It’s early. It’s cold. It’s dark. And yet, instead of being snuggled in bed sleeping off last night’s Turkey Day feast, you’re outside shivering, wedged in the back of a 400-person-deep line just waiting for the doors of your favorite superstore to open. With all of the shopping you’re sure to do on Black Friday, you’re going to need a selection of munchies to last you through the day. We’re all about the Thanksgiving leftovers, but Black Friday isn’t the day to pack a triple-decker gravy-soaked turkey sandwich with a side of Grandma’s leftover pie for lunch. You need handy, easily portable eats and drinks that can hold their own as you race down aisle after aisle. We’ve rounded up Food Network’s favorite go-to bites that will surely keep you fueled and focused as you hunt down the best bargains of the season.
Before you head out in the morning, make a batch of Anne Burrell’s Super-Thick Hot Chocolate (pictured right) from Food Network Magazine to bring with you. It takes only seven quick minutes to prepare and uses just a handful of ingredients, all of which you’ll likely have on hand after the holiday. Pack this comforting cocoa in a tightly sealed bottle and relish in a few warming sips as you stake out your place in the line outside. Enjoy a few of Paula’s top-rated doughnuts alongside to create a fill-you-up, easy-to-eat breakfast. Since they’re made with packaged biscuit dough, these indulgent bites come together in just over 30 minutes.
Ease and simplicity are key when it comes to munching on the go, so for a quick but filling mid-morning snack, try Food Network Magazine‘s Trail Mix With Honey-Oatmeal Clusters (pictured above). This sweet-and-salty treat boasts a part-healthful, part-indulgent mix of good-for-you oats, wheat germ and sunflower seeds but also handfuls of shredded coconut and peanut butter M&M’s.
Food Network Magazine‘s Salami Snails (pictured left) are a heartier afternoon snack that can be prepped in just five minutes, thanks to store-bought breadstick dough and deli salami and cheese. Rolled tightly into pinwheels, these savory bites are dressed up with a brush of olive oil and a sprinkle of oregano before they’re baked. The salami and cheese become sealed inside the dough, so you don’t have to worry about the filling falling out of the pinwheel as you’re checking out at the store.