in the family: junk food habits

7 August 2012

I think everyone has their guilty pleasure, junk food habits. I’ve got to say, though, I don’t consider mine a guilty pleasure–there’s no guilt there. It’s in our family.

Ladies and gentlemen of the internets, I am in love with chips and dip. Specifically ruffle chips with french onion dip. We sort of joke about the fact that you can’t really be an S, unless you eat chips and dip, and you eat that stuff with conviction. Or in my dad’s case, a spoon.*

It’s become this weird comfort food for me. And it really wasn’t something that I actually sought out on my own until recently. Normally it’s just one of those staples at grandma’s house and that was that. But for the past two or so years, I get these little cravings and nothing will satisfy me until I get some chips and dip. Lately it’s all I could think about for two months and so I caved in my last grocery trip.

I finished an entire bag of chips and a container of dip in two days. Actually, as is normally the case with me and my family, we finish the dip before the chips. It doesn’t just taste good, but it gives me that little sense of home that I sometimes miss. And I’ve found myself more and more stocking my kitchen like my grandparents’. I mean, who else taught me to have a chocolate drawer in my fridge?

But even though this food brings me happiness, I’m going to be careful… because no one wants to admit they devoured half a tub of french onion dip in one sitting… Well, unless you’re in an eating contest with my dad.

So what sort of junk food turned comfort food does your family love? What are those foods that may not be good for you, but just scream “this is home, this is family” every time you eat them?

*No joke. How else are you supposed to deal with the tiny crumbs and that last bit of dip?

  • MY GOD I LOVE RUFFLE CHIPS AND FRENCH ONION DIP SO HARD IT’S NOT EVEN FUNNY. I have to fight the urge to buy it every time I go shopping. Every once in a while I’ll splurge, and then all bets are off. Screw veggies! I got chips and dip bitches!

    Other guilty pleasure comfort foods: chewy chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon swirl coffee cake, cream cheese and beef (deli sliced) dip and crackers, cocktail meatballs, and Cheetos.

    • Erini


      Also, cheetos. OMG CHEETOS. I haven’t purchased Cheetos in a loooong time… but I stayed at a friend’s parent’s house in Wisconsin recently, and his mom put out this crazy awesome spread for us. Talking buffalo wings, homemade pizza, hummus, stuffed olives, shrimp cocktail, brats, polish, grilled chicken, pasta and rice salads… just SO MUCH FOOD… Most of it homemade… and I stood there by the cheetos bowl and just could not stop eating them. Same with cheese balls (the cheesy poof kind)… If I had a costco or sam’s membership, I’d buy those crazy big buckets.

  • omg. chips and dips are my freakin’ downfall & actually my whole family’s. Jared watched us eating chips and dips one night and he was amazed (apalled?) by how we put away three bowls of various dippage… and don’t even get me started on the free chips and salsa at Tex-Mex restaurants.

    • Erini

      OMG. My niece, she literally DRINKS salsa at restaurants. (At the local one where she lives, they know to bring her extra salsa AND a spoon for the cheese dip, which she eats by itself…)

      Snack time at Grandma’s is crazy… because my little sisters get 3 designated snack times (crazy), but they don’t always get just a free-for-all buffet of chips, pretzels, cheese, braunschwager (sp? liver sausage… it’s a big thing on that side of the family, not sure who started it)…. But snack time is like lions feeding, no one wants to let the others end up having more or not getting a chance to have it themselves, so we gorge ourselves.

  • I thought I was the only one who was nasty – dumped the rest of my chip crumbs into the dip mixed and ate with a spoon…… I am glad to hear I am not the only one…

    • Erini

      I may have done this once or twice myself… but for my dad, it’s an every time there are chip crumbs thing.

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