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The Most Unholy Snacks People Invented While Working From Home for a Year

Pickles on a plate with peanut butter on top of them.
Holly Allen

Working from home has its advantages. Sure, Zoom is terrible and the isolation from colleagues can be tough. But those of us who are still remote can work out in the middle of the day, avoid bras or shoes, and even sneak in a nap. The past 18 months of pandemic era remote work has also allowed snacking creativity to bloom. Spared from the anxiety-inducing (or perhaps appropriately peer pressure–filled) task of eating in front of other people, some of us have shaken off the office kitchen shackles and indulged in our weirdest, grossest, most delicious snack fantasies.

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I, for one, am here for it.

My favorite snack as of late isn’t too bizarre. It’s cream cheese, or vanilla yogurt, spread between two Tate’s cookies. It has to be Tate’s brand, preferably the gluten free variety, or otherwise it doesn’t taste right. It’s a crunchy, gooey combo that’s just sweet enough to satisfy the need. It’s also not necessarily cause for social ostracization, but probably not a snack I would have made at my cubicle.

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I asked my Twitter followers for their own WFH creations, and they, as always, understood the assignment, sharing the weird and, honestly, off-putting snacks they’ve been eating when nobody’s looking.

First up, my colleague Katie, who is really going for it.

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I was surprised to see that nachos appeared most in the lineup. Perhaps it’s the simplicity of the dish that allows for multiple iterations and bizarre combinations. One tweeter sang the praises of nachos that subbed pork rinds for chips and another claimed that they put peaches on their nachos. (I’m sorry, but I’m not sure I believe that!) Outside of the nacho space, people are dipping Dots candy in Nutella, adding cheese to a PB&J, and combining Fritos with cream cheese and caramel sauce.

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For Christine Slaughter, the inventor of dipping white cheddar into Nutella, the creation was happenstance. “I often snack on white cheddar, happened to have Nutella around (I don’t usually have any on hand),” she DM’d me, “and thought the sharpness might complement the overwhelming sweetness. It works! It’s like a tangier version of mixing hot cocoa powder into plain full-fat yogurt”—also, apparently, a snack that people make?

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Many of the combos people are eating in the safety of their own homes are not things I would try—no shame to y’all though—but dipping a Hot Cheeto in spinach dip is something I can get behind. I was also impressed with the rituals people have developed.

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And if patterns hold, it appears that the snacks we love the most but cannot bring ourselves to eat in front of our colleagues are some combo of salty, sweet, and/or hot.

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Food, whether we stick to the traditional or get weird, is one way we can get our creative juices flowing, I guess. Who says you can’t be productive while working from home?

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