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Embarrassing guilty pleasures

I'm in my, ahem, 50's and damn it, I still love Pop Tarts!

I buy them maybe once a year as a treat. A box of strawberry and a box of brown sugar cinnamon (and on very rare occasion a blueberry,) unfrosted of course. I toast one of each. Really toast em, dark brown edges. Then a little smear of butter. If the edges are nice and dark and hot, the butter will sizzle. Ah, perfection. Then eat with a slice of extra sharp cheddar and a glass of orange juice.

I grew up eating these and can't kick the habit. Just a kid at heart I guess. I've no use for all the wacko frosted flavors they come up with now, just the originals for me.

Anyone else care to spill the beans?

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  1. I have many.

    Velveeta melted with salsa and eaten with corn chips.
    Bacon dipped in mayo, hard boiled eggs dipped in mayo, green beans dipped in mayo. Hell, I'll just about put mayo on anything.
    Baked beans from a can with sliced hot dogs mixed in it.
    Cocktail sauce on celery sticks.
    Deviled ham on crackers.
    About once a year I crave tater tots dipped in mayo (of course), ketchup and Dijon.
    Manwich.

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    1. re: ChervilGeorge

      I don't put Mayo on anything! I'll eat potato or macaroni salad with Mayo but that's about it.

      1. re: ChervilGeorge

        Try tater tots with A-1 sauce- the best, IMO. Your mileage may vary.

        1. re: EWSflash

          You just found another. A-1 and Lay's chips. I'll have to try it with tots

          1. re: suzigirl

            Sloppy Joe's of sorts tonight. Fries for the bf. Tots for me. A-1 was very good. I will do it again. I alternated ketchup to dip them

          2. re: EWSflash

            IMO A-1 sauce can do no wrong.I love it.

          3. re: ChervilGeorge

            I do the mayo dip, but with pork rinds. Similarly embarrassing, similarly delicious.

            Pork rinds serve as a vehicle for another peculiar combination for me: almond butter. Now I want some!

            1. re: Baskerville

              Now I must try pork rinds and almond butter. I'll take any chance I get to justify pork rinds. It sounds akin to one of my favorite pork rind go-withs: peanut satay sauce. Sometimes mixed with a bit of Kewpie mayo. Great combination.

                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  I just had a snack of pork rinds dipped in queso. So good!

          4. Chef Boy ar Dee Spaghetti and mini-meatballs. Straight from the can with a plastic fork I get from the deli dept. Eat in the car.

            So much HFCS it is sweet and I haven't had it in months, maybe a year

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            1. re: laliz

              Chef Boy R Dee ravioli, warm please. :)

              Hamburger Helper - double cheese cheeseburger

              Hormel chili with beans over tostitoes, AKA Nacho's, with all the trimmings

              Anything with Sriracha squirted over it.

              1. re: laliz

                Another one for Chef Boyardee (ravioli though) straight from the can and eaten in the car.

              2. I love Pop Tarts too, un-frosted, blueberry, toasted with butter. Yum!

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                1. re: chloebell

                  Not to judge at all, but I never did like Pop-Tarts, they were always so dry and bereft of flavor. But then I haven't had one in probably forty years, so a lot could have changed.

                2. sweet gerkins dipped in pimento cheese
                  Cheddar and sweet pickles eaten together on a cracker.
                  Chefboyardee spaghetti and meatballs eaten on iceburg lettuce leaves like a taco and two kitties to share the meatballs(they haven't told daddy that secret)
                  Grilled peanutbutter and cheese sandwiches
                  Cheddar cheese on salmon if the man is cooking

                  Now that i see it in print, oh my. Sheesh

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                    1. re: suzigirl

                      Your post made me laugh! I'd be embarrassed too. :-P

                      1. re: suzigirl

                        "Chefboyardee spaghetti and meatballs eaten on iceberg lettuce leaves like a taco."

                        suzi, suzi, suzi! I'm just speechless, but laughing!

                        1. re: KrumTx

                          Yeah, that's just gross! My Pop Tarts look like caviar now! ;-)

                          1. re: Jpan99

                            You said embarrassing. I gave it to ya baby. And it was taught to me as a teen by a dear friend when we smoked alot of pot. But i defend my poor choices. :-)

                        2. re: suzigirl

                          Suzigirl- I respect you deeply.

                          : )

                        3. Ugh! I've lost my appetite reading these ;-)

                          I don't buy them, but if I happen upon flavored Doritos, I will eat some and then feel slightly sick - does that qualify?

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                          1. re: sandylc

                            No, sandylc, you should back away from this thread. Seriously.

                              1. re: sandylc

                                Well, look- people are wallowing in their guilty pleasures. Either back out of the thread, or enjoy it for what it is, as in people who like food that the hoi polloi think a 'foodie' shouldn't. If you're grossed out, please take your grossness elsewhere and let people vent out their crazed guilty pleasures without judgement- this should be a safe place to share. You may be new to this site, and therefore need to learn that you shouldn't judge others' tastes, because, as this thread shows, everybody has a culinarily challenged area. being grossed out is your right, but posting it will get you nowhere, except maybe thrown out of here, and also get you nobody's respect. You might consider avoiding the "guilty pleasure" topics if you're such a delicate flower.