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Apr 1, 2008 12:35 PM

Your Favorite Regional Snack?

I'm thinking along the lines of:

Berger cookies: Maryland
TastyKakes: Pennsylvania/Northeast
Cheerwine; Penrose Pickled Sausages: North Carolina
Coffee milk: Rhode Island

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  1. Berger cookies, yes!
    Wow, coffee milk - haven't heard that one since I went to school in Providence. Can't say I like the stuff.
    One terribly unhealthy snack that (if it's still made) I can only find in New England, is Wise brand Cheese Waffies.

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    1. re: HSBSteveM

      Cheese Waffies! HSBSteveM, I grew up in Northwest Indiana, about thirty-five miles southeast of Chicago. I loved Cheese Waffies. They had a sharp cheddar flavor to them that was missing in their imitators. I thought that they had disappeared from the market about 1975. The next time I'm in Boston, I'll definitely look for them! Thanks.

      1. re: gfr1111

        I found them in a deli on Rt. 84 in CT (Rein's) about 5 years ago.

        1. re: HSBSteveM

          I grew up in the burbs of Chicago and remember Cheez Waffies well, I begged my mom to buy them (she wouldn't) but my neighbor's mom was not so junk-food intolerant, so I would just go down the street for my Waffie and Slim Jim fix. Cheez Waffies are still around - I bought some last month in the snack section of Spec's Liquor Warehouse here in Houston. Almost as good as I remember .....

        2. re: gfr1111

          I actually live a few miles from a Wise Potato Chip factory. I am pretty sure they still make the cheese waffles. I will check tomorrow when I do my grocery shopping. I am not a fan of Wise products I think their chips are way too salty. I prefer Middleswarth bbq. those are my fav.

      2. I'm not sure if they are distributed nationally, but Lance Toastchee crackers (peanut button on cheese crackers) and an ice cold Coke just can't be beat. It is a southern tradition

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        1. re: steakman55

          two from the south: 1)boiled peanuts. the fat ones you get at ballparks or fairs that are seasoned with cajun spices. 2)pork rinds. the kind that still have a piece of the fat still on there. the best are the ones fried fresh, but you can buy them in the grocery stores too.

          1. re: SouthernFoodie08

            I'll second the boiled peanuts.. bought from under a tent-fly on the roadside or at a local gas station, where they fill a big plastic mug and dump them into a plastic bag. I have a religious stop for this on Amelia Island, FL. Can't find anything like them up here in Boston. But of course, can't find a "stuffie" - a stuffed quahog, RI specialty, down that way either...

          2. re: steakman55

            They still make those, but my favorite Lance's product, Gold Chees, are no longer available here in Houston!

          3. Back bacon on a bun--at fairs, rural auction sales and markets all over Southern Ontario.

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            1. re: Blush

              Such as the Western Fair, London...thanks for the blast from my childhood, a great memory of fun with my (now dear departed) mom and dad.

            2. Black pudding on barmcake. Lots of mustard.

              1. Two words:
                Lobster Dog. Or: Lobster Roll.
                Lobster, mayo, bun. Nuff said.
                Northeastern shoreline stuff.