Instant Potatoes & Other Embarrassing Food Stuff

Instant potatoes seem so odd to me. Potatoes are already so available & cheap. Why on earth would anyone cook with Boxed Potatoes. Ok. Yes. There is a saving time thing, but a potato doesn't take THAT long. Tell me, flake lovers WHY?

What else is out there like that. What's the "secret" ingredient in your kitchen that you are slightly embarrassed to reveal and why do you use it?

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