A Little Treat…Six Sweet Eats from Around the World

Everyone has those signature dishes they’ve tried in a new country – whether it’s a local delicacy or just bizarre street eat. But what about those fun snacks and new flavors on old favorites?

Delicious Snacks and Treats from Around the World

Some of these are sweets, some salty. But all are portable and can make a great treat on a long bus ride…interestingly, most of my favorites from my travels are centered in Asia!

NEPAL: Lapsi

Lapsi Candy from Nepal

Topping the list is this sweet jellied candy. I don’t even like chewy candies but this one has a mild flavor and it’s deceptively easy to just plough through a package in one sitting. The traditional/plain flavor is my favorite but it was fun to shake things up with the spicy lapsi every few days too!

INDIA: Fennel Seeds

Candy coated Fennel Seeds India

A small bowl of fennel seeds is served at the end of the meal in regions of India as a palate cleanser. These seeds are a mixed medley of plain fennel, sugar coated fennel and small bits of crystallized sugar – once you’re used to ending each meal like this it’s hard to leave the table without craving the strong licorice flavor! I even shipped some home to my dad since he’s a licorice fanatic.

BOSNIA: Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight!

The huge Turkish population in Bosnia means that this sweet treat is authentic (I haven’t yet made it to Turkey!) and different from what you can find in the US and the West. This soft jelly candy greatly differs: rose water with pistachios, sweet lemon, and sticky dates with a softly chewy walnut. Like an ice-cream shop in the states you pick out your selection of Turkish Delight from a selection upwards of 15 flavors in some cases! Though not my favorite candy, fun to when eat in the region.

CAMBODIA: Sesame Seed Squares

Sesame Seed Candies

The healthiest of the lot this treat packs in protein from the sesame seeds and is incredibly simple – a lacing of honey or sugar syrup binds the sesame seeds together. It’s a great way to tide over dropping blood sugar until you can find some food and is my go-to for a quick bus ride snack! They sell these treats all over South East Asia, India and Nepal had some less than inspired sesame seed sticks.

NEPAL: Dried Figs

Figs!

We are talking serious addiction and the best dried/pressed figs, hands down, I have ever had. Walk into any of the stores in Thamel, Kathmandu and they sell little baggies of these deliciously fresh dried figs.

ASIA: Mango Flavored Everything!

Mango flavored Corn FlakesUS and European based companies target the flavors of their products to the region – and outside of the US mango is really a whole lot more well-loved.

The most fun find was mango flavored Corn Flakes in Nepal- bought as an addition a movie night with new friends they were a huge hit…and so addicting the box was consumed in a few hours by just three of us!

Other mango treats found in the region include yogurt (if your in a lactose-accepting region of Asia) sodas, chips, cookies… just about anything that could take a mango flavor is on offer. Also a wealth of freshly dried ones as well!

What are your favorite quick snacks and treats from around the world?

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24 Responses to A Little Treat…Six Sweet Eats from Around the World

  1. Mary R August 27, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    Mango is huge in Japan too… my favorite are mango chocolate covered shortbread cookies in Okinawa.

    • ShannonOD August 28, 2010 at 10:09 am #

      Oh wow, I think that I just shed a mini tear right now over the thought of
      mango chocolate shortbread. I am likely heading to Japan in March so you
      will have to point me in that direction when I get there! :-)

  2. Laura August 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I actually haven't had any of these! However, I'm keeping my eye out for those mango flavored corn flakes :)

    • ShannonOD August 28, 2010 at 10:09 am #

      You haven't tried any yet…hmm, definitely hunt down some of the sesame
      seed squares – they are super easy to find all over Asia. A for the
      cornflakes – they are so addicting, know that before you buy ;-)

  3. lovewiththeworld August 23, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Oh my god, I LOVED sesame seed squares in Cambodia. So, so delicious. Although, I think everyone in the travel blogosphere knows my favorite snack from my RTW – mangosteens. They're just too good! :)

    • ShannonOD August 28, 2010 at 10:09 am #

      Sorry for taking so long to reply – was on some hugely long flights :-)
      Anyhow, you are right about the mangosteens, your post on them got me all
      fired up again that I can finally look forward to hunting some down! Mmm, so
      hungry for some now!

  4. GlobalButterfly August 22, 2010 at 1:35 am #

    Yuuum, I'm so hungry now! And I totally agree with Earl re: the fennel seeds. :)

  5. Shane August 21, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    I'm not so fussed about Turkish Delight either but love the baklava in Turkish influenced countries. Hmmm, baklava.

    • ShannonOD August 28, 2010 at 10:05 am #

      Late reply here, but I could not agree more about baklava – I actually did a
      whole post about it after I left Bosnia because it was so tasty! Mmm, now
      I'm hungry for some!

  6. Megan August 20, 2010 at 11:38 pm #

    Mango cornflakes! I have never heard of those before…the second I get to Nepal, I'm going to buy some of these. The abundance of mangoes is one of the best things about travelling in Asia, in my opinion :D

    • ShannonOD August 28, 2010 at 10:05 am #

      Epically late reply here, but you should be able to hunt some of the
      cornflakes down in Thamel (backpacker side of Kathmandu) but if not we
      bought these in Pokhara! Good luck and let me know if you manage to track
      them down :-)

  7. Emily at Maiden Voyage August 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    How fun! The only one of these I've heard of is Turkish Delights. I had some in Istanbul and wasn't a fan! The mango corn flakes are hilarious. The fennel seeds sound delish! I've only had fennel tea.

    • ShannonOD August 20, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

      Yeah, the Turkish Delight is really one of those “it sounds cooler than it
      is” I remember dying to try it as a kid because of the Chronicles of Narnia
      – it has its time and place now but the others on the list are more my favs.
      I'll have to give fennel tea a shot, I've only snacked on the seeds! :-)

      • Megan August 20, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

        Chronicles of Narnia!! That was exactly my reason, too! Hilarious :D

  8. Audrey August 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    Mango corn flakes?! Don't remember seeing that – not sure how that would be. Then again, mango on everything (including tacos) sounds delicious. After spending time in Central Europe, I really miss the tropical fruits available almost everywhere in Asia and Latin America.

    • ShannonOD August 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm #

      The cornflakes were bizarre but addictingly tasty – I agree about fruits, I
      am stateside for a few more days and I miss the abundance of cheap but
      delicious fruits!

  9. Jaime August 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Yummy! Those pics are making me hungry :-) Nice blog, keep up the great work!

    • ShannonOD August 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

      Thanks for stopping in! Just checked out your blog – must be bitter sweet to
      be ending your China time :-)

      • This Journey August 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm #

        It is, but the exciting part is looking forward to many more exciting rtw adventures :-) Your and other travel blogs keep me motivated! Thanks for checking out my blog!

  10. Earl August 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Fennel seed is addicting! I always buy a bag of that stuff and carry it with me around India or anywhere else I can find it. As for mango, in this part of Mexico they sometimes even put slices of it in the tacos! Although I prefer to just make a mango shake every morning instead…

    • ShannonOD August 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

      On tacos?! Thats…um…an interesting choice. I think I'd go with your
      method, a mango shake sounds pretty delicious right about now :-) (now I
      must rummage through the fridge to see if I have the stuff to make a shake!)

  11. Andy Hayes August 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Yummy! Yes, Yes, Yes! And I was wondering if I was the only one who thought Asia was a little…mango crazy :)

    • ShannonOD August 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

      They are indeed! It's in Central America too – the whole world loves mango
      more than us Westerners :-)

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