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With the upcoming holidays, it is the travel season and whether you are going somewhere with the family or with a group of friends, you must be prepared for that road trip.

Road trips may be one of the most fun and strangest things we do as adults. Think about it… who willingly gets into a confined car with a bunch of people for hours on end and tries to figure out how to pass the time? IF you’re lucky, when you reach your destination, you’ve laughed deliriously, brought back a few classic road songs, and managed to hold your bladder for far longer than you thought possible. And perhaps you’ve made a few new, albeit, weird friends.

Now, you must be getting ready to take one of these strange trips or you likely wouldn’t be reading this. So, let me help you out a bit. What is it that makes a road trip epic?

Simple…It’s all about the snacks.

Here’s where it gets tricky. There are so many options for snacks that it can be overwhelming and the combination of types of snacks can be just as important. Here are my go-to snacks:

  • Puppy chow – make sure to bring napkins and cups to eat as this one is messy, but, oh so good!
    • Slowly melt 1 cup chocolate chips with 1 cup peanut butter over low heat. Pour over 8 cups Crispix cereal and mix gently. In a brown paper sack coat mixture with 1-2 cups of powdered sugar and shake bag to mix.

  • GORP now traditionally this is “good old raisins and peanuts”, but there are so many options to spice this up!
    • Mix equal parts marshmallows, chocolate chips, and Golden Grahams cereal.
    • Mix equal parts marshmallows, peanuts, pretzels, raisins and m&m’s.
    • Create your own with your favorite things.
  • Puff caramel corn – watch out, this one is addicting.
    • Place 1 bag (8-12 oz ) puff corn in a large roaster pan. In a pan, bring 1 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar & ½ cup light corn syrup to a boil, then cook for 2 minutes. Add 1 tsp baking soda- this will cause the caramel mixture to foam up. Stir well and remove from heat. Pour over puff corn in roaster and bake in 250-degree oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven, spread out onto wax paper to cool.

Now if all these seem too complicated, I recommend picking up a couple bags of M&Ms, some Twizzlers (they make excellent drumsticks and straws), and whatever other candy is your favorite. If you are feeling even more adventurous, try picking up a tub of bubble gum…and challenge your road trippers to a round of chubby bunny bubblegum style.

Crystal Clark

Nurse Practitioner
Guest Blogger

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