Right now Kitchn is testing out a recipe for pizza bagel bites (spoiler!) and that got some of my coworkers talking about the foods we ate as kids. The conversation started out about the best way to heat up bagel bites — were you a broiler or microwave family? — but it quickly turned into us discussing all the secretly weird things we liked to eat as kids. And I'm not talking about a deep, dark obsession with Lunchables or Dunkaroos — no, these strange concoctions go beyond the prepared snacks of the '90s.
I'll start with mine first: Because I'm from the Midwest, my favorite snack obviously involved melted cheese. When my parents weren't looking and I had the TV to myself, I used to melt a bunch of shredded Kraft cheese on a plate in the microwave and then add a few splashes of white wine vinegar (so fancy!) and just, um, eat it with a fork.