Favorite New Yummy Snacks

One thing I haven’t written about yet on my blog is food, which is a little odd because I LOVE food. My Grandpa used to tell me a story about the time when I was two or three years old and wandered off during an open house at my brother’s elementary school. Naturally, they found me at the snack table, happily chowing down. (Probably on something sweet, like cookies or brownies.)

So it’s about time I share the love. In the past couple of months, I’ve discovered three treats that make my taste buds do the happy dance.

Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream

I hardly ever eat ice cream, frozen yogurt, or desserts of that ilk anymore. For one thing, during college I packed on 25 extra pounds due in large part to Ben & Jerry’s, Haagen Dazs, and the decadent concoctions at J.K. Sweets (a fabulous ice cream shop across from Northwestern’s campus in Evanston, IL). And nowadays I don’t eat much dairy at all. But my boyfriend’s neighbor raved about this ice cream so much, we decided to buy a pint and bring it to a little get-together last Saturday night. Let me tell you, this is some of the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. It’s so good you don’t need to eat much to feel satisfied – but it’s so addictive you may WANT to eat a lot more than that. I think the pint Doug and I brought to the party must have gotten extra chocolate in the production line – seriously, it was about 50% full of giant, delectable chocolate chunks! The pint I bought to shoot the image above had a more normal chocolate-to-ice cream ratio. Still delicious, though.

Popcorn with Green Chile Powder

Last July, I went out to Santa Fe to visit my good friend, Lyric Kali. Of course, Santa Fe is a great place for foodies, so we hit the town and ate lots of good stuff. Since I wanted to bring a touch of Santa Fe flavor back home, I bought a few local specialties to pack in my suitcase.

One of those things was New Mexico Green Chile Powder. I’d already used it in things like chili, tofu scramble, and soup. Then one night recently, I had the hankering for a movie-and-popcorn night. But I wanted something to sprinkle on my popcorn in addition to salt, and I was bored with everything I’ve already tried. And then I saw the bottle of green chile powder. YESSSS!!! It was just as delicious as I thought it would be.

Trader Joe’s Masala Lentil Dip

My parents introduced me to this yummy snack over the holidays. It’s the same idea as hummus, but instead of tahini and chick peas, it’s made with lentils and Indian spices. Anything you can do with hummus, you can do with Masala Lentil  Dip. Use it as a dip for any type of flat bread, crackers, or veggies. Spread some on bread and use it as a sandwich filling. It would probably also be tasty stirred into soup, although I haven’t tried that. (Yet!) And it’s suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets.

Sadly, I no longer live near a Trader Joe’s, so this will be a rare treat for me. I actually was able to get some a few weekends ago in Atlanta, though. Yay!

© Karen Joslin, 2012