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Top Snacks For College Students

Snacks are an essential component of the college experience. Whether you have a stash of  Oreos and popcorn or yogurt and almonds in your dorm, I can almost guarantee every college student has their favorite snacks on hand right now. I asked UT students to share their top snacks, and I got a multitude of responses. So, if you’re looking to add some variety to your snack collection, then this is a great place to start!

I was not surprised to discover Oreos, chips, gummy candy and goldfish were popular answers among the students I spoke to. All of these snacks have a wide range of flavors to choose from, which makes them appealing to a larger audience. In addition, these are the types of snacks that never get old because the second you get tired of one flavor, you can switch to the next one.

On the more nutritious side, many students said they keep a healthy supply of Greek yogurt, trail mix and granola bars. Greek yogurt can be more of a hassle to carry around, but trail mix and granola bars are great to take with you on the go. 

Again, depending on your preferences, you can choose different toppings for your yogurt, switch out raisins for m&ms in your trail mix or go for a fruit-filled granola bar instead of your usual chocolate chip and peanut butter combo.

There were definitely some outliers in the responses that are worth an honorable mention. Some people specifically mentioned lucky charms, peanut m&ms, Milano cookies and dried mango slices.

I can’t end the article without sharing some of my own picks for snacks. Of course, I always keep cashews, brookside chocolates and white cheddar popcorn. I’m definitely excited to use my research to diversify my snack selection the next time I’m at Target, though!

Featured Image By Matilda Herrera Ramirez

5 Desserts to Sweeten Your Finals Week

With Finals coming up, we all need a treat to sweeten up our days. Looking for a break from countless studying and essay rewrites ? Here’s some options for all my fellow sweet tooths out there! 

  1. Monday Mug Cakes: 
Design by Bettina Mateo

Mug cakes are a great way to start the week and the Cookist has some amazing recipes to choose from. Whether you’re craving a vegan, paleo, or vanilla cake, there are many variations of this easy and delicious dish to try out and enjoy.. Most of the ingredients can be picked up at your local Dobie Target!

Courtesy of the Cookist

If you’re in a rush and have no time to make all these recipes then we have a solution for you: Betty Crocker. The company has a bunch of different mug cakes that are ready within minutes. Just add milk or water, and pop it in the microwave. Did I mention each box is less than $3?

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If you really want to treat yourself checkout Polkadots Cupcake Factory. Their store is only a quick drive or bus ride away from campus. Although they may be a little pricey with $3.65 per cupcake, their 98 Google ratings say they’re more than worth it. Popular favorite flavors include Red Velvet, Confetti, and Chocolate. 

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2. Tuesday Tiramisu:

This 10 minute recipe by Lauren Allen is a fantastic choice for students. This is especially geared towards those students who live in the dorms since this is a no-bake dish. While some of the ingredients might be a little pricey, HEB has all the ingredients you need for much less than other retailers.

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Want a study space and a yummy treat all in one? Why not buy a Tiramisu slice ($3.49) at Whole Foods on Lamar? There are plenty of seats outside and inside with ambient music. If you can’t find a place to sit, there is a Starbucks right across the street as well.

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It’s Dinner time and you still haven’t eaten cause you’ve been super busy from all that studying. (or procrastinating) Whichever it is, why not check out UTea Pho and grab a tiramisu slice for dessert after your meal? Perhaps use this as an opportunity to have a “study and dine date” with that zoom cutie from class. 

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3. Wednesday Waffles:

If you’re lucky enough to have a waffle maker and want a fun breakfast dessert then why not make some waffles? You probably haven’t used it that much since class has been taking so much of your time. So, why not give it and yourself some love by making some yummy yummy waffles. (side note: You don’t even have to eat them just for breakfast!!)

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While not as delicious as the other options, this one is the fastest and cheapest ! Pop it into the microwave or toaster oven and voila dessert/breakfast is served. Add some whipped cream, fruits, or some syrup to make it taste even better. Personally, I think some vanilla ice cream would go amazing with this delicious meal !

If you have the time and want to really treat yourself, Mary’s cafe is said to have some of the best waffles in Austin! This is also a great option for those of us without cars since it is just a quick 15 minute bus ride away from campus. Each waffle is about $6.75 🙂

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4. Thursday Tarts :

After eating all those yummy desserts this week, you might be looking for something just a little healthier today. Why not make yourself a fruit tart? Delish has a yummy recipe that is easy and delicious.

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If you’re studying at the Austin Public Library and are looking for a little reward for all those hours of studying. Trader Joe’s is just a short walk away and their Raspberry tarte is absolutely delicious. (If they don’t have any tartes, they have a plethora of other amazing desserts for you to try.)

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Mozart’s Coffee is a favorite for just about anyone. Did you know that they also carry fruit tartes? Well, they do! A view, a study space, delicious coffee and a great fruit or lemon tart, what more could you ask for? 

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5.Friday Fruit Parfaits:

It is finally Friday and you have made it through the week! Treat yourself this morning with a homemade fruit parfait. A quick, easy, and customizable desert that can appeal to anyone. You can add just about anything to a cup of yogurt ! My personal favorite toppings are almonds, granola, raspberries, strawberries, and a little bit of chocolate. 

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 I get it. You are tired and don’t want to do anything today. Well, H-E-B has got you covered with their cheap and delicious Del Monte yogurt parfaits. 

If all these options don’t seem to interest you then head out and have some plain ol’ ice cream. Choose your own toppings and flavors. Tropical Dreams is an ice cream store located right behind Dobie and has a bunch of unique ice cream flavors. Some interesting flavors include Ginger, Macadamia Coconut, and Mango Cream.

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It is finally the weekend and you’re done with finals! It is time to crash and rewind as you prepare for the next week. As you remember all the amazing and delicious desserts you ate this week, you think to yourself why not try 5 different healthy smoothies next week to detox the body and mind from all the semester stress. 

Good luck on your finals  everyone and remember to treat yourself through these stressful times. 🙂 

Best of Wampus: Convenience Store Snacks

One of my favorite ways to procrastinate as a college student is to run errands. When it’s too late to make a Target run or pickup takeout at Madam Mam’s I can always count on the slew of trusty West Campus convenience stores to keep me from my assignments. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a spontaneous trip to 7/11? Over the years, I’ve tried just about every snack these stores have to offer: the good, the bad and the ugly. Below, I’ve compiled a list of the best late nights snacks in “Wampus”. Next time you go on a late night convenience store run, consider giving one of them a go. Who knows, one of these bad boys might become your next favorite!

Drinks 

The perfect thing to complement a late night study sesh is caffeine, whether you’re more of a tea drinker, energy drink person, soda-lover or coffee aficionado, convenience stores always seem to have something to meet your needs.

Califia Farms XX Espresso Cold Brew Coffee
Source: Califia Farms
Dunkin’ Original Iced Coffee
Source: Dunkin’ Donuts
Pure Leaf Cold Brew Iced Tea Tropical Mango
Source: Pure Leaf
Guayaki Yerba Mate Enlighten Mint
Source: Target
CLEAN Lemon Lime Organic Sparkling Yerba Mate
Source: Northwest Coffee Supply
MTN Dew Original
Source: MTN Dew
Maine Root Root Beer
Source Main Root Co.
Crush Grape Soda
Source: HEB
Half Cherry, Half Coke Icee
Source: Icee
Gatorade Thirst Quencher Frost Glacier Freeze
Source: Warehouse 115
Gatorade Thirst Quencher Ice Punch
Source: Walmart

Salty Snacks

Perhaps you’re more of a salty snack type. If so, I have the perfect recommendations for you, whether you prefer salty, savory or spicy. These snacks pair perfectly with a night in with your roommates and are perfect for sharing.

Kettle Brand Honey Dijon Chips
Source Drizly
Takis Fuego
Source: Bargain Wholesale
Combos Cheddar Cheese 
Source: Giant Food
Harvest Snaps Black Bean Snack Crisps Mango Chile Lime
Source: Meijer
Chex Mix Honey BBQ
Source: HEB

Sweets

Looking to celebrate finishing an assignment? These yummy treats make the perfect celebratory snack and help end your night on a high note.

Alden’s Ice Cream Ooey Gooey Brownie
Source: Alden’s Ice Cream
Ben & Jerry’s Brownie Batter Core
Source: Cornershop
Blue Bell Butter Crunch
Source: Recipepes
NESTLE Dibs Crunch 
Source: HEB
Good Pop Watermelon Agave Popsicle
Source: Whole Foods
Good Pop Chocolate Milk Popsicle
Source: Whole Foods
NESTLE Strawberry Shortcake Popsicle
Source: Walmart
Haribo Sour Spaghetti Gummy Candy
Source: World Market
Charleston Chew Mini
Source: Walmart
Sour Punch Blue Raspberry Straws
Source: Walmart

At the end of the day, go-to convenience store snacks are all about comfort and preference. But if you’re looking to shake things up, I’d give one of these a try. If you want to be extra adventurous, you could even try a new combo! I recommend Takis Fuego washed down with an ice-cold Glacier Freeze Gatorade, or perhap a Pure Leaf Mango Iced Tea paired with Mango Chile Lime Harvest Snaps.

Featured image illustrated by Serena Rodriguez