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foods you ate as a kid (or young adult) that you wouldn't eat now?

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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  1. 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)

    1. 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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      1. re: mariacarmen

        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.

        1. re: gaffk

          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.

          1. re: onceadaylily

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

            1. re: gaffk

              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.

            1. re: southernitalian

              That and macaroni and cheese loaf- gag!

            2. 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. 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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                1. re: Pia

                  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!

                  1. re: mariacarmen

                    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.

                  2. re: Pia

                    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!

                    1. re: nvcook

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

                      1. re: nvcook

                        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.

                        1. re: Antithesisofpop

                          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!!

                        2. re: nvcook

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

                        3. re: Pia

                          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!