Friday, July 31, 2009

Let the debate over road trip snacks begin

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 12:36 PM

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Finding the right road trip snacks can be as difficult as finding somebody you want to sit next to for 12 hours while driving across western Kansas.

Epicurious recently offered up a list of "13 Do's and 7 Don'ts" for road trip snacks. And while the idea was clearly designed to provide people with nutritional options while trapped in a car, the effort is sorely misguided.

On the Do's: The advice to take along beef jerky is probably the real keeper. Otherwise, there are some glaring holes on a list that is probably intended to help travelers avoid spills. But car seats are meant to be dirty! Found candy is why children get in the backseat in the first place.

The Do's need several key additions -- corn nuts, sunflower seeds (which end up at #6

on the Don't List), and some form of processed baked goods.

Epicurious advises that "road trips are a great way to introduce fruits

and veggies."

Nope, road trips are a great time to suspend the

rules and recognize that everybody is going to be annoyed. Therefore, road trips are a great way to introduce Sno Balls.

The

Don'ts are designed to limit mess and spills and avoid soggy foods.

These are all admirable goals. But the truth is that children will need

to stop more than adults no matter what you do and rest stops and

highway attractions will provide some of the scarier and/or lasting

memories for your road trips.

The Don'ts list can actually be simple. Don't leave lunchmeat in a color

overnight. Always change the ice in a cooler regularly. Don't eat chili

at an airport or out of a vending machine. Don't just consume

caffeinated drinks; alternate with water or Gatorade. And finally,

don't worry about it -- it's your car. Your dog will probably ruin it

anyway.

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