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Salty or sour. Sweet or savory. Spicy or sublime.
Whatever it is, if it’s a popular local snack, I’m going to want to try it.
It might come from a local market. Or it might come from the supermarket.
Food stall or hawker cart? No problem.
Streetside vending machine? Let me find my change.
In Turkey, I went hunting for savory pastries I had read about. In Bulgaria, it was corn in a cup (and a unique local experience). I’ve gone on a floating market tour in Bangkok to find the local snacks. And in Jakarta, we asked our guide to take us to a shop to buy local treats (and then later stopped at a 7-11 to pick up more packaged snacks)!
In Paris it might be macarons. In Japan, it could be Pocky. Australia will be Cherry Ripe bars (lots of them)! And a friend from Canada likes to bring me ketchup-flavored potato chips (I’ve grabbed unusual flavors from shelves around the world – I’m always after something new).
Some of my favorites are Turkish delight (purchased from certain vendors in the Grand Bazaar or Spice Market – not all varieties are great!), chicken crisps from the UK, candied carrots in Indonesia, and egg tarts in Macau. I love a couple of pieces of chocolate in Brussels or a currywurst in Frankfurt or a nice street-side empanada in Buenos Aires. I can find something I like almost everywhere I go.
I don’t think I’m the only one who enjoys snacking. This week several of my fellow Boarding Area bloggers have talked snacks. Point Princess is obsessed with durian and Efficient Asian Man has taken that one step further by tracking down specific durian vendors in Bali. And I got quite a giggle from this set of videos Fly and Dine posted of Korean girls eating American snacks (and American’s doing the reverse).
In the interest of research (and maybe reconnaissance too) I need to know… what are YOUR favorite snacks around the world? Please share with me in the comments below….