Junk Food Junkie

What’s your biggest junk food weakness? Tell us all about it in its sugary, salty, glory.

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I’m not much of a junk food eater. My stomach doesn’t appreciate it and the rest of my system isn’t happy about it either. But I’m human, so I nibble. And when I nibble, I have favorites, the biggest one being crystallized ginger.


What’s that? Preserved, sugared ginger. You can buy it in most grocery stores in the dried fruit section. It’s a common ingredient in many Chinese dishes … ginger in all forms is very common in Asian recipes.

Crystallized ginger is an adult taste. You either love it or hate it. I love it and try to keep some in the house in case I have a sudden need for that sharp, sweet taste. Try it. You might like it. A little goes a long way.

Note to WordPress:

I feel obliged to mention — this prompt is uninspiring … dull stuff. How about you folks at WordPress do some thinking about creating some interesting topics for the Daily Prompt? Because this goes beyond bland. It’s boring.

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41 replies

  1. I had never even heard of the stuff…might have to see if I can find it in this podunk town. And you’re right…some of the prompts are worthless.


  2. …But can I pretend it’s healthy?


  3. Popcorn, hands down. Buttery, crunchy, salty, popcorn. Yum.


  4. I love crystallized ginger. I love Gin Gins too ( They’re supposed to be good for delicate tummies, but they’re way expensive, so I stick to ginger unless the Gin Gins are on sale.

    I’d kill for chocolate though… Luckily, it’s ubiquitous, so I don’t have to. 🙂


  5. well I do not think it is a boring prompt at all – because sometimes the junk food we select says so much about us – and in this case, your photo of mere crystalized ginger was TASTY as well. In fact, in my reader this photo stood out – the yellow – the blur in the background – the clarity you gave us with the feeling that sugar crystals – the texture of the surface below – the small curve of the glass jar to the side – and so were it not for such a prompt – well maybe this work of photo art would not have come to be.

    and also, not to add too much – but you kind of reminded me of my mom with this – so I smiled – because the trader joe’s crystalized ginger is one think I sometimes send her – with some of their ginger chews (which are very hard on the teeth – lol).

    and I agree – “You either love it or hate it.”

    in fact, I need to get some real soon. 🙂
    have a nice day


  6. I’m a type II diabetic. I’m supposed to eat like a bird, tiny nuts & seeds in limited quantities. I got tired of that a few months back and now treat myself to an occasional goodie, certainly not on my diet. It would half to be a hot apple fritter from a good shop like Voodoo Donuts in downtown Portland, OR. Mmmmm, I can taste it now, as I sip my cup of cold water. 😦


  7. Pretzels!! Salt addict!


  8. Couldn’t agree with you more about the topic. Too many of these prompts are soooo dull.


  9. I have a wonderful recipe for shortbread cookies with dried sugared ginger in them. My favourite thing is caramel. I keep telling my granddaughter that they made mistake when they didn’t call me Caramel.


  10. Yum! I grate ginger root up and make tea with lots of honey. It’s spicy, it’s sweet, it cures what ails you. Somebody once told me that ginger tea increased fertility which kind of scared me, but so far all seems to be well.


  11. I first encountered candied ginger at Laura Secords – (not sure if they are still in business) here in Canada – you could get it coated in light or dark chocolate. Now I prefer it like you, Marilyn. Nummy.


  12. I quite like ginger and I believe it is good for you if you are diabetic. We once had a ginger beer plant. Looked like sand. You had to feed it with water and with time you divided it, drank it and it would last forever.


  13. Yum. I am a whore for chocolate.


  14. I adore ginger any way it comes. We have saved a show “Good Eats” from the cooking show that is all about ginger. They show how to make crystallized ginger. Right now the fresh ginger is so old it isn’t worth buying. I use it for my tender stomach as well.


    • The ginger root you get in the grocery store is really tired. It rots before I can use it, so I stopped buying it. We need a good Chinese grocery where they stock fresh ginger root. One of the things I love most about my ginger is that my husband doesn’t care for it and I get to eat all of it myself 🙂


  15. I’m also a fan of crystallized ginger. One of the benefits is that I can easily stop after eating one or two pieces–occasionally three.


  16. I don’t think I’ve ever tried ginger.


    • You either will love it or very much not. Garry doesn’t care for it much, though he doesn’t hate it … but a lot of other people I know can spot it at a thousand paces as in “Ooooh … ginger!” Without Fred.


  17. Love crystallized ginger. And, little munchies of dark chocolate. 🙂



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