National Junk Food Day: What’s your favorite junk food? Here are ours:

Hip-hip-hooray, it’s National Junk Food Day!

And while that shouldn’t necessarily give one carte blanche to gorge on sugary, salty, fatty snacks, do we really need an excuse to discuss our favorite treats from the junk aisle?

We asked around the newsroom: What’s your favorite junk food?

Grippos potato chips. (Photo by Greg Lynch)

Samantha Ragland, digital content strategy manager (things to do):

Grippos potato chips – who doesn’t love a good salty potato chip!

Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies

Larry Aydlette, culture editor: 

Five words: Little Debbie oatmeal creme pies. My love of this gas-station staple is so well known that office workers once unwrapped a pile of Little Debbies and presented it to me for my birthday. With a candle on top. Better than cake, I can tell you that. You know how the oatmeal pies come in a big rectangular box? About 100  pounds ago, I could down a whole box in one sitting. I’m not even sure Little Debbies should be classified as junk food. Oatmeal is nutritious, right? Fiber, etc. OK, that big sugary mass in the center is not particularly healthy. But it is delicious.

Twizzlers

Laura Lordi, digital editor: 

Awww…junk food. Can anything be junkier than Twizzlers?! The strawberry kind is the only way to go. I could eat almost the entire 1-pound package in one sitting!

junk food utz sour cream

Leslie Gray Streeter, pop culture columnist: 

Every region has its own specialty junk food – make that specialty snack item, because even though there is probably little nutritional value in Utz Sour Cream and Onion potato chips, there is nothing junky about their value as primo greasy, salty tummy filler. Based, as many quality snack food is, in Pennsylvania, Utz produces a singularly crunchy, seasoned-just-enough chip with ripples to hold all the sour cream and onionness. Is onionness a word? It should be. I spent many a happy afternoon pairing a bag of these babies with a Diet Dr Pepper, because the “diet” makes it better, or trying not to eat them all at parties where they were poured into a bowl covered with napkins to soak up the grease. And the way the seasoning stuck to your glistening fingers in green specks…to swoon. TO SWOON.

Payday: the perfect blend of salty and sweet

Staci Sturrock, writer: 

A Payday bar, which marks the intersection of salty and sweet, and crunchy and chewy. I’m most likely to indulge in one on a road trip when dinner is still miles away but my stomach is already asking, “Are we there yet?”

Fritos

Liz Balmaseda, food and dining editor: 

Fritos! Frito-Lay has been producing these corn chips for as long as I’ve been alive – and they never get old. I tell myself they’re not junk food at all because they are spectacular with decidedly non-junk dishes, like homemade chili. Crush a handful of them over hot bean chili, or ladle some beef chili into a bag of them for Southwestern style Frito pie. And I know Fritos come in some fancy flavors – like Bar-B-Q and Chili Cheese. You can keep those. I’ll take the original kind. No seasoning or dip necessary.

Trader Joe’s in Wellington. (Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)

Corvaya Jeffries, entertainment writer:

Trader Joes gluten free chocolate chip cookies – As I changed my eating habits, I went from Drake’s Devil Dogs to Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. they’re big, soft and loaded with flavor. I put them in the microwave then squeeze vanilla bean ice cream in the middle of two! SO SO GOOD…especially in the middle of your bed in front of a movie. P.S. you’d never know they’re gluten free.

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