It’s a big moment for snacks! Hot days mean we’re delaying cooking for as long as possible, and working from home means we have access to the fridge and pantry all day long. To the surprise of no one, the Epi team has some strong opinions about the best snacks on the market—the salty, sweet, crunchy, and creamy stuff we’re reaching for when a midday (or late-night) craving strikes. Read on for our current favorites.
Salty & Crunchy
Ever since my snack guru Emily Johnson wrote about Bjorn Corn, I’ve been low-key obsessed with it. There’s something about the flavor of this nutritional yeast–laced popcorn—cheesy but not, earthy and savory, sorta healthy-tasting but definitely a salty snack. Yes, I’m perfectly capable of making popcorn. But this is already made and easy to grab in the two minutes between Zoom meetings. I hate all the packaging but kind of appreciate that the mini-bags encourage some level of reasonable moderation.
—Maggie Hoffman, senior editor
I’ve been a snack fiend recently, and I always want something crunchy with something sour. A handful of raw pistachios with a peeled grapefruit midmorning usually does the trick, or an extra tart Granny Smith smeared with cashew butter.
—Lauren Joseph, associate commerce editor
Been eating a lot of flavored chips lately. My faves are Zapp’s Voodoo Chips (potato chips in a sweet/tangy/sour spice blend) and Red Hot Blues by Garden of Eatin’ (blue corn tortilla chips in spicy chili powder).
—Wilder Davies, staff writer
I’ve been taking a real highbrow–lowbrow approach to my snacking recently by pairing Zapp’s Voodoo chips with whitefish salad. The bitingly-intense vinegar-and-BBQ flavor of the chips is balanced out by the creamy saltiness of the whitefish.
—Alex Pastron, audience development manager
$3.00, Fresh Direct
The literal best crackers of all time are Stacy’s Pita Thins and I won’t hear anything else about it. I’ve made a meal of them this week with a big bowl of eggplant dip and some slices of watermelon on the side. I’m also making stovetop popcorn (I prefer white corn) and adding furikake or za’atar or suya spice.
—Joe Sevier, associate editor
Plantain chips are my savory snack of choice always. They’re like potato chips but better with a heartier crunch and slightly more interesting flavor. I’ll happily eat any variety—sweet or salty, tostones-style or true chip—but my favorite as of late is the Barnana brand. They’re ridged like Ruffles and super salty, an all-around A+ snack.
—Kendra Vaculin, staff writer
$4.00, Thrive Market
As I proclaimed to everyone at Epi on a recent video call, I am snacking nonstop on Dot’s Pretzels. I’m not even that much of a pretzel person, but they are...somehow crunchier than normal pretzels? They taste almost fried. The texture is unparalleled. In particular, I love the Southwest seasoned flavor. It’s savory and paprika-y and a little spicy. The seasoning is supposed to be secret, but I’ve lurked around the ingredients list and there’s apparently cheddar cheese, tomato powder, and dehydrated bell pepper hiding in there. Fascinating! Anyway, they are incredible and so beyond what I’ve ever experienced from a pretzel before.
—Emily Johnson, commerce editor
I’ve been eating fresh peaches with yogurt—but not my usual Chobani or Fage. Ellenos is super creamy and thick with a nice sweet–tart balance that works so well with fruit.
—Joseph De Leo, photographer
I’m making little bowls of yogurt with nut butter, fruit, and granola. I like Fage 2% or 5% if I’m doing Greek, but I prefer unstrained for this, so I use Stonyfield. The fruit is whatever I have (sometimes dried), the granola is whatever I’ve made (or just salted almonds), and the nut butter is always peanut butter, so I don’t know why I’m calling it nut butter.
—David Tamarkin, digital director
These very tart, very chewy sour candies are one of my favorite treats. Yes, they’re way lower in sugar than your average gummy, but what I really love about them is that the chew factor means they last awhile.
My mother sent me some Voortman Key Lime Wafer cookies, and they are very good and very problematic since it’s so easy to keep eating them. They have a certain nostalgia factor (i.e., they’re comforting), but the key lime cream gives them a summery, beachy vibe and puts a twist on the old-school versions.
If I’m not snacking on candy, that is the sign that I’ve been body-snatched and you should call the Men in Black immediately. Right now my favorite is mango-flavored Australian licorice: fat and chewy with all the perfectly mild, sweet flavor of a ripe mango. In the Before Times, I would bring a bag of these to the movies because they are a silent eating experience (unlike plantain chips, learned my lesson the hard way), but now I’m bringing them to the couch for movie night at home.—Kendra Vaculin
Originally Appeared on Epicurious