April 20th, 2012
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When top toques like Daniel Boulud, José Andrés, John Besh and Michael Chiarello get, erm, late night cravings, they don't go scrambling for the pots, pans and sous vide machine.

We asked a slew of our favorite chefs and food celebrities, "Not that you'd have any practical experience with this, but what's the best food for when you've got the munchies?" They theorized as best they could.

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  1. Carn E. Vore

    Fruity Pebbles.

    April 24, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  2. Rick

    Okay. My muchie choice is way different than those stated. Perhaps I would be kicked out of the stoner's union for this, but I love steamed broccoli when I am in that all too common state of mind

    April 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  3. The Bishop

    Anything that is served by naked alter boys.

    April 23, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Gross. But funny.

      April 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  4. Thinkergal

    Zapps potato chips - all favors. Please send me some. Haven't had any since moving to CO from Louisiana!

    April 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • lyndseylondon

      Two words: mail order.

      Duh! When I'm in NOLA – First stop is Winn Dixie for some Zapp's! Got so addicted to the new smoky BBQ rib flavor during Mardi Gras – when we got back to Denver we ordered a box! About 24$ for 8 medium sized bags. Do it!!!!

      April 24, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  5. Sonia

    Spring rolls!

    April 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  6. Wisey


    April 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  7. Amy

    Flamin' Hot Lays when I can find them. I usually have to order them online.

    French onion dip with Ruffles, but the Sealtest brand French Onion Dip I used to love as a kid isn't sold around here anymore, so I have to make my own.

    Andy Capp's Hot Fries are good.

    SmartFood White Cheddar Popcorn is awesome.

    Herr's Hot Sauce Flavored Chips are really good.

    Cool Ranch Doritos are an old favorite.

    I really love salty, crunchy snacks most of the time, but I sure could go for some good chocolate ice cream right now.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  8. bud in NC

    Cheddar cheese popcorn sprinkled with Creole seasoning. Watch out, you cant stop munching till it's ALL GONE.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  9. Chicago Mike

    Ice cream!

    April 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Jackie

    Graeters chocolate rasberry ice cream

    April 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  11. Kandi

    After I light up a joint I don't care what I eat!

    April 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  12. Mtngal

    Ben & Jerry Chubby Hubby ice cream – with the pretzels in it. Ahhhh.

    April 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
    • Sto

      I dream for the days when I can find this. I'm out in the boonies on the big island and now I want some, Damn IT!!

      April 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  13. EyeAmSam

    Lemon and Gingersnap Ice Cream from Trader Joe's!

    April 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  14. Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.

    Reblogged this on Let's Eat! and commented:
    This is fun! Tell us what your favorite munchies are. Let us know if you have a recipe we can share!

    April 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  15. Karen

    Spicy Chex mix......I make my own
    French fries (double fried)
    Peanut Butter and Pretzels
    Over the top cheesy nachos
    KFC sauceless hot wings bone in
    Cream cheese and grape jelly on Ritz crackers

    April 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Kandi


      April 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
  16. Half Baked Quote

    .....some sour cream and onion chips with some dip, man, some beef jerky, some peanut butter. Get some Häagen-Dazs ice cream bars, a whole lot, make sure chocolate, gotta have chocolate, man. Some popcorn, red popcorn, graham crackers, graham crackers with marshmallows, the little marshmallows and little chocolate bars and we can make s'mores, man. Also, celery, grape jelly, Cap'n Crunch with the little Crunch berries, pizzas. We need two big pizzas, man, everything on 'em, with water, whole lotta water, and Funyons.

    April 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Dang right, man.

      April 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • beenz

      is that called the "420" munchies?

      April 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • bloodghost

      lol "That's It?" – half baked has some amazing one liners. "Doctor says i need a backeotomy!"

      April 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • Janice

      Fully, man.

      April 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • Wastrel

      Oh. my mouth is dry... more water, please.

      April 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • The Witty One

      Can you pick me up a box of....what was that stuff we used to eat all the time back in the day?

      April 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        The 'Tang.

        April 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • bloodghost

      if i'm not back in 10 minutes, call the police.

      April 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • Jose

        If you're not back in 20 minutes, we're calling Dominoes!

        April 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • Liz

      Hehe – I'm more of a Doritos kind of girl myself

      April 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
    • Janice

      To understand what happened to Killer, first you have to know who Killer WAS, man...

      April 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Jose

      Abba Zabba, you my only friend!

      April 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Marla

    By strange coincidence, this article–with the word "munchies" in the title was posted on 4/20. Hmm...

    April 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  18. bloodghost

    i think the best way to roll depends on the setting. morning after a long night, wake and bake? then i say go for made from scratch falp jacks with butter and honey, maybe some eggs and your fave breakfast meat (or near emat for our veggie/vegan friends) – hard to beat a good sandwich in the middle of the day, and then anything after about 5pm i go comfort food all the way, chicken pot pie, dumpling soup, a hearty stew, anything that will do you right and keep the chill alive.

    April 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Ha. Wake 'n' bake.

      April 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  19. Mark L

    Slim Jims – need i say more?

    April 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
    • Bowzer

      Slim Jim's what?

      April 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  20. shar

    Lay's Lightly Salted potato chips. They are best when the bag is first opened. There is nothing like the first chip out of the chip bag. Cheese and crackers or popcorn are also very satisfying.

    April 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  21. Dizzyd

    Anything salty and crunchy. I love cashews! Either that or Reese's PB cups. Mmmm!

    April 20, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  22. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Pork Rinds. For The Win. Hot.

    Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

    April 20, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Actually I like black and orange pekoe.

      So mainstream, I know.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  23. balla

    fritos lays honey barbeque fritos twists, you cant just eat one bag of thoses mofos

    April 20, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Or the Flamin' Hot ones. MMmmm. Then I found out they're 1000% of my daily fat intake. Immediate cut back.

      April 20, 2012 at 11:17 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        My bad, I meant Cheetos.

        April 20, 2012 at 11:17 am |
        • Chester Cheetah

          It ain't easy being Cheesey.

          April 20, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  24. balla

    fritos lays honey barbeque twists you cant just eat one bag of those motha fukas

    April 20, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  25. Ally

    Salt and vinegar chips all the way, especially if it's malted vinegar. French fries and ketchup. Pickles. Hot dogs loaded with ketchup and mustard. Fried spring rolls.

    ...I promise I'm healthy...

    Seriously though, I don't snack very often.

    April 20, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  26. RichardHead

    Screamin' Yellow Zonkers-at least two boxes.

    April 20, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Sheh Theed@Brother Head

      Is that what you scream before you take that big leap off the deck when you're nekkid grillin'?

      April 20, 2012 at 10:58 am |
      • Dung Cranium

        Hope he doesn't confuse them with his boxes of little blue pills.

        April 20, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • BJ

      I used to LOVE Zonkers but I didn't think they make those anymore. Do they?

      April 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • RichardHead@BJ

        After Conagra purchased Lincoln Foods...they discontinued Screaming Yellow Zonkers--Sorry Bastards.

        April 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  27. AleeD®

    Oooo. I like that you can vote for more than one. Thank you.
    Satisfying munchies for me are salty, crunchy and/or spicy foods.

    April 20, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • poopier7

      most people seem to hate meat, i dont know why people hate on meat i love it. its good its soft,tasty and warm i looooooooove meat and alot seem not to i dont know why meat is the best

      April 20, 2012 at 9:45 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        That's what she said.

        April 20, 2012 at 11:11 am |
      • Rick

        i haven't had meat for about 33 years (60% of my life). i don't hate on it, i just don't eat it

        April 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
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