It’s appropriate that February is National Snack Food month considering this past Sunday was one of the biggest days for snacking in the U.S. However, according to the Snack Food Association, the holiday was actually created in 1989 by the SFA and the National Potato Promotion Board to “increase consumption and build awareness” during what was in fact, a slow sales month.
As gallons of guacamole and pallets worth of pizza are being consumed the SFA and NPPB can rest assured they are doing their part to create awareness. However, just in case you’re looking for another snack food to add to your cabinet, below are seven that are commonplace in countries around the world. Take a look and maybe next year, you can serve your fellow sports fans an exotic treat.
AKA: rice-flour mush, rice-flour polenta
Where can you find it? Brazil
What is it? Steamed pudding wrapped in banana leaves and steamed
Variations and toppings: Can be made of rice-flour or cornmeal. Sweetened with coconut milk.
AKA: Treat with Feet, Egg with Legs
Where can you find it? The Philippines
What is it? Soft-boiled duck eggs containing a partially formed duck fetus
Variations and toppings: salt, chili, vinegar, lemon juice, coriander,
Interesting fact: The perfect time to eat a Balut is usually considered to be before the fetus has formed bones, beak and feathers.
AKA: Droewors, Biltong Sticks, Biltong Chips,
Where can you find it? South Africa
What is it? beef or game jerky that has been air-dried
Variations and toppings: Spiced with salt, pepper, brown sugar, coriander, vinegar, salpetre
Interesting fact: Although biltong is most commonly eaten by itself, it’s also sometimes used in items like oatmeal, salads, spreads and even on a sandwich with bread and butter.
AKA: Curried sausage
Where can you find it? Germany
What is it? Fried Pork sausage covered in a tomato curry sauce
Variations and toppings: Vegetarian Currywurst, Chicken/Turkey Currywurst. Toppings include hot chili, mustard powder.
Interesting fact: There is a museum dedicated to the currywurst in Berlin and a song was recorded about it.
AKA: Indian yogurt smoothie
Where can you find it? Northern India, Pakistan
What is it? A drink made of Indian yogurt, water and different flavorings
Variations and toppings: Spiced with salt, toasted cumin seeds, saffron, mint etc. Sweetened with Mango or other fruits and sugar.
Interesting fact: The drink is used as a digestion aid due to the high probiotic content.
6) Pig’s Blood Cake
AKA: zhū xiě gāo, Taiwanese blood pudding, blood cake
Where can you find it? Taiwan
What is it? Steamed pig blood and sticky rice that can be flavored with peanuts, cilantro.
Variations and toppings: chili sauce
7) Raw Herring Sandwich
AKA: broodje haring, Hollandse Nieuwe, Zoute Haring
Where can you find it? The Netherlands
What is it? raw salted herring, onions and pickles
Variations and toppings: Usually either eaten in a soft bun or by itself on a plate. Can be served with or without the tail.