Friday, February 01, 2008

The Real Skinny on the Real Junk

Want to know what kinda junk food high school guys really want to eat? I have the inside report!

In the name of involving myself in new and interesting endeavors,
this winter I am running a snack shop for a high school team that
caters to about fifty kids (almost all guys). It’s great fun to drop by and chat with them about different things, including what they like and don't like in their snack food. (And yes, I talk about my books, too...)

Here are the winners and the losers from the snack shack shelves:

Chips sell. Especially anything with “Doritos” in the label.

Packages of cookies just sit there, so do the cereal type bars.

Moon Pies are a go.

Soda moves quickly--the darker, the more caffeinated, the better.

Bottled water is a slow but steady sale.

The big winner? Candy. Of which I initially made a mistake. I
was thinking chunky bars for big appetites. Nope, not so much. Acknowledging I needed help, I asked the guys, and got a resounding response which I quickly filled. So here are the top candy sellers:

Any surprises on this list? And anyone have any other good ideas for stocking the shelves in future weeks?

11 fresh comments:

Kelly Parra said...

Yum, I totally get the finger food candy! I would also add peanut M&Ms!

TinaFerraro said...

Oh,yeah, Kelly, good idea! Thanks.

bria said...

I recently picked up a terrible Kit Kat habit. No idea why but sometimes I CRAVE them!

Emily said...

Thats interesting Tina, because my son loves Doritos, Kit Kats and Twix. All his favorites =)

TinaFerraro said...

Ah-ha, Bria, another Kit Kat eater!

And Emily, it sounds like your son is right in line with his peers!

I ended up eating a Twix at the snack bar last night, just to be status quo. Good, but I think I'd still rather get my empty calories in a latte.

booklady said...

Okay, that made me hungry! Many of the high school boys in my area are also very big on Pop Tarts, so you can always give those a try.

TinaFerraro said...

Oh, good idea, Booklady, thank you!

Sara Hantz said...

No surprises there. What about malteasers.... do you get them, or are they a UK/NZ thing. And crunchie bars

TinaFerraro said...

Sara, I've never heard of malteasers...are they malted milk balls?

susanhatler said...

Hey, Tina! Recees Peanut Butter Cups are my #1. High school guys have such great taste! I'm also thinking Snickers should be on the list. It can be a meal on the go--it seriously does *satisfy*. ;)

TinaFerraro said...

Yes, Susan, peanut cups are tops in my book, and I hear you about Snickers!

Hope your writing is going well...