Nutella and Pretzels
Nutella and pretzels make for a delicious salt and sweet snack. The crunchy, salty pretzels pair perfectly with the creamy, chocolate Nutella. This is also a super simple snack. No cooking required, just grab your favorite pretzels and a jar of Nutella or whatever chocolate nut spread you like and you’ve got your snack.
Crock Pot Cheese Dip
This is super easy to make, it takes minimal effort and takes wonderful. You cut up one block of Velveeta cheese into cubes and add it to the crock pot. Add one can of cream of mushroom soup, one can of cream of chicken soup, two cans of Rotel (Whatever flavor you want – I use tomatoes with cilantro and green chiles), and 1/2 – 1 whole pound of cooked ground beef. Turn the crock pot on low and let cook, mixing every little bit, until all the cheese is melted and everything is thoroughly blended.
Use tortilla chips to eat the cheese dip and enjoy. I love to use Tostitos Scoops or Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips.
Coffee and Cookies
This sounds so simple but to get the best results, one must be a bit particular. For me, I use caramel or toffee flavored coffee grounds. I fill my mug halfway with coffee and the other half with either hazelnut creamer or caramel macchiato creamer. I top my coffee with a swirl of Reddi Whip whipped cream and set it aside.
Once the coffee is done, I like to grab a plate for my cookies. I am very particular about the cookies I like to go with my coffee. My favorite is Pepperidge Farm Assorted Cookies. They have chocolate collection and classic collection. I enjoy both. I also enjoy lotus biscuits and butter cookies with my coffee as well. Basically, any cookie that is small and, preferably, not soft, will be a good coffee match.
“Fancy” Hot Dogs
When you think about hot dogs, you probably think, “Ew, gross,” or “that’s basic.” However, if you mix it up, they can be a delicious guilty pleasure.
I, personally, enjoy mine on a sesame bun, with melted white American cheese, grilled onions, mustard, and light ketchup.
Another delicious option is an oldie but a goodie: Chili dogs! Add your favorite chili, top with minced onion, cheddar cheese, and a pepperoncini pepper.
For something a bit simpler, a pretzel bun with some cream cheese spread, and everything bagel seasoning. It is a salty, creamy, savory food.
Another sweet and salty treat, candied bacon is a must. Line a cookie sheet with foil and lay your bacon strips flat. In a pan, melt some brown sugar and black pepper together. Once melted, dip each bacon strip in the brown sugar mixture, making sure to coat each side. Place the bacon back on the pan flat and make sure they aren’t touching. Cook the bacon at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly 20 min. Then flip the bacon over and cook again until the strips are crispy and cooked.
Once done, the bacon comes out with the most amazing, sweet, savory, smokey flavors.
One of my top favorite snacks of all time is popcorn. I like mine homemade, but any popcorn is delicious. Aside from the classic buttery popcorn, my second favorite is garlic Parmesan. I like to use store bought popcorn seasoning but you can make yours at home.
Another popcorn I love is the plastic tubs from the store that have the chocolate drizzled popcorn. Sometimes it has sprinkles too but it always tastes great. I’ve tried to make it at home, but it never tastes quite the same.
Around the holidays, you can also find a metal tin with three flavors of delicious popcorns: Butter, cheddar, and caramel. All delicious and you can even take out the dividers and combine the flavors for a blend of salty, sweet, savory, etc.
Microwave popcorn is good, but if you’re looking for the best, I highly suggest investing is an old-fashioned popcorn popper. It makes all the difference. Not only is it hotter and crunchier, but you get to decide how much butter and salt gets added and what flavor it is.
Popcorn is the perfect snack for any occasion. Whether you want something salty, savory, sweet, etc. there is always a popcorn to suit your cravings. The buttery crunch always entices me.