Why settle for the same old chip?If that's not your mantra come Super Bowl Sunday, you're missing the point. Sure, the day is about football, but it's truly about the party. So, just as you wouldn't buy a bottle of budget bubbly for New Year's Eve, why stick to the same familiar names in salty snacks for the big game? With that in mind, we've looked for some snack alternatives in 10 different categories, from pretzels to nuts to you name it. And what about your beloved bag of supermarket-brand chips? Save those for the regular season.
Potato ChipsIf there's something we dislike about mass-market chips it's that they've got no heft to them. We want a chip that looks like a chip -- big, brawny and full of potato flavor. That's
|Buffalo Bleu Chips|
|Photo: Kettle Chips|
PopcornWe've been fans of Harry & David's
|Photo: Harry & David|
Tortilla ChipsYou know how flavored tortilla chips always leave a residue of cheese on your fingers? That's not the case with
PretzelsKim & Scott's
CrackersFace it: Ritz Crackers may be popular, but they're pretty wimpy. If you want a cracker with some personality, try
NutsShort of macadamias, we can't think of a nut that has more high-end appeal than the beloved pistachio. The problem? Those hard-to-deal-with shells -- somehow they never are open wide enough to make for easy cracking. Enter
DipYou can have your onion soup-mix dips. We prefer a dip with depth -- something thick enough to require a sturdy chip or cracker. That's
|Sedgefield Pimento Spread|
FruitYes, fruit can be a snack. But if it's the crunch you're missing, try
A Good-for-You SnackNot that all the options we've already given are bad for you, but there are a number of snack-food items on the market that particularly emphasize healthy eating. A case in point:
MiscellanyWant more alternative snacks? Here's a grab bag of ideas for our 10th category.
|Photo: Edible Arrangements|