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« on: August 20, 2014, 09:46:53 am »

Ladies and Gentlemen!  

That's it!  I've had it! Too many posts about candy and junk food in the "Things that make you happy thread." I have an urge to start a new thread just dedicated to unhealthy junk food from around the world.  Please share your junk foods!  Do be aware that I already have a Fried Foods from Around the World thread, so we are excluding restaurant fare.   This thread is for the pre-packaged junk food available at supermarkets that your physician warned you about!

I want to see the prepackaged tooth and heart disease you used to buy in your childhood!  As usual I will start with the Mexican fare, even though I'm in the US, for the simple fact that that is the junk food I ate during lunch break at school when I lived in Mexico City.  

You Tube videos are welcome - why?  There's far too much junk food in the world to list here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViDDknT4gVQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22FmJ6YYYv8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao8_Tt2U0Bs
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2014, 10:12:16 am »

No words need to be sad, the best food of them all

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2014, 10:27:40 am »

No words need to be sad, the best food of them all




Like I wrote in the other thread.  I've had them and they are as addictive as you will get to cocaine...
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2014, 10:35:05 am »

Hurrah!  Looks like I can get them in the US.  Imported directly by Target stores between October and March and re-branded "Arnott's Original" at an import supermarket chain called "World Market"

Tim Tam's markets (not mentioning how scarce or difficult they are to get): Australia, Canada, China, East Timor, France, The GCC, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, The Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Palestinian Territories, The Philippines, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2014, 08:47:51 am »

No words need to be sad, the best food of them all




Like I wrote in the other thread.  I've had them and they are as addictive as you will get to cocaine...

Great....now I have to go and get some....damn you low willpower.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2014, 09:01:34 am »

Well. although this is not so interesting to me, it might be for some, and I have to post American candies at some point - these are pretty regular fare anywhere in the US - you can find them at any supermarket, pharmacy gas station or similar... my favourite are Resse's Peanut Butter/chocolate cups. They were famous for their peanut butter and chocolate combination- The name is now owned by Hershey's.

Emmy Eats the U.S. - American Supermarket Candies


This guys shows a few of the newer (Butterfinger's peanut butter cups) and more obscure types (like the "cow tales").  BTW Butterfinger is an older well-known brand known for a solid bar with a crumbly semi-hard fusion of caramel and peanut butter (very strange texture- breaks in splinters, like a piece of wood), all covered in milk chocolate. Originally from the Curtiss candy Co. it has passed hands over the last century, like Nabisco, and now owned by Nestle.

TASTING SOME AMERICAN TREATS


She can't identify the flavour of root beer - she keeps saying that it tastes like a type of candy whose name she can't remember;  what she could not remember is the name "Licorice," or very similar to the strong taste of Anise / Anise seeds.  Root beer and Cream Soda are genuine Victorian inventions, like Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper...

TASTE TEST - Trying Some American Beverages / Sodas
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2014, 12:29:29 pm »

I never tried Mountain Dew. Not sure if I want to try it either. The Internet has me convinced that anyone who touches the stuff instantly becomes a hermit, locking themselves up in the basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons 24/7. Amirite??
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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2014, 12:40:50 pm »

I never tried Mountain Dew. Not sure if I want to try it either. The Internet has me convinced that anyone who touches the stuff instantly becomes a hermit, locking themselves up in the basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons 24/7. Amirite??
Yeah, that's about right...
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2014, 01:40:40 pm »

Also for the beverage section: Red Bull. It tastes and looks like it's a real red bull product.  Tongue Now they have other tastes: Cranberry, Blueberry & Lime. I haven't tried them but I guess they can't be worse than the original.

The other day I accedentally purchased Coca Cola vanilla.  Tongue It's like someone accedentally dropped his custard pudding in there. Coca Cola should taste like Coca cola, not some desert.
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2014, 05:30:11 pm »

Also for the beverage section: Red Bull. It tastes and looks like it's a real red bull product.  Tongue Now they have other tastes: Cranberry, Blueberry & Lime. I haven't tried them but I guess they can't be worse than the original.

The other day I accedentally purchased Coca Cola vanilla.  Tongue It's like someone accedentally dropped his custard pudding in there. Coca Cola should taste like Coca cola, not some desert.
I never tried Mountain Dew. Not sure if I want to try it either. The Internet has me convinced that anyone who touches the stuff instantly becomes a hermit, locking themselves up in the basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons 24/7. Amirite??


Yeah.  I don't really like Mountain Dew.  The taste is not outstanding, but more like a generic citrus soda, but the intense yellow colour puts me off for some reason - and it was one of the most caffeinated drinks just before Red Bull and 1000 other "Energy Drinks" came into the market -those are relatively new; they didn't exist when I forest moved in Austin.

Missing from the list are some drinks like Squirt and Fresca which are grapefruit-based, which means they are extremely acid (for non-English speakers grapefruit is not the same as grapes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapefruit Tongue

Squirt is not so bad and rather tasty, but it is very sour - as expected from grapefruit and has a more natural colour (the colour of natural lemonade), Fresca one the other hand is an absolutely horrid sugar free drink with saccharin which was popular in the 1970's; one of the first sugar free drinks on the market along with a cola-like product called Tab.  Both Tab and Fresca were introduced in 1966, and are absolutely horrid, in my opinion, mostly because of the saccharin. That they lasted for so long is a miracle in itself.  I don't know what kind of twisted mind drinks Tab and Fresca.
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2014, 06:54:52 pm »

#SNIP#
Squirt is not so bad and rather tasty, but it is very sour
#SNIP#

Googles squirt...  Shocked  Embarrassed
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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2014, 07:17:04 pm »

  I don't know what kind of twisted mind drinks Tab and Fresca.



I love Fresca when I can get it (yes, they still make it), so there's part of the answer you were looking for. My meds supposedly preclude grapefruit (something to do with a conflict between acids in grapefruit and acids in metformin, if I'm not mistaken), so it's something of a rebellious, guilty pleasure, which is admittedly part of the appeal.
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2014, 02:23:42 am »

 I don't know what kind of twisted mind drinks Tab and Fresca.



I love Fresca when I can get it (yes, they still make it), so there's part of the answer you were looking for. My meds supposedly preclude grapefruit (something to do with a conflict between acids in grapefruit and acids in metformin, if I'm not mistaken), so it's something of a rebellious, guilty pleasure, which is admittedly part of the appeal.

My apologies Mr. Bailey.  I hope I didn't offend.  But with all due respect, blegh!!  The saccharin aftertaste combines terribly with the grapefruit acidity in Fresca.  Now if at least they use Splenda or another sugar substitute!
#SNIP#
Squirt is not so bad and rather tasty, but it is very sour
#SNIP#

Googles squirt...  Shocked  Embarrassed
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My apologies Mr. Bicyclebuilder.  "Squirt" simply means a "a burst of liquid squeezed out of some container." Unfortunately it's also one of porn industry's favorite physical phenomena....
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2014, 02:52:34 am »

The other day I accedentally purchased Coca Cola vanilla.  Tongue It's like someone accedentally dropped his custard pudding in there. Coca Cola should taste like Coca cola, not some desert.

Another American tradition from the early 20th C.  The traditional "float" is vanilla ice cream floating in top of Coca Cola - that's where the flavor comes from.  Personally, I prefer real a ice cream float, rather than a warm soda with vanilla...   If it tastes like dessert, it's because it is!
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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2014, 05:44:44 am »

the wat to make a float is a scoop of vanilla icecream into a stein of rootbeer. admittedly I've entertained the notion of sherbet (american, not the UK powdered stuff) in a sprite. but I'd not call it a float.
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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2014, 08:27:16 am »

the wat to make a float is a scoop of vanilla icecream into a stein of rootbeer. admittedly I've entertained the notion of sherbet (american, not the UK powdered stuff) in a sprite. but I'd not call it a float.

Sorbet on Sprite?  It makes sense.  I wonder if it would work on Squirt. Raspberry sorbet over Sprite?  It will taste very fruity.  Sort of like a fruit punch sorbet.

Orange jouice is often a good base for fruit punches and fruit salads.  But the problem with typical orange sdas is they have a very "artificial" and hyper-sweet taste.  Perhaps reversing the role and using orange sorbet instead over pineapple soda?
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2014, 08:56:38 am »

When I visited Canada more than a decade ago, my favorate junk food was Cool Whip. I haven't seen it in Europe, sadly.
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2014, 09:18:52 am »

When I visited Canada more than a decade ago, my favorate junk food was Cool Whip. I haven't seen it in Europe, sadly.

Unfortunately Cool Whip's main ingerdiate is partially hydrogenated oils...  not so healthy according to the latest medical opinion.  Every other company is dropping hydrogenated oils, and now even margarine is a dirty word (they told us back in the 60's that vegetable based milk substitutes were healthier, and now it seems that plain old cream and butter are better  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2014, 12:28:06 pm »

That's in my opinion the definition of junk food. To some degree it's bad for you. But with moderate use and a variated diet, it wouldn't be that bad.

The problem is that our brains are programmed to try and eat food that is easy assimilated into fuel for our muscles. Junk food is high in calories. Sugar and fat are assimilated into fuel, but if we don't burn that fuel, it turns into fat tissue.

Even if one knows what's inside junk food and knows what it can do to your body, the imbedded programm of high calorie food is winning.

Back on topic: Mars or Mondelēz International (Milka, Cadbury, Côte d'Or, Toblerone)
I like the latter more.
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2014, 02:33:04 am »

Speaking of which, I should note that Mars is an American company founded first in 1911 and later re-opened in 1920 by the Mars family.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars,_Incorporated

The Mars bar was invented in the UK by the son of the founder of Mars Inc.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_(chocolate_bar).  The American version of the bar went on to engender others like the "3 Musketeers" and the "Snickers" Bar,  but the Mars Bar itself was discontinued in the US in 2002
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2014, 12:13:59 pm »

That's in my opinion the definition of junk food. To some degree it's bad for you. But with moderate use and a variated diet, it wouldn't be that bad.

My preferred "junk foods" seem to fit into your definition, then: they tend to be high-protein sometimes (about 40% of the time) low-fat, and tend to contain a lot of sodium salt. Supposedly this is bad for you, but since the rest of my diet is very low-sodium and in any case I'm not convinced by the whole "fat and salt are bad for you" mantra, I don't lose any sleep over it. My doctor has measured my blood pressure about eight times over the past two years (health check before a home loan, medical certificates to practice various sports, general check before tetanus vaccination, etc.) and it's always at the low end of "normal", even after running the half mile to his surgery.

Anyway, my favourites are
  • pork pies,
  • scotch eggs,
  • dried shredded squid (불고기 오징어채,
  • beef jerky, Bresaola and Bündnerfleisch,
  • pork scratchings (and duck scratchings, when I can get them).
   
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« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2014, 03:51:08 pm »


My apologies Mr. Bailey.  I hope I didn't offend.  But with all due respect, blegh!!  The saccharin aftertaste combines terribly with the grapefruit acidity in Fresca.  Now if at least they use Splenda or another sugar substitute!




No offense taken, I realize that my tastes are somewhat odd. Tab I really can't stand (yes, I still see that swill occasionally as well), so I agree with you there.
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« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2014, 09:39:24 am »

We've got BiFi here in the Netherlands and a few neighbouring countries. I think it's called Peperami in the UK.

Saint Nicolaus is coming soon (december 5th) so the supermarkets are selling the saint nic's treats. Kruidnoten, Pepernoten, speculaas, chocolate and marzipan.

Also for the sweettooths: Turkish Delight.
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« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2014, 09:47:29 am »

We've got BiFi here in the Netherlands and a few neighbouring countries. I think it's called Peperami in the UK.

Saint Nicolaus is coming soon (december 5th) so the supermarkets are selling the saint nic's treats. Kruidnoten, Pepernoten, speculaas, chocolate and marzipan.

Also for the sweettooths: Turkish Delight.

Ha, when you mentioned Saint Nick and Turkish delight, my mind went straight to the Chronicles of Narnia,

Turkish delight is AMAZING when they get it right, chocolate is life, wherever whenever, marzipan is delicious also/:)
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« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2014, 03:58:00 pm »

We've got BiFi here in the Netherlands and a few neighbouring countries. I think it's called Peperami in the UK.

Saint Nicolaus is coming soon (december 5th) so the supermarkets are selling the saint nic's treats. Kruidnoten, Pepernoten, speculaas, chocolate and marzipan.

Also for the sweettooths: Turkish Delight.

I know Pepernoten, people across the UK and the rest of Europe should be able to find the very similar Pfeffernüßen in Aldi and Lidl (along with the Stollen).

I don't know Kruidnoten, though… I'm guessing that they are mostly flavoured with cloves (kruidnagels), as well as ginger and cinnamon, right?
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