Having a few friends over for the holidays, a football game, or just to catch up around the fire? It’s a great idea to have some snacks around. If you’re tired of setting out store-bought chocolate-covered pretzels, popcorn, and cheese doodles, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 5 snack ideas your friends will love, ranging from bready goodness to spicy delights.

1. Jalapeno Popper Bread

 A gathering of friends wouldn’t be complete without some cheesy carbohydrates (unless you’re vegans… sorry, vegans)! This recipe consists of crunchy French bread that is covered in a thick layer of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and sliced jalapeños. It gets baked until melted and golden brown. The wholesome bread mixed with the spiciness makes for a rich and exciting snack that’ll have your guests asking for more. 

2. Chocolate Orange Crinkle Cookies

There are as many cookie recipes as there are visible stars in the sky, aren’t there? Sugar cookies are the easiest and most common snack to have around at a party, but they can be fairly boring. One great recipe that combines some all-time favorite flavors is the chocolate and orange crinkle cookie recipe. It’s a girly simple recipe that includes orange zest, walnuts, and a strong elbow for stirring. Your guests will be overjoyed at the deliciousness. 

3. Pomegranate Glazed Meatballs

Cocktail meatballs are a common sight at friendly gatherings, but one can understand the raising of an eyebrow at a lone and flavorless meatball sitting amongst a table of crackers and popcorn. If you’re going to bring a meatball out to the table, it should be a memorable and delicious one. Pomegranate glazed meatballs are easy creations that take under an hour to prepare. You can even buy ready-made meatballs in a package and simply make the pomegranate sauce at home!

4. Zucchini Chips

Zucchini chips are fast, easy, tasty, and sure to be a hit. They only need a little breading and salt, perhaps some cheese if you prefer the zest of a baked vegetable, and you’re good to go! Be careful not to use too much pepper on the chips, however, since pepper can notoriously ruin a tasty baked zucchini chip. 

5. Pepper Jelly Tarts

Tarts filled with jellies and jams are wholesome and filling, and tarts filled with pepper jelly are an eclectic treat. Turns out they can be a delicious addition to a friendly gathering! Buttery jam tarts are essentially sugar cookies with a ooey-gooey fruity filling for the center. It comes in 8 delicious flavors – Grandma Jones’ Originals Traditional, Southwestern Chipotle, Habanero, Jalapeño, Cranberry, Caribbean Mango, Pomegranate, and Cranberry Habanero.

While there are well over one hundred classic party snacks that you can simply buy at a store ranging from popcorn to pigs in a blanket, investing time and effort into making a special snack for your friends can be special. Memories are made over meals, as we all know. You may even end up sharing a recipe or two with your best friends.