Guilty Pleasure Snacks You Won’t Feel Bad About

UPDATED ON JULY 8, 2022
BY DANIEL ROTHSTEIN

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As the United States’ premier wholesaler and distributor of candy and confectionary products, it is not our job to tell people how they should feel about certain foods. For those who follow a strict diet, many “snacks” are taboo and unfortunately, candy is typically off-limits. To talk about “guilty pleasures” when it comes to snack foods, the term implies that you are supposed to feel bad about eating them and that’s just not right.

At Redstone Foods, we don’t want you to feel bad about anything, ever! So when we talk about our favorite guilty pleasure foods, we tend to focus on the “pleasure” part of that phrase. You can feel guilty about them if you want, but when it comes to food, we believe you can enjoy a little bit of everything in moderation and you’re going to be just fine!

When I was younger, I could eat a half a box of Twinkies after school, have some fast food deep-fried chicken nuggets drizzled in ranch and barbeque sauce for dinner, all washed down with an ice-cold soda pop, followed by a heaping bowl of ice cream for dessert and I would never gain a pound!

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But now that I’m older, I have to pay attention to my eating habits and limit my intake of these types of high-calorie foods. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat all of those things, just not as often and not as much as I did when I was younger.

I still haven’t tried the keto diet or anything too crazy like that. I just practice moderation, enjoying the things that make me happy every once in a while, and so far everything seems to be just fine. In fact, I worry more about the health effects of actually feeling guilty than I would from enjoying a sweet treat every now and again. So, with that being said….

Here are some great snacks and comfort foods that you can enjoy, without all the guilt!

Van Holten’s Pickles

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As we’ve discussed before, pickles are super popular these days, as they are perfect for snacking! They are very healthy too, with high amounts of antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E. They are also low in the bad things like saturated fat and cholesterol.

Pickles could also be considered both a vegetable and a fruit! Pickles are made of cucumbers, which are a vegetable, but in 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Nix vs. Hedden that pickles and tomatoes are a “fruit of the vine” due to their seeds. Either way you want to classify them, these healthy snacks are the perfect not-so-guilty pleasures!

The Van Holten family has been pickling since 1898, so they really know what they’re doing. We sell their popular Pickle-In-A-Pouch, with 5 amazing flavors to choose from! With flavors like the classic dill pickle, hot and spicy pickle, kosher pickle, a tart and tangy sour pickle and Tapatio-flavored pickle, you’ll be able to find something almost anyone would enjoy!

For the hot summer months, Van Holten’s also offers Pickle Ice Freeze Pops, an electrolyte enhanced, sugar free treat that you can enjoy frozen, or in liquid form. These pouches will help keep you hydrated all by themselves, or you can even use them to offer a splash of flavor to your favorite summertime beverage!

Kimmie Sunburst Sunflower Seeds

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The Kimmie Candy Company has taken the healthy high-protein sunflower seeds and covered them with chocolate and a crisp candy shell for a truly enjoyable snacking experience! While the protein-rich sunflower seeds are also high in healthy fats and antioxidants, they are also non-GMO and gluten-free. With the chocolate and candy coating these sunflower seeds will offer you the perfect “guilty pleasure” snack that’s not so guilty!

Kimmie’s Sunburst Sunflower Seeds are the perfect sweet addition to trail mix or the perfect snack for road trips. With the hard candy shell, you won’t even get your hands messy! These really are the perfect combination of sweet and salty goodness. These amazing treats are available for sale in bulk on our website.

Route 66 Texas Jalapeno Cheddar Snack Mix

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Offering a mix of Spanish peanuts, sesame sticks, pretzels and cheese crackers with just the right amount of spicy jalapeno seasoning makes this snack a must have for any outing. Route 66 makes one of the most flavorful snack mixes we have ever tried! Produced by Mount Franklin Foods in El Paso, Texas their Route 66 Texas Jalapeno Snack Mix is the perfect snack for people on-the-go.

Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies

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As long as I can remember, one of my favorite all time snacks have been Mother’s Animal Crackers. They’re made even better (or more guilty) when you add frosting and rainbow sprinkles to them! The Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies are the perfect snack for remembering your childhood. We offer them in a theater box, giving you just the right amount for a sweet snack when you’re out and about!

Keebler Fudge Stripes Minis Cookies

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Speaking of childhood favorites, the Keebler Elves have pleased many sweet cravings for generations with their signature Fudge Stripes Cookies. This quintessential snack from your childhood is now available in miniature form that also comes in a theater box for your snacking pleasure!

Pringles Potato Chips

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What list of guilty pleasure snacks would be complete without mentioning potato chips? We would never make that mistake! Pringles has to be one of the all-time favorites in the snacking world. We offer all three classic flavors, Original, Sour Cream & Onion and Cheddar Cheese on our website in convenient snack-size tins!

Riffs Bacon On The Go

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Everybody loves bacon and now you can take it anywhere, without a stove or even a skillet! Bacon On The Go is a completely unique, fully-cooked meat product that you can eat right out of the wrapper. Riff’s Smokehouse takes thick cut slabs of bacon and wood smokes them for hours with handmade rubs and spices for a truly unique snacking experience.

With flavors like sweet & spicy, red curry, habanero heat and raspberry chipotle, it’s no wonder they market them as “meat candy”! We highly-recommend you try these gluten-free, keto-friendly treats today.

Long Grove Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Melts with Sea Salt

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Since we are the candy experts, you know we had to include some candy products on this list! The Long Grove Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Melts with Sea Salt are the perfect snack because they hit both the sweet and salty cravings with a one-two punch!

These candies offer a thick slab of creamy peanut butter, covered in dark chocolate and a generous hint of sea salt for the perfect texture and flavor combination. If you have a craving for some snacks but you can’t decide if you want something sweet, or something salty, these will surely hit the spot!

Godiva Signature Mini Bars

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Godiva has guilty pleasure snacking all figured out. The Godiva Signature Mini Bars are eight individually-wrapped and perfectly-portioned bars of their exquisite, premium chocolates. Eat as little, or as much as you want with these convenient packages!

When it comes to candy, you can always satisfy your cravings with a single serving candy bar. We have a huge selection of candy bar singles available for immediate shipping on our newly-redesigned website. Check them out!

At Redstone Foods, we are always striving to find the best quality candy, sodas and snacks on the market. We have over 7,000 confection and gourmet food products in our catalog and over 500 glass-bottle sodas available to order. This huge selection is the result of decades of work, finding products from all over the world that will definitely put smiles on your customer’s faces.

Give us a call today and see what a difference Redstone Foods can make!

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