Eaters of shredded cheese straight from the bag at 2 a.m., unite!

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The microwave clock reads 1:12 a.m. You’ve been up watching old episodes of Rick And Morty, drinking a few beers, wearing sweatpants, and now you have the munchies something fierce. You’re not going to cook at this wee hour, but you are going to root through the kitchen for a ready-made snack—maybe a jar of peanut butter? Pint of ice cream? Bag o’ shredded cheese? BAG O’ SHREDDED CHEESE IT IS.


I didn’t realize stealing a few pinches of shredded cheese from the bag in the fridge was such… a thing. The Outline claims it’s essentially the new pint of Ben & Jerry’s at 2 a.m., and because it never happened if it’s not posted on social media, the late-night-shredded-cheese meme has taken flight. This is what the internet is for, right? Uniting disparate groups of people, making them feel less isolated in the knowledge that, all across the nation, other people are also furtively eating shredded cheese out of the bag. You are not alone!

Your fellow shredded-cheese-snackers are finally coming out of the dim glow of the refrigerator light to admit—nay, to proclaim—that yes, they eat shredded cheese straight from the bag with possibly dirty fingers, sometimes without real pants on, and that doesn’t make them any less of a person.

I myself am more inclined to midnight-snack on spoonfuls of peanut butter, always leaving just a final tablespoon in the jar so that, a day later when my boyfriend wants to make a sandwich, he’s all like “What the hell, Kate? Again?” The moral here is not to let anyone shame you for your late-night snacks, no matter how strange. Put it in meme form, and you’ll surely find a whole community of fellow 2 a.m. rotisserie-chicken pickers.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.


Pro tip: Pour some honey on top of that spoonful of peanut butter. First off, delicious. Second? Two ingredients! You’re technically MAKING yourself a snack!