We all have that crazy primo or prima that went off to college or was stationed in some Godforsaken state and doesn't have access to the staples: Hot Cheetos with Ricos cheese, elote en vaso, micheladas.
There's a new service that can help you send puro care packages to your loved ones with just a click. Enter Hoodrat Snacks.
The subscription service is the brainchild of Jackie Earhart, a Mexican-American and San Anto native who went off to college in Boston and missed her hometown snacks.
"I loved my time there because I feel like people don't realize how culturally diverse Boston is with all of the colleges bringing people from all over the world and that's reflected in the food there, but Hispanic food was hard to find and we definitely missed our Texan, Mexican-American food," Earhart said.
She recalls asking for Fiesta spices in care packages to make carne guisada. "Carne guisada isn't a thing up there," she laughed.
She and her husband returned to San Antonio four years ago, after already securing a domain name for the business, which they developed over the years. Hoodrat Snacks officially launched Monday afternoon, with a "Mercado" that features an Ultimate Michelada kit, Flaming Hot Cheetos and Cheese kit, and a Frito Pie Kit complete with Hormel, at $15 each. Membership plans are available in mild ($25/month), medium ($22/month) and "hot & spicy" ($18/month) with boxes delivered monthly for three, six or 12 months, respectively.
"When we have people visiting from Boston or California, we take them to Big Daddy's and other snack shops, and they're in awe," Earhart said. "It tastes crazy, but everyone loves it and it's something we wanted to share because we missed these things so much."
Holiday kits are already in the works. Merch is coming soon, as well as video tutorials on how to make the snacks, so keep an eye out for it.
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