Snacking is universal, however each country has their own favorite snack that is customary to their region. From steamed pork buns to frozen shaved coconut, we took a look at some popular snacks around the world to see how people are fueling up in other corners of the globe.
Chili: Pan con Palta
Kids in Chile have been ahead of the trend for a while now. Their traditional after-school-snack, Pan con Palta, is a delicious version of avocado toast—simple and satisfying. Avocados are exceptionally affordable in Chile so it tends to be used in pretty much everything!
South Africa: Biltong
Chewy biltong is essentially South Africa’s version of jerky, but a bit thicker and cured in vinegar. It’s made with all types of meat from classic beef to lean ostrich.
France: Radish and Salted Butter Sandwich
Even snack food in France looks beautiful! The rustic simplicity of salted organic butter and sliced crisp radishes on a crunchy piece of baguette is a lovely combination of flavors and textures without feeling heavy.
Classic Greek tzatziki is made with plain, unsweetened yogurt mixed with dill and fresh mint. It can be snacked on alone or as a dip paired with veggies or pita bread.
Puerto Rico: Coconut Limber
Coconut limber is both refreshing and delicious. It’s a frozen snack made by grating fresh coconut and squeezing the pulp, then sweetening the blend with milk, sugar, and vanilla extract.
Japan: Iwashi Senbei
Movies and popcorn are synonymous in the U.S. but in Japan, moviegoers’ choice of snack is Iwashi Senbei- dried sardines baked in soy sauce and sugar for a cracker-like texture.
Italy: Pane con Olio e Pomodoro
If you’ve ever travelled to Italy, you know how delightful a simple loaf of Italian bread and tomatoes can be. Simply slice the bread in half, drizzle on olive oil and top with chopped tomatoes and basil for a tasty merenda!
China: Steamed Pork Buns
Chinese pork buns, or Cha Siu Bao, are a traditional Cantonese snack. The buns are filled with barbecue-flavored cha siu pork, and are typically served as a type of dim sum during yum cha. They can also be found in Chinese bakeries.
United States: Peanut Butter & Jelly
This classic American flavor combination packs in a punch of sweet and salty.
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