So one afternoon I’m strolling through my local grocery store and what do I spy with my little eye? I see an end-cap filled with the newest offerings of the “weird flavored” Frito Lay potato chips, and right in the middle of this display… a snack food pairing made in heaven, Beer and Brat flavored potato chips! Out the way Queso and red bag of whatever flavor, Merica is here and it has arrived in the form of Beer and Brat potato chips!
Of course buying this bag of chips was a total impulse but at $3 I’m more than fine with that. Truthfully I don’t normally go for Lays chips, I much prefer my local option of Better Maid, but with such a wonderful flavor combination how could one resist? So in the cart these bad boys go along with a plethora of other healthy snacks, potato is a vegetable even in chip form, and to the register we went.
Upon arriving home it became snack time. After all grocery shopping is a very strenuous activity and you need to restore your strength for the afternoon, it’s not like sports are going to watch themselves on tv. To no real surprise these chips looked like potato chips, almost suspiciously so if it wasn’t for the bag informing me that they were in fact chips and not a dehydrated bratwurst. Time to crack a beer and chow down as we settle in.
The chips themselves are alright, they probably don’t warrant the build up I’ve set up for them. Basically what you’re getting are potato chips with some dry mustard on them for seasoning. Whatever the beer flavor is supposed to be I didn’t get, but that’s ok, we have ways of adding beer flavor to pretty much anything. These chips are good but calling them beer and bratwurst flavored is kind of a reach. However if you like the flavor of mustard, and who doesn’t, these chips are worth grabbing a bag of and trying. In the meantime I’ll continue to wait for other snack foods that combine beer and delicious food. Beer and pizza chips, Beer and taco Dortios, and course beer and pretzel pretzels! The possibilities are endless.
I’m of the opinion that most of the time people should strive to eat real food, food that isn’t full of chemicals and other mystery ingredients that the majority of people have a hard time pronouncing. However there is no shortage of junk food scattered throughout my home country (America) and really all over the world. Since, like junk food itself, the topic is pretty much unavoidable here are the Sommeats Junk Food Power Rankings!
What are Zingers you ask? Well, if you are not familiar with them, Zingers are basically a Twinkie with a thin layer of frosting (that apparently makes the Zinger aerodynamic) on the top of them making them infinitely better than the much more well know Twinkie snack cake. These spongy delicious bastards often find their way into my pantry as an impulse buy while doing the grocery shopping.
Ah Snickers, I’m not proud of it but there have been so many times that I have replaced meals with a Snickers bar. The Snickers bar has pretty much everything you need in a candy bar (chocolate, caramel, peanuts, and nougat) and as far as candy bars go actually makes it feel like you ate something. Plus they have some of the best commercials out there, especially their annual Super Bowl ads, FEAST!!!!
8. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky
Jack Link’s, way better than its main competitor (slim jim) and Sasquatch approved! There’s a huge variety of Jack Link’s snacks out there and it’s a lot easier to pretend that beef jerky is a “healthy” snack when comparing it to a bag of Cheetohs. Jack Link’s are my go to Road Trip snack
I hope the kids in my neighborhood don’t like Twix because every Halloween I buy the bag of candy that has Twix in it and every Halloween I hoard as many Twix bars as a can. Sorry kids I have a candy bar line up to conduct and I need all the Twix I can get.
6. Potato Chips
The potato chip might be the most well known junk food item in the world. It dominates the salty snacks aisle and comes in about a thousand different varieties. In all honesty potato chips don’t really excite me, but if you put a bowl full of chips in front of me more than likely I’m going to snack on them until someone takes the bowl away.
5. Better Made Hot and Spicy Corn Chips
I would have these ranked even higher if I could find them on a regular basis. These spicy delicious corn chips are normally found on the snack shelf in liquor stores and gas stations and often get over looked thanks to the Hot and Spicy potato chips. The Hot and Spicy Corn Chips are, in my opinion, the Led Zeppelin of the Better Made family and something I buy a bag of every time I find them.
Skittles are the definitive fruity candy. Small, delicious, addictive, and available in a bunch of varieties Skittles just rock. Like Snickers, the good people at Skittles also give us a great deal of entertainment with some of their fantastic commercials.
Doritos are another advertising juggernaut that always makes a splash around the Super Bowl, but there’s no doubt these delicious snacks can sell themselves. I’m pretty sure everyone has a favorite flavor of Doritos that they simply can’t resist few companies have built their brand better than that of the Dorito. These tortilla chips are great and I can already hear the bag in my kitchen calling my name.
A minty treat to warm up your holiday. OREO Mint Cocoa Ingredients 10 OREO Cookies, coarsely chopped 3 cups milk 1/2 cup chocolate syrup 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract Instructions PLACE all ingredients in blender container; cover. Blend on high speed until well blended. Pour into 2-qt. saucepan. COOK on medium-high heat until heated through, stirring frequently. LADLE evenly into 4 mugs.
Oreo cookies are perfect. They are the worlds perfect cookie and in my opinion a perfect desert. You could fly me to France and sit me with some renowned pastry chef and if you put the fancy pants French desert on one plate and a few Oreo’s on another I’m going to choose the Oreos. All the different fillings they do now as limited release cookies are ok but nothing compares to the original. Oreo claims to be milk’s favorite cookie, that’s true but milk will have to get out of my way because Oreo is my favorite cookie!
1. The Pretzel
The pretzel is the perfect snack food. It’s salty and delicious and best of all is the perfect companion for a pint of beer or whatever other beverage you might want to consume. Whether you prefer the classic pretzel rod or a fresh from the oven big soft pretzel topped with some mustard you really can’t go wrong. Anytime I go to a baseball game I get a pretzel, and every Sunday when the NFL kicks off I have pretzels around. They’re simple and work for any occasion and, in comparison to things like potato chips or snickers, is relatively healthy.
What’s your favorite junk food? What essential scrumptious snack did I leave off this list? Let us know in the comments!