School starts for los niños on Monday which means (sadly) that summer, 2012 is drawing to a close.
The highlight of our summer was our road trip from Texas to Southern California. We saw the Grand Canyon, sunned ourselves along the Pacific, and spent a few magical days in the kingdom that Walt built … and boy, oh boy did we eat a lot of snacks on our way!
Convenience Store via Angry Fitness Trainer.
Here are seven of my all-time favorite road trip snacks; many of which we enjoyed on our summer trek.
1. Corn Nuts
Corn Nuts via able2know.
Corn nuts are a really, really crunchy snack that come in myriad flavors. Bonus—if you eat them you will keep the driver awake.
2. Trail Mix
Trail Mix via Wikipedia.
I prefer to make my own trail mix. My favorite recipe (I’ll use that term loosely) consists of peanuts, raisins, and plain M&Ms. Generally, I make it a rule not to eat raisins, but when they’ve got the other two companions I’ll gladly make an exception.
3. Red Licorice
Red Vines via Adrian Gyuricska on Kontain.
When I say red licorice I really mean Red Vines. I would never, ever eat Twizzlers. Not even on a bet.
4. Beef Jerky
Old West Beef Jerky Pieces via Best Beef Jerky.
High protein. Low fat. Those are just two of the reasons I justify my love of beef jerky. I would eat it all the time if I could (afford to).
5. Hostess Products
Hostess Orange Cupcakes via Brand Eating.
At the risk of sounding terribly white trash I must confess that I love all Hostess brand snack cakes. From Twinkies to Zingers, from Ding Dongs to Dunkin Stix and even my personal favorite Orange Cupcakes—I love me the Hostess with the mostest. Plus, they have an amazing shelf life (i.e.: forever).
6. Caffeinated beverages
Whether your drug of choice is Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, Jolt or (my wife’s fave) Coke Zero sometimes you need a good old caffeine-laden soda. They help keep your lids from drooping and keep your family alive.
Doritos via Alaska Market Link Store.
These chips are so good that their inventor literally went into the final journey in a casket lined with them.
There you have it, that’s my list of essential road trip comestibles.
What’s must have goodies do you pick up on your cross-country drives? Sound off in the comments below.
What’s your favorite road trip snack? Sound of in the comments below.