It is officially sweet corn season in the Midwest. Farm fields have grown tall and the corn is ready to be enjoyed...on the cob, in a casserole, as a side dish, you name it!
We LOVE sweet corn and wish it was in season all year long. But then again, the fact that the local corn harvest comes around once a year makes it that much more special. Plus, it got us thinking of all the wonderful snacks made from corn that can be enjoyed all year long at The Store. Lend an “ear” and we’ll tell you all about ‘em!
Of course popcorn made our list of delicious corn-based snacks. It’s light, airy, filling, and downright a-maize-ing. Find low calorie popcorn options like SkinnyPop and BOOMCHICKAPOP at The Store. These satisfying snacks come in fun flavors like Sea Salt, White Cheddar and Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn — most of which have less than 40 calories per cup! Now that’s smart snacking.
2. Corn Nuts
Corn Nuts are another no-brainer – after all, “corn” is right in the name! This crunchy corn kernel snack is as flavorful as it is satisfying. When you’re in the mood for a mid-day munchie or late night bite, The Store has you covered. You’ll find Original, BBQ, Ranch and Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Nuts in our locations.
3. Tortilla Chips
Grab some salsa, because tortilla chips are next on the list! The Store stocks a wide variety of Tostitos tortilla chips, including Scoops, Multigrain, Hint of Lime, Strips and more. They’re perfect for dipping in queso, salsa, taco salad, or anything else you can think of. Pro Tip: Spread tortilla chips on a microwave-safe plate and sprinkle the top with shredded cheese. Pop it in the microwave and ~voila~ instant nachos!
P.S. – We can’t forget about our favorite flavored tortilla chips: Doritos! Whether you’re a Nacho Cheese die-hard or a Cool Ranch fanatic, The Store has what you’re craving.
Bugles are another “corny” snack you’ll find at The Store. Besides being the best finger hats ever, Bugles posts awesome photos on Instagram. Seriously, they’re so funny! We highly suggest following @buglesmemes. Oh yeah, and Bugles are delicious…did we mention that already? At The Store, we’ve got ‘em in Original, Ranch, Nacho, Bold BBQ, Hot Buffalo, Churro, and Caramel.
If you’re looking for an option with some serious personality, Bugles is the snack for you.
5. Chex Mix
Next up, Chex Mix. Now, we know there can be heated debate regarding which Chex Mix pieces are superior (*ahhem* rye chips) but we can all agree that Chex Mix is a great snack for any occasion. Entertaining? Lounging on the couch? Setting off on a Road Trip? Chex Mix is the answer.
And guess what? The yellow Chex pieces are made from corn, so they’re the star of this show (sorry, rye chips). The Store offers Original, Cheddar, and Bold Party Blend flavors. Try them all and find your favorite!
Aww “shucks”, we almost forgot that one of our favorite cereals is made from corn: Frosted Flakes! We already know they’re Grrrreat, but the fact that one of the main ingredients is corn makes this cereal even better. And hey, you never really outgrow breakfast cereal…especially when it’s this good. Pick up a box at The Store and start each day with a bowl, a spoon, and a mouthful of delicious corn flakes!
7. Lakeview Vodka
The last item on the list is for our Guests age 21 and older to enjoy. Lakeview Vodka comes from a locally-distilled spirits line, Northern Oasis Spirits. This liquid libation is made from 100% upper Midwest corn – the best kind of corn, of course. And, we’ll let you in on a few “kernels” of truth: Lakeview Vodka is all-natural, gluten free, and contains no artificial ingredients or additives. It’s versatile and tastes great in a martini, Bloody Mary, or your cocktail of choice. After all, every drink is better with a “view”!
Enjoy the sweet corn season while it lasts, Midwesterners. Try every crazy corn on the cob recipe you can find (and share your favorites with us, please). But, when the season comes to an end, you can count on The Store to have your favorite “corny” snacks all year round. We’ll see you next time!