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

ipsedixit May 5, 2013 06:51 PM

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

Me, personally, it would be:

Wheat Thins
Wasabi peas
Instant ramen


  1. Kholvaitar Nov 18, 2013 06:20 AM

    sunflower seeds

    1. c
      Cam14 May 9, 2013 08:21 PM

      M&M Peanuts

      1. z
        ZenDada May 9, 2013 08:35 AM

        Sugar Snap Peas!

        1. jrvedivici May 9, 2013 06:57 AM

          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)

          1. hyacinthgirl May 8, 2013 01:11 PM

            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
              Jay F May 8, 2013 01:15 PM

              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
                fldhkybnva May 8, 2013 01:19 PM

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

                1. re: fldhkybnva
                  hyacinthgirl May 8, 2013 02:14 PM

                  Maybe we should start a support group.

                  1. re: hyacinthgirl
                    fldhkybnva May 8, 2013 02:18 PM

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

                  2. re: fldhkybnva
                    Jay F May 8, 2013 04:36 PM

                    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
                    ipsedixit May 8, 2013 07:00 PM

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

                    I never eat it from the carton.

                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      hyacinthgirl May 9, 2013 06:50 AM

                      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: ipsedixit
                        Jay F May 9, 2013 07:38 AM

                        What brand do you usually buy?

                        1. re: Jay F
                          ipsedixit May 9, 2013 08:07 AM

                          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
                            Jay F May 9, 2013 08:13 AM

                            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
                              ipsedixit May 9, 2013 08:29 AM

                              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
                                jrvedivici May 9, 2013 08:38 AM

                                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
                                  Jay F May 9, 2013 08:44 AM

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

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                        foodieX2 May 6, 2013 09:56 AM

                        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.

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                          mwhitmore May 6, 2013 09:50 AM

                          Milk. Yeah, it's a little messy.

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                            Veggo May 6, 2013 09:52 AM

                            Not for cats.

                            1. re: Veggo
                              mwhitmore May 6, 2013 06:35 PM

                              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
                                Perilagu Khan May 6, 2013 07:20 PM

                                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
                                  Veggo May 6, 2013 08:19 PM

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

                                  1. re: Veggo
                                    Perilagu Khan May 7, 2013 09:19 AM

                                    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. re: mwhitmore
                                  sandylc May 9, 2013 09:27 PM

                                  I thought cats hated everyone.

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                              phatchris May 6, 2013 08:22 AM

                              Pirates Booty

                              1. Perilagu Khan May 6, 2013 08:20 AM

                                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. MGZ May 6, 2013 07:09 AM

                                  What's a "bowl"?

                                  1. mudcat May 6, 2013 06:55 AM

                                    Fried chicken gizzards

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                                    1. re: mudcat
                                      Harters May 6, 2013 07:06 AM

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

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                                        mudcat May 14, 2013 02:28 PM

                                        Rocky's Truck Stop in Taylor County, Florida

                                    2. Veggo May 6, 2013 06:10 AM

                                      Peanuts and Cracker Jack at Tropicana Field.

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                                      1. re: Veggo
                                        ipsedixit May 6, 2013 07:51 AM

                                        Does anyone ever plate or bowl Cracker Jacks? Blasphemy.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                          jlhinwa May 6, 2013 03:34 PM

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

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                                            MGZ May 6, 2013 04:28 PM

                                            At least after the second inning.

                                          2. re: ipsedixit
                                            Tripeler May 8, 2013 06:28 AM

                                            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
                                              MGZ May 8, 2013 06:30 AM

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

                                              1. re: MGZ
                                                ipsedixit May 8, 2013 08:07 AM

                                                Plus, they're a joking hazard ...

                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                  MGZ May 8, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                  Should't that be a "joking chazard"?

                                                  1. re: MGZ
                                                    ipsedixit May 8, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                    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: ipsedixit
                                                      Perilagu Khan May 8, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                      What a sport.

                                                    2. re: MGZ
                                                      jrvedivici May 9, 2013 06:55 AM

                                                      Grab meat is a joking hazard as well.

                                          3. Pandageddon May 6, 2013 05:47 AM

                                            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
                                              Harters May 6, 2013 06:31 AM

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

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                                                Pandageddon May 8, 2013 12:02 AM

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

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                                              Harters May 6, 2013 05:43 AM

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

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                                              1. re: Harters
                                                ipsedixit May 6, 2013 08:22 AM


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

                                                1. re: ipsedixit
                                                  Perilagu Khan May 6, 2013 08:24 AM

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

                                                  1. re: Perilagu Khan
                                                    ipsedixit May 6, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                    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: Perilagu Khan
                                                      Jerseygirl111 May 6, 2013 11:01 PM

                                                      Lamprey jerky...is that a real thing?

                                                      1. re: Jerseygirl111
                                                        Harters May 7, 2013 05:51 AM

                                                        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.

                                                    2. re: ipsedixit
                                                      Harters May 6, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                      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
                                                        alkapal May 6, 2013 10:46 AM


                                                        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
                                                          Harters May 6, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                          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
                                                            ipsedixit May 6, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                            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
                                                              Harters May 6, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                              You're not selling it to me, mate.

                                                              1. re: Harters
                                                                ipsedixit May 6, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                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
                                                                  foodieX2 May 6, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                  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
                                                                  Perilagu Khan May 6, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                  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
                                                                    Will Owen May 8, 2013 04:29 PM

                                                                    "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
                                                                      alkapal May 8, 2013 04:58 PM

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

                                                        2. alkapal May 6, 2013 05:24 AM

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

                                                          1. Beach Chick May 5, 2013 09:44 PM

                                                            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
                                                              ipsedixit May 5, 2013 09:52 PM

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

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                                                                Beach Chick May 5, 2013 10:04 PM


                                                              2. re: Beach Chick
                                                                Perilagu Khan May 6, 2013 08:21 AM

                                                                Sounds licentious.

                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan
                                                                  Beach Chick May 6, 2013 09:34 AM

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

                                                                  1. re: Beach Chick
                                                                    Veggo May 6, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                    I like it when you talk dirty.

                                                              3. GraceW May 5, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                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. fldhkybnva May 5, 2013 07:48 PM

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

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                                                                    cookie monster May 6, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                                    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
                                                                      fldhkybnva May 6, 2013 03:16 PM

                                                                      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
                                                                        jlhinwa May 6, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                        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
                                                                        pinehurst May 6, 2013 03:30 PM

                                                                        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.

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                                                                      sedimental May 5, 2013 07:18 PM


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                                                                        wadejay26 May 5, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                                        Fiddle Faddle

                                                                        1. Jay F May 5, 2013 06:54 PM

                                                                          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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                                                                            ipsedixit May 5, 2013 06:58 PM

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

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