Going on a road trip?  Then you need to make it fun! On your adventure, you don’t have to conform to anyone else’s agenda or expectations. You’re the driver, the navigator, the DJ, and the one eating all those road trip snacks.  In this blog, it is food we are talking about that tastes so good at those gas stations along the way.

Do You Want A Sandwich?

Hot Pockets can be an ideal handheld meal to enjoy in the car, as long as you’re careful not to roast your taste buds on their magma-hot insides! The ham and cheese variety is the original Hot Pocket, introduced way back in 1980 when these microwaveable meals-for-one were still called Tastywiches. The fact that they’re still popular at gas stations over 40 years later is a testament to just how tasty these ‘wiches are.

How About An Ice Cream?

How about an ice cream sandwich? Before we dive into the world of ice cream sandwiches, what would you call the chocolate part (in some circles known as the best part) of a traditional ice cream sandwich. Some called it a cookie. Others called it cake. I’ve always thought of it as a brownie. After a little research, I found that all of these are wrong. Apparently, the chocolate part of a classic ice cream sandwich is officially called a wafer. Whatever it is called, it is yummy.

Do You Like Chocolate?

How about Nutella sticks? Nothing better than a cup of Nutella chocolate with bite-sized cookie sticks meant for dipping! If you run out of cookies before you’ve finished scooping every last bit of Nutella, no one will judge as you lick out the chocolate.

How About A Healthy Snack?

Try sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Grab a package of roasted unsalted seeds. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and heart healthy fats.

Why Choose Between A Salty and Sweet Snack?

Whether they’re gently drizzled with chocolate, like wafer-thin pretzel crisps, or fully enrobed like Hershey’s Chocolate Dipped minis, you can’t go wrong with this delicious gas station snack of chocolate covered pretzels.

Grab A Bag Of Spicy Hot Fries

Potato chips are great, but they’re an everyday snack that can be found pretty much anywhere. An adventure like a road trip calls for an extra-special gas station snack, so instead of your usual potato chips, choose Andy Capp’s Fries. They look like French fries but are crunchy like chips. These unique alternatives to regular potato chips pack a powerful flavor punch in every crunch., which look like shoestring French fries but are crunchy like chips.

Have A Nostalgic Snack

Buy a box of Cracker Jacks. By me some peanuts and… well, you know the words. This addictive mix of caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts was first introduced in 1896 but became synonymous with baseball after the song Take Me Out to the Ballgame—the unofficial anthem of America’s pastime—was written in 1908.

Start Your Day Off With Coffee And A Pop Tart

Brown Sugar Pop-Tarts are my favorite. They can be eaten cooked or uncooked, and they aren’t messy, which means they’re great for situations when cleanliness is an issue, like in rental cars.  Brown Sugar Pop-Tarts are a crowd-pleaser that can make anyone a happy camper.

Cheez Balls

Cheese (or “cheez”) snacks come in all sorts of shapes, flavors, and textures: crunchy squiggles, puffy doodles, crispy cones, and crunchy crackers. But for the ultimate in orange powder-coated whimsy, there’s nothing quite like throwing a feather-light Cheez Ball into the air and trying to catch it in your mouth.

In The Mood For A Healthy Granola Bar?

Granola bars are the Swiss Army knife of snacks. They’re small, portable, napkin-free eats that can tackle a variety of situations. They are filled with protein, fiber, and are gluten free and sometimes even nut free.

Have Some Chex Mix Even If There Is Not A Party Going On

You can find bags of premade Chex Mix in your gas station’s chip aisle, and in many more flavors than the classic recipe you know and love, like honey nut and spicy dill.

What The Heck is Charcuterie? And Why Do You Need It As A Snack On Your Road Trip?

Believe it or not, charcuterie has become a gas station snack. You can find packaged trays of sliced meats, cheeses, olives, and other delectable condiments in the same refrigerated section as premade sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, and other cold grab-and-go items.

Beef Jerky

Beef jerky has always been one of the best gas station snacks, and it’s not hard to see why—it’s chewy, salty, satiating, and packed with protein to keep you fueled up.


If we’re being honest, isn’t gas station candy the perfect snack? When you’re out on the open road, it’s a great opportunity to indulge. A pack of chewy Twizzlers is ideal for enjoying in the car—they’re not messy to eat, great for sharing, and easy to hold onto while driving.

How About A Jumbo Dill Pickle?

Looking for a savory snack that’s cool, crisp, and refreshing? In the refrigerated section of the gas station, you can find an individually wrapped dill pickle. Though their high sodium content keeps pickles out of the “health food” category, they’re still one of the healthier gas station snacks, and are rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Snyders of Hanover Honey Mustard And Onion Pieces

These pungent honey mustard and onion-flavored pretzel chunks aren’t great for a romantic road trip with a new love interest. But for all other travel circumstances, they’ll do just fine. Do yourself (and your carmate) a favor and grab a pack of gum as a palate cleanser.

Cheddar Cracker Combos

Combos are quite possibly the ideal savory snack for the road. They’re not greasy like chips, and they wear their flavor on the inside, so your fingers won’t be coated in cheese powder after devouring a bag. You’ll find them in a variety of flavors—from pepperoni pizza to buffalo blue cheese—but cheddar cracker is an untouchable favorite.


Sure, they’re sloppy and not remotely good for you. But, no matter how tastes may change, gas station nachos are a classic that stand the test of time. Big gooey globs of electric orange nacho cheese are an absolute must. Past that, jazz up your nachos with olives, pickled jalapenos, diced onions, and whatever other free toppings your gas station offers.


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