I'm not snacking. I'm researching when I grab that 99-cent peanut brittle from the counter at El Patio Market in Elkridge. I stopped at El Patio for their empanadas -- handmade pastries filled with chicken, beef or various vegetable combinations. But those were for dinner, so I grabbed the Santa Tecla peanut brittle to nibble on the way to Lowes.
Santa Tecla is terrific. The flavor was peanuts with a taste of sesame seeds. It's quite adult and actually less sweet than most brittles that I have had. Great for a snack. Perfect to throw in a lunch bag. Interesting enough that I may buy some more to see if the brittle cuts cleanly. A strip of brittle would dress up homemade ice cream. Altogether, another fun find.
El Patio is small, but it has some delicious an unique items like the empanadas or a Super Mango Lollipop. Or consider stopping for a snack or a meal at one the trucks on Rte 1, particularly the tacos at Pupuseria Lorenita's at Paco's Paint a few blocks north of Rte 175 or the fajitas and ribs at Pupuseria Y Taqueria Las Delicias on the way south to Rte 32.
El Patio Market
7968 Washington Boulevard (U.S. 1)
Jessup, MD 20794
NEAR: Just south of Rte 175 on U.S. 1. It's on the east side about a block south of the intersection. Very convenient from I-95.