The Most Exciting Store-Bought Snacks Everyone Needs Right Now

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Have you seen the snack aisles lately? This category could have easily been three times as big, but we wanted to keep this list the essentials. And, yes, snacks are essential — whether you’re entertaining family and friends or just want something to munch on mid-morning and again mid-afternoon.

We spent months tasting through this category (tough job, we know) to narrow it down to the 10 Kitchn Essential snacks. Here are the salty, sweet, savory, and smoky picks that made the cut.

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Potato Chips

Who makes the best potato chip? It's a hotly debated topic, but we have no problem putting in the R&D. Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm, expert snacker and contributor, loves Utz's simple kettle chips. They're extra thick and crunchy, which is everything you want a kettle chip to be.

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Tortilla Chips

We love a sturdy chip strong enough to drag through any dip, and these grain-free tortilla chips (made with cassava flour and avocado oil) are a Kitchn team favorite. The brand was founded by a Mexican-American family of seven from South Texas, hence the name.

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Looking for a popcorn that tastes like it was freshly popped? Our pick is LesserEvil popcorn in any of their flavors. Light, airy, salty, and buttery, we love the fact that they use nothing but high-quality ingredients.

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Most crackers are merely a vehicle for dips, spreads, or cheese, but Moonshot crackers are flavorful enough to stand as a snack all on their own. They're non-GMO and made with certified organic ingredients sourced from climate-friendly farmers. Try the Rosemary-Garlic or Sourdough Sea Salt.

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Gluten-Free Crackers

Mary's is on a mission to provide organic, cruelty-free, non-GMO crackers in tasty flavors. These gluten-free crackers are baked with sustainably sourced ingredients. But the best part? They're perfectly crispy and crunchy.

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Partake Foods

Cookie-lovers, rejoice: Partake’s vegan chocolate chip cookies are so allergy-friendly that they're safe for those with nut, soy, or gluten intolerences. And they taste like delectable treats straight from a bakery! Whether you're team crunchy or soft-baked, there's a box for you.

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Snack Mix

Westbourne's Togarashi Crunch is like the grown-up version of your childhood favorite cereal snack mix. Crunchy, smoky, and sweet, this elevated snack features flavors like espelette pepper, dehydrated citrus peel, and ginger. It's also vegan and gluten-free.

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Rice Chips

Inspired by Northern Thai street food, these rice crisps are crunchy and light. Made with sticky rice that gets soaked in watermelon juice and coconut milk (to make them extra sticky) they then get crisped to highlight the deep flavors of toasted rice. They're the perfect gluten-free snack and come in fun flavors like Coconut Crunch, Toasted Sesame, and Sriracha Spice.

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Potato Sticks

These classic potato sticks are flavored with the much-lauded butter of Hokkaido, Japan. The simple sticks are somehow creamy and crunchy at the same time — kind of like eating a buttery baked potato on the go. Lifestyle Editor, Michelle Lau, is a big fan. "Every bite is so light and flavorful," she says.

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Fancy Popcorn

Poppy delivers hand-crafted popcorn in inventive flavors like Chai Masala and Dill Pickle, all of which are gluten- and dairy-free. These surprising flavor combos will wake up your taste buds and make you wonder how you'll ever go back to plain ol' butter.