Before we left for the North Shore of Lake Superior, we tweeted out a call for favorite road snacks. We got three responses: sunflower seeds, Swedish Fish and Corn Nuts. We’ll update on the Corn Nuts when we get home. But here’s a quick report on our experience with the first two:
First up: Swedish Fish – suggested by Bill Roehl of LazyLightning The Swedish Fish were so good they were gone by the time we crossed the Minnesota River on our way out Burnsville. We lamented that we didn’t get a big enough bag! These are highly recommended and go well with coffee, soda or bottled water! Uff da! Maybe we have a new addiction? All the colors are favorites. A little sticky, but they’re soft and you can squish them between your thumb and pointer finger before consuming. Sounds weird, but it’s fun. Health nuts should understand that these have no nutritional value whatsoever and are mostly corn syrup and several doses of various food colorings. But they fun-factor and taste overwhelmingly override those drawbacks.
Next: Sunflower Seeds – We received several responses from folks calling out sunflower seeds. The first to respond was Joey at Wide White. These little guys take a lot of work to eat but have a distinct advantage over other snacks because cracking them open helps pass the time while waiting in long customs lines while crossing the US/Canadian border in either direction. Most gas stations can keep you well supplied and they’re CHEAP! Only 33 cents for a 2 oz bag. These, too, are highly addictive and the salted ones tend to sting the tip of your tongue after awhile. Lisa thinks they’re too much effort for a small payback. Note: strong breezes coming through the sunroof or window can cause seed shell messes throughout the vehicle. However, another bonus is the shells are biodegradable, so you don’t feel bad about tossing out the chaff from your window while driving. So they’re a very eco-friendly “green” snack item.
We’re not much on Corn Nuts…but we’ll try them on the way back and provide an update in a Comment when we get home.
Happy Road Adventures and Good Snacking!