When company is en route, a good host knows it’s time to make like a Southern grandmother and have a cornucopia of snacks prepared for incoming guests. When you really want to impress your guests and keep their grazing habits satisfied, these five snacks to leave out for guests who graze are great to have on hand during party season, impromptu visits, or any jovial get-together.
Roasted almonds are a run-of-the-mill snack that can be easily taken to the next level with smoked paprika and orange zest for gourmet grazing. A serious crunch factor, a hint of saltiness, and a zing that will elicit a lot of “take this away before I eat the whole bowl” proclamations will cure any snack attack.
Craft a simple crudité platter with an assortment of veggies to serve as a vehicle for fresh, homemade hummus. Fresh hummus is smoother, nuttier, and has a humble elegance that is a real treat for guests who are sadly accustomed to store bought hummus. You can even customize this delectable dip by blending in your favorite flavors and seasonings to have a few flavors on hand for guests to savor.
Creamy and dreamy, this retro centerpiece can easily be converted to a standalone snack fringed with crackers. Create contrast between the soft interior and the chewy add-ins with toppings like pretzels, roasted nuts, and dried fruits to make for an oh-so-inviting snack for guests who graze.
Endlessly munchable and satisfyingly crunchy, popcorn is a topnotch snack for guests who graze. Instead of subjecting your guests to lackluster, packaged popcorn drenched in artificially flavored goops, get the party popping with your own popcorn creations. These bite-sized vessels are just waiting to get loaded up with all of your favorite flavors and toppings.
Who doesn’t love when the enticing aroma of cookies in the oven wafts through the house and greets them at the door? Having an assortment of cookies plated up for guests is that perfect something sweet to nibble on anytime of day. Plus, nothing better garnishes a reviving cup of coffee or tea than a homemade, freshly baked cookie.
These bite-sized morsels packed with flavors and textures that tempt the munchies are perfect for guests who graze at any gathering. Instead of emptying a bag of greasy potato chips or over-salted pretzels to sit out and stale at your next soiree, keep your guests impressed and comfortable as they enjoy these five snack sensations.