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Spaghetti Tacos. Really? What Were They Thinking? Aren't you getting enough carbs? ;-) Kids can be such picky eaters, but will eat something like this.

What other foods do you see and wonder, "What were they thinking"?

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  1. I wandered into a small Philippines products store in Bangkok last year. There was a distinct accent on sweets and pancit (noodles).

    I asked the two nice Filipinas about how they determine what they import (they mentioned it's the only store of its kind in Thailand, I think), and somehow that conversation turned into "we like to put condensed milk and/or brown sugar on our spaghetti." Walang salamat...

    Well, in case anyone is hankering for Ajinomoto and Lucky Me, it's called "The Sari-Sari Store," and the address is 3F Silom 64 Bldg., Silom Road (near the Sala Daeng BTS station)

    Jonathan
    http://buildingmybento.com
    http://collaterallettuce.com

    1. Italy of all places, has a fast food pizza in a cone called Kono Pizza. It's from a franchise chain also called Kono Pizza, that has gone worldwide.

      http://www.konopizza.it/home.html

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      1. re: Antilope

        That looks kind of delicious. Is it good?

        1. re: Antilope

          I've also tried the "Cono Pizza" in Chile about 2 years ago at Telepizza (a Spanish multinational chain) that makes pretty bad pizza: "el secreto está en la masa"--the crust that tastes like cardboard and has been shaped into a cone. It's just a matter of shape really.

        2. The KFC Double Down. I don't know if this monstrosity is still sold, but it really had me scratching my head,
          Pic from Wikipedia.

           
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          1. re: alliegator

            That's a really good one for the list. I had forgotten about that.

            1. re: alliegator

              Yup, it's been re-leased in Canada. At least the "Zinger" or spicy version.
              Sounds awesome IMO, although I have yet to try it. :)

              1. re: alliegator

                Okay that one is obviously disgusting. You have to get the one with grilled chicken instead of breaded.

                1. re: alliegator

                  Joe Beef in Montreal has something similar with slices of foie gras instead of chicken.

                  1. re: lamb_da_calculus

                    That sounds like an awesome way to die.....

                    1. re: lamb_da_calculus

                      I had it a little while back. It was tasty, but not as good as I had expected it to be. Probably needed more bacon.

                    2. re: alliegator

                      Yet if we call it chicken cordon bleu then it becomes a gourmet meal?

                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        You could also play the Chicken Cordon Blues for background music...

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY_bQt...

                        1. re: Tripeler

                          Ah, Steve.

                        2. re: KaimukiMan

                          Agreed. I've never understood the hate-on that some people having for this "sandwich". Yes, it sounds odd being sort of marketed as a sandwich without a bun, but fried chicken, bacon, and cheese. Except for the the obvious arterial and cholesterol nightmare, I don't see a problem with it.

                      2. Honestly? Most entrees shown in Applebee's, Chili's or Olive Garden commercials.

                        They always make me throw up in my mouth a little, wondering who on earth would want to eat that shit, 99% of which is covered in some sort of "cheese" sauce.

                        Gross.

                        1. a pizza chain up here in canada is doing a poutine pizza.,, ie brown gravy, french fries, and cheese curds on a crust. they've added ground beef, too. UGH!

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                          1. re: C70

                            Read all about it here:
                            http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

                            1. re: alliegator

                              I don't know. One of those french fries kind of looks like a cigarette butt. ;-)

                              Do you dip the pizza in ketchup as you eat it?

                          2. Oh, and we've forgotten Taco Bell's Volcano Menu.
                            " Volcano Tacos consist of a distinctive red crunchy taco shell stuffed with ground beef, lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese and Lava Sauce, a spicy nacho cheese sauce that was unavailable prior to the introduction of Volcano Taco."

                            Any volcano that goes in will be coming out :(

                             
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                            1. re: alliegator

                              You can't mention Taco Bell without bringing up the new line of Dorito's tacos. I like TB from time to time but even I look at that and think "What the hell???"

                              1. re: PotatoHouse

                                Tried one. Oddly not bad. There's a reason they're so popular.

                              2. re: alliegator

                                I actually like the flavor of the volcano and dorito tacos. it approaches real mexican food.

                              3. This was brought up on Chowhound a few months ago, but I have to mention it again. The picture says it all.

                                Pizza Hut China makes a pizza with shrimp tempura, steamed shrimp, squid rings, fish cakes, pineapple, wasabi mayonnaise, and a hot dog-stuffed crust.

                                You have to see the picture:
                                http://gothamist.com/2013/02/12/taste...

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                                1. re: Antilope

                                  That's just wrong.

                                  1. re: Antilope

                                    My Eyes..... I may never see again. Aaaargh!

                                    1. re: Antilope

                                      I think that actually tops Pizza Hut's Crown Crust pizza sold in the Middle East:

                                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBuqZl...

                                      Chain gets weird on foreign soil, I tell ya...

                                      1. re: beachmouse

                                        i would eat that pizza.... well not at pizza hut, but i like the idea!

                                        1. re: beachmouse

                                          I always wonder what we serve that they think is bizarre.

                                          1. re: Terrieltr

                                            Well i'm guessing italian sausage, pepperoni, or canadian bacon aren't big sellers in Tehran or Baghdad. And I can't imagine how anything short of a veggie pizza would sell in Tel Aviv.

                                        2. re: Antilope

                                          I confess (and I believe I've confessed this before), on an international trip, I always dine on Pizza Hut once. The directions they can take a pizza is mind boggling.

                                        3. Mcdonalds pancake with egg, cheese and sausage?
                                          KFC bowl-with layers of stuff
                                          taco wrapped in a burrito
                                          any of the 53 things on a stick at the Texas State Fair ( except maybe the fruit and yogart dip)

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                                          1. re: girloftheworld

                                            40 or so years ago I spent a night in jail in Nogales, they gave us something very close to those KFC bowl things.

                                            1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                              I must, absolutely must know how in the holy hell you ended up in the Nogales clink. AZ or Mexico side?

                                              1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                Anything in a bowl (unless it's supposed to be there, like rice, soup or salad) leaves me fairly nauseous - just call it leftovers.

                                              2. re: girloftheworld

                                                Deep fat fried beer on a stick was awesome!

                                                Chocolate covered bacon on a stick at the Tulsa State Fair... not so awesome.

                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                  Just makes you want to sing out...

                                                  "Oooooookla-ho-ma where the wind drives free across the plain..."

                                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                                    And sadly they didn't come to the Oklahoma fairs. Had to go to Texas for that one! I did go on a quest one year at the Tulsa State fair for the chocolate covered bacon "on a stick." It took me forever to find the booth selling them... so I just took pictures along the way of everything I could find that was "sold on a stick." Lasagna on a stick. check. Alligator on a stick. check. Manicotti on a stick. check. Fried dough on a stick.... I could go on and on without even getting to corn dogs or the always popular Pizza on a stick.

                                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                                      How is lasagna or manicotti served on a stick?

                                                      1. re: zitronenmadchen

                                                        It was in one of those paper serving boats with a stick in it. As far as deep fat frying beer I think it is some secret patented process. If I recall correctly they used Guinness.

                                                  2. re: Firegoat

                                                    ... how do they deep fat fry beer????

                                                    personally, I LOVE chocolate covered bacon. but the bacon has to be crisp

                                                  3. re: girloftheworld

                                                    I had fried chicken on a stick just a few days ago and it wasn't half bad.

                                                    1. re: juliejulez

                                                      Fried chicken in any format can never be less than half bad.

                                                      1. re: Bada Bing

                                                        "Fried chicken in any format can never be less than half bad"

                                                        Have you ever had Chester's Chicken?? That is some gross crap that some people eat! I usually agree with your statement, but Chester's is the exception that proves the rule.

                                                    2. re: girloftheworld

                                                      The taco wrapped in a burrito is a classic Taco John's mwnu item, a Taco Bravo. Taco John's is based in Wyoming and has locations from the midwest to the west coast. I have fond memories of Taco John'szfrom my school days. I never go to Taco Bell.

                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                        I ate at this horrible little mom and pop Mexican food place last week out in the middle of nowhere. (The crazy salad making BF assured me it was awesome). Needless to say it wasn't. But I digress. From where I sat I could read their menu board behind the counter. It had 1) corn tacos 2) flour tacos 3) chicken tacos and....... 4) funny tacos. No explanation or description. For some reason I turned into a 12-year old and thought it was hilarious and dirty and giggled a lot. After I had walked out of the restaurant I guess my dining partner couldn't stand it and had to go ask what the heck a "funny taco" was. Basically, a taco wrapped in a burrito..... that took all the funny right out of it for me.

                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                          Reminds me of a local Chinese place that my mom and I stopped in for take out one night. On the menu was "Strange Flavor Chicken". I am sure it was "exotic" flavor rather than "Oh, it tastes like Windex", but I never thought to ask for an explanation.

                                                          1. re: pinehurst

                                                            'Strange flavour' is a Sichuan seasoning mixture, like 'fish flavour' (which doesn't contain fish).

                                                    3. Oh gosh...

                                                      Everytime I see a drink that's colored like a fluid I would put in my car (antifreeze neon yellow/green, windshield wash blue)

                                                      Also, the Dunkin Donuts in my area (I like their coffees. A lot. Don't judge) are offering breakfast sandwiches on a smooshy glazed doughnut. I like eggs and cheese as much as the next huckleberry, but I feel my arteries harden just driving past that one.

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                                                      1. re: pinehurst

                                                        Okay my soon to be ex BF swears that the crazy blue dye is supposed to somehow be beneficial. Like I said. Soon to be ex. He'll find out later today.

                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                          Wait, what?? Not before you are able to snap us a picture of one of his now infamous "salads"!!! ;)

                                                        2. re: pinehurst

                                                          Are you sure it wasn't a Drunken Donuts?

                                                        3. So tired of bacon with sweets: bacon doughnuts, bacon ice cream, bacon cupcakes, bacon chocolate bars, etc. I also loathe the cheeseburger with a doughnut for a bun. I like some savory/sweet combos but those are just gross.

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                                                          1. re: charlesbois

                                                            Ha ha! We just discovered "pig candy" here. I refuse to even try it because the concept of sweet with bacon is equally gross to me. However, the rest of the family LOVES it!

                                                            It was a long time before I would even try chocolate covered pretzels!!

                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                              I haven't had it in years, but my mother would occasionally make candied bacon for an appetizer when entertaining. She cut a piece of bacon in half, twisted it and rolled it in brown sugar and baked it on a sheet pan until it was carmelized. It was stupid good.

                                                              1. re: John E.

                                                                That's it. We added some chopped pecans on the second batch...

                                                          2. Mac & cheese in a bread bowl???

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                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                              deep fried mac n cheese cut into little squares ....

                                                            2. There's a new restaurant here in Orange County called "Burrissimo Fresh Italian" that does something similar to Spaghetti Tacos, but instead in burrito form. The restaurant has the Chipotle concept, where people can choose types of pasta, protein, and veggies all to be rolled into a tortilla-like flatbread. My initial thought was "what were they thinking!". Never tried it, but have read that its "not so bad".

                                                              Here's the link to their website, and a photo of one of these concoctions if anybody's curious to see how one would look like.

                                                              http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/burris...

                                                              http://www.burrissimo.com

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                                                              1. re: yummfood

                                                                If I am yucking somebody's yum, I apologize. But holy fugging YUCK!

                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                  Something only a long board surfer would feel safe with.

                                                              2. Had lunch at a pub the other day and ordered the Welsh Rarebit with chef's "special" ingredient.
                                                                When it turned up I commented that it looked like it had bananas in it but dismissed this. It must be cheese that hasn't melted probably. Surely no one would put bananas in a Welsh rarebit would they?
                                                                Well I was wrong, yes someone would.

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                                                                1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                  This is actively frightening...;-)

                                                                  1. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                    Somewhere, I have a pre-WWII recipe for something similar intended to be served for 'luncheon'. I believe diced pimento may have been involved as well.

                                                                    1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                      As Mom would say, put enough cheese on it and you could eat a turd.

                                                                      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                        Mrs. Potato says "Put gravy on a turd and a southerner would eat it".

                                                                        1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                          As Lynyrd Skynyrd says, "a southern man don't need her (him) around anyhow".

                                                                          The Paula Deen's and their ilk are trying to make us all look like deep fried lard eating rednecks.

                                                                          1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                            Troy, I'm a born and bred southerner myself and my (born and bred yankee) wife ain't far from the truth. Like my momma said as I'm sure yours did also, "Tell the truth and shame the devil".

                                                                            1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                              Well, I said that tongue-in-cheek (as Lynyrd Skynyrd did as well, though many took it serious). But it does make me wonder, since i do still live in the South, if that's the way the rest of the country sees us. Sadly, it is true a lot, but I still hate the generalization.

                                                                              1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                I understand.

                                                                          2. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                            A middle eastern dish is lulu kebabs. Ground meat on a stick, grilled. Take a look.....if you dare. ;-)
                                                                            .
                                                                            http://www.anniebell.net/monthly-reci...

                                                                            1. re: Antilope

                                                                              That looks down right tasty. I'm just not sure I could get good lamb where I live.

                                                                              1. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                Lamb is like consensual sex. Even when it is bad, it is still pretty darn good.

                                                                      2. re: Paprikaboy

                                                                        This sounds like a "Lady's Luncheon Dish' from the fifties. Would certainly make the Gallery of Regrettable Food, which has been mentioned before. Google it if you dare!

                                                                      3. In fairness to the creators of Spaghetti Tacos, these were created in an episode of the Nickleodeon TV show, iCarly.
                                                                        http://icarly.wikia.com/wiki/Spaghett...

                                                                        Of course once kids see the people on their TV shows eating the dish,
                                                                        Not initially created as a food, more of a life imitating art sort of thing.

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                                                                        1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                          A spaghetti taco, besides being a pain to eat (more of the meal probably falls on the floor than the intended place), sounds like it would have a good home in various East Asian bakeries. Spaghetti, nay, noodles stuffed in bread topped with who knows what (probably pork floss, which on its own deserves a mention on this list) is a daily offering.

                                                                          Jonathan
                                                                          http://buildingmybento.com
                                                                          http://collaterallettuce.com

                                                                        2. Corn dogs.

                                                                          McGriddle breakfast sandwiches.

                                                                          1/2 pound hamburgers.

                                                                          Fried pickles.

                                                                          Ranch dressing on pizza.

                                                                          Years ago, as a panelist for a food survey company, a frozen snack called a Pizza Cookie was proposed. Apparently I was not the only panelist who though this was an extremely bad idea; I never heard of it going to market.

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                                                                          1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                            Corn dogs are one of my favorite foods, especially when done properly :-/

                                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                                              Julie, I've only ever had nibbles of ones at the fair, and I would guess those aren't done properly?! Do you make them at home? I love kosher dogs, and I love cornbread. Is there a way to make them taste good together?

                                                                              1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                I've never tried them at home, and fair ones can vary. I just got back from a music festival, and there are two stands there that sell corn dogs. One stand has the smaller ones, and those aren't very good, I think they come from frozen like what you'd get at Costco. The other stand has foot long ones and they are super delicious, I think they're made w/ fresh batter on site. They also cost $7 :) Oh, and the ideal topping is plain yellow mustard.

                                                                                But yeah trying at home and them coming out successful would be very bad news for me because then I'd make them all the time :) I leave them for ball parks and fairs.

                                                                                1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                  Don't know where you live, but Texas state fair corn dogs are the best. They sell them frozen in many stores.

                                                                                  1. re: TroyTempest

                                                                                    of course theTexas State Fair is where the corn dog was invented ( or so the legend says)

                                                                                    I made lobster tail corndogs once...they were yummmmy

                                                                              2. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                Interesting. Most of my burgers are 8 oz. Never more, sometimes less, but most of the time, they're around 8 oz.

                                                                                1. re: linguafood

                                                                                  8 of one, half a pound of another.

                                                                                2. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                  Completely agree about the 1/2 pound burgers. More and more often, that's the only size available on the menu. Who really needs that amount of burger (particularly when they then up the ante with cheese and bacon)?

                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                    Nobody *needs* any amount of burger.

                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                      Hah! Tell that to one of my kids. He lives on burgers!

                                                                                      1. re: linguafood

                                                                                        I have to respectfully disagree. Once or twice a year I get a itch that can only be scratched by a big flat squished diner burger with cheese. Hopefully wrapped in some waxed paper and served in a basket.

                                                                                        1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                          I also would have to disagree.There is absolutely nothing wrong with a good burger every once in a while, but I do agree that they should not become a steady diet.

                                                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                            My reply was to jbs, who questioned the amount of 8 oz. for a burger. I am not in agreement with jbs, which is pretty obvious from my first reply to kgg.

                                                                                            And never without cheese. Bacon's just decoration.

                                                                                            1. re: linguafood

                                                                                              My issue is when the ONLY burger on the menu is 8 oz. I have absolutely no problem with an 8 oz. burger here and there, but when there is no other choice, it seems kind of ridiculous.

                                                                                      2. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                        Fried pickles are awesome......

                                                                                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                          I would worry that at about 3-am they suddenly wouldn't seem so awesome.

                                                                                        2. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                          Fried pickles, yum.

                                                                                          1. re: Rilke

                                                                                            I make the best fried pickles

                                                                                            1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                              Do you now? And where are you located? ;-)

                                                                                              1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                here ya go..

                                                                                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrjxD4...

                                                                                                1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                  Thanks! I have the same salt cellar :-D

                                                                                          2. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                            What have you got against fried pickles. Those are wonderful things. Now ranch dressing should just be banned outright, but it is particularly bad on a pizza, not fond of it on a hot dog either, but as i said - i don't like ranch dressing on anything, ever. And of course since I don't like it no one else should either.
                                                                                            (yes, I'm being sarcastic. If you like ranch dressing put it on anything you want.)

                                                                                          3. Denny's Fried Cheese Melt. Aka a grilled cheese with cheese sticks inside. Just what?

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                                                                                            1. re: deputygeorgie

                                                                                              Sounds weird.
                                                                                              How could you fry cheese and NOT have it melt?

                                                                                              1. re: deputygeorgie

                                                                                                Sounds like an inside out Cheese Frenchie!

                                                                                                I would eat it if I still ate bread.

                                                                                                1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                  If I found myself inside a Denny's I would probably try it. I mean what's not to love? Deep fat fried mozzarella cheese sticks and gooey artery clogging grilled cheese sandwich. If the cheese sticks stayed crispy enough with their breading I could see it kind of being like smashing chips in a sandwich. Luckily I can not even tell you where the closest Denny's is located.

                                                                                                2. re: deputygeorgie

                                                                                                  I finally found a "review" that NPR did on this for a sandwich of the week. It had a great line, "It's really like the grilled cheese sandwich is smuggling the mozzarella sticks into your stomach."
                                                                                                  http://www.npr.org/blogs/waitwait/201...

                                                                                                  1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                    I just can't. Denny's is the closest restaurant to us and I refuse to go there. Everything about that places grosses me out... So weird.

                                                                                                3. Deep fried butter.

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                                                                                                  1. re: medrite

                                                                                                    Did it, got the t-shirt.
                                                                                                    It was at the Texas state fair a couple of years ago. It was just not a good idea. So greasy, and it ran out and burned (and blistered) my chin! Why did I do it? Because I was drunk.

                                                                                                  2. Gosh, allot of the stuff listed in this thread sounds good to me....

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                                                                                                    1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                                      that is ok..join us on the "dirty little food secret thread" you will find some very interesting yums you may have never thought of...

                                                                                                    2. Green Heinz Ketchup.. just looked soo awful.

                                                                                                      1. Peanut butter and jelly in the same jar.

                                                                                                        Or that matter Uncrustables. Seriously? but somebody is buying them.

                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                        1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                          Sorry, that's me on the uncrustables. My grandfather loves them :/

                                                                                                          1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                            Isn't the texture nasty?? When I see them at my son's school I want to gag. The appear all gummy and gross once defrosted.

                                                                                                            1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                              If you eat it partially defrosted, it's not gummy. I think they totally suck and explained that making a pb&j would really not be a problem for me, but... old people. They like what they like.

                                                                                                              1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                How about the candwich? Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.... in a can.
                                                                                                                http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012...

                                                                                                                1. re: alliegator

                                                                                                                  You paps sounds so awesome that I would be happy to feed one to him too. :)

                                                                                                            2. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                              I like both of those! And hate traditional pb&j... What does that say?

                                                                                                              1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                OK...OK...I'm lazy. Yes...I **have** bought both in the past. Uncrustables are just so easy to pull out of the freezer when you need to send a quick meal on the go with the kids. The combination jar is pretty useful when you're on vacation and won't use a full jar of PB or J...

                                                                                                                1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                  I bought Goober once, but I didn't think the peanut butter or jelly were as good as those from separate jars. The peanut butter seemed very dry and the jelly seemed too thick. The flavors also didn't taste as good as those sold separately.

                                                                                                                  With better ingredients, they could probably pull it off, but Goober, as it is, doesn't make the grade for me.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                    That what I always assumed, that the quality of both would be suspect.

                                                                                                                    Plus I always assumed that the you could never get the ratio right. Sure it is pretty when you open it but after that first scoop? How do you not end up of with too much of one and not enough of the other without making a mess of the whole jar?

                                                                                                                    And for vacation? I would rather smaller jars of the good stuff.

                                                                                                                2. Jello / gelatin. Okay, I will accept Jello with fruit in it. I will accept whipped topping on and in Jello.
                                                                                                                  .
                                                                                                                  But, vegetables, meat and fish cross the line (or jump the shark. Any Shark Jello recipes?)
                                                                                                                  .
                                                                                                                  I remember green lime flavor Jello (which is against the Geneva Convention by itself) filled with shredded cabbage and shredded carrots. Hey School Lunch Lady, the Jello didn't hide the vegetables. It made them worse. I often wondered if the end of a rubber spatula had accidently been shredded into the Jello.
                                                                                                                  .
                                                                                                                  The final gelatin atrocity is an aspic of Tuna and Mayonnaise whipped up with celery, olives and cucumber in a clear lime gelatin. It's a gelatinous aquarium on your plate, "Green Grotto Salad"!
                                                                                                                  .
                                                                                                                  .Green Grotto Salad
                                                                                                                  http://gogd.tjs-labs.com/show-picture...
                                                                                                                  .
                                                                                                                  .The name says it all on this one, "Cold Ham Mousse". It makes my skin crawl. In fact, it looks like my skin. ;-).
                                                                                                                  http://gogd.tjs-labs.com/show-picture...
                                                                                                                  .
                                                                                                                  http://gogd.tjs-labs.com/index

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                    You beat me to this re the jello/veggie combinations. Stuff like that is the legacy of promotional recipes of the 50's/60's and sadly they are still staples at any church/club potluck. I'd include any Campbell's soup concoctions in this grouping but I actually like most of those (tinned meat plus cream soup plus pasta/rice with some frozen veggies and I'm there, added bonus if it's got some kind of cracker or cereal topping LOL).

                                                                                                                    1. re: kbdid

                                                                                                                      Gelatin and vegetable 'salads' were hugely popular around the early 1900s; they were considered quite dainty and perfectly suited for ladies. Mayonnaise and whipped cream made frequent appearances as well.

                                                                                                                      1. re: JulesNoctambule

                                                                                                                        Jello was also a status thing because it required refrigeration, which not everyone had.

                                                                                                                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                          ever since I found out Jello was made from horses hooves I sort have been too grossed out to eat it .. which is weird because I eat some gross stuff

                                                                                                                          1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                            The gelatin used in Jello is not made from horses hooves. There aren't enough horses slaughtered in the U.S. to make that possible.

                                                                                                                            Have you ever made chicken or beef stock? There are a few threads around on the topic. The best stock is one that jells as it cools. That's because of the gelatin in the bones.

                                                                                                                            The gelatin used to make Jello is made by boiling beef and pork bones and usually the pig hides. It is processed enough so that it really isn't considered a meat product by the time it is in powdered form.

                                                                                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                              no horses? I am good with "other" boneage it may be a hypocrytical but equine flesh is a no go to me

                                                                                                                              1. re: girloftheworld

                                                                                                                                Of course they don't make Jello from horses. Everyone knows that horses go to the glue factory when they get too old. (And even that one is barely true these days, only some specialized glues are animal-based).

                                                                                                                    2. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                      LOL! As a kid, I had the "Joys of Jello" cookbook. Some of the recipes in it are downright disturbing.

                                                                                                                      1. re: salsailsa

                                                                                                                        worst combo I've experience (served to me by ex hubby's grandmother about 20 yrs ago ) orange jello and broccoli....

                                                                                                                        1. re: kbdid

                                                                                                                          Wow, that's right out of a horror movie.

                                                                                                                        2. re: salsailsa

                                                                                                                          Any Jello salad that contains cheese. Cream cheese I will give a pass. But freakin' cheddar? WTH!

                                                                                                                          The traditional strawberry Jello pretzel salad always gave me pause. I have not tried it so I won't yuck it. Yet. Mom ALWAYS did orange Jello salad with shredded carrots. Why can't I just have plain Jell-o? (with some vodka!)

                                                                                                                        3. re: Antilope

                                                                                                                          Man, this got me craving orange jello with mandarin oranges in it.
                                                                                                                          (hanging my head in shame...)

                                                                                                                          1. re: salsailsa

                                                                                                                            My mother made a great orange jello 'salad'. It had the gelatin made with the mandarin orange juice, a tub of orange sherbet, and a pint of whipped cream all mixed together with of course, the mandarin orange slices. It was great. My mom made it for the holiday meals because my oldest brother could not get enough of it.

                                                                                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                              Am I a bad person for thinking that that sounds good right now?

                                                                                                                              1. re: salsailsa

                                                                                                                                Absolutely not. I understand the derision of Jello with vegetables in it. I also am not a fan of the Jello with the canned pineapple chunks. But this particular Jello salad is creamy and more like mousse, not just jiggly with fruit.

                                                                                                                                1. re: John E.

                                                                                                                                  this is starting to remind me of the dinner scene in Marie Antoinett(sp?) when she is sitting there poking at the geletin and looks like she is going to vomit.. I think it has eel in it or something

                                                                                                                                2. re: salsailsa

                                                                                                                                  I thought it sounded good too!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: jujuthomas

                                                                                                                                    Me three! Especially on the hot sticky days we've been having....

                                                                                                                                  2. re: salsailsa

                                                                                                                                    not at all. aside from jello shots that sounds like one of the better jello creations I've ever heard of, but a lot of those things from the 50s and 60s are enough to make anyone run from the table in fear. That green grotto was a classic example. YIKES

                                                                                                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                      I cannot believe nobody has yet mentioned the dressing that accompanies the Jello salad. Is this only a Chicago thing? A 50s thing? One part superfine sugar to 2 to 4 parts mayo.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                                                                                                                                        Never heard of this? So you put the creamy mayo "sauce" on top of the jello??

                                                                                                                            2. OK...so now after chiming in about ridiculous foods, I will now sheepishly admit to making braided spaghetti bread (a loaf of bread braided around a bunch of spaghetti). I was a hero in my house for that one!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                What on earth do you do with that? Is the spaghetti raw or cooked?

                                                                                                                                1. re: salsailsa

                                                                                                                                  Spaghetti is cooked. Bread, spaghetti, sauce and mozz cheese down the middle, braid and bake. Slice and serve!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                                                                    Wow! Talk about carb overload!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: salsailsa

                                                                                                                                    http://www.torpasta.com/

                                                                                                                                    A pasta sandwich...

                                                                                                                                    This restaurant has been going strong since 2005.

                                                                                                                                2. In most of these cases, it isn't what were they thinking? but rather "Why weren't they thinking?"

                                                                                                                                  1. Well you would just love the classic dish from Hawai'i, Chili Spaghetti with Rice. Take chili, mix well with a lot of spaghetti noodles (cooked), and serve over a bed of white rice. Garlic bread on the side is considered de-rigueur.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                      I dump spaghetti sauce over left over rice pilaf. So that's not too different.

                                                                                                                                    2. 99.9 percent of all ice cream flavors in the eastern cultures.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                        Such as?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Rilke

                                                                                                                                          Ummmm, garlic flavored dracula ice cream, To just to name one.
                                                                                                                                          Here are a bunch of the others...

                                                                                                                                          http://www.who-sucks.com/food/101-fri...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                            Those must represent 0.1% of the ice creams available in Japan and Taiwan.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                              You may be right, but still, what were they thinking?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                                Good point. By the way, garlic ice cream is a feature of the Gilroy, CA garlic festival every year.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                  Hmmm, perhaps on top of cooled steak or porkchops. but not for a dessert.. I did once ponder a use for garlic ice cream. A condiment was the best I could come up with, But never as a dessert.
                                                                                                                                                  I mean can you imagine?

                                                                                                                                                  1st- "One banana split please"
                                                                                                                                                  2nd- "coming right up, what flavors?"
                                                                                                                                                  1st- "strawberry, chocolate and garlic!"

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                                    I tried it. I love garlic. I love ice cream. Never should the twain have met.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                                      Garlic ice cream . . . I would try it, but doesn't sound appealing.

                                                                                                                                                      I do have a jar of garlic honey that is surprisingly delicious.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                      And here in NE clam chowder ice cream is often featured.

                                                                                                                                                      Thought the best ice cream I have ever made, besides ginger. was the thai basil. So so good.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: foodieX2

                                                                                                                                                        That sounds great.

                                                                                                                                                    3. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                                      I rather liked garlic ice cream, the one time I had it. And green tea is quite popular. Ive had sweet potato and cherry blossom (very delicate) as well. Now I admit, some of the others are kinda iffy.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                                                                        I had it once. At the garlic fest in Darmstadt, Germany.

                                                                                                                                                        Fool me twice, shame on me.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                                I've had the garlic-vanilla ice cream in Gilroy, CA, and I actually liked it. It wasn't savory, but vanilla with a floral/garlic mild taste. I enjoyed it. Also, I am a fan of Asian and Indian ice creams! I love red bean (adzuki), matcha, melon, and mint. In all my travels of Japan and Korea, I never saw the extreme flavors in Bub's list; I'd bet they are considered as extreme as Brown's Celery Soda or Jones' Green Bean Casserole pop (both well-known unusual American beverage companies). Also, I've had lovely ice cream from Indian grocers, such as saffron-pistachio. Oh -- and black sesame and durian ice cream flavors at Vietnamese restaurants. Love them!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: team_cake

                                                                                                                                                  Sheesh, makes me wish I had not even bothered to sign up...

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                                    Please don't feel that way, your input is fun.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                      I know, just really busy with college. I have a speech to write and kind of frustrated about a lot of things.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                                        This is just for amusement, don't go away.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                                          Come to CH as an escape ;-)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Bubsterfinster

                                                                                                                                                            You need CH.. you realllly do trust me

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: team_cake

                                                                                                                                                        Filipino ice cream in a bun?

                                                                                                                                                        http://imgur.com/7medboa

                                                                                                                                                    2. one word: NATTO.