March 16, 2006

SNACK (n.)

{snăk; > ME snak = bite; > snaken = to bite; ? > MDutch snacken = to snap at}

1. A hurried or light meal.
2. Food eaten between meals.
3. The subject of today’s Axis of Weevil Thursday Three!

Since we had such an overwhelming response to last week’s sugar-infused T-Three, and since everyone loves a nosh, a nibble, or a bite between meals, the Thursday Three Editorial Board decided to produce yet another post along the same lines as the last one, except different, in order to keep things from being too dull. And repetitive. And redundant.

ANYway, this week’s questions are these here ones:

1) What are your THREE favorite sugary snacks?

2) What are your THREE favorite salty snacks?

3) What snack food do you dislike, even though everyone else raves about it?

There now--that should keep you all busy for about five minutes!

As for my answers--

1) Well, I don’t eat nearly so much sugary stuff as I used to, and I’ve really always been more of a saltysnack person. Having said that, though, I must confess an affection for Brach’s Maple Nut Goodies (which are also salty), Necco Wafers, and cheapo, non-brand jellybeans.

2) Again, I have really tried to cut back on these things, but it is very difficult due to their luscious high-sodium, high-carbohydrate contents. First above all others would be Golden Flake Cheese Curls (NOT CHEESE PUFFS!), then there’s Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream potato chips, and third would be Combos Nacho Cheese Pretzels.

3) I don’t really like any of the gummy (or Gummi) stuff, especially Jujubes, although in fairness, I don't really recall anyone I know raving about how wonderful they are. And I’m not about to ever try either a Baby Bottle Pop or Fun Dip, either.

So, there you go.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at March 16, 2006 08:00 AM

I'm hungry, as well as up.

Posted by: Diane at March 16, 2006 08:46 AM

Not much of a snacker, so I don't have three favorite sweet or salty snacks. But I like:

Salty: those roasted peanuts salted in the shell. Don't know how they do that, but I sure like 'em.

Sweet: Any flavor of Blue Bell ice cream.

Dislikes: I have to agree with Terry about those "gummy" things. Yuk. And for some reason I have never liked Chee-tos either. Yeah, I un-American of me.

Posted by: Stan at March 16, 2006 09:29 AM

Mmm snack time. I'm up!

Posted by: Sarah G. at March 16, 2006 09:42 AM

Sugary: Snickers, Skittles, prunes, mints
Salty: Triscuit crackers with cheese, Pennysticks pretzels ($1 a bag at Fred's), Fritos
No-like: gummis, cake

Posted by: Janis at March 16, 2006 09:51 AM

1. Peanut m&ms, home made carrot cake, pumpkin pie with real whipped cream, Irish soda bread (with raisin soaked in whiskey).
2. Utz potato chips, all flavors, including crab, but especiall Grandma Utz kettle chips (fried in LARD!), Cape Code potato chips, Cheetos
3. Don't like gummi stuff either.

Posted by: steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at March 16, 2006 10:01 AM


Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 16, 2006 10:06 AM

Dried plums, if you will. And yes, I like them. And dried apricots. And dried cherries. Moreso than raisins.

Posted by: Janis at March 16, 2006 10:10 AM

Oh, and Stan--The Straight Dope (the next best reference after Ask Dr. Possum) has an article on how peanuts get salted in the shell.

SPOILER ALERT!! (Scroll down if you don't want to have to read the whole article, which contains all kinds of extraneous info about peanuts)

They soak them in brine first, then when they roast them, the salt stays on the peanuts after the water evaporates.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 16, 2006 10:13 AM

And what story about roasted, salted peanuts would be complete without a paean to the mighty Peanut Depot, located on Morris Avenue since 1907.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 16, 2006 10:17 AM

I'm up.

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at March 16, 2006 10:31 AM

I'm UP.

Sorry about being late but I was out trying to be a good citizen volunteer.
Not my fault no one needed me.

Posted by: jim at March 16, 2006 10:34 AM

Wow!! The things one learns from reading Possumblog. Now that I've read the answer to my question about peanuts salted in the shell, I have to admit that seems almost...obvious. But at least I am not the only one who has ever asked that question, judging by that article.

Thanks so much, Terry. Now I know how those things (the peanuts salted in the shell) got that way.

Posted by: Stan at March 16, 2006 11:12 AM

Spreading knowledge to all the world--that's my quest, Stan, that's my quest. Of course, some of that knowledge might be stuff I just make up, but, hey.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 16, 2006 11:22 AM

I think I forgot to tell you I'm up.

So, I'm up.

Wait. You commented there already. So you knew that. What day is it again?

Posted by: skinnydan at March 16, 2006 03:33 PM

I'm up. Finally.

Posted by: Nate at March 16, 2006 04:33 PM

I'm not sure, Skinnydan, but I don't think it matters.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at March 16, 2006 04:39 PM