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From Mamaw and Papaw’s road trips to Daddy’s lunches and Mama’s after school treats, Nabs were deeply woven into the fabric of my childhood. I suspect that’s true for many North Carolinians.

I don’t know about y’all, but I didn’t fall far from that proverbial tree.

Right now, you can find Nabs tucked away all over the place around my house – the snack cabinet, my camera bag, and my hiking pack.

Of course, you can find them in my middle console, too. Because what if I get hungry on the road?

All the North Carolinians are nodding along right now. Everyone else is probably a little lost. For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of growing up here, let me explain:

Nabs are cracker sandwiches.

The term dates back to 1924 when Nabisco introduced a 5-cent pack of peanut butter sandwich crackers. Four years later, the company rebranded the snack under the name NAB and expanded the product line to include other flavors and cookies.

Nabisco discontinued Nabs in the 1970s or 1980s, but the name lives on. Around here, it’s synonymous with prepackaged cracker sandwiches.

What kind of prepackaged cracker sandwiches? Good question. Is it Lance ToastChee? Or is it any Lance crackers? Does Nekot qualify? What about Tom’s? We can’t agree on that any more than we can on BBQ.

At my house, any prepackaged cracker sandwiches count. I buy the variety pack – and like them all.

So, while the debate rages, I’m just going to sit over here and enjoy my pack of Nabs. Let me know when the rest of y’all figure it out.

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  1. Mark Gupton wrote:

    A pack of nabs and an RC cola, was heard often when I came up.

    Published 5.20.24