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5 easy homemade snacks for Southern road trips

5 easy homemade snacks for Southern road trips

When the rubber hits the road and you’re heading out to your next destination, pack your own snacks to avoid the fast food and gas station stops. These six Southern snacks are perfect to prepare ahead of time and take with you on the open road.

It’s road trip season and the possibilities are endless this summer, with plenty of festivals around the South worth visiting. Hunger inevitably hits when the rubber hits the road and you’re heading out to your next destination, but if you're like us you probably want to avoid most fast food and gas station stops (though not all gas station food -- some is actually delicious). Instead of settling, prepare for your trip properly by packing these six Southern snacks that are perfect for the open road.

Buttermilk Pralines
Break off a piece of these buttermilk pralines and a few miles later the whole thing might be gone. Their rich, sweet taste will satisify immediate cravings and provide a sugar-packed boost of energy, which you might need on a long ride. These sweet Southern treats only have a few ingredients and can be made within 30 minutes.
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Cheese “Coins”
These savory, cheesy snacks are great for road trips, whether you're passing them back to the kids or popping them in your mouth while you’re driving. They're made with sharp cheddar cheese, butter, onions and peppers, and take eight hours to make, so it’s best to fix them the day before your trip. Also, this recipe creates 80 individual "coins", so portion them out in individual bags and save the rest for the next trip -- no judgments if they all somehow disappear sooner than that.
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Chex Party Mix
Instead of buying Chex Mix at your local grocery store, why not make your own in just a few minutes? All you need is equal parts Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, bow tie pretzels and peanuts. You can also sweeten your mix by adding pieces of white chocolate. Once the mix is ready you'll have enough to feed at least 20 people... or just your hungry family.
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Crispy Peanut Squares
Fill up on protein during your road trip with crispy peanut squares made using a mash-up of peanut butter fudge and Rice Krispies Treats. The dessert, which doesn’t need to be cooked in the oven, is easy to make: after mixing the ingredients together and refrigerating the mix, it will be ready to cut into squares. In just a little over an hour, you’ll be deliciously treating yourself on your drive.
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If you’re looking for a more substantial road trip snack or meal substitute, take along this muffuletta from Southern Kitchen's collection of recipes. This New Orleans sandwich, stuffed with thinly sliced salami and ham, is definitely a prepare-ahead snack, since it takes more than eight hours for the vegetables and sauces to marinate to full flavor. Once it’s prepared, the sandwich can be cut into 12 tasty wedges.
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Lauren Booker was a digital content intern at Southern Kitchen during the spring and summer of 2017.