When it comes to the fine art of snacking, those of us who are experts (ahem: me) know that there’s more to our favourite snack than simply the taste.
Snacking is a ritual, you see. And like any ritual, every person does it in a slightly different way.
Take Arnott’s Shapes, for example. Sure, you could eat them straight out of the box. Or pour them into a bowl like some sort of highly civilised person.
But people are far more creative than that. And they have been for decades and decades.
As a kid, I remember my Gran sharing Shapes in her very own way. Because there were four of us grandkids, she’d try to give us the exact same amount, which was roughly a handful. We’d fight obviously about who got more, to the point where she’d sometimes have to count to make it fair.
So, as a serious researcher and someone who is clearly invested, I’ve taken it upon myself to identify the seven unique and sacred ways people eat Shapes.
1. The sandwich-er.
The sandwich-er needs no introduction.
You know who they are.
They sandwich one Shape between two Shapes in order to make the best type of sandwich: A Shape Sandwich.
It’s genius because the filling is Shape flavoured, but so is everything else.
If you want to be really creative, you can choose a different filling flavour to your buns - i.e. a Barbecue Shape in between Pizza Shapes. See picture above.
2. The flavour licker.
For the flavour licker, eating a single Shape is a two-step process. First, they lick the flavouring, then they eat the cracker.
It's an approach that will never get boring, given all the different flavours but also all the different volumes of flavours.