Some days Doritos, Slim Jims and Tostitos won’t cut it. For days like these we want something a little more attuned to the pace of our evolving palates. We want high-end snackery that hits the spot and isn’t just made for mindless shoveling. Let’s take a look at some delicious foods that have their finger on the pulse of what guys want to snack on. So go on and indulge yourself. We’ll allow it.
High-End Craft Beer Pretzel Mix ($8, Boardwalk Food Co.): Picture your favorite soft pretzel... the perfectly browned exterior, the soft, warm, chewy interior. Now picture it made with your favorite beer. And now picture that you were the one who made it. Easy. As. That. Experiment away with your favorite brew.
High-End Tortilla Chips ($4, Late July): You love tortilla chips, right? But maybe you’re tired of the same old search for something beyond gimmicky, scoop shapes that actually focuses on great flavor. With a whopping 16 flavors (including the cheesy-hot-savory-spicy Buffalo Queso and Nacho Chipotle), these tortilla chips might be your new go-to.
High-End Trail Mix ($6, LuckyEats): Sure, we know that trail mix is not healthy, but we also know that it’s absolutely f-ing delicious. LuckyEats takes the classic mix and elevates it to an untold level of deliciousness with dark chocolate chips, dark chocolate-covered raisins, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, dried cranberries and dried apples.
High-End Hot Wings & Ranch Popcorn ($16 per 1-gallon bag, Kernel Encore): Not always being able to get your hands on a hot, crispy, juicy chicken wing is an unforgivable issue. But thankfully, there’s a popcorn for that very situation. That’s right, a talented popcorn chef was able to take (accurate!) hot wings and ranch flavors and infuse them into a highly tasty snack. Score.
High-End Meat Sticks ($26 for an 18-stick sampler, Vermont Smoke & Cure): Chips are great, but sometimes we develop an unruly hunger that will cause us to seriously Hulk out if not properly dealt with. Enter VT Smoke and Cure meat sticks. With addictive turkey, pork and beef-based flavors like ancho, cracked pepper, honey mustard and BBQ, Slim Jims are on notice.
High-End Caramels ($16, McCrea’s Candies): The mother of all old-fashioned, handcrafted sweets is the great American caramel. These ones are made by a chemist with a passion for the treat. Spring for the whole collection of these bad boys, including flavors from mocha and ginger to rosemary truffle sea salt and Highland scotch.
High-End Dark Chocolate Truffles ($30 for 4-item bundle, Alter Eco): You think you know the meaning of decadent? We don’t think you really do… But you will. Alter Eco’s truffles are buttery as hell (actually it’s coconut oil) and have deep, complex, chocolatey flavor. A nice fat truffle will truly give you the satisfaction of an entire standard candy bar.