Snacks are a vital part of a gaming night. You need fuel to keep you going into the night. Gaming has you clicking away and getting hyped up by the music, so why not indulge each and every one of your senses with delicious smells and succulent flavours? But if you’re gaming, sticky fingers could be a problem. You don’t want to be leaving greasy marks on controllers, keyboards, and touch screens, or dripping sauces on consoles and equipment. You need top-notch taste with little mess, no hassle, and something to meet all the dietary requirements of your guests.
1. Jelly Sweets
Kicking off with a classic favourite. No matter how old you are, everyone loves jelly sweets. They’re colourful, chewy, sugary, and moreish, what else could you ask for from a sweet? Perfect for a burst of energy and easily picking at whilst using the controller in the other hand. Just make sure you don’t buy the ones coated in sugar, as that can drop in between keys, buttons, and get all over the place.
As these are just simple sticks of vegetables, like carrot, pepper, and celery, they meet all of the dietary requirements and are super healthy. They don’t make a mess or leave your fingers greasy, in fact, they are the perfect snack. But everyone knows they are so much better when enjoyed with a dip. Hummus, tzatziki, cheese, there are so many flavourful dips to choose from, but it is your choice whether you are going to risk the drip of a dip or not.
The trick here is to buy popcorn that is already popped. The ones you make yourself get you to slather them in butter, oil and heaps of sugar or salt – a definite recipe for sticky fingers. Luckily, pre-popped popcorn is just as tasty, a little healthier and doesn’t leave you with incredibly greasy fingers.
4. Oreos and Biscuits
People with most dietary requirements still have the absolute pleasure of enjoying Oreos. They are a fun favourite for everyone. No matter whether you are a twist and licker or an all-in-one bite and cruncher, you won’t be making that much mess and your keys or controller will remain fingerprint free. In fact, all biscuits hit the nail on the head in this department. If Oreos aren’t your go-to, why not stock up on a variety of cookies and biscuits to give your guests a tasty selection to choose from.
5. Chocolate Covered Fruits
Sticking with sweet finger foods, this one may take a bit of preparation if you want to make them yourself and choose your favourite fruits to dip into the chocolate, but you always have the option of buying some of the ready-made packs in the stores. Whilst making them, you definitely don’t have to keep your fingers clean and chocolate free. Dip strawberries, raspberries, orange segments, apple slices, whatever you fancy. You could even move away from fruit and use marshmallows and biscuits instead.
For those of you that need proper food fuel to snack on whilst gaming, chilli is a fun favourite that can be made ahead of time and reheated whenever you and your guests are ready. Now you may be thinking that chilli sounds messy and can’t be a good snack for a gaming night, but with chilli it is all about the presentation. If each person has a cup and a spoon, there aren’t going to be too many accidents, we hope. Another huge benefit of chilli is that it can easily be made vegan or vegetarian too.
Not your conventional gaming snack but using chopsticks completely irradicates the fingerprint problem. That is if you can use them properly and don’t drop your food everywhere. Sushi is pretty fun to make yourself, but if that sounds like too much effort, you can easily order in or buy pre-made snack trays in the supermarkets. And there are often a lot of vegan or vegetarian options. Probably not something you would first think of when you hear gaming snack, but definitely a strong contender.
Much like chopsticks remove the need for getting your fingers mucky, so does sticking food on skewers. These are super simple to make, just dice up some meat, veggies, halloumi, or other vegan and vegetarian alternatives, give them a toss in some delicious seasoning, and throw them under the grill for ten minutes. A bit more substantial than some other snacks and relatively mess-free.
Whether you are after some light finger food or need something with a little bit more oomph to fill you up properly, these snacks are tasty yet mess-free – ideal for an online gaming night with your friends.