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What do you prefer to eat with your hands out of the bag or box ...

... as opposed to from a bowl or plate?

Me, personally, it would be:

Wheat Thins
Wasabi peas
Instant ramen


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  1. Cold cereal. I hardly ever eat it, but if I do, I eat it out of the box.

    Cheez-Its, but I haven't had any in years.

    I'll put chips in a bowl, though.

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    1. re: Jay F

      Me too. If I'm going to eat potato or tortilla chips, prefer to bowl them.

        1. This is an interesting topic, everything I eat seems to find it's way into a bowl or plate.

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          1. re: fldhkybnva

            Same here. It's the only way I can exercise portion control. If I'm alone, sometimes a napkin or paper towel substitutes for the bowl or plate (one less thing to wash), but I still take out a handful of nuts, chips, crackers, etc. and then put the package away.

            1. re: cookie monster

              Ya, I have no clue why I do this but everything finds it's way into a ramekin or a bowl or a papertowel, even if I plan to go back for more.

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                I do the same thing. I always shake the snacks onto a plate, bowl, or paper towel, even knowing that at least 50% of the time, I will for sure be getting more.

              2. re: cookie monster

                I agree. If I open (say) a can of mixed nuts, I *have* to shake out a portion and put away. If not, I will nosh the whole thing away over the course of a day/night.

            2. I am a one-person household. I eat what I want, in whatever way I want it, and when I want it.
              I definitely eat almost everything out of the package/container/bag/box--that being said, I eat mostly fresh items that do not come in containers... so when there is one, I like to use the container to its full-potential!

              Mostly... this happens for cereal, granola, seeds, and dried fruits.

              1. I just rimmed the Biscoff spread with my finger..does that count?
                Rye Triscuits with some whipped cream cheese.

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                1. re: Beach Chick

                  No, cuz I dunno know anyone who plates or bowls Biscoff spread. :-)

                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                      Blush. . .how did this get past Veggo without comment?

                  1. nacho cheese doritos -- hands down! heh heh.
                    (if i'm alone. i'm happily munching them out of a bowl at any party!).

                    1. Just about nothing. I'm a crockery & cutlery sort of person.

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                      1. re: Harters


                        What about something like beef jerky? Do you also plate, and whip out the knife/fork for dried, seasoned beef strips?

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I think the only jerky they get in Old Blighty is lamprey jerky.

                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                            I thought "jerky" was the only way Brits knew how to cook beef?

                            (Joking folks. Just kidding. We all love our brothers/sisters across the pond.)

                              1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                I doubt it. I've never encountered lampreys in any context, certainly not dried. Smoked eel is pleasant enough - my partner used to bring me some back from the Netherlands when she visited for work.

                                The only other context is that KIng Henry 1 apparently died after eating too many lampreys, in 1135.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              I don't believe I've ever had beef jerky. I'm sure I've seen it in the "foreign foods" section of the supermarket but I've never been moved to buy it. As it's on sale, I presume there must be demand from some people for dried beef but it beats me what the attraction might be.

                              And, no, I'm going to rise to the national stereotyping of British cuisine. Much too old, and outdated, a joke to bother with. Just like the one about loud-mouthed ignorant Americans.

                              1. re: Harters


                                allrighty then, back to your respective corners, fellas! ;-).

                                jerky makes me think of being in the wilderness, when your food options are slim -- or you're riding the trail, with no time to stop for the grub old cookie has fixed up over the campfire.

                                that, or you have gotten warped into a 7-11 at 3 am.

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  I tell a lie. I have had jerky - although it was in South Africa, where it's called biltong, is much thicker than the thin American strips and cured differently. And it was made from antelope meat.

                                  Apparently it was developed by the Voortrekkers.

                                  I didnt much care for it. Too dry and chewy.

                                  1. re: alkapal

                                    Most Asian-style jerkys are great.

                                    It's the American ones -- either ones that make cardboard seem pliable or thos nasty dog-treats Slim Jims -- that are kind of 7-Eleven food fodder.

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      You're not selling it to me, mate.

                                      1. re: Harters

                                        Harters, I think you are better off never having tried American beef jerky. Trying to do my friends across the pond a favor.

                                        1. re: Harters

                                          Good beef jerky is wonderful! Smokey, spicy, chewy goodness,

                                          Slim Jims and most processed/packaged jerky here in the States are like Pringles to the potato chip world. Some may love them, but they are not real potato chips.

                                        2. re: ipsedixit

                                          Heh heh. The Tobasco-flavored Slim Jim is one of life's richest pleasures.

                                          I've had a couple of jerkies I don't like, though. One was alligator, the other fish. Fish jerky, you ask in startlement. Yes, it can be made. It shouldn't be.

                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                            "Squaw candy" isn't jerky, but it is hard-smoked salmon, and when I spent the weekend with a family of homesteaders outside of Anchor Point, AK about a hundred years ago - okay, say fifty - a big and rather greasy paper bag of that was available for between-meal snacks. The meals were salmon cakes and eggs for breakfast, salmon salad sandwiches for lunch, and salmon steaks for supper. Guess what these folks did to make money …

                                            Trader Joe's is currently selling salmon jerky. I'm tempted.

                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                              "memmmm-ries……..from the corners of my miiiiiiind. misty salmon-colored memmmmries….of the way we were…."

                                2. I'm usually a stickler for flatware, but my most noted exceptions are for Hobnobs (a chocolate-coated British oar biscuit) and Arnott's Shapes (type of savoury cracker popular here in Australia).

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                                  1. re: Pandageddon

                                    Even nicer, IMO, are the original Hobnobs (without chocolate). And I can disappear a whole pack of Jaffa Cakes at one sitting.

                                    1. re: Harters

                                      Jaffa Cakes are the epitome of temptation. They're the Sirens of the biscuit world!

                                  2. Peanuts and Cracker Jack at Tropicana Field.

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                                    1. re: Veggo

                                      Does anyone ever plate or bowl Cracker Jacks? Blasphemy.

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        You got me on that one. Definitely eat Cracker Jacks right out of the bag or box.

                                        1. re: jlhinwa

                                          At least after the second inning.

                                        2. re: ipsedixit

                                          I only had to do that as a kid, when I was forced to share a box of Cracker Jacks with my little sister. She usually insisted on having the toy, as well.

                                          1. re: Tripeler

                                            The toys always sucked. I'd trade 'em for the extra peanuts.

                                            1. re: MGZ

                                              Plus, they're a joking hazard ...

                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                Should't that be a "joking chazard"?

                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                  I always give the toy to anyone who wants to share my Cracker Jacks. I figure they choke, and next time it's one less person I have to share with ...

                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                    Grab meat is a joking hazard as well.

                                          1. re: mudcat

                                            That's something you can get in a box, where you are? Woweee.

                                            1. re: Harters

                                              Rocky's Truck Stop in Taylor County, Florida

                                            1. I'd never seen anybody put snack chips/crackers into a bowl until I met the fair Khantessa. Always chuffed 'em straight from the sack and still do.

                                                1. Milk. Yeah, it's a little messy.

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                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                      Who are our superiors in many ways. "Cats are cats, the world over. These intelligent, peace-loving, four footed friends---who are without prejudice, without hate, without greed---may someday teach us something." James Mackintosh Qwilleran.

                                                      1. re: mwhitmore

                                                        Tell that to the dove I found in my backyard this morning with his head lying next to him.

                                                        PS--I do love cats, but they really are vicious predators. Amazing hunters.

                                                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                          Good kitty. Breast that dove and grill them with a little teriyaki sauce.

                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                            Given the hunting prowess of my cat Harold, I could probably open Catkill Grill. It'd go great guns in the Catskills, I bet.

                                                    2. Depends on the context.

                                                      I will eat pretty much any bagged snack, cracker, nut, cookie, cereal and the like right out of the bag if I am in the car or running errands. Same with if I got home and found myself starving I would most likely grab and handful of something to tide me over to meal time.

                                                      However at home if any of these items were part of the meal they would go on my plate along with the other foods. If the food was the meal (like cereal) it would be in a bowl with milk. An exception may be chips/salsa. When part of meal the chips would mostly likely be in a basket.

                                                      Certain bagged snacks I avoid all together unless I know for sure I have napkin or wetnap handy-crab chips, smart food popcorn, basically anything that really stick to your hands.

                                                      1. I prefer to plate/napkin/bowl everything. My husband prefers to eat anything he can straight out of the box. Ice cream for us means I get a bowl of ice cream for myself and bring him a carton and a spoon.

                                                        For me, it's two-fold. I feel a sense of ownership over what I've put on my plate (you want some, go take some from the bag) which means I'm not worried someone else is going to take it. I don't know why I have anxiety that my food is going to be stolen.
                                                        The second reason is I like to see all my food so I can plan how to attack it. Chips, crackers, nuts, if they're spread out in front of me, I can eat the broken/sad looking ones first and save the best for last. If I eat out of the bag or box, it's too random.
                                                        So... yeah, apparently I have issues if anyone needs a subject for a psych Ph.D. paper...

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                                                        1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                          If it's Haagen-Dazs, ice cream is "carton and a spoon" for me, too. Why not? They package it in those (now even smaller) single-serving containers.

                                                          1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                            I'm the same way, you're not alone with your "issues."

                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                              Maybe we should start a support group.

                                                              1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                Indeed, when I get in snack modes, the ramekins pile up.

                                                              2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                But Haagen-Dazs tastes better when you eat it out of the carton. It gets onto the spoon much more easily when it can't flop around in a bowl, and it melts more correctly in the container. Total quality issue.

                                                              3. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                                Ice cream, to me, just tastes better from a bowl.

                                                                I never eat it from the carton.

                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                  I think I feel like I lose something in the carton, like the cardboard conatiner is soaking up some of my ice cream, even if it is coated in plastic. No ice cream left behind!

                                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                                      I usually make my own.

                                                                      But when I do buy, it's either Green and Black or Turkey Hill.

                                                                      I just recently discovered Batch ice cream, which is apparently only available in Massachusetts. Too bad, cuz the vanilla is awfully good.

                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                        Are Green and Black or Turkey Hill both "half-gallons"? I don't eat that size out of the carton, either. Only HD (and sometimes B&J).

                                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                                          G&B is in pints.

                                                                          TH is in 1.5 quarts.

                                                                          I dated a person once who considered a pint of ice cream a "serving" ... for themselves, not both of us. That relationship didn't last very long.

                                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                            I remember in high school I was eating a can of Chef Boyardee beef-a-roni, when I noticed the can said "family size". So I turned the can to read the nutritional label and it read, servings 4-6. That was just an afternoon snack. lol

                                                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                              We could not date. HD *definitely* comes in single-serving containers.

                                                                  1. To the chagrin of all occupants of my household, I'm a finger dipper of peanut butter. (Yes, I realize it's not a box, sorry)