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Food Blogger Bites: What's the One Food You Don't Let Your Kids See You Eating?

As a parent, it’s natural to want to give your children the best, healthiest fare out there — but that doesn’t necessarily mean we always hold ourselves to the same strict standards. We asked some of our Top 100 Mom Food Bloggers what guilty pleasures they sneak in after the kids have gone to bed.

From canned ravioli to a midnight burrito to a few extra helpings of black and white cookies, you’ll find your foodie soul sister among these moms — because, let’s face it, while we like our kids to think we eat proteins and veggies all day long, everyone has a sweet escape at the end of the day.

Check out our favorite food bloggers’ guilty pleasures after the jump!

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  • Apple Fritters 1 of 35
    Apple Fritters
    I let her see me eat everything. I want her to learn that we can all indulge a little. But I might not let her see how many apple fritters I actually eat when she's not looking…
    - Jaime, Prudent Baby
    Get the recipe at Prudent Baby
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Spread 2 of 35
    Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
    That's my biggest weakness! And how could it not be? How about quietly sharing a slice of this Nutella pizza with me?
    - Manu, Manu's Menu
    Get the recipe at Manu's Menu
  • Cheese Balls 3 of 35
    Cheese Balls
    I can't believe I'm going to admit this publicly! I bought one of those big tubs of cheese balls for my daughter's birthday party over the summer. There was about a quarter of it left, and I holed up with a good TV show and ate the whole thing after they went to bed!
    - Kristy, The Wicked Noodle
    Photo credit: Flickr user elgrandee
  • “Cheese” Spread Triangles 4 of 35
    "Cheese" Spread Triangles
    One that comes to mind is Swiss "Cheese" Triangles — a relic from my childhood.
    - Amanda, Food 52
    Photo credit: Flickr user dalboz17
  • Poached Pear Crumble with Chocolate 5 of 35
    Poached Pear Crumble with Chocolate
    I say everything in moderation. I generally don't cook anything that my kids cannot enjoy with me. However I do prefer they don't consume caffeine so will generally limit any dessert that has coffee in it such as this poached pear crumble with chocolate, coffee and nuts.
    - Sukaina, Sips and Spoonfuls
    Get the recipe at Sips and Spoonfuls
  • Black and White Cookies 6 of 35
    Black and White Cookies
    My kids pretty much see me eat anything — I don't hide it from them. We talk about things being good in moderation. That said, I have a deep love for cookies. Lots and lots of cookies. Moderation goes right out the door. I may tell them they can only have one cookie, then I seem to eat the rest! Though I have many favorites, the ones I'm the most powerless against are actually Black and Whites! Though I've never had the "real" deal from NYC myself, it's probably a good thing since I get into enough trouble making them at home!
    - Holly, Phe-MOM-enon
    Get the recipe at PheMOMenon
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Halvah Honey Sauce 7 of 35
    Flourless Chocolate Cake with Halvah Honey Sauce
    We try to pretend as if we only eat treats at dessert time, too (the house rule). She will eventually figure out we just eat cookies and ice cream in the afternoon when she's either napping or at school. But she hasn't yet.
    - Melissa, Melissa Clark
    Get the recipe on Melissa Clark
    Photo credit: Flickr user mattscoggin
  • Chocolate 8 of 35
    Chocolate
    Chocolate chips, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate brownies. Anything chocolate. I hide in the pantry, and eat it so they don't see!
    - Karen, 365 Days of Slow Cooking
    Photo credit: Flickr user johnloo
  • Cheesecake 9 of 35
    Cheesecake
    Oh, that's easy. Cheesecake. I should qualify that and say that I don't let our daughter see me eating it with the total abandon and joy with which I want to eat it. I adore the stuff and it might be the one thing that I'd go so far to say that not only do I not let her see me eat it, I don't even let her know it's in the house so I don't have to share.
    - Christiane, Taking on Magazines
    Get the recipe at Taking on Magazines
  • Iced Green Tea Mojitos 10 of 35
    Iced Green Tea Mojitos
    Perhaps these Iced Green Tea Mojitos aren't the smartest thing to enjoy around the little ones!
    -Gina, Skinny Taste
    Get the recipe at Skinny Taste
  • Ice Cream out of the Carton 11 of 35
    Ice Cream out of the Carton
    My husband and I don't like to see our son eating a lot of sugar (and, of course, we shouldn't eat a lot of sugar either), but we have a little ritual — a mini-date, if you will. Occasionally, while I put our little boy to bed, my husband sneaks off to the neighborhood ice cream shop and picks up a pint of ice cream. They use mostly local and organic ingredients and don't use additives, and they have lovely flavors: blackberry cardamom, black sesame, avocado ginger, chili chocolate with bourbon cherries. When he returns home, we snuggle into bed, pop on a DVD and eat ice cream out of the container.
    - Jenny, Nourished Kitchen
    Photo credit: Flickr user mtowber
  • Aloo Bonda 12 of 35
    Aloo Bonda
    Hmm ... That's a tough one as I usually let my little one eat everything that we eat. But pressed, it's got to be these Aloo Bonda, a spiced potato balls coated in spicy chickpea flour batter and deep-fried to golden perfection! I can't resist these deep fried goodies, and always end up eating two, three and some more … Well, who wants to keep the count when one is indulging?! :)
    - Sia, Monsoon Spice
    Get the recipe at Monsoon Spice
  • Marshmallow Fluff 13 of 35
    Marshmallow Fluff
    I am embarrassed to admit this, but I love to eat marshmallow fluff straight out of the jar. I would never in a million years let my children do that!
    - Bree, Baked Bree
    Photo credit: Flickr user rlihm
  • Midnight Snacks 14 of 35
    Midnight Snacks
    Mike and I will eat a late-night snack together after the kids are asleep maybe twice a week while watching reality TV shows. It's pretty awesome when you find someone that will eat burritos with you while watching Chef Ramsay yell and the kids are sound asleep. It's just one of many reasons I married him.
    - Kate, Kate from Scratch
    Photo credit: Flickr user micahe
  • Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter 15 of 35
    Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter
    I am an open book ... So my kids see everything I eat. But a simple guilty pleasure of mine is dipping a chunk of dark chocolate straight into the peanut butter jar.
    - Leslie, The Hungry Housewife
    Photo credit: Flickr user mrsdkrebs
  • Potato Chips 16 of 35
    Potato Chips
    I freely tell my daughter that I can't buy chips because I don't want them in the house. If there is a bag of salty chips I will surely eat them in a day! I even know how to make homemade chips but rarely do because it is so dangerous.
    - Kelsey, The Naptime Chef
    Photo credit: Flickr user wader
  • Canned Ravioli 17 of 35
    Canned Ravioli
    Cold. Straight out of the can. With my fingers. Someday I know they'll catch me, and I'll never hear the end of it.
    - Erika, In Erika's Kitchen
    Photo credit: Flicker user cfinke
  • Leftover Mac and Cheese 18 of 35
    Leftover Mac and Cheese
    The one food I don't let my daughter see me eating is the leftover mac and cheese. It calls my name from the pot and I cannot resist its cheesy goodness!
    - Meredith, In Sock Monkey Slippers
    Flickr user nettsu
  • Nothing — as long as its in moderation 19 of 35
    Nothing — as long as its in moderation
    There's not really anything that's off limits. We're more of a moderation kind of crew around here. If we get a cupcake, we share, and we each have a couple bites. Since so much of my work revolves around sweets and baking, there's always something dessert-y in the house, and my daughter is smart--she knows where to look for the goods!
    - Shauna, Piece of Cake
    Photo credit: Flickr user hisgirlfriday
  • Sour Gummy Candy 20 of 35
    Sour Gummy Candy
    Dare I reveal my secret stash? You know those little sour candies that turn sweet once you spend a few seconds eating them? They are by far my favorite guilty pleasure. My brother turned me on to them a couple years back when he brought a big container to my house for consumption over the holidays. I've been hooked ever since.
    - Julie, Mommie Cooks
    Photo credit: Flickr user vanessa_lynn
  • Flavored Tortilla Chips 21 of 35
    Flavored Tortilla Chips
    Nacho cheese tortilla chips. I don't like to share :)
    - Annie, Annie's Eats
    Photo credit: Flickr user andrew_bolin
  • Treats from America 22 of 35
    Treats from America
    Because I live abroad in Ireland, every now and then someone will send me a care package with some goodies from back home, things like Girl Scout cookies, American candy bars or canned pumpkin at Thanksgiving. Those promptly get hidden away to be enjoyed the way only an expat can — my Irish-born kids just don't appreciate them!
    - Kelly, Dinner du Jour
    Photo credit: Flickr user foodjunk
  • Bacon 23 of 35
    Bacon
    My guilty, hide-my-food pleasure is bacon. If my tweens and teens see me cooking the stuff, it's already inhaled before the pan has had a chance to cool. I typically hide some for myself and then leave enough on the plate for everyone else to enjoy its smoky, chewy goodness. However, when everyone else is gone, my bacon plate comes out and I recline and while noshing bacon with my pinkie finger outstretched like a true aristocrat.
    - Jamie, Your lighter side
    Photo credit: Flickr user 63861396@N00
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with Halvah Honey Sauce 24 of 35
    Flourless Chocolate Cake with Halvah Honey Sauce
    We try to pretend as if we only eat treats at dessert time, too (the house rule). She will eventually figure out we just eat cookies and ice cream in the afternoon when she's either napping or at school. But she hasn't yet.
    - Melissa, Melissa Clark
    Get the recipe on Melissa Clark
    Photo credit: Flickr user moonrat
  • “Cheese” Spread Triangles 25 of 35
    "Cheese" Spread Triangles
    One that comes to mind is Swiss "Cheese" Triangles — a relic from my childhood.
    - Amanda, Food 52
    Photo credit: Flickr user anemoneprojectors
  • Flavored Tortilla Chips 26 of 35
    Flavored Tortilla Chips
    Nacho cheese tortilla chips. I don't like to share :)
    - Annie, Annie's Eats
    Photo credit: Flickr user merelymel
  • Marshmallow Fluff 27 of 35
    Marshmallow Fluff
    I am embarrassed to admit this, but I love to eat marshmallow fluff straight out of the jar. I would never in a million years let my children do that!
    - Bree, Baked Bree
    Photo credit: Flickr user kellysue
  • Potato Chips 28 of 35
    Potato Chips
    I freely tell my daughter that I can't buy chips because I don't want them in the house. If there is a bag of salty chips I will surely eat them in a day! I even know how to make homemade chips but rarely do because it is so dangerous.
    - Kelsey, The Naptime Chef
    Photo credit: Flickr user 36984152@N08
  • Nothing — as long as its in moderation 29 of 35
    Nothing — as long as its in moderation
    There's not really anything that's off limits. We're more of a moderation kind of crew around here. If we get a cupcake, we share, and we each have a couple bites. Since so much of my work revolves around sweets and baking, there's always something dessert-y in the house, and my daughter is smart--she knows where to look for the goods!
    - Shauna, Piece of Cake
    Photo credit: Flickr user kricket
  • Midnight Snacks 30 of 35
    Midnight Snacks
    Mike and I will eat a late-night snack together after the kids are asleep maybe twice a week while watching reality TV shows. It's pretty awesome when you find someone that will eat burritos with you while watching Chef Ramsay yell and the kids are sound asleep. It's just one of many reasons I married him.
    - Kate, Kate from Scratch
    Photo credit: Flickr user sweetonveg
  • Leftover Mac and Cheese 31 of 35
    Leftover Mac and Cheese
    The one food I don't let my daughter see me eating is the leftover mac and cheese. It calls my name from the pot and I cannot resist its cheesy goodness!
    - Meredith, In Sock Monkey Slippers
    Photo credit: Flickr user naotakem
  • Canned Ravioli 32 of 35
    Canned Ravioli
    Cold. Straight out of the can. With my fingers. Someday I know they'll catch me, and I'll never hear the end of it.
    - Erika, In Erika's Kitchen
    Photo credit: Flicker user inazakira
  • Treats from America 33 of 35
    Treats from America
    Because I live abroad in Ireland, every now and then someone will send me a care package with some goodies from back home, things like Girl Scout cookies, American candy bars or canned pumpkin at Thanksgiving. Those promptly get hidden away to be enjoyed the way only an expat can — my Irish-born kids just don't appreciate them!
    - Kelly, Dinner du Jour
    Photo credit: Flickr user schoko-riegel
  • Bacon 34 of 35
    Bacon
    My guilty, hide-my-food pleasure is bacon. If my tweens and teens see me cooking the stuff, it's already inhaled before the pan has had a chance to cool. I typically hide some for myself and then leave enough on the plate for everyone else to enjoy its smoky, chewy goodness. However, when everyone else is gone, my bacon plate comes out and I recline and while noshing bacon with my pinkie finger outstretched like a true aristocrat.
    - Jamie, Your Lighter Side
    Photo credit: Flickr user cookbookman
  • Sour Gummy Candy 35 of 35
    Sour Gummy Candy
    Dare I reveal my secret stash? You know those little sour candies that turn sweet once you spend a few seconds eating them? They are by far my favorite guilty pleasure. My brother turned me on to them a couple years back when he brought a big container to my house for consumption over the holidays. I've been hooked ever since.
    - Julie, Mommie Cooks
    Photo credit: Flickr user chelsea_nj

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