Can you make it off your block before a little voice in the backseat proclaims “I’m starvingggg” or begs “Are we there yet?” If not, it’s a good idea to be prepared for hours-long road trips with plenty of snacks, drinks and eats to avoid stopping at every questionable road-side convenience store along interstate. While royal-blue gas station slushies and their pre-packaged, deep-fried side dishes are sweet and unquestionably delicious, homemade snacks are worlds healthier and cheaper. As you squeeze in that last summer trip and prepare for the Labor Day weekend, use our recipes below to make go-to snacks everyone in the car will enjoy.
There’s no denying that potato chips are a classic road-trip pick; they’re easy to eat, pleasing to everyone’s taste buds and available at every rest stop. However, they’re often laden with fat and covered in sodium. Our Curry Potato Chips (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine are baked, not fried, and dusted with warm curry powder. Pack these in plastic baggies to easily dole them out to the back seat crew.
Michael Chiarello’s classic Napa “Road” Mix combines plenty of dried fruit, protein-packed almonds and crunchy sesame sticks. It’s best to make an extra-large batch and simply leave it in the car for healthy, open-road snacking anytime.
Fend off back-seat boredom with Food.com’s kid-friendly Peanut Butter and Jelly “Sushi” Rolls. Traditional PB & J fixings are spread across flattened no-crust bread and rolled into fun “sushi” pieces. This substantial selection can be eaten in several rolled bites or spread open to expose the inner layers of this timeless classic.
Before you hit the road, bake a few dozen French Chocolate Cookies from Food 2. Made with plenty of cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate, these sinfully sweet cookies should quiet everyone down for at least a few miles.