There’s nothing better than a good 10+ hour road trip with friends. And even though gas prices are rising, roads are constantly under construction, and most of your friends are married and can’t go with you anymore, road trips can still bring some joy. While you’re out on the open road, cruising with the top down in what I assume to be a Chrysler Sebring, you’re going to get hungry. And the inside of a gas station can be a confusing place. So I’ve made a little list of my favorite combinations of road trip foods in hopes of improving your experience in the Sebring.
- Pumpkin seeds and grape juice – I know it sounds disgusting, but the overwhelming saltiness of David’s pumpkin seeds mixed with the staggering sweetness of Ocean Spray grape juice is a combination capable of bringing a man to his knees.
- Ranch Corn Nuts and Orange Soda – I promise I’m not 12 years old. It’s just that I believe things with Ranch flavor were meant to be chased down with orange soda. It’s how I was raised. It should be noted that Corn Nuts are the loudest snack of all time. It sounds as though you’re walking through a forest full of downed and extremely brittle tree limbs when you chew them. You may want to purchase something else if your passengers are attempting to sleep.
- Sunflower seeds and chocolate milk – When purchasing sunflower seeds, it’s important to select a beverage that not only compliments the flavor, but also doesn’t last long, as you’ll need a place to spit the seeds. Chocolate milk fulfills both of these needs, for me anyway. It’s delicious and is gone within 3 drinks.
- Oatmeal Cream Pie and orange Gatorade – I’ve yet to find a snack more delicious than the Oatmeal Cream Pie. It’s kind of like a cookie, but more spontaneous with all of its hidden surprises. And because it’s incredibly unhealthy, it makes me feel better to incorporate an orange Gatorade. The Gatorade makes you feel like you’re working out, or preparing for a big race. But in reality, you’re sitting in a car eating an Oatmeal Cream Pie.
- Funyuns and a cherry slushie – The slushie may be the best investment one can make in a gas station, other than those scratch-off lottery tickets, of course. For 89 cents, you get approximately 107 oz. of slushie. You’re just not going to find that kind of bang for your buck in the refrigerated section. And what can I say about Funyuns? I’m convinced you could pair Funyuns with almost anything and not be disappointed. They’re a party in a bag, begging you to open them.
So what about you? What sort of gas station food combinations do you use to fuel up (I couldn’t help it) on a road trip?