Earlier this week, I performed a very unscientific poll. I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends, "What's your favourite midnight snack?"
I expected the answers to be all over the place. I thought about all the different things for which I have a hankering in the middle of the night, and assumed that most of you would be equally as... diversified.
Turns out, notsomuch. Since the poll was, indeed, quite unscientific, I don't feel right in publishing official results. But that doesn't mean I didn't learn anything.
A lot of people really like popcorn. I get that. It's easy, especially if you keep a stockpile of the microwave kind. You can season it any way you want, so whether you're in the mood for salty or sweet, you're set. I'm hoping those of you who read this post will share a bit. How do you season it? Do you use the microwave stuff or do it old school? Salty or Sweet? Have you indulged in this newfangled trendy stuff they call truffle salt on your popcorn?
My favourite way to have popcorn comes from a full on food memory from childhood. I had a Super Cool babysitter called Jill, who once made us a giant bowl of popcorn and then proceeded to season the whole thing with curry powder! She said, "I know it sounds weird, but it's good! You don't have to eat it this way if you don't want to." I'll admit, the popcorn turned bright marigold and for a minute I thought "curry powder" might just be a fancy name for "cheese." But no, SO much better! If you've never tried it, and you are a fan of curry, I highly recommend it.
Some people apparently try to still keep it healthy, even in the midnight hour (when calories don't count, right?). Apples and almond butter was one of the more appetizing combinations I saw. Basic, but satisfying. One of the most intriguing responses involved cucumbers sprinkled with white pepper and cayenne. Definitely giving that one a try.
And then, finally, after 10 or 12 responses I got the question that was sort of floating around in my head the whole time, "Drunk or sober?"
Yes, there IS a difference. Our ability to hold it together on the "good food choices" front does seem to fall apart when alcohol is involved. The difference in responses was clearly split right down the middle.
Healthy: popcorn, fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers, yogurt
Not Healthy: Doritos, Taco Bell, 7-11 Nachos, greasy cheeseburger "followed by instant remorse."
My favourite in the dark food indulgence to this day is one I put together while stoned. Vanilla Bean ice cream, with a healthy handful (or three) of Fruity Pebbles sprinkled on top. Seriously. SO. DELICIOUS.
Do you have a "go to" drunk snack? Or maybe just a food you only seem to crave after the sun has gone down, or after a night out?
I honestly believe the whole concept of the midnight snack is that it's meant to be a little bit naughty. Maybe I just watched too much television as a child, but all the midnight snackage scenes I can think of involve a dark, stealthy trip to the kitchen, a single utensil, and sneaking bites of leftover spaghetti, chocolate cake, ice cream, etc. by the thin light of the refrigerator. Of course, if you're an habitual midnight snacker, maybe you wanna stick with the apples or the cucumbers. But, if you're like me and it happens just every once in awhile, I say eff the rules you follow all day, grab a spoon (not one of those pansy ass tea spoons, either) and let yourself be a little bad. Being bad can be fun, especially if you're doing it in the dark.