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Those snacks you bought today.Do you make them last ? I can't.

I dont't buy them that often, but when I do. Gelato, I'll eat most of it that day. Finish it off in the morning, Chocolate, good luck. Chips. I know you are there.Peanuts.It's a love afair. Cookies. I'm going in for the kill. When I pass by the snacks in the grocery store I look away . Do your snacks last for a couple days or more ? I just binge and get it over with.

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    1. I get plenty of exercise, Hiking,biking,swimming. Also a physical job as a builder. I just like my junk sometimes and do not make it last.

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        1. Um...no disrespect meant, but you're on the Chowhound (people who like to eat) boards because why, now...?

          Nothing against exercise–a good way to burn off Chowy excesses–but emglow101 was asking a reasonable question about how to make snacks last, not how to avoid them.

          emglow101–I'm afraid that I have no good answer, but I'm sure that there are lots of 'Hounds here that will. I'm with you...generally, I just binge and then stay away from 'em for a while.

        2. It depends. I live with a snack-guzzler, who will just open the bag and keep going until it's done. So I tend to get my reasonable "snack sized" portion at the start, and then never see another crumb.

          But something that only I like? Usually it will last for ages. I put it in a jar or container, take out the portion I want to eat, and then put the rest away for another day. The first few bites of snack-type foods are the nicest to me anyway, after that it's just eating because it's there. I'd rather have those delicious first few bites 5 times over on different days than one big face-stuffing exercise.

          If I don't do the "portion and put away", there's a few things that will keep me eating way past the point of enjoyment. Red liquorice is the prime offender. I will swear I don't want another bit, start feeling sick from the sugar, and 30 seconds later another piece or 4 has accidentally fallen in my mouth. Repeat until it's all gone and I have to go have a little lie down. But with most things in the snack category a small-ish taste is all I want, and all I have.

          I don't see a problem with the "scoff it all at once" approach, though (except when it's me an red liquorice, of course). 10 chips on each of 5 consecutive days, or 50 chips all at once? Meh, I'm sure it all evens out.

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          1. re: Daisy.G

            I think I've developed an effective way to control my snack intake. I store all my snacks at the grocery store. Let the store owner look after them. like I store some money in the bank. When I want a little I go and withdraw it. Same with the jube-jubes. Instead of withdrawing a pound of jube-jubes I just withdraw a hand full. When those are gone I wait until I'm at the store and if I want some I withdraw another hand full. Like with money. That's how I make snacks last.

            1. re: Daisy.G

              Omg!!! I'm a snack-guzzler too!! Love that term LOL!

              I'm a carb addict and every snack is devoured in no time so I had to stop buying them. If I have apples and chips in the house, the apples will never win over chips. If I only have apples, I enjoy them and don't even want chips.

              My husband could take or leave snacks, I never understood it...

            2. I'm a grazer. If the snacks are sitting out on the counter, I'll stop and grab a few cookies or crackers. I have to put them away in the cupboard so I don't see them. Chips my husband uses for lunch, so we make those stretch for at least 4 days. We eat a lot of Haribo gummies and those rarely last from the night to the next day. Peanuts and mixed nuts I'm notorious for gobbling down, but usually can stretch them for a few days. There are these German snacks called nicnacs, potato chip covered peanuts, and I will eat a bag of those nonstop. I can maybe make them last a few hours.

              I'm 8 months pregnant, and miraculously my lactose intolerance has disappeared, so I'm eating all the ice cream I can in case It comes back after giving birth. I'll make a pint disappear in 2 days.

              The ONE thing that helps me snack less is to have apples sitting out and eat one of those before I start on the sweet and salty treats.

              1. Thank God for all of the preservatives in snack food or else mine would go bad.

                I keep 2 pints of black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream in the freezer in the events guests pop over. I don;t touch it until it hits the 1 or 2 month mark due to fear of freezer burn.

                A large bag of Doritos will last me 2 weeks for lunches or longer.

                I've kept unopened bags of leftover Halloweeen candy for 6 to 9 months.

                Hostess ho-ho's are my only nemisis. That and Indian and Thai food.
                Chicken Korma will be GONE in my house the next day, yet I let the candy bars just sit and pine for the chochoholics that did not buy them yet I somehow have them. LOLZ. Yes, I'm talking to you big dark chocolate Milky Way bar in my pantry. :)

                Hey, I;m not a big sweet eater or a snack food feind.
                I have many a freind who is though.
                Only way they keep it in check is to not buy it or buy things in portioned packages.

                Great topic though.

                1. Why deprive yourself?