What Gross Food Stuff Did You Do as a Kid?


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For all our fancy food and restaurant talk, we were kids once. And we did some pretty gross stuff with our food. A casual conversation in the office suddenly had us sharing the stunts from our school lunch days, so we figured we'd share them with you as well.

Patience in Cheetos

"Oh, we would eat whole bags of Cheetos and not lick our fingers until the very, very end, when our fingers would have orange dust on them half an inch thick." Carey Jones

Pocket Pack Stacks

"Remember Listerine pocket packs? We'd have contests to see who could dissolve more in their mouth at once. I think after 15 we started to feel faint. Carey

"Oh yeah, and we did the same with Warheads. I think I got to 10 once." Max Falkowitz

Fruit Roll-Up Finger

"The cool thing to do at the Moulton Elementary lunch tables was wrap your finger in Fruit Roll-Up, then suck on it like a lollypop. It could take hours until you actually saw your finger again, and it was guaranteed to be all sticky and stained a deep red shade of imitation strawberry." Erin Zimmer

Dairy Binge

"During long car rides, my parents would get us the individual creamers from diners. We'd sit in the back of the car shaking them for a loooooong time until they turned into butter. Then we'd eat the butter." J. Kenji López-Alt

"My parents claim I went through a phase where I'd eat those little packets of butter at restaurants* plain. I don't remember this." Carrie Vasios

"Um, I totally did that butter pat thing. And I do remember. Ungh." Niki Achitoff-Gray

Let it all out, Niki

"I'd see the greatest distance from which you could successfully suction a pea up off the table with your mouth (not a choking hazard at all, mom and dad!). I also used to save all the chocolate chunks in my ice cream for 'the end' by spitting them back out into the bowl like a crumbly chocolate bar. Jesus. I'm disgusting." Niki

Where's Robyn?

"I feel like I must've been the most boring kid. I really can't think of anything to add. :C" Robyn Lee

What food stunts did you pull in your childhood? And how about your kids now?