My guilty pleasure: Imen McDonnell’s hot popcorn and Milk Duds

‘Whether I’m sad, happy or hungover, my guilty pleasure is devouring this while escaping to a killer film at the cinema’

 

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Throughout Food Month we will have a daily “Guilty Pleasure” feature where well-known faces share their secret treats, from the delicious to the daring to the downright strange. And you can win a great prize if your share your guilty pleasure with us. See below for details

“Whether I’m sad/happy/hungover, my guilty pleasure is devouring a bag of hot, buttered, salty popcorn combined with a box of Milk Duds (chocolate covered chewy caramel things) mixed in while escaping to a killer film at the cinema.

“After many years of not being able to indulge in this guilty pleasure where I live in Ireland, I have finally been able to experience this bliss again as Odeon cinemas do ultra-buttered popcorn and our local sweet shop now stocks American sweets, including my magnificent Milk Duds. Hooray!

“A very close second would be bingeing on a massive, mile-high hot pastrami and Swiss cheese on caraway rye sandwich from someplace like Carnegie Deli in Manhattan. When I lived and worked in New York as a television producer, I would always be leaving the studio late and starving. Sometimes I’d stop at the deli on the way home, pick up a huge pastrami sandwich, get home and eat it all by myself, with a side of kosher pickle included.”

Imen McDonnell is a food and lifestyle writer from the United States, now living on a farm in rural Ireland. Her first book, Farmette, Stories and Recipes from Life on an Irish Farm, will be published by Roost Books in spring 2016. See farmette.ie

To win an overnight stay for two with breakfast at Kelly’s Hotel in Dublin plus dinner for two at L’Gueuleton, just tell us about your guilty pleasure. Whether it’s tasty and tempting or odd and embarrassing, we want to hear about it. Email your entry plus your name and phone number to guilty@irishtimes.com and the winner will be announced at the end of Food Month

November is Food Month in The Irish Times. You will find food-related content in all of our sections. We will also have reader events, competitions and lots of exclusive content at irishtimes.com/food

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