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Friday, August 29, 2008

In Praise of Pixifoods

posted by on August 29 at 13:41 PM


As blogger/neologist Joe Posnanski puts it:

Pixifood (PIKZ-ee-food), noun: Any food substance that is highly pleasant to the taste as a child and tastes shockingly unpleasant once you become an adult.

Among Posnanski’s key pixifoods:

Tang As a child it tastes like: Fruity drink goodness. As an adult it tastes like: Laundry detergent
Pop Tarts As a child tastes like: Flavor-filled pastry with delightful crunchy coating. As an adult tastes like: Manila folders injected with jelly.
Dinty Moore Beef Stew As a child it tastes like: The absolute best camping food available. As an adult it tastes like: Dog Food

My personal pixi-faves: frozen fish sticks, Salisbury steak TV dinners, and the entire culinary ouvre of Chef Boyardee.

Read Posnanski’s full pixifood manifesto here.

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Hi-C. A sickly sweet taste no one over 10 could possibly like.

Posted by LowRent | August 29, 2008 1:36 PM

Totino's pizza is still gloriously, greasily, and tragically, delicious.

Posted by laterite | August 29, 2008 1:36 PM

Whatever, I still love Tang. The trick is to make it slightly thicker than the directions advise, and to only - ONLY - drink it hot on a cold night. It's a great replacement for when I've already had seven cups of tea and cocoa doesn't sound good.

Posted by juris | August 29, 2008 1:38 PM

All those sugary cereals I could only enjoy when sleeping over at friends' cos my mom wouldn't let me buy them. Subversion loses much of its flavor when you grow up, I guess.

Posted by shub-negrorath | August 29, 2008 1:39 PM

YES! I LOVED Dinty Moore as a child. Then one time I tried it recently, and it was NASTY! How does that happen? What is the science? Someone, please, explain.

Posted by SDizzle | August 29, 2008 1:50 PM

I completely agree with the Chef Boyardee thing. I used to LOVE having the ravioli when we went camping. It was the highlight of the whole camping trip. I tried it as an adult and Geee-ROSS! @2, Sadly, you couldn't be more right.

Posted by DanFan | August 29, 2008 1:50 PM

I always liked dad's spooge.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2008 1:51 PM

The last time I ate a can of spaghetti-O's it was horribly disgusting. Can't believe I used to eat that shit a few times a week as a young one.

The one pixifood that has survived my transition to adulthood is Hot Pockets, but I just chalk that up to the fact that they were always on sale while I was in college.

Posted by hernandez | August 29, 2008 2:00 PM

I still like Poptart(s).

Posted by snarky | August 29, 2008 2:00 PM

frozen fish sticks make great fish tacos.

Posted by beef | August 29, 2008 2:01 PM

I still like Fruity I love that cereal. But other than that there are none of the kiddie foods I like. Maybe adults like salty more than sweet?

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 29, 2008 2:01 PM

Oh, and the KFC item on the website. I think that the chicken really has gone down hill A LOT over the past decade. It was never as slimy and nasty as it is now days.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 29, 2008 2:07 PM

Sorry, the C-B ravioli is still damn tasty as an adult But boy, 50-50 sucks now that I'm an adult.

Posted by Joseph J. Finn | August 29, 2008 2:08 PM

i was recently surprised to discover that both strawberry and chocolate pocky no longer give my tongue a boner the way they did when i was a young bomb.

Posted by josh bomb | August 29, 2008 2:22 PM

Mr. Poe once and for all explains his fetish for old men @7

Posted by Non | August 29, 2008 2:43 PM

HEY! I do not taste like a manila folder injected with jelly.

My kid thing that I can no longer stand is anything in that artificial grape flavor, lollipops, gum, etc.

Posted by PopTart | August 29, 2008 2:45 PM

Kool Aide popcicles. Pop corn balls. Caramel apples. Still tasty, even without teeth.

Posted by Vince | August 29, 2008 2:56 PM

Ha! When I was a kid, I went to Florida and the McDonald's there had this new thing called the McRib. I insisted on eating it every day, sometimes twice. I was so distraught to return home where it was not on the menu. Fast-forward to: my late teens, when it was introduced in my market. FOULNESS! Utter and complete foulness! I love having a name for this bit of taste bud trickery.

Posted by Christy O | August 29, 2008 3:01 PM

Let the record reflect that pink Dippity-Do does NOT taste like strawberry jam.

Posted by Been there, done that. | August 29, 2008 3:04 PM

Does breastmilk go without saying?

Posted by elenchos | August 29, 2008 3:07 PM

I remember being pretty fond of Little Debbies snack cakes as a kid. Now, they taste like petroleum wax, polyethelene foam, and silicone grease.

Posted by Furcifer | August 29, 2008 3:56 PM

This is the funniest Slog entry & postings I've ever read. Great way to kick off a long weekend.

I submit frozen dinners in general. As a kid, they were a sublime culinary sensation. Now, I'd just as soon eat the cardboard container they come in.

Posted by him | August 29, 2008 4:00 PM

Every food product from my Atomic Age childhood still made with real sugar tastes fine, like Kool Aid when made at home. But some of those foods now contain (in place of sugar) high fructose corn syrup or aspartame or Sweet N Low (from coal tar, just like Tylenol!) or some other sugary chemical & those taste like Gigantor's metallic ass. Who's up for some Space Food Sticks?

Posted by E | August 29, 2008 4:06 PM

i've always been interested in the reverse phenomena: food that tasted like crap as a kid, now you love it.

for me, couldn't handle mashed potatoes. now, of course...

it's all about the TEXTURE.

Posted by max solomon | August 29, 2008 4:06 PM

Pringle's Potato Chips. Delicious as a child: distasteful now.

Posted by i love my hourlong commute | August 29, 2008 4:32 PM

I hated pickles and onions when I was a kid, now I try to put them (with garlic, too, if at all possible) into most of my dinners. Oh, and black pepper. I've inexplicably become an Arab.

Posted by Greg | August 29, 2008 4:32 PM

Instant mac & cheese dinners - yum! Forever and always! Even better when stoned!

Posted by Cat in Chicago | August 29, 2008 5:15 PM

My pixifood is McDonald's chicken McNuggets. I loooved them as a kid -- it's what I always got. Out of curiousity, I ordered some a few years ago and they taste like fucking cardboard. Greasy, nasty cardboard.

Posted by Julie | August 29, 2008 5:52 PM

I will never, ever, ever outgrow my craving for my favorite childhood food, which happens to also be the only food I've ever really eaten.

C'mon, do I have to tell you what it is?

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | August 29, 2008 5:55 PM

My recent discovery on a culinary trip down memory lane, that should make the list: Spaghetti-o's and Spam sandwiches. Not the taste treats that I remembered. What in the hell was my young mind thinking?

Posted by Sad Comment | August 29, 2008 6:02 PM

Balogna was delicious. Now it is not.

Posted by brick | August 29, 2008 7:00 PM

One more for the list : THE MAN-WICH!

Posted by Sad Comment | August 29, 2008 10:28 PM

Cheetos - packaging peanuts dosed with artificial cheese powder

Posted by Miss Poppy Hussein Dixon | August 30, 2008 4:59 AM

@24 Peppers and Onions. Never liked it until I turned 24 or so.

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 30, 2008 7:27 PM

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