We all remember college and the late nights that came with it. Late nights including hours on end at bars, nights that generally ended with some less than admirable food choices. Hey, we’ve all been there, so there’s no shame in admitting it now. Of course you didn’t go to a higher education establishment just to learn the ins and outs of eating at the wee 3 o’clock hour of the morning time.
You went to expand your knowledge and learn a little bit about the world, and better yet, what not to eat (and when not to eat it).
Sadly, these lessons are learned only through experience, and you had four years to maneuver around the various late-night culinary geniuses of your college town. They were the best of times, and these are the 10 foods we regret indulging in throughout our time as undergraduates.
1. Endless Pizza Deliveries
There’s nothing like being a car-less freshman combined with the temptation of pizza delivery. Pizza doesn’t judge you for your lack of diet. Pizza doesn’t care if you summon it at 3 a.m. from whatever joint is open.
Pizza was (and is) always there for you.
2. Chick-fil-A. Every morning.
Sundays came and went, but there was no denying that there was a light at the end of the tunnel when Monday rolled around and you were finally be reunited with your chicken minis.
3. Chef Boyardee
No trip to the grocery store was over until piles of Chef Boyardee were stacked to mountain-like proportions.
Alphabetical noodles and meatballs? Count me in.
4. Cup of Noodles
This ramen-esque delight was both cheap and convenient.
Who says you can’t eat noodles for breakfast when they’re so conveniently located in a traveling case?
5. Gas Station Food
This is a tricky one because some gas stations do genuinely have great food, but we’re talking those late night, fried chicken strips and pizza sticks that always add up and are usually regretted the next day.
6. Candy. All of The Candy.
When you have a bad day or bomb that test you tried studying a solid 24 hours for, a quick trip to the candy aisle can resolve all negative feelings and vibes.
Just like the commercials, sometimes you just need a Snickers (or four) for survival.
7. Cookies. Every time. Any place.
Cookies are the savior of post-finals life. No matter the flavor, no matter where they come from, you know you indulged in handfuls and with good reason; they made you happy.
Happiness is all we’re really lookin’ for here!
8. Free Bar Popcorn
As I always like to say, if it’s free, it’s for me. The same rings true with collegiate bar hang-outs and free snacks. In particular, the popcorn.
If you’ve ever had popcorn at a bar, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s addicting, cures the buzzed munchies, and just flat out tastes like heaven.
9. Jimmy Johns
In the words of Shakira, “Whenever, Wherever, we’ll always be together”. The same rings true when it comes to Jimmy Johns.
Sure, they have healthy substitutions (hello, bread-free lettuce-wrapped sandwiches), but is that what you were getting after the football game? I think we both know the answer.
10. Anything and Everything at a Tailgate
Tailgating is a tradition that needs no introduction or explanation. You hear “tailgate” and you automatically know and understand the situation at hand. The thing about tailgating is that it’s usually accompanied with various dips, sliders and of course—beer.
There is no shame in the tailgate game, but there’s also no denying you took it a little overboard throughout your college years. But guess what? All of that has prepared you for a lifelong of tailgating the right way.