Finn lives in California's central valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.
Snacking: America's Favorite Pastime?
Snacking may be one of America's, if not the world's, most popular pastimes. Potato chips, carrots, candy, beef jerky, a Big Mac from McDonald's—almost anything can make a snack. And generally, unfortunately for all of us, the more unhealthy it is, the tastier and more enjoyable it is.
Snacking is an activity that can be enjoyed almost anywhere: on the commute to work or school, in a cubicle, or at a park.
Snacking is best enjoyed between meals or as an appetizer—even a dessert. I don't think there are many people who don't crave snacks, even if they are on a diet.
So when a new snack hits the grocery shelves, it's always nice to see what it's about.
What Do They Taste Like?
These are labeled "potato snack," which I take to mean they are basically a form of potato chip. They remind me a bit of a cheese puff crossed with a Frito. A little crunchy, but mostly air. The texture is probably more appealing than the taste, which resembles a large salt cube dipped into some French onion soup mix. The texture probably isn't much different either.
However, that being said, I still find them likable. Their appeal probably is inspired by the fact that they do resemble little wheels. In fact, they remind me so much of another snack known as Bugles that I wonder if they are in fact variations of the same species.
The one problem I kept running into was an inconsistent texure. I would bite down, and part of it would be really hard whereas the rest of it was very light and airy. The inconsistency was a little confusing to my tongue and mouth. It felt like I couldn't decide if I should have asked for a fork or a straw.
Are They Worth It?
Well, the answer to this question probably depends on how you measure value. The regular-sized bag is less than five ounces. Of course, today, the size of the regular snack bags is shrinking while the price just escalates. You really do not get much bang for your buck, and if you are one of those people who can eat popcorn by the handful, you're probably better off sticking to Cracker Jacks or one of those items you can pick up at the (former) 99 cent store.
They go pretty fast, and because they are mostly air, you really don't get that many pieces, even in a family-sized bag.
As far as your health is concerned, you would probably want to pass these up. If you devoured a bag—which is not hard to do—you would consume enough fat, sodium, and carbohydrates to bring a dinosaur back to life.
Are they kind of fun? Sure! You can turn them sideways or slip them over your tongue like a ring or set them on a flat surface and spin them like a top.
Nutritional Information of Popular Snacks
Something to Think About
"If we are not supposed to have late-night snacks, then why is there a light in the fridge?"
A Little Bit About Frito Lay
From the Frito Lay company website:
In 1932, C.E. Doolin entered a small San Antonio cafe and purchased a bag of corn chips. After learning the manufacturer was eager to sell his business, he bought the recipe and started making Fritos corn chips in his mother’s kitchen. He sold them from his Model T Ford.
That same year, Herman W. Lay started a snack food delivery company in Nashville. He too bought out the manufacturer to form H.W. Lay & Company, which became one of the largest snack food companies in the Southeast.
In 1961, the two companies merged and Frito-Lay, Inc. was born. Four years later in 1965, Frito-Lay, Inc. merged with Pepsi-Cola to form PepsiCo. Snack lovers everywhere rejoiced.
Well, it sounds like a pretty good story, I guess. I wouldn't call it a rags to riches, but I often wonder what would have happened had the original manufacturer kept his business. I wonder about the involvement with Pepsi . . . and of course, I wonder how many other people have been snuffed out because of these large corporations.
This is something we will never know. Such is the American way.
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