I remember the minute I realized the seriousness of the pandemic. Initially, we all thought this was gonna be over in a few weeks. Marcela and I were seated at our dining room table, making plans for an upcoming event.
Well, we figured we’d take it easy, and before we knew it, everything would be back to normal. As the reality of the situation hit, everyone was scrambling for hand sanitizer and toilet paper.
I was preoccupied with having things to snack on during this quarantine “mini-vacation.” I had never taken a deep dive into a variety of products available at my local supermarket. Instacart, a web, and app-based grocery delivery service, became my new best friend.
I could take my time to craft a perfect delivery with some regular standards and a few newbies. To be clear, the newbies might have only been new to me.
There were plenty of duds I came across, but I’ve culled together a list of the ten that I’ve enjoyed multiple times in the last seven or eight months, or however long it’s been at this point.
Table of Best Pandemic Snacking Contents
Best Pandemic Snacks
Aretha Frankenstein‘s Pancake and Waffle mixes are one of the items to make this list not available at your local supermarket, unless, of course, you live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they’re based. You will be paying a premium price for these fellas, but my suggestion is you split the order with a couple of friends unless you are pancake or waffle-o-holic. Marcela and I preferred the pancake mix.
Also, check out my post about Aretha Frankenstein’s Pancake & Waffle Mixes.
When Chifles launched the regular Tostones chips, I had no idea there was a line of flavored ones coming down the pike. The garlic-flavored tostones, much like their regular plantain counterpart, are my favorites. They recently launched some plantain sticks that will change your hot dog and sandwich topping world.
Finagle a Bagel
My hometown of Miami isn’t exactly setting the world on fire as it pertains to housemade bagels. Whenever we’re out on a road trip, a freshly made bagel can always make a great day even better. Well, the Finagle a Bagel‘s Asiago Cheese does that for me. I slice one in half, pop it in my toaster then add my favorite spread for bagels, which is normally jalapeño cream cheese. I sit back with a cup of coffee, enjoy my bagel, and think about how I’m going to take over the world one bite of comfort food at a time.
When I was a kid, my dad worked for WISE potato chips. My favorite WISE snack was the Cheese Doodles. One bite of IncrediPuffs Saucilian Pizza and a flood of childhood memories came rushing back to me. I thought I had outgrown snacks like these, but obviously, I was wrong. This isn’t the only flavor they make. There’s Elote, Cheesy Cheddar, Sizzlin’ Sriracha, and Cinnamon Apple Pie. I’m excited to try the Cinnamon Apple Pie. I found this pack of goodness at Mendez Fuel, a local gas station with an excellent snack selection.
Since I’m in Miami, croquetas or croquettes can be found all over town. My croqueta obsession drove me to create a foodie event all about them called Croqueta Palooza. Croquetas have been my love way before my fascination with burgers began. Locally, all supermarkets carry a variety of frozen croqueta brands for you to fry at home. Catalina is the most popular, but it’s not the best, Mambo is. They are slightly larger than your average freezer aisle croqueta. The flavor is richer, and when you add a few of them to a ham and cheese sandwich, you’ll be in heaven.
Mason Dixie Biscuits
Growing up, my mom bought those Pillsbury biscuits that always frightened you whenever you popped open the cylindrical container. My family ate them, but I can’t say that I ever remember enjoying them. My discovery of the Mason Dixie line of biscuits has changed my thought on store-bought, ready to bake biscuits. There is no better biscuit on the market.
Let’s see; they have Buttermilk, Cheddar, Cheddar Chive, Garlic Parmesan, Savory Herb, and Pumpkin Spice biscuits. There is also a Jalapeño Cheddar biscuit, which has not made its way to South Florida yet. My current favorite is the Garlic Parmesan, with the regular Cheddar a close second.
Pretzilla & President Pub Cheese
Did someone say Pretzilla? Pretzilla are these soft little pretzel balls that are perfect for dipping into pimento cheese, or so I was hoping. I prefer the Palmetto brand of pimento cheese, which was sold out, so my Instacart shopper replaced it with President’s Cheddar & Horseradish spreadable cheese. This has to be one of the best food replacements done on my behalf. The Pub Cheese is also great on hot dogs and cheeseburgers. I might have also used some to top off some french fries by mistake. Yes, I said by mistake, lol
Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza
I had given up on eating frozen pizza until someone suggested I buy a Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza. Sure, it’s a little pricier than all the other hacks in the frozen food aisle, but this guy right here, it’s next level. From now on, if you’re in the supermarket and I see a Screamin’ Sicilian box in your cart, I know you mean business. How much business do I mean? Well, we’ve always got three flavors ready to go in our freezer: Bessie’s Revenge, Mother of Meat & Holy Pepperoni.
Stacy’s Pita Chips
I’ve seen Stacy’s Pita Chips for years, and I didn’t have any interest in them until I spotted a Fire Roasted Jalapeño flavor. The picture on the bag shows a pita chip taking a guac bath, but the Fire Roasted Jalapeño is partial to a pimento cheese tub visit in my experience. Another perfect combo is with that President’s Pub Cheese I mentioned a few snacks back.
When White Castle brought their Cravemobile to Miami, I hosted the event. The only food on the Cravemobile menu was the Original Slider, Cheese Sliders, and Jalapeño Cheese Sliders. Like a rookie that I sometimes am, I only ate the Cheese Sliders. Since then, I’ve been to at least five White Castle locations, including their headquarters, and still no Jalapeño Cheese Sliders. I have since made up for all that lost time by eating the microwaveable ones religiously. Some might not think they’re the same thing, but I have it on good authority that they are. Plus, they’re really freakin’ good.
*all pictures by Burger Beast except for Finagle A Bagel courtesy of their page.