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8 Best Australian Snacks You Must Try!
16 April 2024
Written by Y Suites

Exploring Australian Snacks provides a unique peek into the country’s laid-back culinary scene, focusing on the everyday treats that define Australian snacking.

The popularity of these snacks lies in their ability to deliver a taste of Australian culture in every bite. They’re not just food; they’re a part of the country’s culinary identity.

From the salty richness of Vegemite on toast to the sweet, creamy goodness of Tim Tams, Australian snacks offer something for everyone.

Here’s a guide to some of the tastiest Australian foods. Let’s dive in together and explore what makes them a hit!


Vegemite on Toast


A quintessential start to the day in many Australian households, Vegemite on toast is a rite of passage for anyone embracing Australian culture.

Vegemite, a thick, dark brown spread made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract, is rich in B-vitamins and has a salty, slightly bitter flavour with umami undertones.

For the uninitiated, the key to enjoying this spread is moderation; spread sparingly on a slice of warm, buttered toast.

It’s an acquired taste, sure, but one that speaks volumes of the Australian ethos – bold, unpretentious, and deeply satisfying, turning a basic breakfast into an iconic Australian snack.


Tim Tams


Among the world’s chocolate bars, Tim Tams stands out as a uniquely Australian treat. Developed by Arnott’s in 1964, these biscuits have become a beloved snack across the nation.

A Tim Tam consists of two layers of chocolate biscuit, filled with a creamy chocolate centre and covered in smooth milk chocolate.

Australians like eating Tim Tams in a special way—it’s called a Tim Tam Slam. Bite off a corner of the chocolate bar from each end, use it as a straw to drink your hot beverage (tea, coffee, or Milo work great!), and then enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

This makes the cream centre melt, pairing perfectly with the crunch of the biscuit and elevating the chocolatey experience to new heights.


Iced Vovos


Iced Vovos are sweet biscuits covered with a strip of pink fondant on either side of a strip of raspberry jam and sprinkled with desiccated coconut.

First introduced by Arnott’s in 1906, Iced Vovos have been a part of the Australian snacking landscape for over a century.

Like many long-standing food items, Iced Vovos have become more than just a snack; they’re a nostalgic reminder of childhoods, afternoon teas, and family gatherings.

The cultural affection for this snack is so strong that it even prompted a mention by then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in his 2007 election victory speech, highlighting the biscuit’s iconic status in Australian society.


Meat Pies


The meat pie is as Australian as it gets, a classic example of a food that has won the hearts of Australians across the country.

Unlike anything found in other cuisines around the world, Australian meat pies are single-serving, hand-held pies filled with minced meat, gravy, mushrooms, onions, and sometimes cheese, encased in a flaky, buttery pastry.

But where can you find the best meat pies in Australia? Here are some of the most famous meat pie vendors in Australia – if you’re around the area, you must stop by:

If you’re not going to be in these areas, don’t worry. Australians love their meat pies, and most will have strong opinions on where to find the best ones. Asking locals can lead you to some hidden gems!


Fairy Bread


Fairy bread is a bit of a cool snack from Australia, made with white bread, butter, and lots of sprinkles, specifically hundreds and thousands sprinkles.

Its origins are a bit of a mystery, but fairy bread has been a feature of Australian birthday parties and celebrations for decades, beloved by children and nostalgia-chasing adults alike.

Its origins are a bit of a mystery, but fairy bread has been a feature of Australian birthday parties and celebrations for decades, beloved by children and nostalgia-chasing adults alike.

Plus, it’s all about sharing joy with others, making everyone feel part of a big, happy family.


Caramello Koalas


Caramello Koalas, cherished across Australia, blends smooth milk chocolate with a rich caramel centre in a distinctive koala shape that is appealing to all ages.

The choice of a koala, an emblematic Australian animal, helps forge a deeper connection with the snack, turning it into a symbol of national pride.

These chocolates are often included in a care package for Aussies who miss a taste of home. They have also become a sought-after gift by tourists and expatriates looking to share a taste of Australia with the world.

Beyond their taste, these chocolates play a role in Australian fundraising efforts, often sold to support schools, sports teams, and community groups.


Chicken Salt

Originally invented by Adelaide-based Peter Brinkworth in the 1970s as a seasoning for rotisserie chicken, chicken salt has since become a beloved Australian condiment, sprinkled on everything from fries (known locally as “chips”) to seafood.

Chicken salt adds a savoury, umami-packed taste to dishes, making it essential for those eager to experience real Australian cuisine.

Experimenting with chicken salt can be a simple yet transformative culinary adventure, offering a new way to enjoy a range of snacks and meals.

It transforms simple meals into memorable culinary experiences, capturing the essence of Australia’s love for rich, flavourful food.


Anzac Biscuits


Anzac biscuits, named to honour the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), serve as a sweet homage to Australia’s past.

Crafted from oats, coconut, and golden syrup, these biscuits were first sent to soldiers by their families. The ingredients for these biscuits were chosen for their long shelf life, allowing them to survive the long journey by sea.

Today, Anzac biscuits are a year-round favourite, particularly consumed on Anzac Day (April 25th) to commemorate the military service and sacrifice of Australians and New Zealanders, representing strength, resilience, and a united national spirit.


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