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Oct 3, 2010 05:07 PM

Chemical/Alternatives to the real thing-- that you actually like better...

1. Bacon salt. I even sprinkle it on back bacon sometimes.
2. Soy milk- over light milks, fuller body, creamier
3. Butter flavour extract or salt... in baking and veggies, well except on the obvious toasts
4. Low fat cream cheese- over both full fat cc and mayo
5. Soy hotdogs- taste exactly the same as the mechanically sepearated ones because its artificial flavor anyways (and makes me remember a video of a a bright pink bubblegum like food being tubed into a box... but it was meat and meat filler blech.) And protein instead of fat.

This could be quite interesting ;)

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  1. Sad to say, but...
    I am not a big fan of maple syrup, but I like "pancake syrup" much more. I don't even know if it's fake maple syrup, but it's just plain old sugar or hcfs with a few fake flavorings added, I'm sure. Save the Vermont specialty stuff for someone else. I'mm all about Mrs Butterworth or Log Cabin. Even better if it's got the fake butter flavoring added!

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    1. re: gordeaux

      for shame, i too prefer the non perishable supermarket goo over the real stuff on pancakes. i am worse off being a native new englander, but the funny thing is i use real maple syrup in everything from tea to soups and chowders! pancake syrup in that regard is definitely a uni-tasker.

      1. re: sarabean

        I will join you in your shame. I like the real maple as an ingredient in baking and cooking but for pancakes and waffles, I find it overpowers the flavour of the main dish. I like a little pancake syrup to add some sweetness and still be able to get the full flavour of the waffle/pancake.

      2. re: gordeaux

        We had friends over for brunch a few weeks ago, and I got out the "good stuff." As we were cleaning up, I commented that I didn't really prefer the real maple syrup, as it left a woody, fuzzy feeling in my mouth. I was surprised to hear from two others (there were just four of us that morning) that there was a strong preference for Mrs. Butterworth's!

      3. Morningstar Farms breakfast links - they're supposed to be veggie based substitute for sausage. I don't think they taste quite like sausage, but they do taste better to me and in theory, at least, are healthier.

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        1. I was about to say that no chemical/alternative is preferred but, when you mentioned soy milk, I had to concede on that. I 'm lactose intolerant so "Silk" goes on my cereal.

          1. Sugar free gum

            American bologna (for grilled balogna sandwiches made with American pre-sliced cheese).

            Diet coke

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              oh yeah, diet coke!
              and Krab with a K in my Kalifornia rolls

              1. re: mariacarmen

                Seriously...don't all California rolls have fake crab?

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  i've had a few experience with real crab - perish the thought! - and it's just not as good.

            2. Imitation (I think they may be soy based) corndogs. They are markedly sweeter and a bit less salty.

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              1. re: Popkin

                Oh, that sounds fancy! I had a POGO craving the other day and had such thoughts :) What brand?

                1. re: crigg

                  We have the morning star brand around these parts, and they're pretty tasty. The chicken is good too (as long as you don't expect it to taste like chicken of course! It's good in it's own right). mmmm, and stripples (imitation bacon), so good when it's a little soggy. I guess that's what happens when a meat eater goes to a school full of (and run by) vegetarians.... I like both real and fake meat for their own unique flavours.

                  Dang, now I'm REALLY craving some fake meat!