Culinary trip around the world: Sample snacks & candies from other countries

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent 

Munchpak is a way to try different kinds of snacks / Photo collage by Hollyann Gardner, Times-News correspondent

Ever wondered what sort of candy and snacks people enjoy in different countries? Well, now you can find out. A few weeks ago, I ordered a Munchpak, which is a box of 10 random candies and snacks from around the world, including some lesser-known ones from the US. Here’s what I thought of each food.

Frito Lay Doritos (Nacho Cheese Flavor)

Country: Japan
My rating: 8 out of 10
Taste test: These tasted like the Doritos we have here in the United States, but slightly different. I liked the flavor, but it wasn’t quite as good as the familiar taste we enjoy.

7Days Bagel Chips (Roasted Garlic Flavor)

Country: Bulgaria

My rating: 10 out of 10
Taste test: These were absolutely delicious. They had the flavor and crunch of garlic croutons, and the shape of flat bagels. If you like garlic bread, you will love this snack.


Gringo Jacks Flaky Tortilla Chips (Cinnamon Sugar Flavor)

Country: United States
My rating: 9 out of 10
Taste test: These had a similar taste to the classic fair food — a funnel cake. The texture was between a typical crunchy chip and a soft pastry. I enjoyed them a lot.


Quaker Hill Farms Chortles (Chocolate Flavor)

Country: United States
My rating: 6 out of 10
Taste test: These were similar to Cocoa Puffs cereal, but slightly less flavor. I am not a big fan of chocolate cereal, so they were not my favorite.


Sante Cardamom Cashews

Country: United States
My rating: 7 out of 10
Taste test: These were basically nuts with some spices on them. Nuts aren’t my favorite, but they were still pretty good.


Lotte Thomas the Train Chewing Candy (Grape Flavor)

Country: Japan
My rating:  8 out of 10
Taste test: These were similar to Laffy Taffy. The grape flavor was actually pretty good (better than a lot of grape candy), but the texture was a little weird — like a mixture of chewing gum and Starburst.


Manzela Japanese Style Peanuts

Country: Mexico
My rating: 2 out of 10
Taste test: I did not like these at all. They were like big, crunchy seeds. The flavor was bitter and the texture was not pleasant.


Griski Kiki Stapici Peanut Pretzel Sticks

Country: Serbia
My rating: 8 out of 10
Taste test: These were just pretzel sticks with peanut butter inside. I liked them, but the flavor could have been a little sweeter, in my opinion.


Wellmade Yummy Gummy Sour Neon Worms

Country: Turkey
My rating: 5 out of 10
Taste test: These had a very strange flavor, and they were not like the familiar Trolli gummy worms. They tasted similar to kid’s toothpaste and did not have much sourness.


Richester Delicia Queijadinha

Country: Brazil
My rating: 9 out of 10
Taste test: These were very good cookies with a strong coconut flavor. They were crunchy and the perfect size for snacking! These were among my favorite snack in the box.

If you would like to purchase your own Munchpak, visit A box of 10 snacks is $20, but they also have five-snack and 20-snack options. I would highly recommend Munchpak for anyone who wants to explore flavors around the world.

Hollyann Gardner is a home-schooled sophomore and a Teens & 20s writer.

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