12 New Zealand Snacks You Must Try At Least Once
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New Zealand is a gorgeous country in the South Pacific that unfortunately gets lumped together with Australia quite often. It’s understandable. They’re in close proximity, they both share many products, and to an outsider, the accents are extremely similar. But calling a Kiwi an Aussie tends to provoke the same reaction as calling a Canadian an American. They are usually not too thrilled. And it’s understandable. New Zealand is a distinct country separate from Australia, and the people have their own cultures and quirks that they prefer to not be seen as the “same difference” or “close enough”.
Though New Zealand sells a lot of Australian snack foods in their grocery stores, they also have their own products. Thanks to the internet, you can get many of these foods delivered across the globe. Here are 12 New Zealand snacks you must try at least once.
1. Donovan’s Dark Chocolate Ginger
Donovan’s Dark Chocolate Ginger pieces consist of root ginger diced into small cubes and coated in a dark chocolate shell. The chocolate is flavoured with natural vanilla and sugar allowing a sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the cocoa. The ginger adds a tang that tingles your taste buds.
2. Heards Barley Sugar
Heards Barley Sugar are hard-boiled candy perfect for sucking on. Unless you’re me. I have an impossible time sucking on hard candy and always end up biting them, leaving me with either sore teeth, bits of hard candy stuck in the crevices, or both. Heards Barley Sugars have a barley sugar flavouring, which is apparently similar to molasses. A gentle sweetness that is apparently a staple for long car rides in New Zealand.
3. Feijoa Rock Candy
Feijoa is a fruit grown throughout specific regions of the world. New Zealand is one of them. Feijoa is a small, egg shaped green fruit that is eaten by cutting in half and scooping out the pulp. It has a distinct sweet flavor that New Zealanders have harnessed into the form of rock candy. Certain brands of the feijoa rock candy have designed the candy to look similar to slices of the fruit.
4. Kiwifruit Rock Candy
The kiwifruit is a huge export in New Zealand. The fuzzy brown fruit with a bright green centre was originally known as yang tao and came from China. Seeds were shipped over to New Zealand and the fruit was called a Chinese gooseberry. New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi, bears a resemblance to the fruit, which the United States then renamed the kiwifruit in a marketing campaign, using the resemblance to the bird. The name stuck and due to two important pieces of New Zealand culture being named kiwis, New Zealanders themselves were given the nickname Kiwis.
New Zealand produces many flavours of rock candy, like the feijoa mentioned above. Another flavor they produce is kiwifruit. As with the feijoa flavor, many companies design their rock candy to resemble the fruit in looks as well as flavor.
5. Cadbury Buzz
Cadbury New Zealand produces a chocolate bar called Cadbury Buzz. The website claims the bar is created by bees that live in a giant chocolate hive in a meadow behind the Cadbury factory. You’d be forgiven if you assumed that this bar was filled with honey. That was certainly my first thought. But it turns out, the Cadbury Buzz bar, with a large cartoon bee on the packaging, contains no honey whatsoever. Instead, it is layered with marshmallow and caramel within the classic Cadbury chocolate. If we’re being honest, though it sounds delicious, I cannot for the life of me, imagine how that ties into bees. Or why Cadbury would choose to use bees as a mascot for a non-honey related product.
6. Cadbury Mighty Perky Nana
Cadbuy’s Mighty Perky Nana bar struck me as a comical name for a chocolate bar. Probably because when I first heard of it, my thought was of a rather alert grandmother. It wasn’t until I read that the flavor was banana that I realized that the “Nana” referred to the yellow fruit, and not a grandmother. These chocolate bars are a soft, banana flavoured chewy-nougat covered in chocolate. I love those marshmallow/chewy bananas, so I can only imagine how much I’d love an entire bar of the stuff coated in chocolate. I’m in.
7. Cadbury Pinky
Cadbury’s Pinky bar is another New Zealand product. This bar is yet another way for Cadbury New Zealand to confuse me. A chocolate bar filled with pink marshmallow and caramel, one would think that the bright pink marshmallow would have a distinct flavour: strawberry? Cherry? Heck, even bubblegum? But no, it’s just marshmallow. Coloured pink for no apparent reason other than fun and giving us those unnecessary red food dyes in our diet. Nevertheless, it is a fun eat and a New Zealand original.
8. Pineapple Lumps
Pineapple lumps honestly do not sound very appealing to me. I love pineapple, but the word “lumps” does not inspire me to put things in my mouth. Pineapple lumps are produced by Pascall, which is owned by Cadbury. Cadbury really does seem to be experimenting a lot in New Zealand. Pineapple lumps are a chewy, pineapple flavoured candy coated in chocolate. Cadbury’s also sells the product in bar form.
9. Rainbow Toasties Bars
In many places, a toasty is another name for a sandwich. In the world of New Zealand candy, toasties appear to be a chocolate and coconut coating marshmallow. Rainbow toasties allow you to enjoy this treat in bar form. New Zealand also seems to have a thing for marshmallow in their snack foods.
10. Squiggles Hokey Pokey
Squiggles Hokey Pokeys are little biscuits. To be exact they’re Hokey Pokey flavoured, cream-filled biscuits covered in chocolate and Hokey Pokey nuggets, and a yellow squiggle… presumably made from chocolate as well. That’s all fine and dandy but then I had to go learn what on earth Hokey Pokey flavour is because to me, the Hokey Pokey is a dance. Turns out, it’s vanilla with honeycomb or sponge toffee. I can get behind that.
11. Bluebird Burger Rings
Bluebird is a snack company from New Zealand that produces a number of potato chips and other crunchy, flavourful products. One of their more original products are their Burger Rings. Bluebird Burger Rings are a hoop-shaped corn snack with “full on burger flavour”. My only question is if their burger flavouring includes garnishes and condiments, like ketchup, mustard, and pickles?
12. L&P Lemon & Paeroa
L&P is a soft drink that originated in Paeroa New Zealand. It started off as lemon juice mixed with carbonated mineral water from Paeroa, but was bought by Coca-Cola. To me, lemon juice in sparkling water sounds bitter and sour. But it must have added sweeteners because every description I’ve come across describes it as sweet. This is a drink I will definitely be trying out in the future as it originated the saying, “World Famous in New Zealand” which is used to describe various products that are extremely popular in New Zealand and almost unheard of outside of the small island country.
Which of these New Zealand snacks are you most dying to try? Have you had any of them? Which are your favourites? Let us know in the comments!
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