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September 21, 2010

What’s Your Favorite Truck Stop Grub?

By Colin Kearns

In the October issue of F&S, contributing editor David Draper compiled a grocery list of a weekend’s worth of food that you can get at a typical truck stop...all for less than $20. Draper did a great job of making his cash go as far as possible and including all of an outdoorsman’s dietary essentials: caffeine (Mountain Dew and coffee), sugar (a Whatchamacallit and sweet roll), protein (jerky and, well, more jerky), and some stuff that’s actually healthy (water and apples). But after he turned the assignment in, I joked with him: “How could you leave out the Salted Nut Roll?!”

If there’s one thing I always look for at truck stops or gas stations whenever I go fishing, it’s that calorie bomb deliciously disguised as the Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll. Not only is the Nut Roll utterly and incredibly tasty—the perfect blend of salty and sweet—but it’s the perfect snack to pack: It’s small and substantial. It doesn’t melt in warm weather. And it’s stout enough that it won’t get too smashed.

But, as is the case with Draper, not everyone is as big of fan of the Salted Nut Roll as I am. So let’s hear your favorite. What truck stop snack do you always reach for on your way to the hunting or fishing grounds?

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from pete5645 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Salted Nut Roll, hands down.

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from TJ wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Super hot pickled sausage

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from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Watchamacallit and salted nut rolls are awesome. They make a chocolate coated nut roll that great too. I mostly try to stick with healthier fare like apples and bananas and homemade venison jerky.

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from gman3186 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

when i stop by the truck stop i get the buscuits and gravy

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from Double D wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

TJ - Pickled sausages are one of the scariest foods sold in truck stops, yet one of the most delicious. I can't pass them up either.

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from chris_hunt wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Either pickled eggs or smoked string cheese.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Corn Nuts (Ranch) and a pre-made, microwaved pork roll, egg, and cheese on a potato roll from 7-11. Now, if your 7-11 has said sandwich in the little case by the register, you probably don't live more that 50 miles away from me. Highly localized....

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

i eat sunflower seeds constantly.

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from jbird wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I've never seen a Pearson's salted nut roll.
Snickers and Munchos always get my belly full, or those little tubes of spicy peanuts.

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from Mark J wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Like you said, jerky and more jerky.

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from MLH wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

When I was a kid we'd stop at Stuckey's - I would beg and plead for a Stuckey's Pecan Roll. Haven't seen one of those in Michigan or Ohio in years. Good stuff.

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from Koldkut wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Joe, Pork Roll, you're killing me dude. Between that, Yuengling and WaWa's, I miss the east coast.

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from finnyk wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Pecan Log.

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from Mike Plotner wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

peporoini sticks

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from idahooutdoors wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I have a hard time passing up a Bean Burrito in a Deli case....nothing like some deep fried goodness to brighten a drive and clog the arteries....

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from jeffisutherland wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I get a hot coffee, a bag of Frank's Red Hot Beef Jerky, and a couple of Charleston Chew chocolate bars.

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from Bassmasterking wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

some jerky and beer

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from GreenEyedNessie wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Red Bull and beef jerky.

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from rpm13 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I have two choices depends if I am staying or continuing to drive:

Staying: MEATLOAF, w/gravy & baked potatoes & veg's.

Driving: BROWNIE & coffee......ah sugar and caffine

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from QDMGuy wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

If I want a snack- it's Cheerwine and an Oatmeal creme pie. If I want something more substantial- it's jerky and hot fries! Pumpkin seeds are always great drivin' fare too!

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from wfbrad wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

gotsta have a chicken fried steak, with fries and extra gravy. (for the fries)

for candy, the sour cherry round jelly bean things. delicious!

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from Mark Orlicky wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I like homemade items from the mom & pop outfits. Jerky, sandwiches, sticky sweet rolls... I really like homemade chocolate chip cookies!

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from Jerry A. wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

There is this old candy called Cherry Mash that I look for in truck stops. Chocolate with cherry filling and some type of nuts. Enough sugar to nearly put you in a coma, but oh so good.

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from Andrew Vivian wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

When I am driving or heading out on the water its always a coke, a snickers and some beef jerkey

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from ILBassin wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

QDMguy has it right cheerwine is where its at ive only seen it tho in northcarolina

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from Groffeaston wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I gonna make sure I stay away from some of you guys! If I get anywhere near you, I will make sure I have a Gas mask or a Hazmat suit! lmao

Hot Pickled Sausages, Bean Burritos, Beer and Beef Jerky? Definitely a deadly combination to anyone within 5 feet or Downwind! Rotflmao

And don't forget the Home-made Chili with lots of beans! The beans Add Plenty of ammunition! lmao

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from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Pigs feet in vinegar to go, or hot potato wedges and a payday candy bar.

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from gman3186 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

when i stop by the truck stop i get the buscuits and gravy

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from pete5645 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Salted Nut Roll, hands down.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from mad_dog9999 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Watchamacallit and salted nut rolls are awesome. They make a chocolate coated nut roll that great too. I mostly try to stick with healthier fare like apples and bananas and homemade venison jerky.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Joe_Cermele wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Corn Nuts (Ranch) and a pre-made, microwaved pork roll, egg, and cheese on a potato roll from 7-11. Now, if your 7-11 has said sandwich in the little case by the register, you probably don't live more that 50 miles away from me. Highly localized....

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

i eat sunflower seeds constantly.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jbird wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I've never seen a Pearson's salted nut roll.
Snickers and Munchos always get my belly full, or those little tubes of spicy peanuts.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Koldkut wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Joe, Pork Roll, you're killing me dude. Between that, Yuengling and WaWa's, I miss the east coast.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jeffisutherland wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I get a hot coffee, a bag of Frank's Red Hot Beef Jerky, and a couple of Charleston Chew chocolate bars.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from TJ wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Super hot pickled sausage

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Double D wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

TJ - Pickled sausages are one of the scariest foods sold in truck stops, yet one of the most delicious. I can't pass them up either.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from chris_hunt wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Either pickled eggs or smoked string cheese.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mark J wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Like you said, jerky and more jerky.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from MLH wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

When I was a kid we'd stop at Stuckey's - I would beg and plead for a Stuckey's Pecan Roll. Haven't seen one of those in Michigan or Ohio in years. Good stuff.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from finnyk wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Pecan Log.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Plotner wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

peporoini sticks

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from idahooutdoors wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I have a hard time passing up a Bean Burrito in a Deli case....nothing like some deep fried goodness to brighten a drive and clog the arteries....

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Bassmasterking wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

some jerky and beer

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from GreenEyedNessie wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Red Bull and beef jerky.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from rpm13 wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I have two choices depends if I am staying or continuing to drive:

Staying: MEATLOAF, w/gravy & baked potatoes & veg's.

Driving: BROWNIE & coffee......ah sugar and caffine

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from QDMGuy wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

If I want a snack- it's Cheerwine and an Oatmeal creme pie. If I want something more substantial- it's jerky and hot fries! Pumpkin seeds are always great drivin' fare too!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from wfbrad wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

gotsta have a chicken fried steak, with fries and extra gravy. (for the fries)

for candy, the sour cherry round jelly bean things. delicious!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mark Orlicky wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

I like homemade items from the mom & pop outfits. Jerky, sandwiches, sticky sweet rolls... I really like homemade chocolate chip cookies!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jerry A. wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

There is this old candy called Cherry Mash that I look for in truck stops. Chocolate with cherry filling and some type of nuts. Enough sugar to nearly put you in a coma, but oh so good.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Andrew Vivian wrote 3 years 28 weeks ago

When I am driving or heading out on the water its always a coke, a snickers and some beef jerkey

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from ILBassin wrote 3 years 27 weeks ago

QDMguy has it right cheerwine is where its at ive only seen it tho in northcarolina

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Groffeaston wrote 2 years 39 weeks ago

I gonna make sure I stay away from some of you guys! If I get anywhere near you, I will make sure I have a Gas mask or a Hazmat suit! lmao

Hot Pickled Sausages, Bean Burritos, Beer and Beef Jerky? Definitely a deadly combination to anyone within 5 feet or Downwind! Rotflmao

And don't forget the Home-made Chili with lots of beans! The beans Add Plenty of ammunition! lmao

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jr_armstrong wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

Pigs feet in vinegar to go, or hot potato wedges and a payday candy bar.

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