When I became Mr. Bad Food for eDiets way back in 2001, I did not realize my columns would strike a nerve with so many people the world around. I was quickly amazed at the food-related feedback I received week in and week out – but I was totally blown away by the Worst Food Hall of Shame nominees shared by people just like you.
It seems we all know someone who has eaten something that turns our stomach. In many cases, we have seen the enemy… and it is us.
Maybe it’s the anonymity of the Internet, but hundreds have come forth to fess up about the unforgettable foods they’ve indulged in during moments of weakness – times often linked to overindulgence of alcoholic beverages!
I’ve gone back to the archives to serve up a heaping helping of Hall of Shame submissions that came from actual readers.
If you have of a Worst Food Hall of Shame nominee, please add it to the comments section below. The nominee could be a food you saw being served at a restaurant or something eaten by someone other than you. Oh, and feel free to confess your own eating sins.
Hold onto your hats – and your stomachs.
Now That’s Mixed Up!
When our son was in college, he and his roommates ate anything available (to save their money for partying). The most gross to me was the one where they opened whatever canned foods they had and mixed it all together. His favorite was a can of tuna, a can of corn, peanut butter, jelly, relish and leftover fried rice from days before when he had Chinese take-out. It was all mixed together and sometimes placed on top of a slice of leftover pizza or a doughnut. Gross! Thank goodness he survived.
Greasy Come, Greasy Go!
Years ago I invented a sandwich that contained my favorite foods and provided all the satisfaction of a protein-heavy, filling steak dinner. I would melt a generous portion of butter in a frying pan. Then, using 2 slices of raisin or cinnamon bread, I'd spread on chunky peanut butter, some salted cashews, slices, jack and cheddar cheese, and a good heap of real mayonnaise. I would slowly cook this until every ingredient slightly melted together and the bread was brown. This was so heavy, greasy and better than a steak.
My boyfriend's favorite food is ketchup. He eats it with everything, and I mean anything that goes in his mouth at any time of day. This is gross: over the stove he cooks 2 cans of full-fat hearty chili with 2 handfuls of grated cheddar cheese and 2 handfuls of tortilla chips that he crunches into the mix. He then puts this mixture over 4 toasted cinnamon raisin bagels and tops every one of the eight pieces with ketchup. This whole process makes me want to run screaming from his house.
As a teenager I ate tortilla chips dipped in Crisco (lard) as a snack. It makes me sick to think about it now but it was so good back then. Of course, you have to drink a Coke with it to wash away the grease from your mouth.
The Good Ol’ Days?
When I was younger, after a night out with my friends I would go home and get a huge bowl and pile in lettuce, 5 slices of cheese broken up into pieces, about 6 slices of prepackaged ham and 6 slices of prepackaged turkey broken up into pieces, and about a fourth of a bottle of Bacos. Then I would get the bag of Lay’s potato chips (the extra greasy kind) and break them up all over the top of the salad, and add croutons and so much salad dressing that there was a pool of it left when I finished my meal. I would wash it down with good old Coca-Cola (preferably warm). How I miss the good ol' days.
The Quik and The Dread
My dad used to eat Alpha Bits cereal with Nestlé’s Quik chocolate milk (pre-made in the carton) instead of regular milk. My mom's pick was just as gross. She would heat up the Nestlé’s Quik chocolate milk to make hot cocoa, cut large chunks of sharp cheddar cheese and drop them in the cocoa. I've heard of a chocolate milk mustache but a cheesy choco one? Ewww!
He’s Crackers for Cheese
My boyfriend LOVES cheese and I mean on EVERYTHING! He tops off his cereal and milk with pieces of American cheese. He adds American cheese to his pizza. But the worst is his favorite movie snack: Kit Kats dipped in hot nacho cheese sauce!
Blame It on Baby
When I was pregnant with my third child, my favorite sandwich was 2 quarter-pounder burgers barely cooked, each topped with 2 slices of cheddar cheese. I'd put mayonnaise on one side of the bun, chunky peanut butter on the other side. It also contained raw red onions and as many sweet pickle slices as I could get to stay in the sandwich. Thank goodness I'm not pregnant anymore!
As a child growing up in Austin, Texas, I would walk to my grandparents' restaurant after school to wait for my parents to pick me up. I had full access to the kitchen and created many weird concoctions. My favorite snack was made by taking a piece of American cheese and lining up french fries on it, then covering it with another slice of cheese to make my "sandwich" which I would then dunk in my glass of chocolate milk before each bite. Yum! I thought it was pure heaven.
The Muffin Man
When our now-grown children were small, I always had a bowl of my homemade tuna salad in the refrigerator. My husband Barry's favorite breakfast was hot cheddar cheese melted on a toasted English muffin that was spread with chunky peanut butter, covered with cold tuna salad with a hot "poached easy" egg on top! Our kids still laugh about it today!
My uncle has one of the worst that I have ever heard of. He takes a saltine cracker and slathers it with mayo, peanut butter, butter, syrup and jelly – all of this on a single cracker. It makes me sick to even think about it.
For Cheez A Jolly Good Sandwich!
When I was in grade school someone inevitably brought this snack to every class party: open-faced sandwiches of Cheez Whiz and crushed potato chips on white bread.
When I was younger, as an after-school snack I would make the "SODWE" as my family called it: Something Only Dani Would Eat. This sandwich consisted of two slices of wheat bread. On one slice I placed mayo, mustard, ketchup, paprika, salt and pepper. On the other were layers of kosher pickles and American cheese. Just thinking about it makes me sick now.
Bacon for Mercy
I used to LOVE bacon and grape jelly sandwiches on white bread. I ate them all the time, until one day while eating one, I was like,"YUCK!" I never ate them again.
Remember, if you have of a Worst Food Hall of Shame nominee, please add it to the comments section below. The nominee could be a food you saw being served at a restaurant or something eaten by someone other than you.