03/26/2014 07:00 EDT

Halifax Weather Brings Stormchip Cravings (TWEETS)

When a storm hits, what's the first thing you pick up at the grocery store?

If you ask Maritimers, "#Stormchips" are a priority item on many residents' shopping lists.

#Stormchips first emerged as a hashtag in January, when Atlantic Canada was hit with a blizzard.

At the time, Stephanie Domet, host of Mainstreet on CBC Radio One, mused to a newsreader that ripple chips and dip were the only items on her list as the snow set in, CBC News reported.

The newsreader admitted he had a similar list, and so a hashtag was born that quickly spread across the eastern provinces.

The hashtag returned amid a Wednesday storm that has been compared to "White Juan," the powerful weather event that dumped a record amount of snow over Halifax in 2004.

#Stormchips proved difficult to find in some stores.

And many others were all too happy to get their hands on them.

Even a P.E.I. politician jumped in on the act:

Some shared the snack:

Others found alternatives and variations on it:

And still others didn't quite get the point of the exercise:

This being one of the worst storms that the Maritimes have seen in a decade, now's probably a good time to let your diet take a back seat to savoury, crunchy goodness.

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