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2016 Snack Bracket: Round 2

The second round of the Third Annual Snack Bracket is here.

Oh Snacket. The emotions it stirs.

“I will personally end the tyranny of Samoas. Give me Tagalongs or give me death.”

Thank you for participating in and spreading the first round of this year’s Snacket. I’m glad some of you liked it. I enjoyed this comment:

“The 2016 Snacket is wonderfully-organized thus far, and I appreciate the layout. This really ought to go out to the masses, and by “masses,” I don’t mean those friends/acquaintances reached by grassroots, word-of-mouth, send-to-everyone-in-your-social-circle means. No. I mean every U.S. citizen. Get me a presidential nominee who will make the Snacket a mandatory annual test. It would be like the Census, except much more fun. (…At least until the sweet 16 and beyond, when things get wonderfully anarchic.)”

For the first Round, we didn’t have any big upsets. That usually points to some good ranking by the Snack Bracket committee (which convenes in Geneva a month before the Snack Bracket is created).
In Sweet-Small, #10 Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds narrowly beat out #7 Junior Mints, 55% to 45%. Junior Mints were ranked #5 two years ago and #4 last year, but they can never catch a break.
In Sweet-Large, #14 Nutella was winning for several days, but #3 TJ’s Brownies with Sea Salt barely won 53% to 47%. No upsets in that region.
Salty-Small showed us 7 seeds are not safe. #10 Salt and Pepper Kettle Chips barely beat #7 Lightly Salted Nuts. Any nut you wanted!! The power of pepper, I guess.
Salty-Large is where things got messy. THREE UPSETS!
  • #9 Ruffled Chips w/ French Onion dip trounced #8 Buffalo Chicken Dip, 58% to 41%
  • Two new-comers #11 Soft Pretzel beat out #6 String Cheese, 59% to 40%
  • And #10 Pizza Bagel Bites beat out #7 Chex Mix, with a rousing 64% to 36%.

 

Overall, though, you were all pleased with how things were seeded. Look at the comments!

“Seriously issues with the underrating of delicious salty snacks. That low for a soft pretzel!? This is the season for upsets.”

“For a full year, I had forgotten how painful these choices were… until now. It’s only the first round, and you’re making me choose between buffalo chicken dip and ruffles and onion dip!? And Cheese Puffs as a 16 seed!? It already hurts.”

“I can’t believe veggies and hummus are a #2 seed. If only they’d been up against something less gross than jalapeño poppers…”

Nutella is a 14 seed? Who made this bracket!?”

“I feel like the committee needs to take a hard look at seeding. Some products were grossly overseeded/underseeded.”

As for the match ups themselves? Well, that was science that brought them together. You can’t argue with science, though some of you did:

“How dare you make me choose between chips and guacamole and spinach artichoke dip. HOW DARE YOU.”

 

“I am disgusted that you would put Trader Joe’s bite-sized brownies with sea salt against Nutella. Have you no mercy?”

“Having to eliminate veggie straws or movie theater popcorn in the first round?! Brutal. That’s a choice you can’t feel okay about making until the sweet 16.”

“Also, fig Newtons are so good, but putting them next to Samoas never gave them a leg to stand on!”

“Reading that I had to choose between Chips and salsa vs tater tots made my heart stop. “Crappers, how will I choose!?” I thought. I really didn’t like that feeling of my heart stopping, and maybe tater tots are more likely to lead to that? Hmmm is the universe telling me to go with the chips?”

 Next year I think I’ll put it to a vote which snacks sound be included.

“The Snacket Selection Committee will rue the day that they somehow decided E.L. Fudge cookies were not worthy of a tournament bid. FOR SHAME. SHAME. Sleep with one eye open, committee, for I am hiding in your closet and am ready to pounce. Meowwwww”

“Also, where the hell are combos!?!? Those bitches are snackable as hell.”

“not enough reese style candy. seriously, there are dozens of other reese type candies that would win the whole bracket. nutrageous? fast break? puffs (the cereal)? dark chocolate? big cups? sticks? xmas tree shaped? pumpkin shaped? even sugar free reese’s would win”

 
Also, over 135 people votes in Round 1!! Keep spreading the word!
Last word: this whole thing is a ruse to expose those individuals who voted for Altoids. What’s wrong with you?? I have your names, emails and social security numbers and Obama will read them out loud at his next State of the Union address. 
 
Good luck in Round 2!
 


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Snack Bracket – Sweet (and Salty) 16!

UPDATE: Vote for next round here: http://goo.gl/forms/1H4hyZGxqa

Round 3! Lots of upsets and heart breaks. Interesting to see which snacks are advancing. Many tight races!

Go here to vote:

http://goo.gl/forms/QrbNch0ZtF

Snacket 16 Sweet Cookies

The closest Round 2 match-ups? There was a tie:
Girl Scout Thin Mints (52.2%) just beating out Nutella (47.8%). Nutella is great, but maybe it’s “snackability” hurt it. It’s more of a condiment, I suppose.
Girls Scouts did not triumph everywhere. In that same bracket, TJ’s Bite Sized Sea Salt Brownies (52.9%) won over Girl Scouts Peanut Butter Cookies (47.1%).
Biggest blow-outs?
Sliced-apples with peanut butter (83.6%) trounced granola bars (16.4%).
Clementines/Tangerines (77.6%) destroyed Roasted Chickpeas with seasoning (22.4%).

 

Snacket 16 Sweet Bite Sized Snacket 16 Salty Snacket 16 Healthy


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2015 Snack Bracket!

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Check out the bracket here!

The Snacket, some call it. I have too much time on my hands, others would call it.

Why a bracket-like tournament for snacks? It’s completely unimportant and silly, but it’s fun to think about and even more fun to discuss with friends, family and loved ones. I mean, why not?
Will Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups win two years in a row, or will Nacho Doritos get vengeance? Will new-comers Ginger Snaps and Pizza Bagel Bites have a strong showing? Will a fruit, nut or vegetable advance in the newly instated Healthy Region?
Also, these rankings are super scientific and legit. Do not question them. 
Pass this voting link ( http://goo.gl/forms/wAw0xHg7ff ) along to friends, enemies, and that co-worker you like but always needed a fun and accessible topic to use for a conversation starter.
Round 2 voting will commence in about a week!


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Snack Bracket: Sweet 16

 

Snacket 16

 

After my friends have voted, we are now in Round 3 of our (super serious) Snack Bracket.

See the original 60 snacks here.

The distinction we are making when voting is not what is necessarily the better snack but the more addicting snack.

Read on for some thoughts on this bracket.

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Snack Bracket – Round 1

In honor of March Madness and all things being turned into brackets, I asked friends about food related brackets we could come up with and thus determine the “best (insert thing here) ever!” once and for all. All worthy (read: inane, inconsequential) topics should be discussed via bracket form.

We determined to come up with the Snack Bracket (Snacket for short).

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But the qualifier here is “addicting”. Some snack that you just could not get enough of, that no matter how unhealthy or gross, you just kept reaching your hand in the bag/toward the plate and automatically and mindlessly shoved more things in your face.

Something you can’t stop thinking of when someone mentions it.

Something that when you actually get it you are filled with satisfaction with a dash of self-pity and regret–but only a dash.

Something that you can’t stop consuming, once you start; things that you cycle back to desire as soon as you finish.

We all know those snacks.

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After polling my friends, I came up with 60 items divided into four “regions”: Sweet Bite Sized, Sweet Cookies and Other, Salty Chips and Crackers, and Salty Other.

We have many Trader Joe’s items that if you have never tried I highly recommend you check them out. But there are tons of classics (M&Ms, Oreos) and some ridiculously generic and very processed yet super addicting things like Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles.

I present to you, 2014’s Snack Bracket!

If you would like to weigh in, please feel free. I will provide updates as my social circles vote.

 

Healthy snacks? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Healthy AND addictive snacks? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA


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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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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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