Snack Foods We Are Still Eating

Snack food. I love me some snack food. Unfortunately, I do.

When I think of snack food, most of my thoughts go to modern-day, highly processed stuff. Some of our snack foods have been around for a heck of a lot longer than I thought. A while ago MentalFloss had an interesting article on the 11 oldest snack foods we are still eating. Here they are:

  1. Pretzels – Rumor has it, a monk in the 6th century created them as a reward for church attendance.
  2. Popcorn – Another ancient snack, it is believed that it has been around for thousands of years when Native Americans threw some kernels on a fire.
  3. Triscuits – HUH? I would have guessed these were a creation of the 70’s, but I’d be wrong. Created over 100 years ago (think of shredded wheat for snacking), it is still going strong.
  4. Oreos – Another oldie that I wouldn’t have guessed. The precursor (and still competitor), Hydrox, started in 1908.
  5. Cracker Jack – “Buy me some peanuts and Crack-er Jack….” Born no later than 1871
  6. Lay’s Potato Chips – They say you can’t eat just one, and from my experience, they’re right! 1932.
  7. Fritos – Developed by the same guy that created Cheetos, this critical ingredient to the Texas Straw Hat was created in 1932.
  8. Twinkies – For a while at risk of no longer being made, the comeback snack was also born in 1932.
  9. Jell-o – A staple in the upper midwest, flavored gelatin packs make their debut in 1845 and the Jell-o brand in 1897.
  10. Marshmallow – The snack used in the Chubby Bunny game was first mass produced in 1948.
  11. Necco wafers – (chalk…chalk….chalk) 1847.

Ranch Wings

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One of my favorite snack foods isn’t as old as the rest, but equally as tasty!

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Chicken wings, oil and dry ranch mix.

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Mix the chicken with some ranch.

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Cook in hot oil.

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Add a little more ranch.

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Eat up!

Ranch Wings

Cook Time: 20 min | Servings: 6 servings | Difficulty: Easy


2 pounds chicken wings,split at the joint, tips removed
3 1-ounce packets ranch dressing mix
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Freshly ground pepper
3 large eggs
Vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup honey


Toss the wings with 1 packet dressing mix in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or up to 4 hours.

Whisk the flour, 1 teaspoon pepper and 1 packet dressing mix in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, 2 tablespoons water and the remaining packet dressing mix. Dredge the wings a few at a time in the seasoned flour, then dip into the egg mixture and return to the flour mixture, turning to coat. Transfer to a rack.

Heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil in a medium cast-iron skillet over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Fry the wings in batches until crisp and golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Whisk the hot sauce and honey in a bowl. Serve with the wings.


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Categories: appetizer, Chicken2, Fried, kosher, Low Carb, Lunch3, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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2 Comments on “Snack Foods We Are Still Eating”

  1. July 25, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    Oldies but goodies…although I can honestly say that only pretzels and popcorn occasionally make it into this house…Wings are another matter all-together – enjoyed by everyone! 🙂


  2. July 25, 2015 at 8:21 pm #

    Mmmmmm…If I wasn’t three deep into my gin n’ tonic consumption for the night, I might be heading out for some wings, thanks to your post. (I never mix food and alcohol, a weird trait I know, but there it is. (For the record, I think the Hostess “going out of business” fiasco was a marketing scheme, but…whatever. If so it was brilliant.)


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