The Origins of Your Favorite Snacks
Your Favorite Snacks: Sometimes to fully appreciate your favorite snacks. You have to dig into the origin stories – the whos, whats, whens, hows, and whys. Then you will experience that much more of an immersive endeavor as you’re chomping next time. In addition, we are not really talking healthy snacks here, but more the kind that you might find at a baseball game, or perhaps hidden in the back of the drawer away from prying eyes.
So, let’s talk about peanuts, popcorn, pretzels, licorice, and potato chips. Be they sweet, salty, cold, hot, sugary, sticky, messy, or hands-free, those are some of the go-tos when it comes to getting your much on.
Peanuts are a typically misunderstood organism. Believe it or not, peanuts are not actually nuts – they belong in a different family altogether. In addition, the harvesting process is unique because of how they grow. Therefore, the next time you see a bowl full of your favorite-shelled snack at a bar when you reach over to grab a handful, you will have a vision of the harvesting and shaking processes that got them to your table. Moreover, do not forget that they’re where your ideal peanut butter spread comes from as well after they go through their mashing process.
You probably are not thinking about the history of popcorn when you are at the movie theater. Chowing down on exploded kernels that may or may not be worth their weight in gold. But knowing about where they came from and a bit about why the pop is still a fun bit of trivia to hang onto in your back pocket. If nothing else, it’s a great conversation starter while the previews are still rolling.
In addition, whether you are at a ball game or wandering through a mall. A go-to snack is going to be the ever-present soft and chewy pretzel, now available in an infinite number of flavors. Pretzels are a bit more interesting than your average fare. Because it’s tough to make them quite right on your own. Though there are pretzel recipes that will get you started.
Licorice is the sugary figure in the bunch of tasty snacks, and it’s not necessarily the flavor that makes it a favorite, but also the fact that you can play with it! It’s got enough shape as a rope that you can do all sorts of physical modifications to it, and that’s why the Twizzler’s branding scheme was so successful.
And though they’re more of a stay-at-home kind of snack, it’s hard to beat the crispy, crunchy, oily, snappy pleasure of eating a handful of potato chips that haven’t had time to get rubbery yet. With all the flavors available, that’s one snack that will never get old.