Top Ten Tuesday: British Snacks #1

Hello Twisties,

The moment is finally here! For this Top Ten Tuesday, I’ll be sharing with you a look at some of the top treats that we think Britain has to offer. These are not rated by poll, instead, these are our personal top picks, so be prepared for one or two you may have never heard of before!

Picking out our top ten was was like asking the impossible, and because of my own faux pas last week, I just decided that I’d allow for our top 30 snacks instead. However, this is Top Ten Tuesday, so there’ll only be ten for now and ten more… maybe next month? πŸ˜‰

I know that some of my readers have dietary requirements, so I’ve done my research and those marked with one asterisk) (*) are vegetarian, those marked with two asterisks (**) are vegan.

Enough of the blurb, shall we begin?

1. Bounty (Dark)*

Available in both dark and milk chocolate (blue wrapper) versions, Bounty are unquestionably at the top of the list, and as the boss of this blog, I get to make the rules πŸ˜‰ . These bars contain a sweet, moist, creamy coconut filling covered in thick dark chocolate. There are two in a pack, so you can enjoy one bar now and one another time. There are also vegan options available, though I haven’t seen them yet. For our Kiwi friends, these are similar to a Cherry Ripe, without the cherry in them.

2. Drumstick Squashies

Make way for Drumstick Squashies! These strawberry and milk flavoured treats offer a soft, stretchy, chewy texture that is just delightful for snacking on. There are other flavours available like sour cherry and apple, bubblegum or rhubarb and custard, though personally, we think that the originals are the best. Based originally on the popular Drumstick lollipop, but in a squishier, easier, less-sticky version. They’re great for sharing on a movie night or just, you know, nibbling on while blogging. Ahem…

3. Ribena**

Behold! It’s squash. I mean it’s actually Ribena, but Ribena is a type of squash. “Squash” gets it’s name because that’s the process that the fruits go through to make it – they’re squashed! Squash comes in many flavours, though Ribena has the distinct sweet, full-bodied taste of blackcurrants – and it was discovered right here in Bristol! One of the most concerning things to me is how many videos I’ve seen of Americans (and we love you) drinking squash undiluted. You guys! Squash is not something you want to drink neat, and it’s no wonder that you think it tastes strong. If you ever get you hands on some British squash, pour a little into your glass up to about 1cm deep (as shown), and then top up with drinking water, or you can add lemonade instead for a sparkling summery drink. A drinking straw isn’t necessary, I just prefer it (and yes, I colour-coordinated it for this post. No, I’m never normally that picky!).

4. Skips**

These snacks are like no other, and in this household, we love them! These delightfully light tapioca snacks dissolve on your tongue, leaving only a tangy prawn cocktail flavour in their wake. They’re perfect for parties and hanging out with friends and come in smaller lunchbox-sized bags, too. Despite the prawn cocktail flavouring, they’re actually 100% vegan!

5. Rowntree’s Randoms

You might have heard of Rowntree’s fruit pastilles before, but in our opinion, Rowntree’s Randoms are better. It’s not that they taste that much different, it’s just that they’re a lot more fun! This fun mix compromises of soft fruit jellies, liquid-filled gummies and creamy milk foam sweets. Try to create a story with the shapes that you find and see where your adventure takes you. Here, I noticed that the fire extinguisher was covered in flowers while I was eating my ice cream cone onboard Richard Branson’s rocket!

6. Maltesers*

Dear WordPress, THANK YOU for giving me reason to have these wonderful little treats back in my home! These delightful little balls of fun compromise of a crispy, malty, biscuit-like centre, all covered in smooth milk chocolate. They’re often dubbed as “the lighter way to enjoy chocolate” and with good reason – if you lay on your back and place a Malteser over your pursed lips then blow hard, you can actually make them float! Brits love these, and there is a Maltesers spread, Maltesers ice cream and we readily use them for decorating cakes, too. Just nobody tell us what the Maltesers biscuits really look like please, we all know…

7. Caramac*

The original golden chocolate bar! This interesting bar is made with condensed milk, butter, salt and flavourings and has a distinctive popular caramel flavour. It snaps and feels like white chocolate, but it has a deeper, golden flavour that white chocolate just doesn’t offer. It gets it’s name from a mash-up of two words – caramel, and Mackintosh, the family who created Caramac.

8. Toffee Crisp*

Toffee Crisp are a family favourite for my mother and me, and they’re even better when they’re refridgerated! Toffee Crisp compromises of a mix of milk chocolate and puffed rice cereal, topped with a layer of chewy caramel and covered in milk chocolate. There’s something distinctively retro about these bars but that doesn’t make them old news! We love them.

9. Tunnock’s Tea Cakes*

Talking of retro, we just had to include these delightful little treats! In the UK, tea cakes can mean two things – these mallow-filled wonders, or a small, round, sweet fruit bun which is usually toasted, buttered and served with- funnily enough – a cup of tea. Today, we’re taking a look at the chocolate-mallow variety, and these treats have a wonderfully light, soft mallow centre and a crumbly biscuit base, all covered in milk chocolate. They sound like they could be too sweet and yet, there’s just a hint of salt in the marshmallow that prevents that from being the case. Truly wonderful!

10. Parma Violets**

You know that Marmite splits opinions in Britain, but maybe you’ve noticed that Brits are a bit wary of talking about Marmite? Just ask them what they think of Parma Violets. These biconcave discs have a sweet, crumbly texture and just a light touch of a violet flavour – a lot of ladies love them, and a lot of lads loathe them! I’ve tasted some flower-flavoured candies from around the world now and, along with rosewater Turkish delight – oddly enough from Turkey – I think Parma Violets are pretty up there. Matt hates them, but my mother and I adore them. In fact, Brits rave these sweets so much that for the adults, we even have multiple brands of Parma Violet gin!

And that concludes our first ten! Which one would you most like to try? Have you tried any of these British snacks before? Do you have anything similar in your country? What Top Tens would you like to see next time? Let us know in the comments!

Until next time,

Stay safe & have fun,

Helen & Matt xx

Fun fact: There is a saying in the UK that says “today’s news is tomorrow’s chip wrapper”, and there’s an element of truth to this. The saying is meant to mean that something is not important enough to get upset over and that life will still go on (there’s that stiff upper lip!) The saying comes from the fact that in fish and chip shops in older times, they really did use read newspapers to wrap fish and chips the next day!

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: British Snacks #1

  1. Yummilicious! πŸ˜‰ There’s this weird stereotype that British food isn’t great. But I know now that atleast British snacks are πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

    1. Aww no! I think it depends on what you call “great” food. Don’t forget, each country has it’s own style of cooking, herbs used and so on. Brits are known for their roast dinners but have lots of other dishes too, like Cornish pasties in the south, which I love and are perfect to eat on the sea front on a windy day. People will always have different preferences too, like for a lot of British people, dishes from the Middle East might be questionable, but dishes from Asia are highly sought after. I actually cook a lot of different dishes from various parts of the world. Maybe British food is a bit boring, after all πŸ˜‰

  2. Yay I was so looking forward to this post! I have a lot of family all over England and they always brought snacks for us when they came to visit and a couple of these things are available in Kenya too so I’ve tried most of them at some point! My favourites are the Bounty chocolates- my parents are still very obsessed with them lol- and the Ribena drink. Brings back memories of my junk loving teenage self lol πŸ˜‚

    1. Aww haha all over England? You mean as in, not just London? πŸ˜€ Haha. Have you ever seen that map? It’s like the whole of the UK is London and it’s really relatable being a Brit who isn’t from London. Bristol? Where’s Bristol? Haha

      I still have a Bounty left (in the fridge, because room temperature chocolate should be illegal!) and I still have some Ribena left. I’ve tried to pick up another drink but the store substituted it for 7Up, which is American. Usually I don’t buy Ribena because it comes at a price, I just get generic store squash haha. I think the one I have at the moment is summer fruits or something and it has blackcurrants, redcurrants and cherries in, and Matt’s choice which is orange & mango. When I was shopping for stuff I was telling Matt that I remember the existence of a banana squash which my grandmother used to buy (yes, it was vile lol) but that seems to be discontinued now, and perhaps for a very good reason! My Mum always has really bizarre squash flavours like grape and elderflower and I’m just like “what’s wrong with you?! Why can’t you just drink normal squash like normal people do?!” haha. You can’t go wrong with squash, it’s a great way to drink plenty of water πŸ˜‰

      1. Yup all over England! I had an uncle in Scotland, a lot of people all over Britain. Only two relatives in London surprisingly!

        Yessss how can anyone leave chocolate outside that’s so strange. It’s the best when it’s in the fridge and not all melted and gross. Lol banana squash sounds terrible but I do like grape and elderflower not going to lie πŸ˜‚

      2. Oh wow! I know Matt’s family are pretty spread out across the country, mine are sort of Bristol, Essex or swanned off to Australia lol.

        Right?! Cadbury’s Milk Buttons in the fridge… ohmygosh I think they might have to be on my third post now :p Yes! It was absolutely vile lol, it had that rich taste of overripe bananas, not for me lol. Schweppe’s used to do a mint cordial as well, that was always interesting. The mint was good, but it was over-sweetened for me. Ahh no the elderflower and grape is too posh for my tastes. Apple and blackcurrant, done. I’m a basic b*tch in that regard πŸ˜›

      3. I have a couple cousins in Australia too! Lol we’re everywhere πŸ˜‚

        Lol I like the basic stuff but sometimes I want to be bougie 😜

      4. Heavens, I’ll keep you sweet then. Nowhere will be safe! Haha

        Ahh no, I splash out when it comes to chocolate but for squash, I really am basic.. Sometimes a girl just needs a sense of familiarity ;P

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