Five freaking awesome British snacks

When we moved over to London we knew we were leaving behind a lot of our favourite things. I’m talking about things like your favourite chocolates, peanut butter, biscuits etc.

There are some things that I’m convinced the Brits have yet to get right, like popcorn spices, tomato sauce, chutney, Jungle Oats and braaing. But having said that, there are a few things that I have come to love and will definitely miss if/when we do move away from the UK.

So for today’s Friday Five I am going share five freaking awesome British snacks that I love…heads up, this is definitely not a diet friendly list!

  • Minstrels
    Five freaking awesome British SnacksThese candy-coated chocolate buttons are the perfect popcorn companion while snuggling up to watch a movie.
    If you are patient enough to suck on them until the coating cracks in your mouth you are rewarded with partially melted, soft velvety chocolate, you can also speed up this process with a bit of warm tea, the result – warm melted chocolate heaven in your mouth.
    But if you aren’t inclined to wait it out for the melt in your mouth goodness then crunch away.
    Either way, minstrels are delicious and have definitely replaced smarties as my sweet movie snack.
     
  • Hob Nobs
    Guys, Hob Nobs dipped in a hot cup of tea = all of my biscuit dunking dreams come true…bonus points if you have chocolate Hob Nobs. A crunchy oat biscuit that is not too sweet, not too healthy and just straight up delicious – even more so if dunked into your tea for a second or two, they soften a little and all of the flavours just come out to play.
    We also realised this week that they’re pretty good crushed up over vanilla ice cream! Mmmmm….
    I will forgive you for eating half a packet without realising what you’ve done until it’s too late because they are so damn good AND if we’re being completely honest #BeenThereDoneThat.
     
  • McVities Digestives
    Five freaking awesome British SnacksDigestive biscuits are so good, they’re pretty much the bigger, better older brother of marie biscuits (which are actually calledRich Tea’s here) and no, they don’t help you to “be regular” like some friends of ours thought they did. Lols.
    Digestives sandwiched together with peanut butter and dunked in coffee are my favourite. Melted peanut butter, soft, not too sweet biscuits and coffee, it’s a match made in heaven!  Digestives also go a good job just on their own and I think they could do really well on a cheese plate with some strong smelly cheeses. They are a staple in our cupboards and as soon as we run out Riaan is undoubtedly complaining that there’s “nothing to snack on in this house”. 
     
  • Flapjacks
    Five freaking awesome British SnacksThese are not the crumpet/American pancake kind of flapjack that us South Africans are used to. They are a sweet, chewy, buttery, oaty chunk of deliciousness. Generally, they come as bars or mini bites (which are similar in size to a block of fudge) but at Marks and Spencer (think Woolworths-style shop) you get them as cookies aswell and they are just delicious! My favourites are the flapjack cookies and the Belgian chocolate flapjack, both from M&S, both so rich and delicious and definitely worth every calorie.
     
  • Nakd bars
    Five freaking awesome British Snacks
    Photo cred: Left – Simone Vos; Right – Emily Mae

    Last and most certainly not least, is the healthiest snack on this list. It also happens to be the only one that was not in stock at the shops I stopped at on the way home, so please excuse my old cellphone snap on this one. Nakd bars are delicious, soft, chewy, raw fruit and nut bars, they are made with natural ingredients and no additional sugars or syrups. So good, so healthy! They come in a ton of different flavours, my faves are cocoa crunch and carrot cake, the cocoa mint and salted caramel nibbles are pretty great too! These are my go-to sweet snack when I’m trying to be super healthy, they satisfy my sweet tooth, are super easy to grab and go and they help me steer clear of the more unhealthy snacks.

I think I might have a bit of a sweet tooth (if this list is anything to go by), but I do think that Pickled Onion Crisps deserve an honourable mention. I know this might sound odd, but pickled onion crisps are just so delicious! They are a very recent discovery of ours and they surpassed all our expectations when we tried them. They hit the sour spot in a way that the salt and vinegar crisps here just can’t seem to.

So there you have it, my five favourite British snacks. I can easily see why the “Heathrow Injection” is a thing, I mean I’m not even touching on all the heart-stopping market food there is to try here, and lets not mention the pub life – I’ve been to more pubs in the last 21 months in the UK than I’ve been to in my lifetime in South Africa, it’s freaking awesome!

So, if you ever find yourself on this side of the pond you definitely have to try all of the above!

Anyone have a favourite British snack I should be trying? Let me know in the comments ;)

Until next time,
Sim

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