Beaver Nuggets the Debate: Overrated Cereal or Real Pieces of Beaver?
The supermarket of gas stations, Buc-Ee's, recently opened their newest and largest store half an hour east of Austin in Bastrop. As I've advised before, if all hell breaks loose, try to make it to a Buc-Ee's because you could live there for weeks. I find it fascinating that one could do all of their holiday shopping, plus buy a year's supply of beef jerky and a Willie Nelson shirt and nap in the restrooms all at one spot. And, last week gas was $2.79 a gallon.
So, I bought some Beaver Nuggets at Buc-Ee's because of the cult-like following. I've read some friends' posts lately about if they don't get a Beaver Nuggets fix soon their head will implode. There are a gazillion bags at each store, which makes me wonder if they have a hoarding problem and are attempting to minimize it with all their other crap? Or if they really plan on selling all those nuggets in a timely manner? (Corporate Buc-Ee's didn't respond to that particular inquiry.)
The verdict is Beaver Nuggets taste like Corn Pops covered in a caramel glaze. And judging by a quick look at the nutrition labels side-by-side, they are essential the same thing: milled corn, sugar and other weird sweeteners. This is all neither good nor bad, just an observation.
As a snack, they could be fine, but nothing I'd stock up on or personally waste many calories on. After a quick offering around the office, Scott Reitz wanted a bowl of milk to go with them. The general consensus was cereal, although one random guy insisted they taste like chopped up pieces of beaver.
Maybe all the hype created unrealistic expectations. Or maybe I hoped the bag of beaver would actually introduce a new spectrum in wild animal snacking. No such luck though. Get as mad as you want, but they just taste like cereal. I think people who buy in wholesale quantities are entertained by the funny name. A sincere tip o' the hat to all the savvy marketing (and sparkling clean bathrooms) that is Buc-Ee's.