Top Five Snack Foods

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In between a meal, or while burning the midnight oil, a snack food is a arm’s length away. In this installment, your hosts countdown their favorite snack foods.

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  1. I’m from Chile so this list is going to be a little strange to a lot of people, but here’s my top 5 snack foods.

    5. Apples or Apple chips. Either will do, depending on the season. Healthy and crunchy with just the right amount of sweetness… and they go great with cheese if you your principles don’t allow you to stand on the healthy side of nutrition.

    4. Assorted veggie chips. The one I get are called Tika, and you get potatoes of several varieties, sweet potato, pumpkin and beetroot, depending on the bag you pick. They are like your regular chips only much better quality, less greasy, less salty and they come in a variety of flavors, what’s not to love?

    3. Meat. Yeap, meat. Any cold meat will do, but I tend to rely on the classics: chorizo vela, serrano ham and roasted turkey breast, you just roll them up and load yourself full on salt and fat, maybe add some apple, maybe cheese for variety. Sometimes you just need to snack like a caveman.

    2. Ramitas. These are a local snack, and they are little strips made of a dry dough, almost like dense little crackers that looks like spaghetti. They come in regular and cheese, and I could eat pounds and pounds of either. Or both.

    1. Cheese empanadas. Another local snack, although it’s nothing too complicated to do: cheese wrapped in dough and deep fried. PERFECT BEER FOOD. They are great for parties or to snack watching your favorite sport or, even, as street food. They are also, the only effective hangover cure, so you should always save some for the morning. More than once I’ve had some cheese empanadas for dinner, just put on a movie, grab a beer and dozen empanadas (or two). Bad for your body but, oh, so good for the soul.

  2. 5. Dried Fruit – better than fresh! Eat this after workouts for a bit of energy back (usually with mixed nuts too)
    4. Popcorn – all kinds, love movie theatre, microwave, air, the old school one that you cook on the stove in an aluminium pan that puffed up…
    3. Reeses Peanut Butter Cups – eat these on road trips, sometimes with caramel squares
    2. Doritos – Nacho Cheese of course, must bring these to parties since all others pale. There was an Enchilada one that was two flavors pack, but can’t find anymore! :(
    1. Oreos – Gotta have them, plus in anything, cake, blizzards, pie, shakes, makes anything better!

    Also ran – anything Cinnabon

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    5. Cheetos. The crunchy kind. I know; they’re horrible and not even remotely like real cheese, but I developed a taste for them when I was in college and they remain a guilty pleasure.
    4. Freshly baked bread. My mom baked bread when I was growing up, and there was nothing like a warm slice of freshly baked bread. Now I bake my own. This is mostly a winter thing, though.
    3. Apples, particularly Honeycrisp. I prefer a crisp texture, and otherwise tend to prefer slightly tart apples. Cortlands are also good, and Galas, and Granny Smith
    2. Popcorn. Not just any popcorn; the kind you make on top of the stove in a nice heavy pan. I like mine buttered and lightly salted.
    1. Pomegranate. Pomegranate season is way too short. They’re so good, though, it’s worth it to go through the process of peeling them and getting the seeds out. I would happily eat them just plain, but they’re also really good in yogurt. Love yogurt and pomegranate.

    • My aunt used to make bread when I was a kid. And to this day I still make bread and everybody thinks it’s such a strange thing to make bread at home, but there is just nothing like it, with a lot of butter and a little honey… I think it’s the smell, it’s sticks with you. So good, I should’ve putted it on my list.

  4. I have to say, I don’t care about most snacks. But like my fellow hispanic american, Rodrigo, Munchos can not last around me (and chips in general, by proxy). I can devour these by the bag full without blinking an eye and it’s a glorious problem. If, however, you like spicy foods, they make an amazing “Flamin’ Hot” Munchos very similar to the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos also made by the frito lays people. Except these are actually delicious, because you know, they’re Munchos

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