Best Southern Snacks for Summer Road Trips
Gas prices are low, which means one thing: We’re hitting the road this summer.
Who doesn’t love a road trip? Here in the South, we know that life is about the journey, not the destination. And when it comes to summertime, we live for hopping into our cars and hitting the open roads with girlfriends, family, or solo-time. Before you leave, make sure you load up on plenty of delicious snacks. Here, we’ve rounded up a list of the best Southern snacks that will make the car ride even more enjoyable.
Although boiled peanuts are the official state snack food of South Carolina, you can find these salty snacks all over the South. While some of the best come from highway stands, they’re also available at most gas stations. Or, make your own using our recipe.
If you’re not from the Carolinas, you may not have heard of this cherry-flavored soft drink. A cross between Cherry Coca-Cola and Root Beer, Cheerwine has more carbonation and caffeine than Coca Cola—just what you need for staying awake on the road.
Fried pork skins come in many variations, like Chitterlings, Chitlins, Chicharonnes, and pork rinds. All are deep-fried pork skins, salted and sealed in plastic bags. We like 'em rock-hard, dense, and really salty. Just be careful you don't crack a tooth on them.
Zapp's Potato Chips
Thick cut, kettle fried, and packaged in Gramercy, Louisiana, this brand constitutes its own food group in its home state. The Spicy Cajun Crawtater flavor is basically a crawfish boil packaged up and ready to go.
Goo Goo Clusters
These candies are a bigger, more Southern version of a Snickers bar. Invented in Nashville in 1913, they’ve been around longer, too. A salty-sweet cluster is the answer to those mid-day munchies.
Rt 11 Chesapeake Crab Chips
These Virginia-made chips are smaller than most crunchy snacks, but their flavor is powerfully delicious. Seasoned with the same spices used to steam crabs, Chesapeake Crab Chips are a cult favorite along the east coast.
Goetze’s Caramel Creams
Warning: So delicious they may be devoured within minutes. Once you unwrap one creamy caramel candy, you won’t be able to stop yourself. Our best advice is to stock up on these made-in-Maryland treats.
No road trip is complete without sunflower seeds. No Southern road trip is complete without sunflower seeds that taste like Cajun crawfish boil. Really! A simple concept—sunflower seeds roasted in crawfish boil—that’s grown from a kitchen sink in Louisiana to over 12 states across the region.
Because you’re driving, not getting out and doing too much exercising, dried fruit is a solid healthy snack option. Buy a pack of dried peaches from a local grocery store, or make your own from Georgia or South Carolina peaches.
Cheese straws are a staple snack across the South, and are easy to eat on the road. If you’re in a hurry, pick up Mississippi Cheese Straws at the market. If you have some time to make your own, follow this classic recipe that won’t disappoint.