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When your favorite junk food tastes like, well, junk.

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I have eaten Kraft Dinner in the blue box my whole life not as a substitute for good mac and cheese but for its particular taste. Well, when I made it last month it tasted a little chemical but I figured it was just a "bad" box. Then today, I made it again and this time I had to ignore the chemical smell just to make it....and then the taste was truly bad. Is it me or is it the Kraft Dinner? Have you ever come to realize your junk food really is bad?

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  1. This morning I got the rare and wild idea to drive through McDonald's and order two Sausage McMuffins with Egg, my all-time favorite fast food breakfast item. To be fair, I didn't have a chance to eat them right away, so they were at room temperature when I got to them, but they just weren't good at all.

    1. Oh yes. I used to LOVE Cadbury Creme Eggs - they were my favorite, once a year indulgence. About 10 years ago, though, they just started tasting HORRIBLE to me, like waxy sugar without even a hint of chocolate. I haven't eaten one in years because of it.

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      1. re: biondanonima

        I had the exact same experience with Creme Eggs. I can't even smell them now.

      2. I know what you mean. Over the years, I eat less and less packaged/junk/convenience foods. The other day I raided my son's Halloween stash and the smell alone turned my stomach but didn't stop me from eating a few pieces. The tastes are just too much for me, very overdone and artificial.

        I feel the same about fast food and avoid it at all costs.

        1. I used to LOVE Marie Callendar's Fettuccine Alfredo. Now, It tastes super bland and just no good. I think that food producers want to keep cutting costs so they just slowly over years make changes until there comes a point that the product is no good anymore.

          1. My mom the uncook was not at all about junk foods, so of course my holy grail was the absolute worst kind. Ohhhh, how I wanted all of it; the candies, the canned lunch items, bologna on white w/ mayo.....
            But the biggest out-of-reach thing was Spaghetti-o's. I just knew I craved them, even without having had tasted them. And when I finally got to? Pure scheiss. Like Cream of Tomato soup, only AWFUL, since I LOVE Campbell's Cream o' Tomato: with horrid little wormy pastas mixed in. Taught me a lesson I never forgot. :)

            1. Interesting post. I recently made the blue box for my nephew's dinner, and it seemed to be really off in some way. Kind of a darker orange color, and a funk to it. Surely they have not changed it?

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              1. re: arashall

                I was hoping I just somehow got two bad boxes since I bought them at the same time. A childhood love that always made me feel better now gone................sigh

                1. re: escondido123

                  Leftover Kraft Dinner used to be a treat cold from the fridge the next day. Now that it tastes like chemicals, the leftovers are just not worth eating. I wondered if it was my taste buds changing, but now I know it's not me, it's the blue box that has changed.

              2. Funny, I have the same experience with Cadbury creme eggs and Spaghetti-o's. I used to love the taste of them (as far as I can remember) but in recent times I've bought them and they've been completely and utterly unsatisfying. There's been other items too, but I've forgotten them at the moment.

                Oh, wait, scratch that. Cream of mushroom soup. The last can I bought tasted like absolutely nothing. I have no idea where the flavor I'd remembered went.

                1. Yes, I had the ah-ha moment with several candies this year. They just taste super sweet with no flavor whatsoever.

                  1. I loved Deli kettle-cooked jalapeno potato chips as a kid - you know, the red bag? I loved the crunchiness, the heat - they were my go-to snack. I had a bag a couple of months ago, and the chips - well - disappointed. Grown-up me didn't enjoy the chips, letting down my inner child.