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27 Ways To Transform Your Favorite College Snacks Into Real Food

Comfort has never been so ratched.

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Winter break is a glorious time for college students all across America. It's a time filled with family bonding, BFF reunions, holiday cheer, marathon rounds of Netflix, copious amounts of eating, and much-needed relaxation. And let me just place an especially heavy emphasis on the "copious amounts of eating" part.

But, amazing as it is, we must remember that break is fleeting. And therefore, it should be appreciated and utilized to its full capacity. So after it ends and you're forced to return to the world of dining hall mystery meat and ramen galore, take full advantage of your dorm kitchen and make these comfort foods that have a college twist.

Original article by Becky O'Neill for Spoon University — Colgate. All recipes originally appeared on Spoon University.

1. Cheetos Meatballs

Whether you use the regular, limon, jalapeño, or any other flavor of Cheetos, you’re bound to find that one perfect flavor to use with this recipe.
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Whether you use the regular, limon, jalapeño, or any other flavor of Cheetos, you’re bound to find that one perfect flavor to use with this recipe.

2. Ice Cream Bread

The two best foods on earth. Learn how to make it here.
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The two best foods on earth. Learn how to make it here.

3. Queso Mac 'n’ Cheese

Next time you need a quick snack or are feeling innovative after a night out, just throw in some pre-made queso with your mac 'n' cheese and you’ve got yourself an original work of art.
Dylan Barth / Via spoonuniversity.com

Next time you need a quick snack or are feeling innovative after a night out, just throw in some pre-made queso with your mac 'n' cheese and you’ve got yourself an original work of art.

4. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Mouthwatering Super Bowl appetizer? Check. Recipe here.
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Mouthwatering Super Bowl appetizer? Check. Recipe here.

5. Ramen Burger

For when you’re feeling trendy and adventurous. Recipe here.
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For when you’re feeling trendy and adventurous. Recipe here.

6. Goldfish-Crusted Buffalo Mozzarella Sticks

Goldfish and melted cheese. Double win. Recipe here.
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Goldfish and melted cheese. Double win. Recipe here.

7. Potato Chip Cookie Bars

Your elementary school dream come true. Find the recipe here.
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Your elementary school dream come true. Find the recipe here.

8. Sweet Potato Mac 'n’ Cheese

So creamy and delicious no one will know it’s vegan. Recipe here.
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So creamy and delicious no one will know it’s vegan. Recipe here.

9. Tater Tot Grilled Cheese

Crispy, gooey, spicy, and only four ingredients. You’ll want to break out the waffle iron and make this recipe ASAP.
Arden Sarner / Via spoonuniversity.com

Crispy, gooey, spicy, and only four ingredients. You’ll want to break out the waffle iron and make this recipe ASAP.

10. Waffle-Battered Chicken Wings

You’re gonna wanna bookmark this one. Recipe here.
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You’re gonna wanna bookmark this one. Recipe here.

11. Giant Salami and Provolone Hot Pocket

You’ll never make a microwave Hot Pocket again. Recipe here.
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You’ll never make a microwave Hot Pocket again. Recipe here.

12. Sriracha Mushroom Burger

You can spread your Sriracha on top of your burger, or you can infuse it. Real Sriracha fans will do both with this recipe.
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You can spread your Sriracha on top of your burger, or you can infuse it. Real Sriracha fans will do both with this recipe.

13. 3-Chili Mac 'n’ Cheese

Your mom won’t believe you’ve upgraded to this recipe.
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Your mom won’t believe you’ve upgraded to this recipe.

14. Sprite Pancakes

Soda in the morning, heck yes. Learn how here.
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Soda in the morning, heck yes. Learn how here.

15. Chips & Salsa Brunch Chilaquiles

Have drunk brunch from the comfort of your own home. Recipe here.
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Have drunk brunch from the comfort of your own home. Recipe here.

16. Diet Coke Drumsticks

Chicken lickin’ craziness. Recipe here.
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Chicken lickin’ craziness. Recipe here.

17. Cheetos Crispy Treats

OK, not a reallll meal, unless you're a classic college student. They’re hot, they’re sticky, they’re gooey, they’re good. Try this recipe for yourself.
Maria Serghiou / Via spoonuniversity.com

OK, not a reallll meal, unless you're a classic college student. They’re hot, they’re sticky, they’re gooey, they’re good. Try this recipe for yourself.

18. Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

An appetizer guaranteed to impress. Recipe here.
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An appetizer guaranteed to impress. Recipe here.

19. Sriracha Eggs Benedict

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Recipe here.
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Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Recipe here.

20. Bacon Mashed Potato Cheese Bombs

Add some mashed potatoes, batter, and a little love and what do you have? Cheesy, greasy, bacon-y, potato-y goodness that your taste buds will be forever grateful for. Recipe here.
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Add some mashed potatoes, batter, and a little love and what do you have? Cheesy, greasy, bacon-y, potato-y goodness that your taste buds will be forever grateful for. Recipe here.

21. Pizza Bread Pudding

Comforting. Recipe here.
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Comforting. Recipe here.

22. Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

What’s better than bacon? Bacon with literally anything else. Try this recipe next time you’re craving a classic PB&J.
Christin Urso / Via spoonuniversity.com

What’s better than bacon? Bacon with literally anything else. Try this recipe next time you’re craving a classic PB&J.

23. Stuffed Mexican Bell Peppers

Basically a taco inside of a vegetable. Recipe here.
Kai Phillips-Lustick / Via spoonuniversity.com

Basically a taco inside of a vegetable. Recipe here.

24. Beer Batter Waffle With Carne Asada

There’s no reason that waffles should be eaten exclusively at breakfast. Recipe here.
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There’s no reason that waffles should be eaten exclusively at breakfast. Recipe here.

25. Turkey Chili

Warm, delicious, and ready in only 20 minutes. Recipe here.
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Warm, delicious, and ready in only 20 minutes. Recipe here.

26. Waffle Pizza

Pizza is never a bad idea. Recipe here.
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Pizza is never a bad idea. Recipe here.

27. Vodka Pie Crust

Arguably a large part of the college diet. Eat it like this.
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Arguably a large part of the college diet. Eat it like this.

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