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Riding in the car - what are your go to snacks?

I spend a lot of time chauffering my children around town. For whatever reason, this conjures up the desire to snack. I'm a diabetic so I keep Swedish Fish in every car, purse, drawer, etc. in case of a low blood sugar. In addition, I also usually have in the car peanut m&m's and sugar-free Twizzlers. Peanuts, trail mix and granola are other go-to's. And we can't forget the water and Coke Zero.

What are your favorite snacks that you either keep in the car or grab out of the pantry on your way to the car.

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  1. Goldfish, pretzels, and Kind bars (all nuts and fruit).

    1. Hmm. I probably mistook your headline for a question about longer car trips. I live in a fairly small town, so none of my trips around here exceed 15 minutes - a time period I can probably do without having to snack on anything.

      That said, for longer trips, I usually make sandwiches: toasted whole grain, mayo, roast beef or ham, cheddar, lettuce.

      Last road trip I made the mistake of stopping at a BK for my one (and very rare) chain indulgence, the jr. whopper w/cheese. It tasted like crap. The lettuce was brown. Never, ever, ever again.

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      1. re: linguafood

        BK has truly become the bottom of the barrel for fast food establishments - or so it seems these days. They are nasty and are right there with Hardee's in just having bad, bad "food".

        1. re: lynnlato

          Any place serving "French fries" that bad should be banned from the earth. French fries are manna from the heavens for me and I like most of them, but BK's are just plain nasty.

          1. re: buttertart

            Their fries are truly nasty! But, I have to say, McDonalds has done something different with theirs recently and they are tasteless. Ugh. So sad... :-(

              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                That's explains a lot! They are tasteless - but for the salt. It was one of the few things I enjoyed at Mickey D's. Guess they cured my need for their fries.

        2. re: linguafood

          I also thought of this for longer trips. I commute an hour each way, but don't eat in the car for that. For road trips, I typically pack banana and peanut butter sandwiches, easily peeled oranges, nuts of some sort, carrots, and hard boiled eggs. And for honesty's sake I'll add that there's usually a bag of some sort of chex mix too. :)

        3. cheezits! they are my special snack for long car rides.

          1. well duh!! JERKY! BEEF jerky and only the really crappy greasy over-processed type, none of this pemmican stuff unless you or I made it of course, esp if it's a cramped car with bad air-conditioning and you've pushing through a few states without sleep or shower. hands down.

            as far as Hardee's goes, I haven't had a burger from there in years, but last Fall, I suddenly wanted a chocolate shake, and while it wasn't 'real' it was pretty good.

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            1. re: hill food

              HAAA!!! I much prefer the mongolian jerky I found in NYC - spicy pork jerky - insanely good. Really, like, Slim Jims???

              I forgot to mention Corn Nuts. It used to be that you could only find them at those interstate exit truck stop places. We used to grab several bags - even the BBQ & Ranch flavors. But now I'm seeing them everywhere. Funny, I liked them better when they were hard to come by.

              1. re: lynnlato

                Mongolian sounds good, but a certain level of trashy is required (yes Slim Jims).

                Corn Nuts? sorry but I only eat those in staff meetings to intentionally annoy the person that called the brown-bag lunch (sound and odor)

                1. re: hill food

                  AHAHAHA!!!!

                  The "sound and odor" is horrible, isn't it? Just as bad as someone munching on Fritos next to you. Ha!

            2. About 18 months ago, my big summer vacation was a weeklong roadtrip through West Virginia and Western PA. (What can I say? I was on a budget. But it was some beautiful scenery.) Convinced I would be stuck in the middle of nowhere with only pork rinds and Mountain Dew to buy at a gas station, I packed whole wheat breadsticks, single serving containers of peanut butter, a bag of salted popcorn, trail mix, apple sauce cups and granola bars. Oh and whole-grain goldfish. Always gotta have some goldfish on hand.

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              1. re: Heatherb

                uhh you're missing the point of a road trip and especially through an area like that (which is beautiful BTW).

                junk food you wouldn't normally eat and stinks up the car is part of the vacation IMHO.

                1. re: hill food

                  I had a different strategy. I was eating out for pretty much every meal since it was a vacation - my goal was to minimize the impact of that. Thus the reasonably healthy stuff to snack on in between meals. And I wasn't wrong to pack it, as I was in the land of donut shops and convenience stores.

                  1. re: Heatherb

                    and the land where scrapple falls from the sky like manna.

                    1. re: hill food

                      Yeah, it kinda does:) But what really surprised me were the donut shops. There were multiple regional chains and independent shops all over the place. If I was a donut fan, I'd've been in heaven.