Everyone has one: a snack of shame. This is a food item or concoction that no one but you understands as delicious. It could be something you bite into every day or a comfort food in which you indulge on sick days or Bridget Jones Nights In with a box of tissues and the DVD of Steel Magnolias. It may be a nostalgia trip from childhood or a recent acquisition of taste. Whatever it is, you cringe whenever someone catches you in the act of eating your snack of shame. Only rarely might you come across someone who gets it.
So what’s the Epicurienne Snack of Shame? you ask. You’ll have to read the rest of this post to find out. For the moment, I’m thrilled to list some Snacks of Shame that friends have allowed me to share.
- Little Miss Denmark writes: “People think I’m a bit freaky ’cause I like everything LIQUORICE flavoured! I also really love dipping celery sticks into chunky peanut butter. And cheese sandwiches with JAM! Not toasted, though. But I’m not embarrassed – I’m PROUD of my weird food habits.”
- Mr Positivity tells me: “My favourite comfort food is 2-3 fresh crepes with a nice, yummy ball of vanilla ice-cream on each of them. Then I squash the ice-cream and spread it length wise and roll it up.”
- American Pie says: “I know it sounds gross but I like ketchup sandwiches. Or frozen peaches dug out of the iced juice and dipped in sugar.”
- She Who Shall Remain Nameless admits she drinks the juice from jars of pickles. Forget eating the pickles, she just likes the liquid they’re preserved in.
- But wait! There’s more from Mr Positivity: “Nothing beats a good old Walkers crisp sandwich.” Ah, but what flavour of Walkers potato crisp is best? Mr P likes prawn cocktail because it adds a ‘zing’ to the sandwich. “At boarding school we also got McCoy’s, Hula Hoops, Monster Munch, Nik Naks…and they all fit nicely between two slices of bread.”
Then the other day I was visiting Tammy’s blog, where in her Almost Twenty Things she ‘fesses up that banana and mayo sandwiches are something she really enjoys. Up in Scotland they invented the deep-fried Mars Bar, which is popular with some. In France they dip bread into their morning coffee (something I still find a bit odd). As for me? When I’m sick it has to be cheese and onion toasted sandwiches – nothing too unusual about that. But when I was a child I loved cold spaghetti (has to be from a tin) sandwiches. That’s what I call a snack of shame, although I can be proud of the fact that I have yet to build giant versions of my favourite naughty foods, like they do on Pimp That Snack. Now, how about sharing your wickedest concoctions with me? Leave a comment below and tell me what you snack on when no one’s watching. One rule applies: it can’t be healthy.