Hot Girl Meg Thee Stallion must have incredible foresight as this summer was reported to be one of the hottest in recorded history. The weaves were extra hot and those armpits were extra sweaty. The sunshine has been disrespectful — much. And as much as we complain about brick winters, we're happy to see these ignant ass degrees get the hell on.  


Heat aside, though, summertime is definitely a mood. From grownup vacays and day parties to the nostalgia of splashing out in front of fire hydrants, summer is lit as f**k for forever. And while I'm talking throwback memories, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the summertime snack runs from the days of yore. I mean really, what was summer without those trips to the corner store or neighborhood candy lady. Snacks made summers complete, but these holy snacks are timeless and transcend any season.

1. Little Debbie Snacks

The chocolate brownies are the business. These jawns are thicker than a snicker. They are so thick you need a glass of milk to wash 'em down, or run the risk of getting it stuck to the roof of your mouth.

2. Chick-O-Sticks

Yo! When it comes to oral care, Chick-O-Sticks don't come to play. They are so damn hard and textured they wreak havoc on your palate and f**k up your teeth. They ain't for the fragile mouth or the weak at heart. Clearly, no kid ever passed on these peanut buttery sticks for the sake of a healthy smile line because — worth it.

3. Sour Powers 

C'mon soury, sugary, coated goodness! Sucking on sour powers are like having a super 16 birthday party in ya mouth. Not na'an shawty has an issue smacking on these strings of glucose or being all sticky-fingered after ravenous consumption.

4. Now and Laters 

Now and Laters have always and will always be the undisputed bawse of all summer snacks. PeriodT. There's nothing to debate here other than which flavor reigns supreme. 

Is it sour apple, grape, banana or mystery mix? Really, it don't even matter as you long as you buss 'em down in the appropriate fashion. Either you give time and attention to softening them or you eat 'em with a glass of cold water and turn 'em into rock candy.

5. Pickles

Jar pickles are cultural edibles. You can find them anywhere. At the bodega, the gas station, the supermarket, ya grandma’s kitchen counter. Some are sealed in plastic packaging, but nothing beats eating them from a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil.   

6. Cheez Doodles

Orange dust covering your fingers is a dead giveaway when knocking off a bag of Cheez Doodles. There’s really no way around it. Real talk, the bag itself was as loud and crunchy as the doodles. And it is hard to choose between the crunchy or the puff. 

7. Italian Ice 

No matter where you are in the country, there's a version of Italian ices. However, the brand of ice really matters. On a scorching summer's day there is no relief to be found than that of Marino's Italian Ices. These ices are premium and they leave lasting impressions: sugar on your taste buds and food coloring stains on your tongue.

8. Onion Rings

Another crunchy, savory snack that has you satiated like you ate at Old Country Buffet. I'm sure it's the salt and peppery seasoning. Onion Rings also give much bang for your buck. The bags are quite plentiful.

9. Salt and Vinegar Chips 

The chips taste like a whole ass Sunday dinner with collard greens and hot sauce, cornbread, potato salad and fried chicken. That is all.

10. Lemon Heads

Lemonheads are the perfect mixture of sugar and tart for candy lovers. Lots of saliva is sacrificed trying to suck Lemonheads down to their sweet core. You can overload your taste buds and spike your blood sugar with them. They pack a serious punch that Baked Beans and Cherry Chans could never.

11. Sunflower seeds

Eating seeds require dedication. You need time and patience to suck, shell, spit, and chew. It's methodical and necessary. Most seed eaters eat them until their mouths are numb and tongues are raw because — addictive.

Honorable Mention: Quarter Water

Had to give a shout out to Quarter Waters. This drink is appropriately named for the obvious reasons. It literally cost a quarter, and no matter what flavor you copped, it never quite tasted like the flavor, but always tasted like sugar water. 

Chances are many of us smashed these joints regularly. They are cult classics. They are a mood. These should be inducted in a hall of fame for dope snacks.