On a recent early morning JetBlue flight, I dozed off right after boarding. I must have been tired (maybe it was because the four hours of sleep I got the night before) but I almost slept through the snack service. This caused me to have a flashback to our trip on Delta in Basic Economy where Sharon and I were separated for two of four of our flights. The experience wasn’t that bad but there was one thing that bugged me. In fact, I even wrote on a Facebook group after the trip just to vent:
Nodded off during the flight and I missed out on my Biscoff cookies (and the person next to me didn’t save me a pack).
I missed out on the Biscoff cookies. For those of you who have never flown on Delta and had these cookies, I’m sorry your life is not complete. It’s just something about being handed two cookies while soaring above the clouds that makes a Delta Biscoff better than other earthbound cookies.
This got me to thinking, what snacks to I like to eat when flying?
No secret here. I love Biscoff cookies. Why they even offer pretzels as a second option is a mystery to me but amazingly, some people choose those over these amazing cookies.
The unique taste stems from the sugar’s caramelization during the baking process. And a hint of cinnamon and other spices add that special something.
Despite all of the negative press about United Airlines, their introduction of Stroopwafels to the American public has been generally praised. These Dutch treats are available at several US retailers but many people are introduced to them on a United flight, as I was. Now, they’re not Biscoff cookies, but they’re still good. I’m glad to see they’re now a permanent feature on United’s snack menu.
JetBlue has always been an airline that does things a bit differently. Their snack selection was always forward-thinking, with gluten-free, nut-free and healthy options available long before they became mainstream.
How I miss the Skeeter Nut Free Chocolate Chip cookies as I find the Belgian Boys Choc O’ Chip Cookie Stash to be a poor mans replacement. The Popcorners are nice for a change but I wish I had someone to remind me I am not a fan of the Terra Chips when I go to grab a bag of them (note from Sharon: You never told me. I’ll remind you next time).
For years it had been peanuts or pretzels, and now it’s just pretzels. Southwest takes it old school with the snacks. Just what you expect in little packages that are almost impossible to open but everyone takes one. You can even get two if you want. Just ask nicely.
Occasionally, Orlando Airport will put out a modern art display in their new Terminal C building called “Lightly Salted” reminding us of the days when Southwest gave out bags of peanuts on board their planes.
I didn’t realize how much I identified each airline with a specific snack. I look forward to the snack cart rolling down the aisle and the one flight I slept through it, I really felt like I missed out on something special.
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