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Favorite gourmet snacks that you can get at a grocery store

flzhang Apr 18, 2011 09:44 PM

What are you favorite lavish (expensive) snacks that you don't have to go to a specialty store to find, but are too pricey to be eating on a daily basis? I'm thinking like cheese, cured meats, canned food, etc.

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    givemecarbs Apr 22, 2011 12:24 AM

    Brie, usually baked in a puff pastry or even in refrigerated croissant dough, with some nuts, craisins and preserves layered in. Yum yum!

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      jlhinwa Apr 21, 2011 11:19 PM

      Smoked salmon with cream cheese and sweet chili sauce. Mmmm.

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        Suzlynnj Apr 21, 2011 06:41 PM

        Kipper snacks, although they don't meet the criteria of being expensive or gourmet. Also canned boneless/skinless sardines made into "finger sandwiches" using Sara Lee thin sliced bread.

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          FrankD Apr 21, 2011 04:59 AM

          Smoked oysters. With a good fresh French loaf, and some decent cheese, it makes a great snack, and you can find them all at any decent grocery.

          1. pinehurst Apr 20, 2011 04:07 PM

            Olives...brine cured, kalamata. And in New England, a lot of fresh fruit that I like out-of-season.

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              redfish62 Apr 20, 2011 11:23 AM

              Beef jerky, it runs $1 per ounce for the Good Value brand at Walmart, a tad more at SuperTarget for their store brand, Publix makes you pay out the nose, and don't even think about buying it in a convenience store.

              Costs more for a name brand.

              I've learned to stay away from brands I don't recognize, got some at Costco named Pacific something or other that sucked.

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                Big Bad Voodoo Lou Apr 19, 2011 01:07 PM

                Prosciutto, sliced paper-thin, maybe with figs or equally-thin provolone cheese. Any of the dry sausages and salamis are real rare treats for me, but there's nothing like prosciutto!

                Also lox or nova on bagels or crackers, with or without cream cheese. Or chopped liver, for that matter.

                1. Axalady Apr 19, 2011 12:51 PM

                  More nuts! Sahale snacks. I have to stop myself from eating a whole bag in one sitting.

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                    goodhealthgourmet Apr 20, 2011 11:24 AM

                    but wait, doesn't 1 bag = 1 serving? ;)

                    i'm partial to the Ksar & Soledad blends. when i'm away from home & unable to make my own spiced nuts & seeds i'll treat myself to a bag. they really are pricy!

                  2. monavano Apr 19, 2011 12:33 PM

                    Marcona almonds. We get them at Costco and eat them a bit more sparingly than peanuts.

                    1. othervoice Apr 19, 2011 11:52 AM

                      Nuts!!!! Try to find jumbo cashews that don't break the bank! Expensive but so good. Even a good extra sharp cheddar is expensive but worth the money with a great loaf of fresh bread!

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                        pine time Apr 19, 2011 01:39 PM

                        Check CostCo's "jar" of giant cashews--best price we've found. Happy noshing.

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                          Lori D Apr 20, 2011 11:02 AM

                          Trader Joe's has good prices on nuts.

                          Not jumbo cashews, but their sesame seed coated cashews are always a big hit.

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