(Original Buc-ee's Beaver Nuggets, Cinnamon Sweet Beaver Nuggets, and Sea Salted Caramel Beaver Nuggets)
Recently, two of us here at Texas Snax were shooting the breeze around the virtual water cooler. The other fella was thinking about all the silly -- no, make that ingenious -- ways people use Buc-ee's Beaver Nuggets. For instance, some people enjoy Beaver Nuggets cereal while an excellent and quick thinking baker used them as a crust substitute for her Texas Key Lime Bars. For some odd reason, he wondered if anyone has used them as salad croutons.
Y'all's humble Texas Snax blogger was immediately amused but then quickly proceeded onto disgust. This idea is simultaneously intriguing and potentially icky. I'm not against salad. I'm not against croutons but typically don't indulge. I'm definitely not against Beaver Nuggets. However, this reminded my Xennial mind (I'm no geriatric Millennial! I'm part Gen X/part Millennial -- taking the worst of both. If I had a penny for every time I died on the Oregon Trail...) about that one time when Michelle on Full House decided to try "tuna cream" as she likes both tuna fish and ice cream. Y'all can guess her reaction when she tried her own concoction. Ick.
However, the next day, I wondered about fruit salad croutons. That certainly seems rather saccharine but not as potentially disgusting if used on "regular" salad. I've seen online that some people have used cake to make croutons for fruit salad. So, this isn't a totally original idea, but let's try this Beaver Nuggets as fruit salad croutons line of thought.
First, I used canned fruit salad, but I have no doubt that using homemade fruit salad would yield an outcome just as good -- if not better. Second, I decided to strain most of the syrup or juice away since I didn't want the Beaver Nuggets to get soggy, but at least for several minutes, the Beaver Nuggets held their own with the moisture they came in contact with. Third, as expected, I certainly experienced different types of texture with the various types of fruit contrasted with the crunchy nuggets. I must admit that I enjoyed experience, and as we all know, taste is just one part of eating. Fourth, each individual person will have a different take on this, but at least for me, this wasn't saccharine. To sum things up, this turned out better than I anticipated.
I'm sure that all y'all foodies and bakers out there can find more savory ways to use Beaver Nuggets that most of us will enjoy. If so, let us know in the comments.
Intrigued? Well, that's what Texas Snax is here for! Go ahead and order y'all's choice of Buc-ee's Beaver Nuggets and Nug-ees, and we'll do our darndest to get them to all y'all in a jiffy.