The Best Snacks for Gaming All Night Long

Okay gamers, put on your headsets and listen up, because we are about to dive into the 11 best snacks to eat while gaming (besides Cheetos and chopsticks, of course—that one is a given).

And when we say best snacks for gaming, we don’t mean “best snacks to eat while casually playing Mario Kart with friends on a Saturday evening,” we mean “best snacks for feverishly trying to improve your Valorant ranking at 3 a.m. on a Wednesday when you absolutely do have work at 9 a.m. that morning.” In other words, we chose snacks that will keep you fed, hydrated, and ready to game all through the night.

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Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Almond Granola Bars 

Oh, Nature Valley bars. Once known as the “after school but before soccer practice bar” or the “whoops totally forgot to eat breakfast bar,” they’re in a league all their own according to the Sporked team. One could even call it a League of Legends 👀 What sets these bars apart from other granola bars? Well first of all the Jordan Myrick stamp of approval. They called these bars “the best granola bars they’ve ever had in their life.” Why? Because they are “sweet and salty, while also packing a flavor punch of oat and almond.” Also, the almond butter dipped bottom part of these bars tastes more like frosting than like almond butter. Try these out for a clean snack that won’t get all up in your RGB keyboard.

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Snyder’s of Hanover Snaps

Snyders of Hanover Snaps are, according to Sporked staff writer Danny Palumbo (Pennsylvania native and therefore a pretzel expert), the best pretzels out there. If you are looking for a non-greasy option to avoid getting grease smudgies all over your brand-new controllers, then these pretzels are for you. Danny called them “properly salted, crunchy but not dry, and easy to eat.” What more could you ask for in a snack you are going to absentmindedly eat an entire bag of while focused on more important things like infiltrating your opponent’s base while also not dying?

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Welch’s Mixed Fruit Snacks

But Jessica, what am I supposed to snack on that’s not messy and also not salty? Don’t you worry, Princess Peach, I’ll save you! (Side note: You ever feel like that woman is super capable of saving herself and just enjoys watching Mario struggle through like 14 bajillion different worlds just to be reunited with her?) Of course, fruit snacks are on the elite gaming menu, and Welch’s are the classic best of the best. As Jordan put it, “They are the most classic, fruit snack-y tasting fruit snacks you can possibly imagine” and have the perfect mix of real fruit flavor and that artificial punch every fruit snack should possess.

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Fast Fixin’ Chicken Breast Nuggets

These beautiful chicken nugget specimens have made it onto a few of our best-of lists. Why? Because they’re actually so good—rich, juicy, chicken-y, and, as Jordan put it, “shockingly flavorful.” So flavorful, in fact, that they may not even need sauce. But why eat chicken nuggets while gaming? Well, they are salty, savory, can be popped into your mouth in one bite so you don’t have to hold on to anything, and, importantly, have a significant amount of protein to keep you energized and your health meter at the maximum level for an entire night of button mashing.

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Old Trapper Old Fashioned Beef Jerky

There are few savory, protein-filled foods as portable and easy to prepare as beef jerky. No microwaving, no flavor powders getting everywhere, just good ol’ dehydrated beef that you can gnaw on while totally obliterating the other team on your seven-monitor gaming setup. This Old Trapper beef jerky specifically is savory, smoky, salty, and sweet “like if you cooked beef in bacon fat, then jerkified it,” according to Kalyn French. The Sporked team agreed that the flavor of this jerky is just incredible. What’s not to love?

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Frosted S’mores Pop-Tarts

Here we are again, yet another best snack contestant who has made multiple of our best snacks lists. These S’mores Pop Tarts give gamers all of the flavor, warmth, and gooey satisfaction of a real s’more, all packaged up in a self-contained pastry pocket ready for on-the-go s’moreification without s’morifying your laptop keyboard by accident. Camp out by your computer with one of these bad boys and make all those internet randos jealous.

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Elevation Chocolate Peanut Butter High Protein Bars

Another more obvious way to get mess-free protein while gaming? A protein bar! Protein bars can sometimes taste like rehydrated protein powder, but this bar from Aldi breaks down that stereotype. According to Jordan, with these ~elevated~ (get it? Elevation?) bars, “There’s none of that weird, powdery, protein aftertaste,” and they apparently just taste like a layered candy bar. If you are wondering what those layers would be, Jordan mentioned, “It’s like a Rice Krispies treat meets a Reese’s Cup.” Yum.

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Fairlife Core Power Vanilla 

Yes, this is a milk product and not a Denver-based yoga gym. Brought to us by Fairlife, the ultra-filtered milk company, this vanilla protein shake apparently tastes like melted vanilla ice cream in a bottle according to Danny. It’s also low in sugar and has a whopping 26 grams of protein per bottle, so if you’re looking to drink your gamer fuel, and you’re not an energy drink person, this seems like the thick, creamy, drinkable protein for you.

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Liquid IV Lemon Lime

You may be thinking to yourself, “Aren’t all IVs liquid?”  And you would be correct. They really should call this Mouth IV or Beverage IV, but I do totally understand how neither of those two suggestions sounds cool or appetizing. But enough about the name—what is it? Why it’s grown up Gatorade, of course. Or rather, it’s “a flavored hydration powder that you add to water” so it’s not really even liquid when you get it. But form doesn’t matter because once you mix that sucker with your favorite water, you get an electrolyte drink that Jordan says is akin to Gatorade with a stronger Gatorade flavor. This particular flavor is apparently delightfully limey and is one of the less salty-tasting liquid IV flavors. Stay hydrated, gamers!

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Juice Monster Pipeline Punch

It wouldn’t be a top gamer snacks list without at least one energy drink. If you are going to be up all night virtually thirsty for the virtual blood of your virtual enemies (no real-life bloodlust allowed in this household), then you need a boost of energy, and what better way to get that boost than to chug (or daintily sip) 160 milligrams of caffeine that taste like POG and general tropical fruits. Juice Monster Pipeline Punch was so good that it had Link saying “dang, dang, dang!” when he tried it on Good Mythical Morning.

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Chomps Original Beef Stick

Lastly but not leastly, every gamer snack arsenal needs a meat stick, and Chomps is the beefiest of the beef. That is to say, with their 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef, this meat stick reminded Danny of ribeye steak and other literal cuts of beef while he was eating it. It tastes that truly beefy. So next time you need a mess-free meat stick to go with an intense night of Smash Bros, Chomps has got you covered while you simultaneously chomp your virtual enemies (or anyone else you have virtual beef with).

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About the Author

Jessica Block

Jessica Block is a freelance contributor to Sporked, a comedian, a baker, a food writer, and a firm believer that Trader Joe's may just be the happiest place on earth. She loves spicy snacks, Oreos, baking bread, teeny tiny avocados, and trying new foods whenever she can. Also, if you give her a bag of Takis she will be your best friend.

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  • This article was so funny! I loved all of the puns, and excited to try some of these!