Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor and satisfaction in the snacking department. Picking out the tastiest on-the-go snacks is all about the right combinations of salty, sweet, and tangy. And don’t forget crunchy, chewy, and, most importantly, thirst quenching, which makes up a trifecta of delicious textures in every bite, sip, and gulp. Here are some of our favorite snack combos for on-the-road pit stops:
Salty & Savory
Go big for your much-needed snack time with Combos, a mix of two favorite comfort foods –Pizza flavor and pretzels, together at last! This tasty snack really packs a punch with your taste buds; make sure you have a big-time thirst quencher close by, like Gatorade or Vitamin Water.
Another savory snack that doubles down on flavor is Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips, a classic snack that’s sure to cause a pucker. When you’re really hungry, the intense flavor provides a satisfying bite with every crunch. In between glorious crunching, quench your thirst with mild tasting palate cleansers like Arizona Un-sweet Ice Tea or Smart Water.
Whether you’re watching movies or juggling life on the go, popcorn is a snacking must-have because it makes everything more fun. A healthy and tasty option is Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn, a snack with basic and wholesome ingredients, including Vegetable Oil, Cheddar Cheese, Whey, Buttermilk, and Salt. Pair it with a sparkly beverage like a can of Coke or Sprite for a quick pick-me-up.
Rounding out the selection of crunchy snacks is Ne-Mo’s spicy and savory Sriracha Jalapeno Cornbread, a satisfying combination of jalapeno slices and tangy Sriracha sauce. Keep the flavors country-style by pairing it with Arizona Sweet Tea, a match made in snacking heaven.
Sweet & Delicious
Now that you’ve stopped the hunger pains with our favorite savory snacks, it’s time to finish your on-the-go meal with several treat selections of the sweet and delicious variety. Make the most of your convenience store pit stop with Ne-Mo’s Cake Breads, a perfect on-the-run treat with its rich, wholesome ingredients and individually wrapped portions. A classic comfort food is the Carrot Cake Bread, its sweet and buttery flavors pairing well with a cup of medium roast coffee. Another favorite combo that’s hard to resist is Ne-Mo’s Cream Cheese Coffee Cake and a cup of dark roast java, the Bonnie and Clyde of dessert and coffee pairings.
Another popular convenience store combo is a candy bar with soda, like Snickers and Coca Cola. The gooey caramel and peanuts come together in a satisfying layer of flavors that always hit the spot. Complement each bite with the bubbly and sweet cola, which gives this chocolate confection a bright, thirst-quenching finish.
Tangy & Fruity
In French cuisine, a fruit and cheese plate always follows dessert and coffee as the last course of a meal. This flavor pairing helps give your taste buds a clean and crisp mouth-feel after a slew of rich and briny flavors. But when you’re on the road, a full course meal isn’t an option, so you have to open your mind and get a little creative with the limited selection at convenience stores.
If you can’t find any fruit at convenience stores, Welch’s Mixed Fruit Snacks are the next best thing. Made with real fruit puree and other natural flavors, get a healthy dose of Vitamin C while enjoying the sweet and tangy flavors of Granny Smith Apple, Pear, Golden Delicious Apple, Red Delicious Apple, and Apricot.
Ne-Mo’s Blueberry Muffin is another way to get your daily serving of fruit. Made with wholesome ingredients like farm fresh eggs, butter, and real blueberries, this delicious dessert delivers homemade goodness in every bite.
Turn the tangy factor up a notch with Sour Patch Watermelon candies, the mouth-puckering gummies with a fresh and cooling watermelon flavor. Refresh your taste buds with a few Swedish Fish, and then finish it with a complementary Lemon-Lime Gatorade.
Another option for sweet and fruity snacks is the Cotton Candy Slurpee in Blue Raspberry flavor, a quick and easy way to get your sweet/sour fix when you’re on the run. Balance out the sweetness with the super tangy Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers, and have fun indulging in extreme flavors.
Try these snack combinations on your next outing and be on top of the convenience store food chain.