Some people prepare a bug-out bag in anticipation of the pending apocalypse, but we’re more concerned about stocking up on late night snacks. Pizza at 3 a.m. and dead-of-night taco quests are great (if you have the patience), but what if your craving hits right as you’re settling in to a movie at home? Or it’s really cold outside? Or you can’t find your pants? As the Scouts say, “Always be prepared.”
The best munchies should be easy to prepare, not too perishable and pack a whole lot of satisfying flavor. Here are our favorite snacks to keep stocked at all times.
Pizza in the morning. Pizza in the evening. Pizza at suppertime. When pizza’s on a bagel, you can eat pizza anytime—including 4 a.m.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
Scientists polled countless boozed-up subjects on their ideal cravings in order to develop the seasoning on Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. OK, that’s not quite true, but they are so insanely good, you can finish a 30-oz bag in under 30 seconds.
You shouldn’t be within 50 feet of a deep fryer if you’ve been drinking, so if onion rings are the only thing that will satisfy your salty needs, pop open a bag of Funyuns instead.
Kraft Mac & Cheese
You could get by with microwaveable Easy Mac, but we believe you’re up to the challenge of a full box. Plus, you can adjust the ratio of seasoning, butter and milk to your liking. You can even add extra cheese—or some of those Flamin’ Hot Cheetos (we won’t tell anyone).
Cereal is drunchie de rigueur among lazy drinkers, but for our money, nothing beats marshmallowy Lucky Charms. Just try not to annoy anyone with your fake Irish accent as you giggle and repeat, “They’re magically delicious.”