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I was reading the Saveur Forums and someone posted the question, "Guilty Pleasures?  I was wondering what other people's secret and possibly scary food indulgences might be."

Intrigued, I read on... some I can relate with, others are disguising.  Nearly all of them are foods they had as children.  Here are some excerpts:


  • "Peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwich—on super soft white bread." 
  • "I love to sip on the brine from a jar of capers." 
  • "I love sliced cucumbers that have been soaked in a vinegar salt and onion brine on open faced peanut butter sandwiches.  I also love butter on slathered on saltine crackers and hot chocolate." 
  • "Chocolate covered coffee beans dipped in Nutella" 
  • "BUGLES.  Cheezos (only the crunchy kind).  Stinkin' Chef Boyardee pizza from a box." 
  • "Spaghetti-O's with meatballs (no franks, please)" 
  • "the hostess cupcake. You know the one with the white squiggle on it?" 
  • "I get a ridiculous craving for a Big Mac once a year." 
  • "A hostess twinkie, a small bag of cheetos (someone else said this one already) or an Entemann's honeybun (which has more fat grams than two big Macs by the way)." 
  • "Bread (mostly Homemade) With Horseradish Mustard With Syrup To Top" 
  • "noodles... Stir in some Campbell's tomato soup and top with Kraft parmesan (shaker cheese we used to call it)" 
  • "When I was a kid, my sister and I used to enjoy sipping capfuls of vinegar. Malt vinegar was our favorite... We did the same with A-1 steak sauce. As an adult, my guilty pleasure is definitely circus peanuts... my oddly spongy treats." 
  • "Guilty pleasure = Nutella off a spoon. Unusual childhood dish = Ricotta and Jelly on Toast." 
  • "I was raised on this sandwich. At least twice a week for 18 years! Now I have gone all "classy" and have PB and Mayo. I still love it and it is fun to gross out your friends." 
  • "I crave a peanutbutter sandwich with dill pickles. Or sometimes bread and butter pickles.  Or once a year or so I have to have Spaghetti-O's out of the can. I cannot abide them cooked, they smell like vomit and are too squishy." 
  • "I have been known to take corn flakes and dip then in soft butter
  • "Guys regular potato chips (not the waffle type), crushed, then placed between two pieces of squishy, insipid, white bread, which have been slathered with plain yellow mustard." 
  • "Thinly sliced radishes, heavily salted, on buttered white bread."


My guilty pleasure?  An avocado, peanut butter and Vegemite sandwich.  Oh Lord!  My wife can barely even watch me eat one - but they're so good!  What are your guilty pleasures?

Authordavid koch