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Snacket Championship!

VS.

 To use one of my new favorite comments from you guys: “Valar snackghulis”

That’s right, Girl Scouts Samoas lost by 15.5% and White Cheddar Popcorn – which was NECK AND NECK for the past few days – lost only by 3.8%. Close races!

And heated emotions! Over snacks!!

You and your so-called “friends” and “loved ones” have until Sunday at midnight to vote for the winner (among other fun things) right here: http://goo.gl/forms/l8BYl2fkrm 

The winner of the 2015 Snacket will be announced on Monday, along with the winners of who came closest to predicting the champion (remember, no one picked the Final Four correctly. Only 18 out of 77 people guessed the final match-up correctly.)

 

I asked voters to share their dream match-ups. This is what some of them said:

I am making up my own – homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies vs. vermont cabot extra sharp cheddar cheese because WHY were neither of these in the snacket!? BOO.

Lime-salted chips from Chipotle vs. McDonalds Fries

Cheetos v. Nutella OR Reese’s Pieces

Oh it’s already happened. Girl Scout Cookie on Girl Scout Cookie. Epic. And the best cookie won for sure.

M&Ms vs. Movie Theater Popcorn

As a person who religiously eats 2-3 snacks for every meal, my dream match-up would be two contenders that complement each other. Like cheese and crackers vs veggies and hummos. Or reese’s peanut butter cups vs pretzels with vanilla ice cream. Then again I am the kind of person who makes sure no one gets left out of huggy-bear.

Cheetos (crunchy) vs. Tates Bakeshop chocolate chip cookies

I say we think big. Would you rather have access to all Kraft Products or all TJ products?

Cheetos or Oreos vs anything Reese’s. HOW WOULD ONE CHOOSE!?

TJ’s Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds with Sea Salt vs. Nutella

Peanut butter stuffed Oreos vs. Reese’s peanut butter cups

Ooh, this is tough. I definitely feel for Nacho Doritos, who simply got a tough draw this year. A pretty great match-up would be Reese’s mini PB cups v. Nacho Doritos, because those strike me as serious heavyweights in the sweet and salty regions. (Wait, did that match-up actually happen last year!?)

As for the polar opposite: dates (?!?!?!?!) vs. ants on a log, or whatever that celery-raisin abomination is called. Both teams should be banished forever and ever.

All of them in a smoothie vs. never eating again.

Blueberries vs. almonds. But seriously, there are so many criteria for best snack: taste, source of sustaining energy, ethics, health factor, etc. How can one choose? Also, the quality and type of apple from which the slices come makes a HUGE difference.

OMG, this question is too hard.

KFC Double Down vs. Deep-fried Oreos (AJ’s note: ….wat?)

 

 

More juicy comments:

I was going to boycott this vote because none of my snacks made it through until I ate a peanut butter cup that had been sitting in my office fridge since Halloween and realized just how good they are. Also had to vote for white cheddar popcorn because no fucking way am I going to let apples through. Fuck. That.

As the happy chompy mouse gif reminds me, why weren’t Ritz Crackers in this?

If apple slices with peanut butter win, everyone needs to rethink the definition of the word snack. What is this? An episode of the Biggest Loser? What are you trying to prove? People eat a ton of apples and peanut butter because that is a snack that satisfies your need to eat the “good” fats and “good” sugars, yet will never satisfy your stomach’s true craving.

I am upset by the lack of a cracker section. Also, as a snack I thoroughly enjoy cheese and not one single cheese made it on here. The closest respected option would be Cheez-It’s Party Mix but they weren’t even involved. They are LITERALLY a party in a box. I don’t see how string cheese, brie, mozzarella, etc did not make it here. I think the next bracket needs to expand to think of others.

Can we do a grilled cheese bracket? I think that’s a wonderful idea if you ask me. But who asks me? If I was to be asked… we could include condiments (i.e. soup, ketchup) that go with GC, the cheeses, additions (i.e. bacon, tomato)… you see where I’m going here.

SAMOAS ARE BAE ❤

White cheddar popcorn is trashy. The rest of the final four are so wholesome. This tournament is making me a snob.

My life is a lie. I have just learned that Samoas and Carmel Delites have been co-existing for decades and I never had a clue! They are NOT, in fact, the same cookie! Why? Why Girl Scouts? I knew I made the right choice by not participating in your cult-ish shenanigans way back in the Daisy days. I refused to wear that horrid jumper! Brown? Really? Who looks good in brown? The answer is NO ONE! While I would like Samoas to come out the victor, I feel betrayed.

We have to defeat Reese’s peanut butter cups. They are in no way a superior enough snack to deserve this much honor.

THINK OF ALL THE PEOPLE WITH PEANUT ALLERGIES. Voting for Reese’s is voting for possible death and the Epi Pen. Just saying.

Consoling myself re: Cadbury mini eggs’s loss by eating Cadbury mini eggs at my desk at 9:58 a.m…

 

Click on each of the regions to see the bracket to see how it went down or where it all went so, so wrong:

Snacket Champion Sweet Cookies & Other Snacket Champion Sweet Bite Sized Snacket Champion Salty Snacket Champion Healthy


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Pictures from San Francisco Trip

I took 6 days to visit SF, a city I’ve never been to before. While I was happy to see some good friends (and make new ones), the primary purpose of the trip was for food and drink.

Here are some photos. Below is a list (with links) to every place I stopped at.

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More after the break.

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Healthy vegan gluten free chocolate cookie test: maple syrup vs. honey vs. agave

NOTE: Honey is not vegan. So two out of the three cookie recipes being tested are vegan, just not the one that uses honey.

Here is a recipe for a very healthy and very tasty chocolate chip cookie, and it happens to also be vegan and gluten free!

This post will be examining three different batches of this recipe with a change in one ingredient: the sweetener. Specifically, we’ll make one batch using maple syrup, one using honey, and one using raw agave nectar.

This recipe and test idea was suggested by my friend Margaret. I’m always down for testing anything chocolate for a friend. And for “science.”

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Top Secret: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Have you ever heard of recipes that recreate famous food items? I’m talking about food usually found in fast food chains or candy bars that have become a part of our modern food culture? Copycat recipes that claim that you can replicate famous foods like a McDonald’s Bic Mac right in your own kitchen?

These recipes exist, and thanks to the internet, they are readily available.

I have never followed one of these recipes before, but thanks to a friend and a dare, I decided to see if I could truly recreate a top secret recipe.

The dare: Can I really recreate Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?

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Habanero Lime Chocolate Chip Cookies… What?

This is a post about a particular time when I find a certain recipe that makes me react in the following ways:

“What? No way”

“Really? That goes together?”

“That doesn’t sound good at all.”

“I wonder if it tastes any good.”

For your sake, I will make this recipe that vexes me and test it. This is not really an experiment, per se, but more of a “let’s see if this crazy confounded idea of a recipe is actually any good!”

Today’s test: Habanero, lime, and zucchini chocolate chip cookies.

Let’s do this!

You can’t see it, but there is another world inside those cookies. A spicy Narnia, if you will.

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