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Brittany Johnson

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Fall Snacks We Love


It’s that time of year again. You’re wearing sandals less and sweaters more. You’re ditching iced coffee for a hot latte and there’s no denying the bittersweet fact that summer has once again passed us by. As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, there is no better way to celebrate the changing seasons than with the tastes of autumn’s delicious spices. So forget the sugary treats of summer and check out some of our favorite snacks of the season – all of which are sure to help keep you fit for fall!

1. Homemade Spiced Popcorn
It’s high in fiber, it’s a whole grain, and 3 cups of it (popped!) is the equivalent in serving size to one slice of bread. When popcorn isn’t drowned in movie theater butter or saturated with sugary caramel, it can be good for you – great, actually! This homemade spice mix combined with popcorn is flavorful without being fattening, so feel free to munch away while catching up with all your favorite fall TV shows!

Spice Mix Ingredients:
1/2 cup vegan confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
Salt to taste

Pop one packet of natural, unbuttered popcorn. In a small bowl, stir together confectioner’s sugar, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Lightly dust over the popcorn, until all popcorn is evenly coated. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon before serving.

Quick Fix: While popcorn is pretty quick to make, there are some shortcuts you can take with the spice mix. Instead of measuring and mixing the spice mix every time you make a batch of popcorn, make enough for several servings and save it for next time.

Dan Ross '12


Name: Dan Ross
Year: Junior
Major: Business, Marketing
Located: Barcelona, Spain.  On a study abroad program.
Hometown: Brattleboro, Vermont
Favorite place in Madison:
Camp Randall or the Terrace, with a cold pitcher and surrounded by good friends.
If you were an ice cream flavor which one would you be?
I would be Ben and Jerry’s fish food because even though I am bad for you - you just can’t resist…actually it’s because I’m Vermont homegrown and Ben and Jerry’s is Vermont’s finest.
What would your last meal be?
My grandmother’s chicken and broccoli casserole.  With noodle kugel and matzo ball soup.
Favorite movie:
White Men Can’t Jump

Bad habits:
I think I am too critical of myself.

What do you first notice about a girl?
Her eyes.