I’m feeling in need of some light relief at the moment. Yesterday my daughter came back from her youth activity with some left-over snacks; US flavours, courtesy of church members with contacts at a US military base. That would be Dill Pickle flavour potato crisps. So, this week I’m asking what is your favourite snack? When do you eat a snack?

What is your favourite flavour for potato crisps/chips? Apparently, in Britain the number one flavour for potato crisps is Cheese and Onion, something my immediate family find hard to believe. It isn’t our favourite. My husband sticks with Salted, though will sometimes opt for Black Pepper. For me nothing beats Prawn Cocktail flavour, though failing that I’ll opt for something vinegary; one of the many variations on Salt and Vinegar, or Pickled Onion. What’s the strangest flavour you’ve encountered? I enjoyed that Dill Pickle flavour snack my daughter brought home. I like dill, and then there was the vinegary element. Dill pickles are not something we have in Britain, though we do have gherkins, which made it a very new taste experience. I don’t usually snack on crisps though, nuts or cheese are my usual choice; I’m trying not to eat too much salt.

I’m not a big fan of popcorn, though my husband enjoys making it, particularly if we’re going to be watching a DVD together. There seems to be some debate about how healthy it is; depending how it is cooked, and what’s added afterwards. When I was a child popcorn came with either salt or sugar, and that was pretty much it. There’s more variety now. We cook ours in olive oil and grind black pepper onto it afterwards, no salt. If I want something a bit special I’ll add lemon oil to the olive oil. My daughter makes a Christmas popcorn with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, no sugar. Do you like your popcorn sweet or savoury? Have you experimented with seasonings? We make our popcorn the old-fashioned way with oil in a pan, but there are a plethora of popcorn makers out there, some using only hot air. How do you make yours?

To summarise:

  • What is your favourite snack?
  • When are you most likely to eat a snack?
  • What is your favourite flavour for potato crisps/chips?
  • What’s the strangest flavour you’ve encountered?
  • Do you like your popcorn sweet or savoury, and have you experimented with seasonings?
  • How do you make your popcorn?