5, 2012 12:23 PM

                                                                                              Oh, black olives, with their salty, fatty richness, are all kinds of tasty. One brand has them in recloseable containers in lieu of a can and it's all I can do not to mow through the entire container at one sitting

                                                                                            3. onceadaylily Sep 30, 2010 10:18 PM

                                                                                              Hostess 'pies'. I remember standing in front of the metal rack, agonizing over my choices. Cherry, blueberry, strawberry, peach, chocolate. Cherry usually won.

                                                                                              And, I suppose, most of all, my habit of demanding both mayo and catsup on almost any sandwich being prepared for me (save for ubiquitous tuna, or my sixth grade cream cheese and jelly phase). Bologna with mayo and catsup. I demanded it, and I *ate* it.

                                                                                              And I'm convinced that Plantars came up with their cheese balls simply by observing children-who-shall-not-be-named filching cheese slices from the fridge so that they could roll them up in a ball and nibble them. I'm much less likely to further shape the already extruded food stuffs around me at this point in my life.

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                                                                                                mariacarmen Oct 1, 2010 06:07 PM

                                                                                                Hostess pies just made my mouth water. and i don't even love sweets.

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                                                                                                  Mona Williams Mar 30, 2011 01:05 PM

                                                                                                  Lemon hostess pies were my favorite. And they were probably the most chemically-based ones of all.

                                                                                                2. JerryMe Sep 30, 2010 05:56 PM

                                                                                                  Grew up on home made bread, butter, ice cream, pies, you name it. Garden veggies canned. It was made from scratch and I miss them. I also grew up on spam. For whatever reason, we had spam for lunch. Tried it a few years ago and TOTALLY grossed me out. So, um, spam. Can't do spam.

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                                                                                                    mariacarmen Sep 30, 2010 09:32 PM

                                                                                                    nice childhood!

                                                                                                  2. Breadcrumbs Sep 30, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                                                                    Mock Chicken (I hope I never learn what it really was!!) Sandwiches
                                                                                                    Pop Tarts
                                                                                                    Ketchup on saltine crackers
                                                                                                    Strawberry Quick
                                                                                                    Cool whip
                                                                                                    Tater tots
                                                                                                    Jaw breakers
                                                                                                    Gigantic gum balls
                                                                                                    Ketchup flavoured potato chips

                                                                                                    oh, and there were these mini "pop" bottles made out of wax that you would bite open and "drink" a fruit flavoured syrup

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                                                                                                      mamachef Sep 30, 2010 02:51 PM

                                                                                                      Those mini pops were so so so cool, but the syrup inside inevitably gave me a raw, sore throat. I'd forgotten all about them. They seemed like magic food; the bare-bones beginning of gastronomic creativity, or insanity, depending on one's viewpoint.

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                                                                                                        Pia Oct 3, 2010 04:37 PM

                                                                                                        The mini pop bottles remind me (because of the double-candy and artificial fruit aspects) of another candy I loved in childhood that seems repulsive now -- Lik-M-Aid. Sticks of white candy that you were supposed to lick and dip into little packets of brightly colored, artificially fruit-flavored sugar.

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                                                                                                          gaffk Oct 4, 2010 05:53 AM

                                                                                                          I had totally forgotten these. And at one point in my childhood I was so addicted, I would lick those things until my tongue bled. Gross!

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                                                                                                            southernitalian Oct 7, 2010 12:36 PM

                                                                                                            Those were big at swim meets when I was a kid. Instant sugar high! That and Jello powder straight out of the box. Good thing my parents had good dental insurance.

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                                                                                                              jenscats5 Oct 9, 2010 05:38 PM

                                                                                                              Haha! We used to eat Jello powder right out of the box at swim meets when I was a kid....could never remember why now....bleh!

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                                                                                                              burgeoningfoodie Oct 7, 2010 01:15 PM

                                                                                                              Both of these products are still around. I've had the bottles but have not tried the Lik-M-Aids which are now called.. I can't remember at the moment. I figure they are the same as Pixie Sticks.

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                                                                                                                adilah Aug 25, 2011 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                Ooh, I still get those today, and I'm turning 42 next month. I love how the "raspberry" flavor turns your tongue blue!

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                                                                                                              mariacarmen Sep 30, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                                                                              i love pop tarts! the only thing that stops me eating them now is that they're like 400 calories apiece or something. and i went to a friend's house not long ago and we feasted on tater tots and champagne.

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                                                                                                                nvcook Sep 30, 2010 08:40 PM

                                                                                                                I agree with your list except for tater tots. There is a place for them (just not sure where exactly)

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                                                                                                                pairswellwithwine Sep 30, 2010 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                Velveeta
                                                                                                                Lean Cuisine ate it all the time in college, was in Prague a few years ago and swear the food they served me was the orange glazed chicken and rice (blech) and when I was in college it was boil in bag not microwave
                                                                                                                Spaghetti O's (what are those meatballs made of?)
                                                                                                                Instant Breakfast or Nestle Quik
                                                                                                                Lunchables

                                                                                                                I think it is mostly processed food that turns me off. Real food that is just associated with childhood is still okay in my opinion, bologna, liverwurst. I could probably choke down a vienna sausage if someone else pulled it out of the can and wiped off the slimy gunk first.

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                                                                                                                  linda64486 Sep 30, 2010 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                  Vienna sausages. Crammed within a pop top can, surrounded by a gelatinous liquid. Uniform in size, fleshy pink in color....kind of looked like something else....cough.

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                                                                                                                    nvcook Oct 2, 2010 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                    I agree. The only thing they're good for is hiding a pill for Fido in. My dogs will eat most anything.

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                                                                                                                    occula Sep 30, 2010 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                    processed meatlike products - Vienna sausages, "potted meat," spam, hot dogs, brats, bologna ... ugh, how did I live to adulthood? :)

                                                                                                                    This has brought back the memories of cranking the key to unpeel the layer of metal from around the spam can without slicing off my fingers, schllluuuuuping it out of the can surrounded by its own weird gelatinous layer, and ... the ONLY way to eat spam ... thinly slicing and frying that sucker. It tastes good in memory!

                                                                                                                    Not to mention cold, sliced-lengthwise hot dog sandwiches. Ah, memories. :)

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                                                                                                                      nvcook Sep 30, 2010 08:37 PM

                                                                                                                      fried spam is still pretty tasty, either with eggs or fried and cut up and added to mac and cheese (the good homemade kind).

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                                                                                                                        al b. darned Oct 2, 2010 12:57 AM

                                                                                                                        Oh no it's not!!! Spam is never tasty. Why ruin good home made mac and cheese with spam?

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                                                                                                                          nvcook Oct 2, 2010 03:30 PM

                                                                                                                          Because it's spamaliciously good!

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                                                                                                                        Janet Sep 30, 2010 11:21 PM

                                                                                                                        I loved Vienna sausages as a child. Our son loved it in his lunch box. It was a major treat. We bought some 20 years ago. OMW it was just nasty. I still shudder just remembering the taste.

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                                                                                                                          Michelly Mar 30, 2011 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                          Mom used to give us vienna sausage sandwiches (with mayo & mustard on Wonder Bread of course). Now...ugh.

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                                                                                                                            kimmer1850 Aug 24, 2011 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                            Were you a wanted child? Just kidding! Good lord that's just gross!

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                                                                                                                            gmm Feb 22, 2012 01:34 AM

                                                                                                                            My dad loves to eat Vienna sausages squished onto Ritz crackers. The only use I have for them is to cut them into pieces and use them to give pills to my dog. They're much squishier than hotdogs and easy to stick a pill into.

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                                                                                                                              sunshine842 Feb 22, 2012 06:07 AM

                                                                                                                              I had an experience that ruined me on Vienna sausages for life...

                                                                                                                              First off...I am a borderline arachnophobe. I frigging HATE spiders. Keep this in mind....

                                                                                                                              We were on some school outing in first or second grade, and my best friend brought out her beloved Vienna sausages. Her mom had packed one can, and she'd swiped another on the way out the door.

                                                                                                                              So she began to wheedle me into trying a Vienna sausage...I don't like hot dogs, so this was working up to be a pretty high-level wheedle. Finally I relented, and she picked up the can that had been sitting in the grass next to her, and held it out to me, for me to take the last sausage. Just as I reached for it, a HUGE daddy long-legs came hiking out of the can and made a reach for my outstretched fingers. I shrieked and jumped high enough that I'm pretty sure I landed in the next county.

                                                                                                                              Gah. I still get the heebiejeeebies just thinking about it -- never actually tried that one, and have never in my life bought a can of the things.

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                                                                                                                            burgeoningfoodie Oct 7, 2010 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                            Depending on the hotdog, brat or bologna it could be actually sausage as oppose to various meats and fillers......

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                                                                                                                              BatMan Mar 30, 2011 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                              My mom used to make gooey burgers. Take a chunk of spam, a chunk of cheese, and an onion wedge. Put all three through a meat grinder creating a meaty, cheesy, oniony paste. Smear the paste on a hamburger bun and broil until the cheese bubbles. Loved them as kid.

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                                                                                                                                sunshine842 Mar 30, 2011 01:35 PM

                                                                                                                                Oh. My.

                                                                                                                            2. Glencora Sep 30, 2010 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                              As a young adult (early 20s) I ate frozen burritos, frozen bagel dogs, frozen pirozhki (sp?), canned tamales, canned hash with a fried egg on top -- all because they were cheap and somewhat tasty. These days, no. I don't eat mystery meat.

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                                                                                                                                mom22tots Sep 30, 2010 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                Combos (those pretzel nuggets filled w/processed cheese...omg!)
                                                                                                                                Lean Cuisine spaghetti with meat sauce
                                                                                                                                Kraft mac & cheese
                                                                                                                                Cup o' soup

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                                                                                                                                  al b. darned Oct 2, 2010 12:53 AM

                                                                                                                                  OH! I love the cheese and cracker Combos.

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                                                                                                                                    msgenie516 Feb 5, 2012 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                                    Me, too!

                                                                                                                                2. mamachef Sep 30, 2010 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                  Canned lobster (Ohio in the '60's)
                                                                                                                                  Canned asparagus. Never, never again. At one time, it was the most gourmet item i could conceive.
                                                                                                                                  The all-white dinner extravaganza: Baked halibut and white rice sided by shredded cabbage salad. Again, Ohio in the '60's courtesy of my ma.

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                                                                                                                                    chileheadmike Sep 30, 2010 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                                    I grew up in Kansas in the 60's. On Fridays during Lent we would have "Yellow Dinner".

                                                                                                                                    Kraft Mac and Cheese
                                                                                                                                    Scrambled Eggs
                                                                                                                                    Canned Corn

                                                                                                                                    The horror.

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                                                                                                                                      mamachef Sep 30, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                      and let's never forget sprayable cheese.

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                                                                                                                                      Antithesisofpop Sep 30, 2010 09:59 PM

                                                                                                                                      I refused to eat asparagus until college because my mom would make creamed asparagus with canned asparagus and cream of mushroom soup. I refused to eat it because the smell while it was cooking was VILE.

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                                                                                                                                      maxandrick Sep 30, 2010 09:08 AM

                                                                                                                                      I'm not sure why or how I did this but I would eat raw bacon, just pull a strip off straight out of the fridge. Don't think my family knew because I don't think it would have been allowed. YUCK

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                                                                                                                                        Sparkina Dec 12, 2010 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                        Raw bacon? Ooshk! Even if I wasn't a vegetarian (since 1988), my face would be green. That is just gross beyond the law.

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                                                                                                                                          Taralli Aug 24, 2011 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                          Me too.

                                                                                                                                        2. Pia Sep 30, 2010 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                          Pretty much all the processed crap I ate as a kid. Mariacarmen mentioned Chef Boyardee -- I hadn't eaten it in decades and got Spaghetti-Os for my kid when we were traveling, thinking it would be a treat (because I remember it being one, instead of the healthy stuff my mom cooked). He hated it and I tried it and agreed it was disgusting, gloppy and sugary.

                                                                                                                                          The first thing that sprang to mind, though, is Peeps. I loved them as a kid, and bought them out of nostalgia once as an adult. I was all excited to eat them, and then I took a bite and realized -- yuck, this is sugar-coated sugar! My gut was fine, but it was too much for my grown-up tastebuds to handle.

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                                                                                                                                            mariacarmen Sep 30, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                            Peeps! i wouldn't even eat those as a kid! But i wasn't a sweets kid, i hated cake and frosting. i liked chips.

                                                                                                                                            Love that your son hated the spaghetti-os! you've obviously been feeding him .etter things!

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                                                                                                                                              msgenie516 Feb 5, 2012 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                              I have always loved Peeps! I guess that will probably never change, as I'm 64 already. Never tried Spaghetti-o's, so I'm not sure about that. But I know I used to like Franco-American spagetti in the can not that long ago and I still like Chef-BoyArDee canned meat ravioli. Crazy, I know, as there's much better stuff out there. Maybe it reminds me of my childhood. And I'm not Italian, so perhaps that explains it. My husband is part Italian and he hates any of that stuff.

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                                                                                                                                              nvcook Sep 30, 2010 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                              There are more things to do with peeps than eat them - put a toothpick in each of 2 peeps and place close together in the microwave and watch them sword fight. Learned that little fun treat here on chowhounds!

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                                                                                                                                                mariacarmen Sep 30, 2010 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                OH. MY. GOD. I can't WAIT to try that.

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                                                                                                                                                  Antithesisofpop Sep 30, 2010 09:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                  After the fight, take them out of the microwave and let them cool. As they cool off, they get this oddly addictive almost caramel flavor with an airy, yet crunchy texture...I don't like peeps unless they've been microwaved.

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                                                                                                                                                    mom22tots Oct 1, 2010 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                    They are also really good if you poke a couple of holes in the plastic wrap and put them in the fridge. They get good and crunchy! Did it as a kid and still would as an adult if my teeth could handle it!!

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                                                                                                                                                    burgeoningfoodie Oct 7, 2010 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Yes but for how long. I want to see this sword fighting.

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                                                                                                                                                    gaffk Oct 1, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                    There's a local chocolate store in my area that sells chocolate covered peeps at Easter. What's worse, we had a guy at work visiting from Australia and he an a coworker actually bought and devoured them on several occassions!

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                                                                                                                                                    Cachetes Sep 30, 2010 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                    TV dinners (I don't even know if they still make them). They were always a special treat when my Mom and Dad were leaving us with a babysitter.

                                                                                                                                                    1. southernitalian Sep 30, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Olive Loaf. WTF?

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                                                                                                                                                        al b. darned Oct 2, 2010 12:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I agree!!

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                                                                                                                                                          sunshine842 Oct 2, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                          ewww, me, too.

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                                                                                                                                                            salsailsa Oct 4, 2010 02:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                            That and macaroni and cheese loaf- gag!

                                                                                                                                                          2. mariacarmen Sep 30, 2010 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                            the only thing i can think of that i wouldn't put willingly in my mouth again as an adult is spaghetti-os, or some other Chef Boyardee product. i'd still (tho don't): eat macdonald's french fries, squirt spray cheese into my mouth, dunk fritos into orange soda, eat 10 pieces of toasted buttered sourdough in a seating, put chips in a sandwich (ok, still do that), toast tortillas over an open flame and slather with butter, eat Spam or Oscar Mayer bologna or pre-wrapped American cheese slices, drink Carnation Instant Breakfast, strawberry flavor, snack on Vienna sausages, or eat Laura Scudders BBQ chips for lunch everyday (high school!). By saying I still would, tho, i mean the thought of doing those things doesn't gross me out (like spaghetti-os does) - doesn't mean i'm going to do them anytime soon, or ever again. Except for McD fries. I'm sure the next road trip will involve them. and now the Carnation drink is actually starting to sound good....

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                                                                                                                                                              gaffk Sep 30, 2010 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                              When I read the OP, I couldn't think of a thing--I never liked things like spaghetti-os, frozen dinners or Spam. The I saw "Carnation Instant Breakfast." I loved that stuff as a kid--much preferred it to the delicious french toast or waffles mom made. Then, as an adult, I saw it in the store and picked up a box for nostalgia's sake. It was awful enough to ruin those childhood memories.

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                                                                                                                                                                onceadaylily Sep 30, 2010 10:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I did buy the carnation, and used whole milk, and still thought the vanilla was delicious (the chocolate was awful, not malty like I had remembered it), but I felt like I'd ingested the whole damn cow afterward.

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                                                                                                                                                                  gaffk Oct 1, 2010 02:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, I guess my mistake was getting the chocolate--so different than I remembered.

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                                                                                                                                                                    laskiblue Jan 26, 2012 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Carnation Instant Breakfast did have a chocolate malt flavor at one time - it was my favorite. I remember the variety pack with vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and chocolate malt.

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                                                                                                                                                              gordeaux Sep 30, 2010 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Ketchup
                                                                                                                                                              many hot dogs
                                                                                                                                                              miracle whip
                                                                                                                                                              bologna
                                                                                                                                                              canned vegetables (not hard on my gut, but more like a WTF would I eat this for?)
                                                                                                                                                              american cheese
                                                                                                                                                              sweet relish (another wtf food imo)

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