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Subject: Game-safe foods/snacks rss

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Wesley Williams
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Hi all!

I know a geeklist has to exist for this somewhere, but damned if I can find it.

Can anyone help?

Thanks!
 
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Steve Vondra
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First you need to decide whether to have "Table Nibbles" or take a break for food. If you take a break, nearly anything will fly. Just make sure people have a place to wash up and you've got plenty of napkins. For table nibbles, I'd stick to the dryer snacks. Try small pretzels or goldfish crackers for the salty,trail mix or M&M's for a sweet. Again have plenty of napkins available. The two to avoid at the table would be grease (Chips, pizza, etc.) and artificial colorings (the "dust" from Doritos, Cheese puffs, etc.), so flavored chips (both greasy and powder coated) are right out!

edit: Also keep the snacks bite size. This helps keep crumbs, which may stain, away from the game components.

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Wesley Williams
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Thanks for your ideas, Steve.

In the absence of such a list - maybe we should construct one?

One that is a slam-dunk in our group is Twizzlers.

Anybody have any others that are nearly bulletproof snacks for at the table?

Thanks again for your collective wisdom!
 
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Allison dlr
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I'm a big fan of grapes. I take them all off them stem, wash them, put them in a big bowl, and then keep them in the fridge until game time. It always goes over really well... they're bite sized, juicy (so no need for drinks on the table), and healthy. No crumbs or grease to worry about.

For salty, those soy-glazed rice crackers from asian markets work well too. They don't crumble and the glaze keeps your hands from getting dirty handling them. Of course, you should always have some napkins on hand too.
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Chris Binkowski
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I have a house rule that no drinks are allowed on the gaming table. I set up little tables around the seating area for setting of drinks and sundries. But I don't have a regualar snack food from time to time... probably should though.

Honestly, most of the gaming I've done we don't snack during the gaming, just have the drinks.
 
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Andy Andersen
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In my view, the only safe snacks and drinks are those that are in another room. And you get the added bonus of exercise to go and get them.
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Scott Nelson
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I think pretzels are fine - plain, no dips.
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Maybe
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And if this is going on around the table, definitely no!
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George Falconer
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Cheezies! but you must play orange games!
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General Norris
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Cheetos are safe. Bring them out and you won't have problems with food and boardgames ever again
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