Blogiversary Nibbles Menu

There’s a party coming at the end of the month and I promised there would be nibbles. Obviously there is copious amounts of beer but there will be plenty of finger food…although it has to be of a virtual nature.

Let’s see what we’ve got in the pantry:

19 thoughts on “Blogiversary Nibbles Menu

  1. I have no potato chips of any sort in the house. Must remedy that and get some Lay’s Limon next time I’m out. Still my favorite flavor. The husband is meh about it, so they’re all mine. A friend’s cousin was responsible for the limited-edition Cheesy Garlic Bread flavor, which I liked for the time it was available. Cousin won enough cash to pay off the mortgage and cars, and thus save for the kids’ college instead.

    The Hugo pizza entry was fabulous, in both senses of the word. We have eschewed frozen pizza for the duration and are patronizing our local place’s takeout instead. Much tastier and we want to support them.

    I recommend the Alter Eco bar without quinoa and with mint. Divine. I call the entire range “the politically correct chocolate”. But as it costs only a bit more than generic mediocre chocolate, and tastes great besides, I’m glad to be eating PC choc when I can. Makes me feel more virtuous and less exploitative; better my money go to South American collectives than West African child slave labor. One of my local supermarkets offered me a free bar of store-brand, so of course I took it. On close examination, I’m 99% sure it’s Lindt, and they give me one free every couple of months, so why not? The best chocolate ever was Scharffen Berger when it was still made by the original owner in Berkeley. Of course it got bought by Hershey and ruined. Same damn price, too. Bah.

    The only Kinder Surprise I ate was a Star Wars one that had Rey in. I think I’d have enjoyed pure sugar much more. I had a Kinder Egg once that contained a tiny dinosaur, which was great. I refuse to buy gendered candy.

    On my last foraging expedition, all the myriad of products from Coca-Cola were on sale. There were notable gaps on the shelves, yet the tiny section allotted to Coke with Coffee was completely full.

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      1. Salt & vinegar is the very best flavour. Hard to get in Asia though; one of the worst things about living in this part of the world.

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      2. Lay’s Wasabi & Ginger Kettle Chips were my all-time favorite flavor. They were apparently temporary. I’m getting some enjoyment from these chips I got at Trader Joe’s that are caramelized russet chips, though.

        Used to get marmite crisps at the British Market in Hampton, VA, and I managed to get them a couple of times from a specialty candy shop in Fairport, NY, but the shop’s gone now. They were my favorite for a while.

        I agree that salt & vinegar is a fine flavor. I can get those from various brands here. Honey-mustard Pringles are somewhat akin to heroin in their way, too.

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    1. I hate the pink Kinder Surpise eggs and only buy the regular red and white ones, when I buy them. Though these days I mainly buy them to make neighbour kids and students happy and to hand out on Halloween and St. Nicholas Day. I’ve had plenty as a kid, still have some of the contents somewhere (I loved the tin soldiers in historical uniforms) and I don’t like the chocolate all that much.

      Nonetheless, a Kinder Surprise egg is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to make a kid or teen or even young adult happy.

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  2. The new trend of temporary flavors drives me mad. You find something you really like and then it’s gone. Probably says something about life. The Swedish Chef (Bork!) Magnus Nilsson makes the argument that the best potato chip is always the first one you taste and by the time you’ve eaten a few, you start to grow tired of them. (This is his reasoning for a tasting menu with small dishes and a lot of courses.) So maybe by having a constant changing variety of chips, we are constantly finding and trying new flavors without growing tired of our favorites.

    I think dill pickle potato chips are my favorite so long as I don’t eat them all the time. (Aldi offers them occasionally which helps pace me.) Recently I tried some flaming (or perhaps flamin’) hot dill pickle potato chips. I don’t think the extra heat helped much, but it did suggest that they could up the amount of dill in standard dill pickle potato chips without lessening the experience.

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    1. Question: Does Aldi’s carry any Trader Joe brands? I suppose i could check, but I’ve been minimizing my exposure to the outside world lately.

      As far as getting tired of them, I never got tired of the wasabi-ginger chips. First they were in a vending machine at my gym, and I’d buy one most days on my way out. Then they went away. I next saw them at SEA-TAC airport when I was already schlepping several bags and herding my dad, trying to get to where my sister was obtaining a rental car. I could only get one bag. Then they were in stores for a while, and when that seemed evanescent, I stocked up and tried to eat them slowly. I wrote the company, and their answer was only slightly more responsive than not answering me at all. I gather that they have many exciting flavors I should try. I’m still addicted to those chips. They just don’t exist any more, that’s all.

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      1. I have no idea if US Aldis carry Trader Joe’s brands. But German Aldi uses Trader Joe’s as a brandname for nuts, dried fruit and American foods. German Aldi also has some nice salt and balsamic vinegar crisps and nice spicy barbecue crisps as well as the occasional special.

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      2. I suspect they might not want the brand dilution here in the States. They might have TJ’s products rebadged under the Aldi name. Check the website?

        I haven’t been to TJs since the quarantine hit. Might have to remedy that in my next expedition. I’m out of Two Buck Chuck, which I use for cooking wine.

        The peanut puffs — I forget what they’re called, but there’s elephants on the bag — are extruded puffed corn meal and peanut flour, and I wasn’t sure I liked them at first bite but about 20 puffs later, I decided I did.

        Cora, TJs imports a bunch of the German Aldi sweets (rebranded) every Christmas. I could probably eat a whole box of pfefferneuse in a sitting if I allowed myself to.There are always German or neighboring country candy and cookies available, like that half-kilo Belgian chocolate bar.

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      3. We call those peanut flips and they’re really, really common in Germany. I’m not a huge fan, I fear. To me they always taste like flavoured styrofoam chips.

        Pfeffernüsse are indeed very nice, though I have to be careful, because some brand contains a binding agent I’m allergic to (and that’s completely superfluous to maike Pfeffernüsse). Aldi in general has some very nice seasonal sweets such as theirs marzipan stars and hearts or marzipan eggs (off-brand Niederegger and much cheaper) or Mozartkugeln (off-brand Reber). Penny, which I think you don’t have in the US, offers a 250 gramm box of Zeebanket (Belgian chocolates shaped like seashells and other seafood) for 1.99 EUR, which is a steal considering the brand version costs 4.99 EUR. And the taste is identical, only some of the shells look a little different.

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      4. We get those shells at TJ’s I think, but they’re all shellfish, no other seafood. *does math* Oooh, that is quite a bargain for the off-brand. At Christmas, TJ’s also has a “tasting menu” of small chocolate bars of different origin, the obligatory chocolate covered cherries, and the also-obligatory chocolates with different kinds of liquor in. And their Joe-Joe’s Oreo knockoffs (which actually taste better and have better ingredients) with candy cane bits in, in regular and gluten-free. My second favorite after the pumpkin spice ones (which actually contain pumpkin).

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      5. “Zeebanket” (the Belgian seashell chocolates) always include a seahorse and a shrimp and sometimes a starfish and a regular fish as well, the rest are various seashells. I have no idea why Belgian and Dutch chocolate makers decided to make chocolates shaped like seashells, but they have been around at least since the 1980s. I first encountered them as a teenager, when my Dad worked in the Netherlands in the 1980s, Back then, you couldn’t find them in Germany at all, let alone at a reasonable price.

        I’ve since also found a shop which carries Dutch/Belgian pick and mix chocolate Easter eggs, which were unavailable in Germany until very recently as well. Again, I discovered those in the 1980s, when I was allowed to fill a box with the chocolate Easter eggs of my choice for my birthday.

        Regarding Aldi/Trader Joe’s, I’m very fond of their dark chocolate oatmeal cookies.

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