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NC Regional Snacks?

ratatosk Mar 27, 2007 06:21 PM

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. peetoteeto RE: ratatosk Mar 27, 2007 06:47 PM

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

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      blewgo RE: peetoteeto Mar 27, 2007 07:07 PM

      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. rossgrady RE: ratatosk Mar 27, 2007 07:19 PM

      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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        cackalackie RE: rossgrady Mar 29, 2007 08:31 AM

        Just like fois gras.....

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          rossgrady RE: cackalackie Mar 31, 2007 06:07 PM

          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 . . .

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            statolith RE: rossgrady Mar 31, 2007 06:30 PM

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

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        strephking RE: ratatosk Mar 27, 2007 07:37 PM

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

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          marshmallow78 RE: ratatosk Mar 27, 2007 08:01 PM

          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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            dubedo RE: marshmallow78 Mar 28, 2007 11:00 AM

            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 . . .

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              quazi RE: dubedo Mar 31, 2007 12:34 PM

              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).

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                marshmallow78 RE: quazi Mar 31, 2007 12:39 PM

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

          2. Hushpuppy RE: ratatosk Mar 28, 2007 07:15 AM

            Boiled peanuts.

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              rossgrady RE: Hushpuppy Mar 28, 2007 07:25 AM

              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.

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                Ellen of SC RE: Hushpuppy Mar 28, 2007 01:06 PM

                Dammm skrait!

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                  hammerhead RE: Hushpuppy Mar 28, 2007 01:12 PM


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                  mark RE: ratatosk Mar 28, 2007 08:24 AM

                  not generally considered a snack, but you'll be here during ramp season. i do know people who snack on them; just be sure everyone in the car does so.

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                    batdown RE: ratatosk Mar 28, 2007 08:30 AM

                    goobers (boiled peanuts), squirrel nut zippers (more sweet than salty but still worth checking out)

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                      Chow Penguin RE: batdown Mar 29, 2007 08:59 AM

                      Second the recommendation for boiled peanuts. However, I've not found a place in NC that boils them right!

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                        statolith RE: Chow Penguin Mar 31, 2007 06:33 PM

                        I've bought some great boiled peanuts from various stands and shops along the highway on the way to the Outer Banks from the Triangle. Once in a while they're not soft enough for my taste, but usually they're just right.

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                          ratatosk RE: statolith Mar 31, 2007 11:10 PM

                          Thanks for all the great recommendations, everyone! Needless to say, my mouth was already watering (I am an unrecalcitrant lover of the flesh of pigs), but I am very excited by many of these suggestions. I had forgotten that this was Cheerwine's native soil; there used to be a tobacconist that sold it in glass bottles in Dallas, so I'm a big fan of the stuff, but I haven't had it in years, and never in the proper setting.

                          What, if I may ask, does one look for in a properly goobered goober (aside from its mountain pickup truck lineage)? They should be soft?!? What else?

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                            rossgrady RE: ratatosk Apr 1, 2007 06:20 AM

                            Well, it may be easier to tell you what to avoid . . . down at Oak Island NC, there's a pretty good produce stand that used to sell decent boiled peanuts, but recently they started stocking the shelves with big ol' gallon cans of boiled peanuts, and the quality of the peanuts in the crock pot (most places with electricity will just keep a skanky crockpot going nonstop with brine that has probably never been fully changed out, just replenished as needed) took a nosedive.

                            So keep a careful eye out for open peanut cans, or the preferred converse, bags of raw peanuts. You can't boil peanuts without opening some bags of raw peanuts.

                            Otherwise, yes, softness, although personal preference comes to bear at this point. The thing about a boiled peanut is that it actually can come to resemble a blackeyed pea, both in taste and consistency.

                            I think the ideal boiled peanut has a shell that has retained enough of its firmness to not fall to pieces all over your hands, but is soft enough to pop open when you squeeze it. Likewise, the peanuts should retain their individual shapes nestled there in the shell, but then should sorta melt away in your mouth once you start chewing.

                            They're boiled in brine, so a certain level of saltiness is to be expected and desired. There may be mysterious scum in the pot, due to peanuts popping open & then disintegrating; there may also be an alarming black tinge to some of the shells. This can all be safely ignored and/or reveled in, since we're talking about a mixture that's ideally hot and briny enough to kill just about anything.

                            The classical mode for dispensing boiled peanuts is a plastic bag inside a paper sack, but nowadays you're often likely to find them in a ziploc bag in a cooler, ready for sale. They're better hot, but can be readily eaten at any temp.

                            Once you become attuned to the existence of boiled peanuts, you will begin to notice the canned ones everywhere, in grocery & convenience stores. Do not be tempted.

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                              brokegradstudent RE: rossgrady Apr 1, 2007 05:07 PM

                              This thread begs a question: Where can one find raw peanuts in the Triangle to boil up a cauldren of one's own? I've only gotten them from a farmer near my grandparents in SC, never from up here and never in a store.

                              I've never noticed them at the Carrboro farmers market or at local grocery.

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                                chazzer RE: brokegradstudent Apr 2, 2007 07:07 AM

                                The Farmers Market

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                      kerdragon RE: ratatosk Mar 28, 2007 10:07 AM

                      Kettle corn.

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                        toolprincess RE: ratatosk Mar 28, 2007 02:03 PM

                        Moonpies! A pack of salted peanuts and a bottle (glass) of Pepsi - (pour peanuts in Pepsi -enjoy). and if you're game potted meat on crackers or vienna sausages (with saltines).

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                          RICKO RE: toolprincess Mar 29, 2007 01:29 PM

                          RC Cola with Moonpies -

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                          kim shook RE: ratatosk Mar 28, 2007 02:55 PM

                          To drink: Sundrop - icy cold and in a glass bottle, if you can get it. Nectar. Of. The. Gods.

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                            blewgo RE: kim shook Mar 28, 2007 03:17 PM

                            You can find Sundrop in a glass bottle? How about Cheerwine?

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                              jean9 RE: blewgo Mar 29, 2007 06:01 AM

                              i just had cheerwine in a tall glass bottle not to long ago at a farmstand on the way to the beach however I have no idea where to get it either locally (triangle) or over the net... if anyone knows you would be my hero!

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                                Tanglebriar RE: jean9 Mar 29, 2007 07:34 AM

                                The Food Lion and Walmart here in Salisbury I feel sure carry the Cheerwine in bottles. You might want to check those out if there is one near you.

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                                  chazzer RE: Tanglebriar Mar 29, 2007 08:02 AM

                                  I think that it depends on the bottler how Cheerwine is packaged. We have a vintage 50's pepsi machine and wanted bottles to stock it. Ended up picking a few cases of Cheerwine and Squirt from a bottler by the cost. The only place we found for glass pepsi bottles was maxican markets.

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                                    jean9 RE: chazzer Mar 29, 2007 08:29 AM

                                    I have looked in the local food lions, HT, and about every other grocery store I can think of and they all sell the cans of cheerwine not the bottles so maybe next time i am near the beach i will check local grocery stores and bring some back

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                                      blewgo RE: jean9 Mar 29, 2007 09:46 AM

                                      Fresh Market regularly has 8oz glass bottles of Coke. It tastes better in glass.

                                      It looks like several old fashioned soft drings are available via the net.

                                      "Price: $9.99
                                      This is 6(six)- 12oz glass longneck bottles. Avaliable in Sundrop, Sunkist Orange, Nehi Peach, A&W Rootbeer, 7UP, Cheerwine, and RC Cola. These great drinks are make with real cane Sugar. ***SORRY NOT AVALIABLE IN CA***"


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                                        chazzer RE: blewgo Mar 29, 2007 12:57 PM

                                        You forgot the $7.35 shipping. I am not one to say anything about overspending on soft drinks (having had cane suger Dr. Pepper shipped to me from Dublin Tx).

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                                          blewgo RE: chazzer Mar 29, 2007 01:20 PM

                                          I probably wouldn't pay $10 for six soft drinks either. The link was more to show that soft drinks are still being bottled in glass.

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                                            jean9 RE: blewgo Mar 29, 2007 02:36 PM

                                            thanks for the link... i think i will continue with an on the ground search as i am heading to the coast next weekend and can hit a couple of grocery stores on the way without the shipping charge!!

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                                              steveindurham RE: jean9 Apr 1, 2007 04:23 AM

                                              Bleinheim Ginger Ale.

                                              In Burlington - get an Alamance County cheese dog - Bun with mustard, chili, onions, and cheese (no meat). Can't really find this anywhere else.

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                                                jean9 RE: jean9 Apr 2, 2007 06:11 AM

                                                I found bottles of sun drop, bleinheim ginger ale, cheerwine and diet cheerwine, grape soda etc at the state farmers market this weekend. They were in the building by the seafood restaraunt and were being sold for a dollar either packed in ice or warm.

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                                                  blewgo RE: jean9 Apr 2, 2007 10:58 AM

                                                  Thanks for the tip. I'm drinking a Cheerwine made with real sugar from a glass bottle as I type this.

                            2. Suzy Q RE: ratatosk Apr 1, 2007 05:54 AM

                              I'm from South Carolina, and they definitely know how to do boiled peanuts right down there. I clearly remember walking around Carter-Finley Stadium at an NC State game in Raleigh looking for boiled peanuts (a staple at football games at my alma mater, the University of South Carolina), and having everyone look at me like I was crazy. North Carolinians just don't eat as many boiled peanuts as their neighbors to the south - I'd recommend dipping down into SC or looking in Georgia for good peanuts.

                              And props to whomever mentioned the hand-lettered sign - no one with a professionally made sign has good goobers! :-)

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                                marshmallow78 RE: Suzy Q Apr 1, 2007 06:33 AM

                                I'm from the western part of the state but now live near the coast. I had never had a boiled peanunt until I moved down here. So, I think it's mainly an eastern thing in NC. My husband's grandmother boils her own peanuts as a special treat--they are fantastic!

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                                  rossgrady RE: marshmallow78 Apr 1, 2007 07:12 AM

                                  I grew up near Greenville, SC, and we used to be able to get them on the side of the road up near Caesar's Head (along with vast quantities of fudge), which is on highway 276 just south of the NC border. So yes, it may be something the OP needs to look for before leaving north Georgia, or maybe a detour into SC is in order . . .

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                                    steveindurham RE: rossgrady Apr 1, 2007 04:01 PM

                                    I remembered a couple of others - hot apple cider around Chimney Rock/Bat Cave and homemade "zagnuts" candy at a stand just outside Blowing Rock on Hwy 321. Both of these were awesome.

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                                      RaleighRocker RE: steveindurham Apr 1, 2007 04:39 PM

                                      You must have a bottle of Pepsi with a sleeve of peanuts poured inside.
                                      In case you were not aware, Pepsi was "Born in the Carolinas" (http://www.greenvillepepsi.com/frames...). It is more tasty than it sounds.

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                                      blewgo RE: rossgrady Apr 12, 2007 04:13 PM

                                      Boiled peanuts spotted in the triangle. I just drove by an old pickup with a hand lettered sign on Farrington Road between Lystra and the lake.

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                                        blewgo RE: blewgo Apr 12, 2007 04:15 PM

                                        Too bad the map was cropped by the posting software.

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                                  bethd127 RE: ratatosk Apr 2, 2007 06:37 PM

                                  How about an rc cola and moon pie combo? Saw this sold together in a recent country drive....(check pic)

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                                    strephking RE: bethd127 Apr 2, 2007 06:42 PM

                                    Sundrop is now making different variety. i recommend the cherry sundrop. it's delicious!

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