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Mar 27, 2007 06:21 PM

NC Regional Snacks?

So, some friends and I are driving around North Carolina and the northeast tip of Georgia in a few weeks. We have our meals pretty much set in stone, but between those meals we'll need to eat. You know - fuel for a long drive, or salty snacks to have handy around 1AM when the bourbon's running low. Anything special I should keep my eyes open for? I have no idea what I'm even aiming for here, but if anyone knows what I'm talking about, please help me out.

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  1. Mmmm, bourbon and fried pork skins. Nothin could be finer.

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    1. re: peetoteeto

      Find a country store with gallon jars filled with Penrose pickled red weenies, pickled boiled eggs, and various pickled pig parts and buy samples of each. The fried pork skins will add some needed texture and the bourbon will add bravery.

    2. I don't know how many actual North Carolinians snack on this, but I'm right fond of Neese's Liver Pudding . . . I generally fry it up a little & eat it on toast or something, but I bet you could just as easily slice it & eat it on crackers.

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        1. re: cackalackie

          It is, only instead of feeding the grain to the pigs while they're alive, they wait until they're dead, and just mix the cereal meal in with the liver . . .

          1. re: rossgrady

            Eek! I think I'll stick to boiled peanuts... ;)

      1. a pig in a pup... that's if you are in Kinston, NC

        1. Snacks for driving around....nabs. My grandparents always have a pack of nabs handy in the dashboard of their car. Oh, and it has to be the cheesy cracker peanut butter variety. You could wash that down with a bottle of Cheerwine.

          For something sweet and if in Winston, I'd stop at Dewey's Bakery and get some sugarcake.

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          1. re: marshmallow78

            Yes! Dewey's sugarcake. I believe it is even "Moravian" so it is technically a cultural experience. We always have it on Christmas morning but butter and brown sugar are delicious any time of day . . .

            1. re: dubedo

              Or get a B+G fried pie. Not a good as my memeory recalls but good none the less. I second the cheerwine or may be a Sundrop or a Blenheim. If it's a nab then toastchee(peanut butter and cheddar cheese cracker) or nekot(peanut butter and a cookie).

              1. re: quazi

                Oh yes...B&G pies are a W-S classic!

            1. re: Hushpuppy

              Yes! Preferably purchased from a guy standing next to a giant cauldron in the back of a really beat-up pickup truck in a gravel pull-out on a twisty mountain road. Crooked hand-painted sign, of course.