I found the mini bar in my Norwegian hotel room irresistible. While in the United States, I have no urge to eat the three dollar Snickers bars and the six dollar Heineken's that the typical hotel chain stocks for the weary traveler. When I was in Norway however, the junk food was foreign and tempting. When I looked inside my mini fridge I saw a half dozen entirely unfamiliar candy bars. One night, I broke down and took two items out of the mini bar. The first thing I ate was a dark chocolate candy bar that contained marzipan and raspberry jelly. Kind of good, but also kind of gross. But then, oh but then! THEN I ate some Chili Nøtters. A chili nøtter is a peanut wrapped in a sort of cracker-like shell and then dusted with a salty chili flavor. YUM! I love me some chili nøtters. Every day I was in Norway I ate a handful of nøtters, and in the airport on the way home I picked up a small package to eat later. I was so enraptured with the chili nøtter, that once I was back in Buffalo I took some pictures with googly eyes.
Googly eyes + food = true love.
About a week after I returned from Norway I opened the package of chili nøtters I had purchased in the Norwegian airport. After licking the last granules of chili dust off my fingers, I figured I had seen the end of my beloved nøtters.
Well, look at what I just found at Wegman's (my local grocery store).
Chili Nøtters! Only now they are called Cajun Peanuts!
This has me thinking- What other delights have gone unnoticed in Buffalo until now? Are there some fjords around here that I have somehow never found? Do Western New Yorkers, unbeknownst to me, actually speak three languages? Is there a socialized health care system that I have managed to miss?
If the chili nøtter is actually just a readily available snack food item, perhaps I shouldn't be so desperate to leave Buffalo. If I can just walk into Wegman's and buy nøtters, what else can I do around here that simply never occurred to me before? Maybe, I shouldn't be trying so hard to escape this seemingly mundane and nøtterless land. Maybe, I have everything I need right here.