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I don't like it. I would never buy it. But if it's in front of me I can't stop eating it.

I call this "Saved By The Bell" syndrome. Remember when that was on 49 times a day and you hated it, but found yourself watching anyway? Ugh.

Anyhoo, for me it's Bugles. They are gross and styrofoam-y and salty, but if they are in front of me, I find myself eating them. Then I stop and reprimand myself - stop it! You don't even like these... Crunch crunch.

Any foods you just can't stop eating?

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  1. I can't think of a specific item, but I know I have done this probably several times over the years while chatting at my DMIL's table where there is always junk food.

    Now, if you take away the don't like, would never buy limitations, the Jalapeno Cheetos is one of those things I can't stop eating, so I no longer allow myself to buy. lol.

    1. I can't honestly think of anything this applies to. If I like something, I will buy and eat it. If I don't like it, just because its in front of me doesn't mean I will eat it. If offered, I will politely decline.

      Perhaps you secretly love bugles.

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      1. re: Bkeats

        NOOOOOO!!!! I truly dislike Bugles. I would eat them to be polite, since my grandparents always put a bowl out for company - maybe that's where it started.

        (Crunch crunch.)

      2. Humpty Dumpty's bbq Ringlos. I grab a small handfull of 4-5 rings and eat them one at a time. And I'm constantly eating them and thinking "Ok, only 1 more handful. Ok, that's it, just one more. Dammit, last one!" lol

        Like you, I'm not sure why I eat them. The first memory I have of eating them was for about 2 years in high school before each, I would sit in the cafeteria and do some last minute test cramming while eating a snack bag of Ringlos and a small chocolate milk. Breakfast of champions.

        1. That bourbon chicken they pass out in food courts at the mall. I can't resist it when walking by. She's handing me a toothpick of it, and I'm thinking to myself "give me that whole damn plate of it!" lol

          1. White castles. I live in a place with lots of delicious slider choices. But if someone suggests White Castle, I'll always go along with it, even though I know I'll get indigestion and just feel awful after eating them.

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            1. re: charlesbois

              So true! I think they are just awful but damned if I don't get something when my fiancé stops on the road. Yocco's dogs also have this issue though I may have learned to just get pierogies and skip the dog.

            2. Frozen shrimp rings. The sauce is sludge and the shrimp are mushy pieces tasting of Clorox. I don't even wait for them to thaw out. Something evil that I give in to every time.

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              1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                Yeah... but they tend to be at the same parties (ahem my MIL's ahem) as other crappy, but higher calorie, saltier and starchier food. I figure they are a healthier protein option?

                1. re: julesrules

                  Sure beats the layered taco dip, or the melted cream cheese refried bean dip. Innovative 30 years ago. So boring now.

                  1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                    Whats old is new again. My twenty-something nieces are loving the whole retro thing. Ritz crackers topped with a sliced hard boiled egg and russian dressing, deviled ham eggs, layered dips, etc. I blame Mad Men.

                    1. re: foodieX2

                      I'm actually discovering, deep down inside, a previously repressed secret love of Ritz crackers. With nutella, specficially!

                      1. re: julesrules

                        You could slather Nutella on shards of cardboard or construction materials, and I'd go ahead and eat it.

                    2. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                      Or retro for people who never had it the first time around.

                2. So many many many of them.

                  Bugles is one of them
                  Funyuns come close -- but I have had bought them before

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                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    It was 4:30 pm today at work and the boss was eating his lunch, finally. I had yet to eat, and he was eating funyuns and Jimmy John's, both disgusting, but they sure looked good. He got there at 6am, me a later comer at 9am.

                    1. re: James Cristinian

                      :) Everything looks tasty when you are hungry. I used to fast, like 3-day fasting. I don't do it anymore, but when I used to do it, everything looks tasty on the third days. I would actually ponder the tasty spiders and bugs on the wall, food crumbs on the floor...etc.

                      1. re: James Cristinian

                        I got into a rut of eating canned tomato soup with Goldfish crackers for about a year straight for lunch. Several "working lunch" meetings with the boss, and he said his 6 year old ate Goldfish crackers. I don't think it was said in a positive manner! I, too, went in at 6 a.m., so styrofoam would have sounded good.

                      2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                        Funyuns. I am right there with you. Salty fake onion rings that rip your mouth up when you eat them. Please take the bag, no wait, put it down. Just one more (crunch crunch)

                      3. Popcorn. Specifically microwave popcorn w fake butter flavor.

                          1. re: HungWeiLo

                            chicken in a biscuit! do they still make those?

                          2. Too many chocolate items to iterate. So I don't buy them, except in dire chocoholic emergency. But I look at them on the way by.......

                                1. Popcorn at the movie Theater although I do not intend to buy it before the movie but whenever I get there and someone offer to buy it or split a bag well you know the rest. I also have a Technique for fitting up the bag(Half popcorn then butter and the other half of popcorn and more butter)

                                  1. Doughnuts

                                    As far as high calorie treats go, I have never found a doughnut where I've felt "this was wonderful!". A quarter of a doughnut hole is about as much as I ever truly want.

                                    But, if they're available and in front of me, I'll eat a few doughnut holes/have a doughnut. Don't really like them, have never bought one, but I'll eat them if they're there.

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                                    1. re: cresyd

                                      My theory is that we secretly like these things (cheese doodles for me) but we feel so guilty about eating them that we convince ourselves (and others) that we really don't like them. Why else would we eat them? Why would we put something in our bodies we don't like? There's something psycologically interesting about this subject.

                                      1. re: ttoommyy

                                        If I were told right now that doughnuts were the great secret to weight loss, and a doughnut with every meal was the key way to get that great beach bod - I'd start buying/eating them regularly. As they're basically the exact opposite - and I don't really love them - it seems like a big mouthful of "why bother".

                                        I love bready items - but not really of that texture. I love sweet items - but not that kind of sweet (I'm more happy just eating frosting than cakey items). I also just enjoy eating, and there's nothing specific in a doughnut that I "hate".

                                        But I do agree that the fact that they're bad for me makes it seem so much more ridiculous than if it's something healthier. Don't love eating apples raw, I don't buy apples ever, but if apple slices are around I'll munch on them. Ultimately comes from the same mindless eating place - but I'm more irritated with myself by mindlessly eating doughnuts than apples.

                                        1. re: ttoommyy

                                          I think we pretend to not like them because we're worried that people will think we're peasants if we do.

                                          1. re: ttoommyy

                                            I agree with your theory, Doctor. I began making a list - Fruit Loops, Rice Krispie treats, Corn Pops – and then realized that I really do like them, I just don’t buy them because I perceive them as being bad for me. The truth is, if I thought I could get away with it, I would have a nice big bowl of Fruit Loops every morning.

                                            1. re: EM23

                                              When I buy those things, I usually buy them all in one place, my junk food grocery store, then worry that the cashier will call social services on me because what mother in her right mind would buy such horrendous crap to feed her kids?!!!

                                              1. re: Isolda

                                                Consider shopping in another town, wearing a disguise;)) Between this thread, and the one with the link to the Fruit Loop vodka, I feel my healthy resolve is quickly disintegrating.

                                              2. re: EM23

                                                probally shouldnt tell you a cup of corn pops mixed with popcorn and chopped bacon sprinkled with steak rub is insane..

                                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                                  If I mix it with Skinny Pop it is healthy, right?

                                            2. re: cresyd

                                              If you had ever tasted a warm, fresh Shipley doughnut, you would know the experience of a truly wonderful doughnut. Nothing else can compare.

                                              1. re: reptilegrrl

                                                How about a hot Shipley glazed, or the moderately warm chocolate filled.

                                              2. Nachos with fake bright orange cheese.

                                                Boxed cake.

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                                                1. re: layerlessonion

                                                  Fake orange cheese nachos, absolutely! For those upthread claiming that we must secretly like it, in this case, I don't think so. I don't despise them, of course, but I don't really enjoy them either. I think I feel compelled to eat them because they remind me of good nachos and I pick up every bite thinking "nachos!" until my mouth says "no, yellow goop and chips," and then I look away, look back, brain says "hey, nachos!" and picks up another bite.

                                                  1. re: hyacinthgirl

                                                    Fake nachos only good at football games with copious amounts of beer, kinda like a DiGiornos pizza as well. Oh and coolish hot dogs, a Reliant Stadium Texan's specialty, a great facility but the food stinks for the average, non-privileged fan.

                                                  2. I used to work for a company that had many company paid for social gatherings. I would eat or drink anything that was there whether I liked it or not just because the company was paying for it. I was so shameless that I would even drink Miller Lite if they were paying for it.

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                                                    1. re: Fowler

                                                      Sometimes, in the heat of summer, I buy Miller Lite. It's true. then I stick it in my Ed Hardy coozie.

                                                      1. re: alliegator

                                                        Allie, we should hang out. I'll bring my sparkle coozie and you can bring your Ed Hardy one.

                                                        Miller Lite is not allowed though. Only Bud or, preferably, Coors. SO drinks the Banquet, I do Light. We'll even do PBR.

                                                        No but really you should try out Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy... beer mixed with lemonade, it's pretty much my favorite beer in summer.

                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                          I'm there! If we're ever in the same neck of the woods, this sparkly, tacky, and beer filled meeting must happen. But without any of the icky party snacks ;)

                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                            Julie, if you like Leinie's Summer Shandy you may also like their Berry Weiss.

                                                            1. re: Fowler

                                                              I probably would, I'll have to check that out.

                                                          1. "bad" appetizers!

                                                            chip and onion dip made with lipton soup
                                                            Queso made with velveeta and rotel

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                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                              I have a knack to stand at the appetizers table too

                                                              1. re: foodieX2

                                                                This. "chip and onion dip made with lipton soup".

                                                                It is actually quite disgusting, especially when you get a big chunk of the cardboard-like dried onion. But if it is on the table at a party, I will not stop.

                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                  So you're the people who keep the icky party foods alive, haha!

                                                                    1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                      I am a vanilla person, but Oreos, can't resist them, maybe because they are really a hybrid cookie (chocolate on the outside, vanilla in the inside)

                                                                      Perhaps bought a package 25 years ago.

                                                                      1. re: PHREDDY

                                                                        I buy one package of Oreos a year, usually the 1st week of January. That's as much as I can trust myself with them. (Altho' if Hydrox were still around...)

                                                                    2. I love junk food. I don't eat it much and I can control myself 90percent of the time. Sometimes I just give in and go for it unapologetically.

                                                                      I don't pretend I don't like those foods. I think it is silly to pretend you don't like something, then stuff your face with it or eat it in secret. Now THAT is weird. Junk food is full of fat, salt and sugar, that is why it is tasty...but also full of chemicals....mmmm...poison. Tasty poison.

                                                                      Cheetos are my poison of choice :)

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                                                                      1. re: sedimental

                                                                        this is my case too. I generally avoid all junk and fast food, but every now and then, when I find myself with a craving, I just go for it and go just a little crazy. then I'm sated and don't want it anymore :-)

                                                                        1. re: DreamCyn

                                                                          I am the same way. I enjoy it but it seems only occasionally, like a few times a year and then I'm over it for a few months.

                                                                      2. Just have to love the Bugles slogan:
                                                                        "Other snacks are pointless."

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                                                                        1. re: eclecticsynergy

                                                                          Living without a TV for so many years, I am truly deficient in many cultural aspects.

                                                                          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                            You do not have a TV? How do you watch Packer games? :-)

                                                                        2. I love Bugles. That's why I never buy them. Maybe you just need the salt?

                                                                            1. re: Caroline1

                                                                              +1 on this. We get a few See's gift boxes at our office every year. They're mostly meh and everything tastes vaguely of peppermint from those revolting puff-mint things they use as filler, but hey - sometimes ya just gotta have a piece of chocolate.

                                                                            2. Sports bar buffalo wings. They sit there in their giant, day glo heap, usually are rubbery, and are just... ick.
                                                                              But if someone in my group orders the big ol' sharing platter. I'll eat. And eat.
                                                                              Queso fundido is another one.