Poll: What's the best programmer snack food?

What snack best fuels open source programmers?

240 votes tallied
Chocolate
61 votes
Something cheesy
29 votes
Nuts (and berries?)
77 votes
Anything, as long as it's paired with an energy drink!
43 votes
Other (I'll list my answer in the comments)
30 votes

Talk about hitting a sugar-coated nerve.

Last week, Anne LoVerso graciously shared with us the moving story of her experience as a Systems Management summer intern at Red Hat. She said she's leaving the company "a changed person," having discovered "that open source is more than a word used to describe some vague coding communities" and having "learned how to use git correctly, how to write Go, and how to navigate a Linux dev environment efficiently."

And when she returns to Olin College of Engineering this semester, she'll take with her another important lesson from the programming front lines:

I learned that software engineers like to pick the dark chocolate bars out of the mixed bags of Hershey's chocolate and leave nothing but the less desirable Mr. Goodbars and Krackel bars.

It's a valuable insight indeed—one sure to come in handy during future job interviews.

But not everyone agreed. When her story hit Reddit, reaction to LoVerso's dismissal of those yellow and red delights was swift and impassioned.

"YOU LEARNED NOTHING," said user gbromios.

"Seriously!" elusive_one concurred. "I recently bought a mix bag that I keep in a bowl for guests that come by. The krackel are gone and there may be a few mr. goodbars near the bottom. The rest pretty much remain untouched."

User ohmantics was flabbergasted: "What? This is crazy talk. Krackel are the best bars in the assortment!"

Apparently, not everyone agrees on the matter of which snack best fuels open source programmers. What do you think?

About the author

Bryan Behrenshausen
Bryan Behrenshausen - Bryan has been a writer and editor at Opensource.com team since 2011. In 2015, he earned his PhD in Communication from UNC, Chapel Hill. When he's not thinking or writing about all things open source, he's playing vintage Nintendo, reading classic science fiction, or rehabilitating an old ThinkPad. Around the Net, he goes by the nickname "semioticrobotic."