The Scalzis Try Australian Snacks

Hey, remember all those snacks I was given when I was in Australia? Athena and I tried them all (well, most of them) and made a video of us doing it and reviewing the snacks we had. It’s 17 minutes of your life you’ll never get back! Enjoy.

28 Comments on “The Scalzis Try Australian Snacks”

  1. I was surprised about the pineapple lumps but only the pineapple lumps — oh and Jaffas are pronounced with the a sound from the way you guys say laugh. And they are indeed wonderful. As is Cadbury chocolate not made in the US, even the milk chocolate.

  2. According to my wife who lived in Australia for a year, a Tim Tam slam is the ONLY way to eat them, preferably with tea.
    BTW, if you really liked them, you can get them in some supermarkets in the UK, which is much closer to Ohio than Australia.

  3. You two aren’t the only people who will take caramel over chocolate! I thought I was the only weirdo in the world who will pass on chocolate any day to get to the caramel.

  4. acflory – Australia – I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes...

    Yes on the Cherry Ripe, meh on the Tim Tams. Should have tried the Mint Slice biscuits – biscuit, lightly minted cream and a rich chocolate coating over the whole lot. Much better than Tim Tams. -waving from DownUnder-

  5. Caramel versus chocolate is a surprisingly tricky question. I’d rather go without caramel I think, but mainly because I’m way more picky about how I like caramel. Excluding chocolate means excluding way more kinds of things I like than excluding caramel

  6. Those mint leaves you were given… Yes, they’re okay, shading to nice, but you should know that they are pretty much the worst mint leaves you can find here (they are the cheap crap own-brand mint leaves of one of our two big supermarket chains). Much, much better mint leaves can be had.

    Nobody here eats “vegemite-peanuts” – that is indeed a trick.

    Musk sticks are divine :)

    Wizz-fizz is supposed to be eaten off a spoon as a white powder. It is wasted on marshmallow, but is rather good on ice-cream.

    There are better versions of Jaffas; next time, look for BBs from the same manufacturer as those licorice bullets.

    On the subject of chocolate from different parts of the world, Cadbury chocolate in the UK is not the same as Cadbury chocolate here in Australia. There it has a noticably gritty texture, which is a result of different recipes for different climates – the UK recipe melts (kinda, anyway) on the shelves and in transport here.

    Also, that intro made me think of nothing so much as Dick Van Dyke’s excellent Cockney skills from My Fair Lady… :)

  7. Cadbury used to make chocolate in New Zealand, then production lines were moved around and sweets (candy) with actual chocolate are now supplied from Australia. We soon learnt that the Aussie blend has different taste and texture as a result of being made more heat-tolerant. Their sales have plummeted while local producers have expanded greatly. Visitors to CoNZealand should look for Whittakers brand chocolate for the authentic Kiwi experience.
    Pineapple Lumps and Jaffas are popular here, as mentioned go for the good versions, not supermarket own-brands.

  8. catsparx – Canberra, ACT – Cat Sparks is a multi-award-winning Australian author, editor and artist. Career highlights include a PhD in science fiction and climate fiction, five years as Fiction Editor of Cosmos Magazine, running Agog! Press, working as an archaeological dig photographer in Jordan, studying with Margaret Atwood, 78 published short stories, two collections – The Bride Price (2013) and Dark Harvest (2020) and a far future novel, Lotus Blue. She directed two speculative fiction festivals for WritingNSW and is a regular panellist & speaker at speculative fiction and other literary events.
    Cat Sparks

    Nooooo! I can’t believe you hated the Mitey Aussie Nuts!!! They are totally the best and I’m banning myself from ever buying them again on account of toxic overdose potential. Fair call on the musk sticks, however.

  9. Tim Tams have been the Snack of Choice for Australian stoners since about 1970. I’m glad you liked them.

    I’ve never seen Vegemite peanuts – I shall seek them out, as I love Vegemite. It is the food of the gods. At its best thickly slathered on fresh white bread and butter.

  10. MamaroxImages – Middle-aged punk princess; pop culture hound; geekgirl; liberal activist and general shit-stirrer; reader of nanopunk/cyberpunk/comics/ anything-I-can-get-my-hands-on; wife and mom. In a few of my many past lives I worked as contributing photojournalist and associate editor of a now defunct magazine, media director for a now defunct advertising agency, street team lead for Bill Graham Presents, and Manager-PromoNinja-resident groupie for a (you guessed it) now defunct band. Highlights of my life range from getting thrown out of the Mabuhay Gardens during a Dead Kennedy’s-Black Flag show to seeing Wendy O. Williams torch a car on stage at The Longshoreman’s Hall; from seeing Green Day grow from Sweet Children, playing at Gilman with Al Sobrante on drums, to seeing Tre smile at me from behind the stage-side soundboard during the AFI set two weeks ago, at the Phoenix stop of the August 2010 Crash Love-21st Century Breakdown tour; from graduating law school to passing the bar exam; from meeting the partner of my dreams to having his children; from being a Special Education advocating PTA mom to having Henry Rollins tell me, to my face, that it’s ok to be punk after 45. After taking a 15 year break to raise my kids, I am resurrecting my journalism career, focusing on covering music, comics and geek culture, social issues, and anything else that stokes my passion.  Writing is as it always was, digital photography a learning curve. I hold ancient degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing and a somewhat more recent degree in law, with a specialization in Juvenile Criminal Justice (for the defense; I really am a bleeding heart liberal). I left my heart in San Francisco, will remain a New Yorker for life, and tolerate my life in suburban Arizona.

    This was delightful! I’m with you on the caramel vs. chocolate debate. Finally, Violet Crumble is AMAZING. My wonderful eldest son knows how much I love them (and they’re hard to find in the wasteland that is Arizona), and ordered me a case a couple of Xmases ago.

  11. And one more who prefers caramel to chocolate, though I’ve become much more fond of chocolate in my old age. Maybe it’s because of dark chocolate, and not Hershey’s. Enjoyed seeing Zeus, and the overview of all these previously unknown to me tidbits.

  12. I’m amazed at your method. Chewing is not the first thing an Australian would do. Spearmint leaves were a staple growing up. You hold it in your mouth and let it dissolve. Same with Jaffas. The hard shell is to prevent the lollies (ahem I can’t call it candy) melting in your hand. Don’t chew. Let the flavours dissolve.

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