Popular snacks from around the world

Whether you’re refuelling with a quick snack to power through spreadsheets at work or trying to fill the gap between meals, snacks provide a much-needed boost to get through the day. As either a healthy treat or a sweet indulgence, a tasty snack is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

But while Canada has plenty of its own share of iconic snacks – poutine, Joe Louis cakes or nanaimo bars to name but a few – how does it compare to the rest of the world? Let’s go on a culinary tour of snacks around the world – from the sweet to the strange, from the bitter to the bizarre.


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Australia’s strangest snack

The witchetty grub is a large, wood eating larvae that is pulled out of the ground with a hook and eaten raw or roasted over a small fire. Though most Australians struggle with eating the grub in its raw state – due in no small part to its distinctly unappetising appearance – the grub is the most authentic bust tucker snack, high in protein and a delicacy among Indigenous Australians. The grub features heavily in native folklore, and is a staple snack during ‘walkabouts’ – the rite of passage that adolescent Indigenous Australians undergo where they must journey alone and survive in the wilderness for as long as six months. Most tourists who’ve spent time down under on a bushwalking holiday will come face to face with this snack at least once during their trip.

Britain’s snack

The British pub staple – the pork scratching. For hundreds of years, the pork scratching has been the perfect companion to a tall pint of nut brown ale, but recently they’ve undergone something of an image makeover as gourmet restaurants have begun including them on their menus. Although the prospect sounds revolting to the uninitiated – pig skin is sliced into strips and cooked, creating a crunchy layer of fat with the odd hair or two poking out – they’re a quintessential part of the English pub experience.

An Indian snack

For the ultimate pick-me-up snack, how about vada pav? Informally known as the ‘Indian burger’ among tourists, this deep-fried potato snack has become a centrepiece of Mumbai’s culinary culture – being the go-to snack among workers in the city. This tasty snack is believed to be the creation of Ashok Vaidya, who served vada pav from his street stall beside Dadar rail station in 1970s. Since then, it’s become so popular that August 23rd is now celebrated as ‘World Vada Pav Day’.


Snacks are varied and amazing. Food is one of the best reasons any of us have to travel. So get out there to explore, meet, and eat.

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    Mariana
    November 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm — Reply

    We eat tamales all year long in Mexico

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    Pilar B
    November 18, 2015 at 9:20 pm — Reply

    This article caught my attention, and became a disappointment with its lack of accuracy as I kept reading.
    Alfajores are filled with DULCE (not dulche) de leche, and are a sweat treat, not a snack.
    I know someone who lived in Australia for almost 20 years, spent a good amount of time in the outback, and NEVER ate a fried grub, nor saw his aboriginal friends eat one.
    And Mexican tamales are NOT a snack, they are a main course, eaten all year long, not just for the Día de Muertos.

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