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Olive Oil Popcorn (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Spicy Olive Oil Popcorn

You know those days, when you’ve eaten dinner, but maybe it’s too late for dessert (or maybe you’ve already eaten dessert) and you still feel the need to munch? Maybe you’re watching a movie on a Friday night and to you, movies just aren’t complete without popcorn? Whatever your reason, sometimes we all just need a snack.

Enter the air popper. Yes, we have one. We’ve decided that this little unitasker is worth our precious cabinet space. You may feel otherwise, but we love our little popper.

One of our favorite snacks is freshly popped popcorn drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Yes, we kind of ripped the idea from Trader Joe’s (whose olive oil popcorn is practically like crack), but we’ve adopted it as our own.

Until now, however, we’ve stuck to plain old extra virgin. The fruitier the better. You’re only using a few tablespoons so you might as well use the good stuff. You may feel that popcorn is useless unless it is smothered in butter (and I think I’ve expressed my love for butter enough already this week), so let’s give the olive oil some love, too. Because it truly makes an otherwise ordinary snack extraordinary. This may be the shortest, simplest recipe I’ve ever posted. It may also be one of our all-time favorites.

Take it up another notch and use a fiery chili-infused olive oil, like the one the fine folks at Nudo were kind enough to send (they also sent me a sample of their stone ground lemon, which sounds divine, but maybe not on popcorn). But the chili… oh the chili! Spicy. Sassy. Delicious.

So for once (and I don’t say this often), put down the butter, and give this a try.

Olive Oil Popcorn

Makes 4 snack-size servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 teaspoon table or popcorn salt (fine grain), or to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil of your choice

Directions:

Place popcorn kernels in air popper and pop according to manufacturers directions (alternatively, you can make 'air-popped' popcorn in the microwave, simply put kernels in a brown paper bag. Fold over top of bag multiple times. Microwave on high for about 4 minutes or until the pops are more than 1 second apart).

Transfer popcorn to a large bowl (much larger than the actual quantity of popcorn). Drizzle over olive oil, 1 tablespoon at a time, and toss to coat. Continue adding olive oil until you achieve your desired coverage. Sprinkle with salt again and toss until evenly coated.

This wouldn’t be Giveaway Week without a giveaway, right? I am so pleased to be able to offer one of Nudo’s Three Tenors gift boxes to one of you. That’s right, one lucky reader will win a fabulous gift box with a sampling of some of Nudo’s most popular oils, including their basic extra virgin, stone ground lemon lemon, and the fiery chili-infused oil.

Would you believe, that after almost 4 years of blogging under this name, this is the first olive oil giveaway I’ve done? I should really put this name to better use…

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What is your all-time favorite snack?

Entries open through 12/17/10 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Saturday, December 18th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from Nudo. Please note that due to the perishable nature of this prize, this contest is open to US residents ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
I love olive oil! I just entered to win a @nudoitalia olive oil gift box from @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/foeer8
2. Like Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 72 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

Love & Olive Oil loves olive oil… do you?

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  1. 201
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    i’m a fan!

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  2. 202
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    my favorite snack is peak of season ripe, fresh fruit. so good. namely, figs. but i think it’s because they’re best for about a week out of the year (and only if you get them before the birds do!). but a peach or tomato or pear will do just fine and even better with a wedge of sharp cheddar..

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  3. 203
    Emily
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Crusty bread with butter and honey. Yum!

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  4. 204
    Michelle
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I love pretzels and also clementines

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  5. 205
    Kim Dries
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Anything fresh baked – cookies, cakes, muffins, breads

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  6. 206
    cheryl
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Really good sour dough bread toasted with either a drizzle of olive oil or butter. I can eat a whole loaf of it……….!

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  7. 207
    Catherine
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Cheese & crackers and wine :)

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  8. 208
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Wow.. I never thought to put the olive oil on my popped popcorn. I usually pop it over the stove with olive oil, though. My favorite snack – really good crunchy tortilla chips with homemade salsa and guacamole. I can’t resist it!

    Reply

  9. 209
    Amy
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    My all-time favorite snack is fresh-baked cookies and cakes. I also can’t say no to pita chips with hummus.

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  10. 210
    Amy
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:43 pm
  11. 211
    Amy
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    I like your blog on Facebook (A. Mace).

    Reply

  12. 212
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I have so many favorite snacks but if I have to pick one it would be tortilla chips and guacamole.

    Reply

  13. 213
    andria
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Ice cream is so my favorite snack!

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  14. 214
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    It would have to be roasted garlic or cilantro hummus with pita chips for dipping. Y…U…M….

    Reply

  15. 215
    Kristi
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Caramel popcorn – I love that sweet and salty crunch!

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  16. 216
    Terry White
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Chips are good. So are pretzels. But stuck-on-an-island snack? Gotta go with popcorn with brewer’s yeast. But I will try olive oil and that!

    Reply

  17. 217
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    It’s hard to choose but my all-time favorite snack is gummy bears!!

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  18. 218
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I tweeted. I’m @Fettbot!

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  19. 219
    Brooke Landis
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    cheese -any cheese, though triple cream brie with some of your balsamic fig jam is great!

    Reply

  20. 220
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I’ve always liked your blog, but now I do on facebook too!

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  21. 221
    Jen
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    My favorite snack, is anything crunchy with cheese :)

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  22. 222
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    My favorite snack is chocolate ice cream, I love ice cream!

    Reply

  23. 223
    Angela
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Favorite snack: chips, salsa and guacamole. Guacamole with or on anything really. Thanks for the chance!

    Reply

  24. 224
    Julia
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I love snacking on warm popcorn and adding a bag of Reese’s Pieces. Yumm!

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  25. 225
    Julia
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I am also a fan on facebook. :))

    Reply

  26. 226
    Ateanna
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    The classic chips and salsa. :D

    Reply

  27. 227
    Jennifer
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    all time favorite snack? there are too many to choose from! i like ice cream, kettle corn, reese’s pieces, strawberries, chips & hummus….i could go on and on.

    fan on facebook right here!

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  28. 228
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    greek yogurt, fruit and some crunch :) (flax seeds, wheat germ, granola, nuts…)

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  29. 229
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I love your idea of popcorn with olive oil, but I might insist on topping with some oregano and parmasean cheese. I love some homemade jalapeno poppers (jalapeno, cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked till crispy), and don’t tell anyone … cheetos!

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  30. 230
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I love almond butter on a banana or cheese, any kind of cheese!

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  31. 231
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I “LIKE” you on facebook as well.

    Reply

  32. 232
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    O MY CUPCAKES!!! My fave is caramel corn, oh yummilicious it is. I would love this popper so I could make it for my fam and friends, blessings, and a merry, and happy.

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  33. 233
    Julia
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Lately I’ve been craving hummus, because the good stuff is so hard to find, and frankly a little expensive unless you make it yourself. But it is like crack for me sometimes, served with any kind of fluffy, chewy naan. I go through phases where it’s my designated breakfast. White bean hummus, traditional garlic hummus, tomato & basil hummus, eggplant hummus. Goodness, I think I’ll have dreams about it tonight.

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  34. 234
    Julia
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    And I am a fan on Facebook.

    Reply

  35. 235
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    My all time favorite snack is hummus with pita bread.

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  36. 236
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook as well!

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  37. 237
    Melanie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    my all time favorite snack is (without a doubt) HUMMUS! with veggies, pita chips or veggie chips… or anything to get the hummus-y goodness into my mouth :)

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  38. 238
    amanda
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    homemade tortilla chips with homemade pico de gallo! i was VERY spoiled when I worked at a restruant and still am spoiled since our good friends ran that restuant!!

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  39. 239
    Leslie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Love, love, love brie and apples. Wish the brie weren’t so fattening…

    I am a fan on facebook.

    Reply

  40. 240
    bluegrassginger
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    looks and sounds yummie!!
    my favorite snack is cheese and pretzel thins… always takes care of the tiny little hungers in between meals.
    fan of yours on FB.
    xo

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  41. 241
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I love popcorn, too! My other guilty pleasure snack is Cheez-Its. I only let myself buy them once a year, otherwise it would be insane! :) That olive oil looks A-MAZING. Yum.

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  42. 242
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I’m a Facebook fan!

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  43. 243
    Scott L.
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    My favorite snack is whatever cheese happens to be in the fridge – hopefully Wisconsin Cheddar or a Blue cheese.

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  44. 244
    Rachel
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    My favorite snack is a sweet red apple and some nice sharp cheddar cheese. Yum!

    Reply

  45. 245
    Rachel
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook!

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  46. 246
    Alex
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    My favorite snack right now is greek yogurt with honey… mmm delicious

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  47. 247
    Alex
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I’m also a fan on facebook :)

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  48. 248
    Kate
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    My favorite snack is popcorn, but I can’t eat it any longer since it aggravates my diverticulosis. I’m a fan of salty, savory snacks. Spiced nuts are great.

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  49. 249
    Kate
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I just friended you on facebook!

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  50. 250
    Chris Alkire
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

    One of my favorite snacks is good ole triscuits with very sharp cheddar and a grainy or hot and sweet mustard.

    Reply

  51. 251
    Chris Alkire
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:04 am

    I became a facebook fan!

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  52. 252
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Fave snack ever is HUMMUS!

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  53. 253
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I tweeted (@AlmostVeganBlog)

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  54. 254
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:15 am

    And I already like you on FB (Amber Shea F.)

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  55. 255
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:22 am

    My housemate’s mom gave us an airpopper as a housewarming gift. Plain popcorn doesn’t really do it for me, but this just might. I will definitely have to try it.

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  56. 256
    Tracey S
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Ice cream, especially homemade.

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  57. 257
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Ice Cream for me. 2 Tablespoons of whatever is my favorite flavor at the time.

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  58. 258
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Homemade kale chips with olive oil, tamari and nutritional yeast. YUM!

    Reply

  59. 259
    Colleen Bruns
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Manchego cheese on Indian flat bread is fabulous!!

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  60. 260
    Colleen Bruns
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Flax chips from Costco and my homeade Hummus with Nudo Extra Virgin Olive oil and a glass of Red wine

    Reply

  61. 261
    Kassie
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Tapiro- which is a pudding made from the sonoran elderberry bush – and a tortilla with melted butter. I don’t get it very often but hands down, would rather eat that than almost anything else.

    Also, am a fan on facebook!

    Reply

  62. 262
    Lori N.
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 2:56 am

    My all time favorite snack is kettle corn made with my whirly pop.

    Reply

  63. 263
    David P. Swindler
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 4:15 am

    this may sound weird to some, but I shovel lots of super chunky peanut butter into a bowl and pull it back out with celery sticks. plenty of fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt on the p’butter~

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  64. 264
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 5:14 am

    My husband and I have popcorn every night of the week, seriously 7 nights a week! Looking forward to trying it with olive oil.
    :-) Mandy

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  65. 265
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 6:28 am

    It’s really hard to pick an all-time favorite snack. I love snacking. I actually plan on snacking after dinner. Some people call it dessert. Right now I call it cereal time. It used to be peanut time (specifically a mix of honey-roasted and unsalted peanuts, which lasted until I went through 2 lbs of peanuts in 2 days and decided it was getting unhealthy). I went through a popcorn phase right after I got my wok and remembered that my dad always made popcorn in a wok. So right now, my favorite snack is: 1 cup of Kashi Go Lean cereal, 1 cup of rice crispies, stirred, no milk, munched on while watching 30 Rock on Netflix. Try it!

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  66. 266
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I am really not much of a snacker. I have been on a major homemade sourdough cracker kick lately though

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  67. 267
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 6:34 am

    already fb fan
    erin neu

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  68. 269
    vanessa
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Fresh vegetables and hummus has to be my favorite thing to snack on. I also love tortillas with a little bit of butter on them.

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  69. 270
    vanessa
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Also I am a fan on facebook

    Reply

  70. 271
    madelon
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Fan on facebook!

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  71. 272
    Jenny
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Cut up apple with peanut butter- I forget how much I like them until my son asks for one,I sneak a bite and then want my own!

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  72. 273
    Amber
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Favorite snack is hummus, fresh french baguette and olives. If I’m dying for sweets I normally with grab a handful of almonds, mini chocolate chips and honey nut shredded wheat but I’m more of a savory girl.

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  73. 274
    Amber
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook too.

    Reply

  74. 275
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Fave snack has got to be a good quality trail mix that includes nuts & chocolate. Or just chocolate covered nuts! Yum.

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  75. 276
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I now follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter – @wendysuemcd

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  76. 277
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 7:49 am
  77. 278
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I like Love and Olive Oil on facebook – Wendy McDaniel

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  78. 279
    jg
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Veggies and hummus, hands down. Mmm.

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  79. 280
    Kelly
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Believe it or not – my favorite is popcorn!

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  80. 281
    Lynn BB
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Queso dip and chips!

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  81. 282
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Chips and salsa – yum!

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  82. 283
    Sara Wise
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I love popcorn with LOTS of salt!

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  83. 284
    Tiffany
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:15 am

    My favorite snack is gummy bears!

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  84. 285
    Ace
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    My favorite snack…I had to think long and hard about this and I decided that it’s nothing fancy and it’s totally filled with preservatives, but I <3 me some cheesey poofs. It must be something about the neon orange color that really draws me to them.

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  85. 286
    SheShe
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I love popcorn, especially in the wintertime! Can’t wait to try Nudos olive oil popcorn…yum!!!

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  86. 287
    Angie P.
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:42 am

    How can I pick just one? Lately it actually has been popcorn. I’m pregnant and apparently craving salt, so popcorn or chips and salsa have been staple items lately :)

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  87. 288
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Salt and Pepper Potato chips, crinkle cut.

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  88. 289
    Ashley S
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I LOVE chips and salsa! My husband loves going to Mexican restaurants, but hates that I eat all the chips. Inevitably, we end up there anyway and I eat all the chips :)

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    Ashley S
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I follow Love and Olive Oil on Facebook!

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  90. 291
    Janet
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

    My favorite snack is milk chocolate chips and Goldfish crackers. Yum!

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  91. 292
    Julie S
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

    My favorite snack is wheat crackers with cream cheese and olives. Serve along side some mixed nuts and you’ve got a great snack that gives you the energy to keep going!

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  92. 293
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Chips & salsa!

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  93. 294
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Favorite snack is a hard one! Either some sliced pecorino with grapes, or ranch pretzels (made only with some oil, lemon pepper and a packet of Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix!).

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  94. 295
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:03 am

    all-time favorite snack are pears and dubliner cheese. or chocolate chips and peanut butter (by the spoonful!)

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  95. 296
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I just tweeted your giveaway. pick me! pick me! :)

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  96. 297
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I also “liked” your page on facebook. this is serious, I don’t usually “like” anything on facebook. but, that’s how awesome olive oil and your blog are. :)

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  97. 298
    Lisa
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I have a serious weakness for chips…love them.

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  98. 299
    Lisa
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I’m a fan on FB.

    Reply

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    Katherine
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

    that’s tough! apple slices with peanut butter… or beef jerky… or cheese and crackers. i can’t decide.

    Reply

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