No gathering is complete without a stacked snack table. I don’t care if it’s a fancy baby shower or a basketball watch party in your buddy Phil’s weird-smelling garage, the snacks are what set the tone. If you’re playing host, the pressure is on, not gonna lie—but we’re here to help. When it comes to snacks, the Sporked crew has tasted their way through everything from cheese puffs to crackers fit for a fancy charcuterie board. A snack table should have a little something for everyone. So, before you head to the grocery store to stock up on party supplies, check out this list of Sporked-approved snack table ideas.
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- Firehook Sea Salt Organic Mediterranean Baked Crackers
When you want to put your best foot forward, these Firehook baked crackers should be at the top of your list. In her ranking of the best crackers for a charcuterie board, Sporked editor-in-chief Justine Sterling said she couldn’t get enough of these and loved that “they’re so crunchy and they have big chunks of salt that make them even crunchier. They are totally sturdy, so you can smear on that gooey Brie or make a dang mini sandwich on top of them.” Find the cheese knife you got as a holiday gift four years ago, buy the best soft cheese you can afford, and put these babies out on the snack table.
- Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah
I’m going rogue here, but Trader Joe’s Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah is by far one of the best cheeses I’ve ever had, especially considering it seems so unassuming. Senior writer Jordan Myrick agrees. After trying it during a taste test of Trader Joe’s cheeses, they wrote, “It is so flavorful that you don’t need any accouterments to enjoy it. Don’t dull its shine by putting it on a cracker.” I can’t think of a snack table this cheese wouldn’t improve. It’s special occasion cheese. I’m talking wedding reception cheese, people.
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- Trader Joe’s Fried Olive Bites
When you’re hosting a small group of friends and want to serve something kinda fancy without actually buying something fancy, these are a great snack table idea. As managing editor Gwynedd Stuart pointed in her ranking of the best Trader Joe’s frozen appetizers, “They probably aren’t what you’re expecting (i.e. breaded and deep-fried cheese-stuffed olives). Instead, they’re made of a macerated mixture of different types of salty, savory olives formed around a blend of creamy cheese, which are then breaded and fried.” Put out a platter of these with some dry white wine and your book club meetings will never be the same.
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- Chicago’s Home Run Inn Cheese Classic Pizza
Putting a frozen pizza on a snack table might sound weird, but hear me out: these Home Run Inn pizzas are tavern-style pies, which means they’re meant to be cut into very sharable squares. Also, this pizza is good. as. hell. When Sporked first published its ranking of the best frozen pizzas, readers were big mad that Home Run Inn didn’t make the list. Hey, oversights happen! Once the team tasted this pie, they agreed it wasn’t to be missed. This is the kind of frozen pizza that’ll keep people talking about your snack table spread well after the party is over.
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- Marketside Buffalo Style Chicken Dip
This dip from Walmart—the Sporked crew’s favorite buffalo chicken dip—was made for game day party snack tables, but we think it’s delicious enough for even fancier affairs. Put out a tub of this with some good tortilla chips so people have something to snack on while they’re waiting for Friendsgiving dinner to be served or make the centerpiece of your crudité platter. Jordan called this “the most buffalo chicken-y buffalo chicken dip on the market” in their ranking of the best buffalo chicken dips, and Jordan never lies about buffalo chicken dips.
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- Fresh Finds Cheese Puffs
As quintessential a game day snack food as you can buy, these Fresh Finds cheese puffs from Big Lots are perfect for a laid-back snack table. Having friends over to play video games, watch The Bachelor, or see who gets voted off the island on Survivor? These cheese puffs—which took the top spot in Sporked‘s ranking of the best cheese puffs—are perfect to mindlessly munch while everyone’s eyes are glued to the TV.
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- Kirkland Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins
If your snack table needs something sweet, these Kirkland chocolate-covered raisins are an excellent one-bite snack table treat. First of all, they come in an enormous container—no matter how many people you have over, we be these wind up on the snack table on more than one occasion. As Justine wrote in her ranking of the best Costco snacks, “The raisins themselves are big and juicy, so the fruit flavors actually come through and compliment the decent-quality chocolate.” Gwynedd keeps a container of these on her desk. I say we should all strive to be the Gwynedd of our friend group by keeping these on hand for any table.
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