Here in Alabama, we love our snack foods. So much so that it would be really hard to part ways. From flavorful potato chips to the most decadent candy, here are 11 Southern snacks most Alabamians can’t live without:
This marshmallow and graham cracker treat was originally created for Appalachian miners. Today, they're thrown at the annual Mardi Gras parade in Mobile, and they're available at just about every store in the Southern U.S. We can all agree that nothing goes better with a MoonPie than a RC Cola.
2. Boiled Peanuts
Boiled peanuts are a true Southern staple and come in two flavors: regular and Cajun. These special peanuts are usually sold at gas stations and roadside stands throughout the Southeast. So, why do so many Alabamians go crazy for boiled peanuts? Because plain peanuts just won't do!
3. Fried Pickles
Alabamians love fried pickles. After all, we love pretty much anything that's been deep fried. Fried pickles are served at festivals all across the Southeast, and they're also featured as an appetizer on many restaurant menus. And of course nothing goes better with fried pickles than ranch dressing.
4. Pimento Cheese
Whether it's spread on a cracker, slathered between two slices of bread, or spooned across the top of a celery stick, we can all agree that when it comes to classic Southern spreads, nothing beats pimento cheese - The Caviar of the South. Pimento cheese is served at a variety of social gatherings across the South.
The classic praline is a traditional Southern candy made of caramel and pecans. During the Christmas season, Southerners fill tins with this decadent treat and enjoy giving them as gifts.
6. Golden Flake Potato Chips
Golden Flake Potato Chips are produced in Birmingham, Alabama, so it only makes sense that these potato chips are one of our favorite snacks. Plus, they're the best chips ever!
7. Goo Goo Clusters
This Southern treat, which is made of caramel, marshmallow, peanuts and chocolate, may have originated in Tennessee, but it's become pretty popular here in Alabama. Goo Goo Clusters are sold all over the U.S., and they can also be purchased from the company's online store.
8. Pork Rinds
Also known as "cracklings," pork rinds are sold all over the U.S. However, they're most popular here in the South and Alabamians can't seem to get enough of them - especially on game day.
It's not uncommon to see a box of divinity in an Alabamian's house during the Christmas holidays. This meringue-like candy is a classic Southern favorite.
10. Coca Cola & Peanuts
It's unclear how this combination of sweet Coca Cola and salty peanuts came about. However, one thing is for sure. The person who thought of filling a bottle of Coca Cola with a sleeve of salted peanuts is a genius. Sure, this Southern snack sounds a bit strange, but it's very tasty.
11. Cheese Straws
Cheese straws are very popular in the Southern U.S. and a staple at most holiday gatherings. If you've never had a cheese straw, you don't know what you're missing. Fair warning. They're super addictive.