It’s been a long day of driving on the open road and you’re hungry.
The worst part is you’ve been driving for hours.
Everything is closed.
But wait what’s that in the distance? A 24-hr truck stop! Thoughts of Tornado’s and Combos suddenly fill your head with happy thoughts. Hope is just up the road…
For many truck drivers, the 24-hr truck stop is not only a place to pull over, but a spot to grab some long-awaited grub after a long day on the road. The best part is these days the sky is the limit on what many truck stops have to offer when it comes to “fine travel dining.”
The team at Pohl Transportation, Inc. has decided to put together a list of 10 of our favorite truck stop snacks in order. After you’re done, let us know in the comments if you agree with our list or not.
That’s right. Who doesn’t love a good Frank? The hot dog can not only be found at most truck stops, but most gas stations as well. They’re easy to cook, delicious and you can dress them up however you would like.
Ahhh the giant pickled in a bag. A refreshing, yet salty snack which comes in a package almost impossible to open, it’s obvious how popular this truck stop snack is by the ever-growing number of different companies selling them.
P.S. Ever notice these things are often placed right next to the cash register?
And we stress cheap. But hey, when are nachos ever that expensive, even at a restaurant? Sometimes the biggest joys in life are the little things – like semi-stale corn chips smothered in process cheese.
But hey who cares. They’re still delicious.
7. Frosted Fruit Pies
These classic snacks are made by a variety of brands but the Hostess line of pies is easily the most recognizable. Please note however just because some are filled with fruit doesn’t mean they’re a healthy snack. Thankfully if you go with a chocolate pudding pie one you’re at least being honest with yourself.
How could we mention frosted fruit pies without bringing up doughnuts.
Depending on the truck stop or gas station you’re at, you’ll likely find a variety of them in a case somewhere inside either. One of the most famous, Krispy Kreme, have built and entire portion of their business around setting up fresh Krispy Kreme in stations and stops as well.
Nutty Bars, Oatmeal Pies and Starcrunches, oh my!
When we say “Pick Your Poison” we’re basically saying it really doesn’t matter what kind of Little Debbie you buy at a gas station or truck stop.
Because they’re all delicious of course.
Whatever genius came up with these snacks should always be remembered as contributing one of the most delicious snacks to truck stops. Cheese stuffed in a pretzel. Well, it’s kind of cheese isn’t it? Regardless, Combos are undoubtedly a good example of food science at it’s finest.
They’ve been also referred to as Taquitos and even Hillbilly Spring Rolls. Regardless of what you call the, the only thing you need to know is they’re delicious.
Imagine it. One day someone said let’s create a breaded tube filled with experimental meat paste and see how it goes. People tried them. They were delicious. Now they’re everywhere.
The Tornado’s have taken this country by storm.
Whether it’s Snickers or a 3 Musketeers or a 5th Avenue, everyone has their go-to candy bar of choice.
With so many options and varieties available, how could anyone not have at least one type of candy bar they like either.
1. Beef Jerky
This is the cream of the crop when it comes to gas station cuisine so to speak.
From beef sticks to jerky to even combinations of jerky with cheeses, the snack has easily become the most iconic truck stop and gas station snack today. Entire sections are devoted solely to beef jerky. Some places even sell bulk beef jerky!
Basically, jerky is big business and people everywhere love it.