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May 23, 2013 08:49 AM

Favorite Convenience Food?

I'd sooner go to a local restaurant than a big chain, and I'm often up with the birds to go to the farmers' market on the weekend. That said, there's nothing wrong with the occasional convenience food indulgence.

Last night, I had an individually wrapped brownie from 7-11 and you know what? It was FANTASTIC--chewy, not too sweet, big enough to satisfy without having to drag out a mixing bowl.

What do you like to pick up on the fly, calories, fat, and sodium aside?

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  1. A bagel. A good, nearly authentic bagel (hard to replicate outside of the five burroughs), slathered in soft butter.

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    1. re: RedTop

      I can honestly say that I don't think I've ever had an authentic bagel.

      1. re: RedTop

        If you're referring to NYC, it consists of 5 'boroughs.' And are Staten Island bagels really good? I kind of assumed they would be more New-Jerseyish than NYCish....

      2. Monster Slim Jims, esp the Tabasco ones.

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        1. re: pinehurst

          I just had a Slim Jim yesterday, probably my first in 10 years. And can I just say...Damn that thing was good!!!

        2. A slurpee, or slushy, or icee or any sort of frozen drink like that.

          1. I don't eat much if any convenience food on a day to day basis, but on occasion or over holidays I love to pick up popcorn from the movie theater.

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            1. re: fldhkybnva

              I never thought to get a to-go popcorn at the theater. They let you do that, eh? Lord knows, I love me some movie theater popcorn. Whoooeeeee! ;-)

              1. re: lynnlato

                Oh yes, I bring my own gallon sized ziploc bag as well to fit on top of the bag.

              2. re: fldhkybnva

                Isn't popcorn one of the most overpriced things you can get at the snack counter?

                1. re: Sharuf

                  Given I never actually see a movie and thus spend $20 on a ticket, it's a quick $7 treat a few times a year. The first time I did it I felt a bit weird, but they informed me it's quite common. Also our theater has a bar do concessions is not too high since they make much more from drinks.

              3. My go to convenience store snacks are beef jerky/slim jims, trail mix (the kind with raisins and m&ms in it), gardetto's mustard pretzels, and rice krispy treats.

                Also ditto on the slurpee, but that depends on the flavors they have. I only like cherry or lemon lime. Lemon lime especially is excellent with vodka poured in it.

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                1. re: juliejulez

                  I also forgot to mention that for some reason the Diet Coke from the fountains at 7-11 is extra tasty.

                  1. re: juliejulez

                    Yep. A freezing cold Diet Coke from Race Trac in summer, or a half decaf/half cappucino from the machines there in winter.

                    1. re: juliejulez

                      Can't beat the 88 cent price when you can get it, too.