Welcome back for another Top 5 Tuesday. Today, the prompt is the top 5 snacks for reading which I have to admit made me ponder whether my favoured snacks change depending on whether I’m reading or not. I mean logically you’d avoid messy foods, or food that needs both hands, but I’ve just never really thought that much about it. I get hungry, I eat. I’ve probably lost borrowing rights from several people through admitting this, but there we go.
So this is pretty much my go to snack providing it’s a good apple. I am incredibly picky about apples when I can be. As far as I’m concerned a good apple should have a texture just shy of a rock and a sourness just shy of battery acid. I’ll make exceptions for a really fresh apple with a great sweet flavour, like a Discovery or a Spartan, but otherwise give me an in-season underripe Cox, or a Granny Smith. Braeburns can be good, Galas are usually adequate, and whoever named the Golden Delicious and Red Delicious should be dug up to stand trial.
Or chips for many of the readers. Cold fried potato products of great crunchiness. Me, I tend towards weird meaty spicy crisps. The peri-peri chicken crisps Walkers did in the UK were immense, the Maui bbq ones that someone does in the States (Utz?) are like crack. The current crisps in my cupboard was the rib’n’saucy Nik-Naks, one of the greatest supermarket staple crisps over here. They’re not very book friendly, but I usually manage through careful attention to which fingers are allowed to touch which.
I saw a lot of people do specific brands and I wish I’d done this now particularly as a lot of my favourite snacks are kind off the table right now as I try to get healthier. Nuts are one of the things I gravitate towards for that, particularly pistachios and hazelnuts. Less healthy are the candied almonds my wife makes, but they are very good.
Being in the UK means I can’t sate my love of jerky properly, although I get some biltong from time to time. In the States though? Youse are damn jerky addicts. There’s a place called Bardines near Pittsburgh we go to get the really good stuff, but I’ll take a pack of Teriyaki Jack Links if that’s around too, no worries.
5. Covered Ricecakes
This is a bit of a new one for me, and I don’t think I’d like ricecakes without something on them, but once there’s some dark chocolate or yoghurt on them, they’re nice enough. Which isn’t really the bar that should exist for snacks, but there we go. Let this post be a monument to snacking sensibly before you have to snack healthily.